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by grammar king
September 19th, 2008, 11:30 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Questions about Evolution
Replies: 28
Views: 3285

Re: Questions about Evolution

Endomorphic retroviral insertions are one of my favourites. It is extremely good evidence for common descent, at least back as far as the Great Apes.
by grammar king
September 17th, 2008, 12:25 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Tattooed
Replies: 27
Views: 5167

Re: Tattooed

Nah don't worry about it. Well I already have one on each wrist/forearm, look like the middle ones of these . My mates keep telling me I should get the other two somewhere, but the thing is they're the ones everyone recognises so everyone'll know what they are. At the moment they could just pass for...
by grammar king
September 16th, 2008, 11:53 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Dr Rowan Williams is visiting the University of Glasgow
Replies: 2
Views: 596

Re: Dr Rowan Williams is visiting the University of Glasgow

Hmm... might pop over, could be interesting.
by grammar king
September 15th, 2008, 7:06 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Tattooed
Replies: 27
Views: 5167

Re: Tattooed

Maria wrote:If she really, really wants a happy human tattoo then she must be a crank. She never struck me as one before, though.
Why do you say that? I'm thinking what to get for my next tattoo and a happy humanist is on the shortlist. It probably won't be the one I get but it's in the top 5 or so.
by grammar king
September 14th, 2008, 12:49 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Organ Transplant phenomena
Replies: 6
Views: 1239

Organ Transplant phenomena

What do you think of the stories we sometimes hear of patients receiving the organs from someone they don't know, and taking on some personality traits of that person? I was having a discussion with someone about the lack of evidence for a soul, and to my surprise they brought this up as possible ev...
by grammar king
May 8th, 2008, 10:36 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Scottish 2011 census religion question
Replies: 4
Views: 831

Re: Scottish 2011 census religion question

I believe France is in Europe. In no way is that a faith.
by grammar king
May 7th, 2008, 11:51 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Jesus Camp, Channel 4 Tonight (Tuesday 6.5.08) 11.05 pm (UK)
Replies: 21
Views: 2863

Re: Jesus Camp, Channel 4 Tonight (Tuesday 6.5.08) 11.05 pm (UK)

Scouts doesn't have much to do with the church anymore. Speaking as someone who's been in scouting for... 13 years (bloody hell), and acts as a scout leader when not at uni, it's really not a big deal at all. As I'm sure you'll all know the Promise involves doing your duty to God and to the Queen, b...
by grammar king
May 3rd, 2008, 2:09 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Looking for more student groups at Scottish Universities
Replies: 2
Views: 2797

Re: Looking for more student groups at Scottish Universities

I'd like to draw attention to this. If anyone is in contact with an atheist/skeptic/humanist group at any UK university, not just in Scotland, could they forward them to http://www.secularportal.com please? That would be great.
by grammar king
April 30th, 2008, 4:45 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: HSS Education Strategy Launch
Replies: 29
Views: 5920

Re: HSS Education Strategy Launch

Actually I had a conversation about this with the student humanist group. The president of our group went through the Scottish education system and didn't know much about evolution at all until he read Dawkins. Apparently it's not taught up to standard grade, maybe it's just in highers. Even in my s...
by grammar king
April 30th, 2008, 4:13 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: NUT proposal for religious instruction in schools
Replies: 19
Views: 3548

Re: NUT proposal for religious instruction in schools

PPS In a couple of weeks I am going into a VA cathedral school to talk about Humanism to year 10's as part of an RE conference. A number of religious rep's and I will be set up in classrooms to hold 1 hour+ sessions thro' the day. Having received the invitation I will perhaps find out whether at le...
by grammar king
April 30th, 2008, 11:27 am
Forum: Education
Topic: HSS Education Strategy Launch
Replies: 29
Views: 5920

Re: HSS Education Strategy Launch

Aha - someone who was actually at the launch! Do you know, grammarking, the answers to the questions posed by Noggin and myself about why they have produced material on the origins of religion as well as the scientific stuff about the origin of the universe? Actually I only got round to that sectio...
by grammar king
April 29th, 2008, 4:19 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: HSS Education Strategy Launch
Replies: 29
Views: 5920

Re: HSS Education Strategy Launch

And the quote about the Golden Rule, that was from the primary 1 material, you can’t expect them to go into such detail as to explaining why it’s good quite so early. “Did I say they should go into detail? My objection is to the statement that, because religions use it then it must be a good rule. ...
by grammar king
April 29th, 2008, 11:41 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Incest
Replies: 33
Views: 5934

Re: Incest

There's recently been a storyline on Hollyoaks about this. A guy's mate started going out with this girl, and he fell in love with her and they got together behind his mate's back. They then discovered they were half siblings, but decided they didn't care and carried on anyway because they loved eac...
by grammar king
April 29th, 2008, 1:10 am
Forum: Education
Topic: NUT proposal for religious instruction in schools
Replies: 19
Views: 3548

Re: NUT proposal for religious instruction in schools

I think you're absolutely right, Autumn. My parents sent me to a Catholic school not because it was Catholic, but because it was a good school.

I suppose most parents would be perfectly willing to teach their kids about religion themselves, if they feel so strongly about it.
by grammar king
April 29th, 2008, 12:58 am
Forum: Education
Topic: HSS Education Strategy Launch
Replies: 29
Views: 5920

Re: HSS Education Strategy Launch

Wow, refusing to reply in the actual discussion because of another commenter who isn't affiliated with the blog, that's rational. What was taken issue with wasn't your disagreement (if you read around the blog you'll see there's been plenty of that in the past), it was that there wasn't anything but...
by grammar king
April 23rd, 2008, 11:43 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Many avowed believers don't believe
Replies: 36
Views: 3883

Re: Many avowed believers don't believe

When I was a Christian I handled it in a mixture of ways. 1. There were some things I never thought about, so I didn't question it. 2. There were other things I didn't understand properly, so I didn't question it. 3. Sometimes it was "I am a Christian therefore I believe this", rather than "I believ...
by grammar king
April 22nd, 2008, 11:44 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Factual errors in the Bible?
Replies: 32
Views: 4264

Re: Factual errors in the Bible?

Here's something I just noticed... when the Egyptians are chasing the Israelites out of Egypt in their 600 chariots, what's pulling them? "All the Egyptian livestock" has been killed by the plague!
by grammar king
April 17th, 2008, 1:45 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Chaplains in Higher Education (merged)
Replies: 30
Views: 4194

Re: Chaplains in Higher Education (merged)

I'm also looking forward to this. The HSS have contacted us at the Student Humanist Society about possibly going into schools to talk about humanism. Having done this sort of thing before with the SVP, I'd love to do it! I'm going back to Merseyside in 3 weeks though, so hopefully the training day i...
by grammar king
April 11th, 2008, 11:55 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Crucifixion
Replies: 51
Views: 5336

Re: Crucifixion

Tacitus writes about Jesus in his Annals. But not all the relief that could come from man, not all the bounties that the prince could bestow, nor all the atonements which could be presented to the gods, availed to relieve Nero from the infamy of being believed to have ordered the conflagration, the ...