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by grammar king
July 12th, 2010, 9:29 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Picture summary of what the Bible says . . .
Replies: 8
Views: 1064

Re: Picture summary of what the Bible says . . .

Well to be fair to Christians, there's a section in Acts where Peter has a vision, and God tells him that it's not what goes in that's important, it's what comes out. This is typically interpreted as allowing Christians to eat whatever they want. I'm not sure if you can call that cherrypicking.
by grammar king
July 12th, 2010, 4:43 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How does intelligence work?
Replies: 40
Views: 2944

Re: How does intelligence work?

I am aware of the neuro-chemical communications happening in the brain and the central nervous central system. however the entire central nervous system put together cannot explain all the distinct steps (1 to 9). Your post is indicating that different kinds of memory are being stored at different ...
by grammar king
July 11th, 2010, 10:59 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Unbelievable - Singh case
Replies: 350
Views: 65057

Re: Unbelievable - Singh case

That's worrying Alan. The GC are clearly not going as far as their remit requires.
by grammar king
July 9th, 2010, 10:58 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist groups
Replies: 11
Views: 1946

Re: Humanist groups

I'd say humanism is less a belief system and more a way of deciding which criteria you base your beliefs on.

Is that in itself a belief? I dunno, seems like a waste of time to even think about it tbh.
by grammar king
July 2nd, 2010, 3:32 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Muslim parents 'banning children from music lessons'
Replies: 24
Views: 3472

Re: Muslim parents 'banning children from music lessons'

Well to be fair they're not banning anything, just withdrawing their own children.
by grammar king
July 1st, 2010, 10:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Your Freedom
Replies: 15
Views: 1577

Re: Your Freedom

This seems like a gimmick from Clegg to look democratic, in place of electoral reform which would make a much bigger difference. I don't see it making any more difference than the petitions on the Number 10 website do.
by grammar king
July 1st, 2010, 4:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Christopher Hitchens
Replies: 16
Views: 1302

Re: Christopher Hitchens

There already have been.

Hopefully he'll start taking care of himself a bit better now. This particular treatment apparently makes you throw up an awful lot so it won't be nice.
by grammar king
July 1st, 2010, 12:45 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Vitamin supplements and diet programmes
Replies: 19
Views: 2531

Vitamin supplements and diet programmes

I came across a video yesterday by a company called Herbalife. Anyone know anything about them, and vitamin supplements in general? It seems an acquaintance of mine has been convinced it works by anecdotes from people he knows, and I suspect by how he's defending the company that he's also been dupe...
by grammar king
June 29th, 2010, 10:47 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Pope thinks Belgian raids are 'deplorable'
Replies: 59
Views: 4447

Re: Pope thinks Belgian raids are 'deplorable'

grammar King I've got comments from Catholic friends making pathetic excuses like "it's not just the Catholic Church who have a paedophilia problem!" I'm sick to death of hearing that, nobody is saying it's restricted to the Catholic Church, what is restricted to the Catholic Church is the cover up...
by grammar king
June 29th, 2010, 5:51 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Pope thinks Belgian raids are 'deplorable'
Replies: 59
Views: 4447

Re: Pope thinks Belgian raids are 'deplorable'

I think it must be. My parents and I don't talk about this but certainly when I've put things about the abuse scandal on facebook I've got comments from Catholic friends making pathetic excuses like "it's not just the Catholic Church who have a paedophilia problem!" I usually reply that it is the Ca...
by grammar king
June 28th, 2010, 3:25 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Simon Jenkins, the Guardian's non-science journalist
Replies: 7
Views: 1347

Re: Simon Jenkins, the Guardian's non-science journalist

It's all over twitter as well, IIRC the hashtag is #spoofjenks.
by grammar king
June 20th, 2010, 4:12 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Leaving religion
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Leaving religion

I'm forgetting my manners, welcome to the forum.
by grammar king
June 20th, 2010, 4:10 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Leaving religion
Replies: 16
Views: 1481

Re: Leaving religion

Mine was very quick compared to many others, but it certainly wasn't painless. I was brought up as a fairly devout Catholic but when I was 17 I was sitting in Ash Wednesday mass and the gospel reading was Matthew 6. That's the one about not being all showy with your religion and just praying in priv...
by grammar king
June 18th, 2010, 3:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: An act of God?
Replies: 19
Views: 2030

Re: An act of God?

I was watching a couple of clips from Fox News a few months ago and I almost choked on my sandwich when someone referred to Obama as a socialist. Now that kind of comment just seems to pass by without comment as if it's obvious. The Teabaggers have absolutely no idea what socialist means.
by grammar king
June 16th, 2010, 4:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: An act of God?
Replies: 19
Views: 2030

Re: An act of God?

Asking that he speak on the subject of the Tea Party wanting to amend the Constitution to allow corporations and stores/restaurants to refuse serving blacks and gays. He simply did not have the balls to react to the most unAmerican group of jerks ever forming a party of militia killers. I didn't he...
by grammar king
June 14th, 2010, 3:11 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: I never thought.................
Replies: 9
Views: 1048

Re: I never thought.................

We deny that he is the head of the Christian Church or that he has any civil power which should receive recognition by any State, particularly one which has renounced his pretended jurisdiction ." Is "pretended jurisdiction" Grammatically correct? Doesn't sound right to me, (not that I'd know) But ...
by grammar king
June 13th, 2010, 11:06 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: non religious alternatives..
Replies: 28
Views: 8301

Re: non religious alternatives..

Welcome prawnjoe. I was involved in the scouts for a long time and there was also a guide group based in the same (parish) centre. We had church parade every 3 months or so, we made the promise once in a while and said a prayer at the end. To be honest I had more problem with "do my duty to God and ...
by grammar king
June 9th, 2010, 5:06 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Do you encourage children to watch cartoons?
Replies: 22
Views: 4213

Re: Do you encourage children to watch cartoons?

I think storytelling has a huge place in all human societies, from family stories to whole planet stories which illustrate understanding, social mores and more. An element of good storytelling is about recognisable people who overcome hardship, disaster, bad choices, misfortune etc and become wiser...
by grammar king
June 8th, 2010, 11:13 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Do you encourage children to watch cartoons?
Replies: 22
Views: 4213

Re: Do you encourage children to watch cartoons?

I don't know about that. You're right that many humanists like logic and most will pride themselves on being rational, but it doesn't follow that they don't like fantasy, just that it has its place. I like a lot of science fiction and I'm studying for a degree in foreign literature, if I don't like ...