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by grammar king
February 2nd, 2009, 7:39 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: MoD defends hospital treatment for Taliban
Replies: 10
Views: 3632

Re: MoD defends hospital treatment for Taliban

Sure, treat them, it's an obligation, but do they have to be treated in the same room? This seems to solve both problems.
by grammar king
January 31st, 2009, 6:04 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: The MMR controversy
Replies: 62
Views: 21793

Re: The MMR controversy

it was good for society on the whole but could be disastrous for individuals I think that this is the key point. It has been shown (though the anti-vaccine brigade would disagree) that this vaccination cannot be disastrous for individuals because it doesn't cause harm such as autism, so the teacher...
by grammar king
January 30th, 2009, 5:14 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: The MMR controversy
Replies: 62
Views: 21793

Re: The MMR controversy

Yeah, it was part of an ethics debate or something, is it ethical to get your child vaccined. IIRC he said it was good for society on the whole but could be disastrous for individuals, so the choice for parents was difficult.
by grammar king
January 28th, 2009, 6:26 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: The MMR controversy
Replies: 62
Views: 21793

Re: The MMR controversy

This takes me back. When I was a lad in religious studies class at school (less than 5 years ago), this topic came up, and the whole myth about the vaccinations causing autism was swallowed whole, including by myself, nobody even questioned it. Looks really stupid in hindsight, but then, so do a lot...
by grammar king
January 28th, 2009, 3:29 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Ofquack
Replies: 132
Views: 80776

Re: Ofquack

DC's a legend. He's taken a personal interest in the homeopathy case at the University and has agreed to come and do a presentation for us! Brilliant!
by grammar king
January 25th, 2009, 4:41 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Will Time Travel Ever Be Possible?
Replies: 31
Views: 3760

Re: Will Time Travel Ever Be Possible?

Well it's easy to travel forwards in time, just shoot off into space really fast and shoot back. Travelling back seems much more difficult, but I read an article that said something about event horizons of black holes. BUT if a time machine was made in this way, it would only be possible to travel b...
by grammar king
January 19th, 2009, 8:34 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Complementary therapies
Replies: 577
Views: 135397

Re: Complementary therapies

I've written a summary of the day's happenings on my blog.

If you guys and gals have any information on the placebo effect on eczema, and alternative medicine use on animals and young children, I've got the bug for it now... cheers.
by grammar king
January 16th, 2009, 12:31 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Complementary therapies
Replies: 577
Views: 135397

Re: Complementary therapies

I've seen that video before, but presumably with the whole less is more thing, the way to overdose is to not take anything at all! Still, I could ask if it's possible to overdose and if they say yes, prove you can't, and if they say no, point out that that means it doesn't do anything in the first p...
by grammar king
January 16th, 2009, 12:07 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Complementary therapies
Replies: 577
Views: 135397

Re: Complementary therapies

It did also say "a wee bit sluggish" in the description :P. The society had a meeting today, but I was manning our stall trying to get new members so I wasn't there. Apparently most people were happy just writing an angry letter to the union. I think I'm going to at least hand a few leaflets out. It...
by grammar king
January 14th, 2009, 5:22 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Complementary therapies
Replies: 577
Views: 135397

Re: Complementary therapies

What do you guys think of this? Our Union is putting on Wellbeing Fair, described as follows: "Wellbeing Fair If you are feeling a wee bit sluggish after the New Year festivities, get yourself over our very first Wellbeing Fair! There will be lots of freebies, advice, makeovers, hair consultations, ...
by grammar king
January 5th, 2009, 10:35 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Reading the Bible
Replies: 16
Views: 2287

Re: Reading the Bible

I definitely recommend reading it. I particularly advocate telling practicing Christians to read it all the way through as that's one of the main things that led me to atheism. I managed to hammer my way through it in a couple of weeks with not much else to do during the Easter holidays one year, an...
by grammar king
December 2nd, 2008, 10:06 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 207102

Re: Homeopathy

Awesome vid Alan. I had no idea Randi was so short. He has a gift for hitting home, see when everyone was laughing and it was funny, but then he mentioned the pill to fight anthrax, bubonic plague, smallpox and radiation the whole room went silent.
by grammar king
November 28th, 2008, 7:13 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are we prepared for January 2009?
Replies: 10
Views: 1446

Re: Are we prepared for January 2009?

The whole faith bringing comfort thing. Wanting something to be true doesn't make it true.
by grammar king
November 2nd, 2008, 12:27 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 207102

Re: Homeopathy

As for prescribing sugar pills instead of real medicine, there's a real issue of trust and integrity for doctors. There is certainly a lot we don't know about placebos, but placebos don't kill superbugs. Been reading around today, it does appear an open-and-shut case, like you say (the leaflet on p...
by grammar king
November 2nd, 2008, 10:41 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 207102

Re: Homeopathy

grammar king just that if it didn't work, someone would've realised by now. grammar king! 98 percent of the population (or more) "realize" it doesn't work, have you been living in a cave? Homeopathic "medicines" are just water (with a memory :puzzled:) and the only condition they will cure, is thir...
by grammar king
November 1st, 2008, 8:05 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 207102

Re: Homeopathy

I wasn't trying to use an ad populum argument, just that if it didn't work, someone would've realised by now. If proper studies have been done into it, I'll read into it but as of yet I haven't had a lot of time to do so. I'm sure there'll be links in this thread so I'll look through tomorrow.
by grammar king
November 1st, 2008, 3:51 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 207102

Re: Homeopathy

I've just discovered a homeopathic clinic running on campus at the University of Edinburgh. It's run by the Edinburgh University Settlement, which is apparently an independent charity with which current and past members of the University can volunteer, and it appears to have very close links with th...
by grammar king
September 28th, 2008, 7:35 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Catholic Queen?
Replies: 4
Views: 728

Re: Catholic Queen?

Supposedly Alex Salmond said of it:

"I welcome these moves. The Act of Settlement is an 18th-century anachronism that has no place in a modern 21st-century constitution."

Is the monarchy not an outdated anachronism that has no place in a modern 21st century constitution?
by grammar king
September 20th, 2008, 1:58 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Tattooed
Replies: 27
Views: 5172

Re: Tattooed

It'd be cool but it'd be very expensive. It's also a wee bit girly for me I think, hehe.
by grammar king
September 20th, 2008, 1:53 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: L.H.C.
Replies: 11
Views: 1461

Re: L.H.C.

Apparently there's been some kind of electrical fault which'll put it back a couple of months.