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by grammar king
April 11th, 2008, 1:21 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Difference between ethics and morality?
Replies: 35
Views: 8744

Re: Difference between ethics and morality?

Occam, your examples of what's moral and what's ethical seem completely arbitrary to me, you could just as easily have put them the other way around. The way I see it it's two words, meaning more or less the same thing, but sometimes used in different ways. A la 'house' and 'home', 'alley' and 'ginn...
by grammar king
April 10th, 2008, 7:05 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: 'I don't want test to tell me if I have terminal illness'
Replies: 10
Views: 1602

Re: 'I don't want test to tell me if I have terminal illness'

I'd want to know. I think knowing would affect your life less than not-knowing would. And unless you know, you'll always wonder whether or not you should have kids... I'd rather know.
by grammar king
April 10th, 2008, 3:52 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: US Must Embrace Obligations of Global Citizenship, says CfI
Replies: 7
Views: 1300

Re: US Must Embrace Obligations of Global Citizenship, says CfI

Everything's big in Texas... not least their voices. I've been on two trips to Texas with my scout troop, mainly in a city called Mission, right on the Rio Grande, but I also took some trips further north to Houston, Austin, San Antonio etc. It's not what people generally expect. Rather than the hil...
by grammar king
April 10th, 2008, 12:48 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Grand National--evil ?
Replies: 22
Views: 3475

Re: Grand National--evil ?

The whip is only allowed to be used on the final stretch, is it not?
by grammar king
April 10th, 2008, 11:59 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Books and useful links on humanism
Replies: 11
Views: 2574

Re: Books and useful links on humanism

I'd also recommend Holloway's "Godless Morality".
by grammar king
April 8th, 2008, 3:17 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Coping with loss
Replies: 23
Views: 3260

Re: Coping with loss

I've had thought on this several times since becoming a humanist, and there are a few posts on it scattered throughout my blog. A few weeks ago we had a man come to us at the Student Humanist Society who had a terminal illness and was startled by the humanist philosophy that there is nothing after d...
by grammar king
April 1st, 2008, 12:55 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: The Non-Church for Non-Believers
Replies: 7
Views: 1258

Re: The Non-Church for Non-Believers

On the one hand, I'd love to have something like a humanist 'church'. So, if people are looking for answers, it's just as easy to turn to humanism as it is to a religion, humanism isn't just an afterthought. But then on the other, I don't want humanism to turn into a pseudo-religion. I know things l...
by grammar king
March 19th, 2008, 10:31 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Oh Great - Seven New Mortal Sins
Replies: 17
Views: 2240

Re: Oh Great - Seven New Mortal Sins

I love how the Pope thinks he's an authority on bioethics...
by grammar king
March 18th, 2008, 1:07 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Moral Dilemmas
Replies: 108
Views: 14997

Re: Moral Dilemmas

I have a blog entry called Reverse Eugenics ( here ) where there's a discussion going on about this issue of selecting characteristics during IVF. The guy has something of a biotechnological background, I think, but it's a bit 2 way at the moment, so any other input into the conversation would be we...
by grammar king
March 18th, 2008, 1:26 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanism on the wrong track?
Replies: 59
Views: 9801

Re: Humanism on the wrong track?

I'd certainly agree that humanist organisations need to be more organised. The student Humanist Society at Edinburgh have recently got involved in the creation of a national umbrella organisation, uniting atheist groups at universities across the UK, similar to the Secular Student Alliance over in t...
by grammar king
March 18th, 2008, 1:22 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Should creationists be given a platform?
Replies: 26
Views: 3208

Re: Should creationists be given a platform?

Some people appear to be a little confused by the concept of free speech. We're all agreed that I should be allowed to say pretty much whatever I want. But I presume most of you wouldn't agree that should I decide to come into your living room and spout a load of creationist crap, you would be oblig...
by grammar king
March 18th, 2008, 1:15 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 203653

Re: Homeopathy

What do we define as "homeopathy"? Is this something like Chinese Medicine, with herbs and the like used as an alternative to western medicine? Is it the use of substances which demonstrably do not contain any medicinal material within them? Or is it specifically a belief that there's a supernatural...
by grammar king
March 16th, 2008, 12:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: I don't want a funeral ceremony.
Replies: 21
Views: 27825

Re: I don't want a funeral ceremony.

There are 2 things about my 'funeral' that are very important to me. 1. It is not to be a religious service. My family are practicing Catholics so I've made it perfectly clear to them (or at least to my siblings, I think my mum'd have a heart attack) that there is to be no mumbo-jumbo. 2. There will...
by grammar king
March 16th, 2008, 11:56 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Top 10 useless inventions
Replies: 18
Views: 6021

Re: Top 10 useless inventions

http://www.hemmy.net/images/funny/uselessinvent09.jpg :puzzled: WTF? That takes me back! In our tech rooms at school they had this picture on the wall in a poster from the DfES (I think), with the caption" "Got a better idea? Study D&T" or something less clunky. I like this: http://www.mindbreakers...
by grammar king
March 14th, 2008, 3:58 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: I'm 13% Seventh Day Adventist. Great.
Replies: 21
Views: 2556

Re: I'm 13% Seventh Day Adventist. Great.

Wow, what a load of rubbish. 1. Secular Humanism (100%) 2. Unitarian Universalism (97%) 3. Liberal Quakers (80%) 4. Theravada Buddhism (77%) 5. Nontheist (71%) 6. Neo-Pagan (64%) 7. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (63%) 8. Taoism (51%) 9. Reform Judaism (50%) 10. New Age (49%) 11. Mahayana...
by grammar king
March 14th, 2008, 3:50 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: National DNA database
Replies: 45
Views: 8686

Re: National DNA database

I think we're already totally unprotected from the government. We have no constitution, power is already very firmly in the hands of the executive (when it should be in Parliament), and quite frankly the whole system is totally open to abuse. The only thing that's prevented it happening to a greater...
by grammar king
March 14th, 2008, 3:35 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: St Patricks day
Replies: 9
Views: 1544

Re: St Patricks day

Nobody I know is even aware of this change. Indeed right this very second I'm wearing a shamrock hat on my head which proclaims Monday as St Patrick's Day. After work I will be going out and getting wasted as a celebration of the secularization of a religious holiday. I'd better enjoy it now, as soo...