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by grammar king
April 4th, 2009, 3:58 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: The Life You Can Save
Replies: 59
Views: 7630

Re: The Life You Can Save

Oh ok thanks :) So, just to get this clear, according to Utilitarianism they aren't fundamentally inviolable. Although, it would take something pretty extraordinary and unlikely for one of the human rights we hold (the important ones - even as a human rights obsessive I think much of the UDHR is re...
by grammar king
April 3rd, 2009, 9:04 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: The Life You Can Save
Replies: 59
Views: 7630

Re: The Life You Can Save

So utilitarianism does hold that we have fundamental - inviolable - human rights? Not natural rights of course, rather 'man-made' but inviolable nonetheless? No, I don't think clayto meant to imply that (although feel free to correct me if you did). Utilitarianism doesn't allow for inviolable right...
by grammar king
April 3rd, 2009, 2:43 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Why did you choose your particular user name?
Replies: 288
Views: 97787

Re: Why did you choose your particular user name?

Back when I first started online, I was a bit of a grammar Nazi (I'm now much more of a descriptivist and don't correct spelling or grammar unless it's genuinely difficult to understand). Someone said "who are you, the grammar king?" and it kind of stuck. So I changed my username and I've used varia...
by grammar king
April 3rd, 2009, 2:29 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Catholic bishops in US ban Japanese reiki
Replies: 7
Views: 1053

Re: Catholic bishops in US ban Japanese reiki

Well how do you know it's not a joke? Maybe everyone except you looking at that page has ripped their eyes out... ever think of that?
by grammar king
April 2nd, 2009, 7:13 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: I will cite my sources whenever I discuss a scientific study
Replies: 5
Views: 788

Re: I will cite my sources whenever I discuss a scientific study

Do people agree? I agree, although I think that sources should be cited where possible. If citing sources were more commonplace outside of professional academia it would improve access to source material for everyone. That said, one of the most frustrating things for me is having a memory of a stud...
by grammar king
April 2nd, 2009, 7:11 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Hey! The Sun does science!
Replies: 14
Views: 2839

Re: Hey! The Sun does science!

Was anyone else thinking, "well, it is a giant nuclear reactor..." before they opened the thread?

I think that shows how surprising this is.
by grammar king
April 2nd, 2009, 6:16 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Do you ever go to church?
Replies: 379
Views: 96453

Re: Do you ever go to church?

I'll have no trouble going to a ceremony, it's not about me, after all. Carol services I don't mind going to, but they're a bit boring. I recently got invited to the 'alternative Christmas service' at my local baptist church, there's a post on my blog about it, here.
by grammar king
April 2nd, 2009, 6:03 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Do you/could you have a religious partner?
Replies: 66
Views: 7639

Re: Do you/could you have a religious partner?

I've been thinking about this recently. For a while I had a thing for a girl at uni. The problem was, she's a very active member of the Christian Union. That's how I met her in fact, she (among many many others) kind of made it her personal mission to convert me (didn't work, don't worry). I had ple...
by grammar king
April 2nd, 2009, 3:52 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: If atheists ruled the world
Replies: 4
Views: 847

Re: If atheists ruled the world

I'm sure I was in a thread where someone came out with that almost word for word. Would've been a year or so ago now... Scary stuff.
by grammar king
April 1st, 2009, 3:49 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: The Life You Can Save
Replies: 59
Views: 7630

Re: The Life You Can Save

Maybe I'm just being a bit left here, but I've always thought charity was like giving an aspirin to someone with cancer. It keeps the system ticking over, makes people in developed countries feel like they're doing something when in reality many of the consumer decisions they make on a day to day ba...
by grammar king
April 1st, 2009, 3:39 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Did Darwin Kill God?
Replies: 13
Views: 1370

Re: Did Darwin Kill God?

Maybe I was a bit forward with the accusation of a straw man, but I think you're still missing my point. I acknowledge that supposedly sin is caused by the Fall, but whether it's original sin or just everyday sin from which Jesus saves us is hardly central to Christianity. If you're taking Genesis a...
by grammar king
March 31st, 2009, 8:12 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Did Darwin Kill God?
Replies: 13
Views: 1370

Re: Did Darwin Kill God?

Darwinian evolution goes a step beyond making the Christian God superfluous by demonstrating that humans were not created directly by God in the Garden of Eden. This means that the story of the apple and the serpent is not literal, which means that the concept of "Original Sin" is baseless. This me...
by grammar king
March 31st, 2009, 7:25 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Did Darwin Kill God?
Replies: 13
Views: 1370

Re: Did Darwin Kill God?

It's on now, it looks crap.

Btw, has anyone met anyone who genuinely does believe Darwinism proves God doesn't exist? Of course is doesn't, it just makes belief in God superfluous and arbitrary. The whole programme is dealing with a straw man.
by grammar king
March 30th, 2009, 10:36 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Moral Dilemmas
Replies: 108
Views: 15158

Re: Moral Dilemmas

If it was purely my duty to skepticism vs my duty to my family I'd take the job. So the ghosthunting, for example. But selling homeopathic remedies and working against vaccines puts lives at risk. I wouldn't take such jobs. Or I'd take them, do them ludicrously badly, all the while looking for my ne...
by grammar king
March 30th, 2009, 7:53 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: I will cite my sources whenever I discuss a scientific study
Replies: 5
Views: 788

Re: I will cite my sources whenever I discuss a scientific study

It depends on the context, I think. I only know one person who cites his sources during a conversation in person, and he's got Asperger's. If you're just throwing issues up surrounding a case and not discussing it in depth, then you don't really need to cite sources. However, during serious discours...
by grammar king
March 29th, 2009, 8:24 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Pope & Condoms
Replies: 33
Views: 3041

Re: The Pope & Condoms

Maybe as (still technically) a Catholic living within his Archdiocese, I should send this Stephen Robson prat a letter.
by grammar king
March 28th, 2009, 11:40 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: A question about free will
Replies: 9
Views: 1056

Re: A question about free will

Ooh bollocks it begins with an L. I'm sure I've included this in an article before, I'll look it up.

Libet.
by grammar king
March 27th, 2009, 5:23 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Cormac Murphy O'Connor
Replies: 41
Views: 3794

Re: Cormac Murphy O'Connor

It's shocking how they had to cut down the wording so much to even get it online.
by grammar king
March 27th, 2009, 4:08 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: BHA responds on Government’s “interfaith week”
Replies: 11
Views: 1418

Re: BHA responds on Government’s “interfaith week”

Edinburgh has had interfaith week for ages, in fact I think the Edinburgh Interfaith Association is a big benificiary of the government's funding groups to tackle extremism, getting something like £200,000 a year IIRC. As part of the humanist society at the UoE, I tend to get involved in interfaith ...
by grammar king
March 24th, 2009, 5:48 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Does the Daily Mail cause cancer?
Replies: 2
Views: 496

Re: Does the Daily Mail cause cancer?

They do advertise it a lot. I reckon they came up with it and now sell it to Big Pharma to keep us all sick and buying pills. How stupid of us.