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by Paolo
October 11th, 2008, 1:23 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Adults hitting children
Replies: 72
Views: 8909

Re: Adults hitting children

Many parents can be dominated by their children, This is particularly the case with parents who attempt to control their children via physical violence. It dampens the respect and strains the love. This strikes me (if you'll excuse the unintentional pun) as being a potential chicken and egg situati...
by Paolo
October 11th, 2008, 1:04 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 68078

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

12. Theist - It's just flat wrong. There is no god or gods. For sure. Period. Hmm, this made me think about what I 'am' in a slightly different light... I consider myself an sceptical atheist , since I have seen no evidence to support the existence of a god or gods and belief (or the acceptance of ...
by Paolo
October 11th, 2008, 12:06 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA
Replies: 41
Views: 4713

Re: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA

...I’m being unashamedly anthropocentric here (and more ashamedly Eurocentric). I suppose there may be individuals of other species that contribute to the culture of a population without contributing to its gene pool, but they’ll be unsung heroes. Humans are, I should think, unique in their recogni...
by Paolo
October 11th, 2008, 11:43 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Questions about Evolution
Replies: 28
Views: 2808

Re: Questions about Evolution

I'm not convinced there is a reduced selection process going on or if it's just changed. For example in western society there is clearly a reduced significance on physical capabilities, but there is still going to be a high selective process going on in relation to cognitive abilities. Not just in ...
by Paolo
October 11th, 2008, 7:41 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Plant dignity
Replies: 21
Views: 2917

Re: Plant dignity

jaywhat wrote:Chambers Dictionary has among its meanings - grandeur of bearing or appearance.
In that case, I think an old tree has considerably more dignity than a sheep.
by Paolo
October 11th, 2008, 7:27 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Adults hitting children
Replies: 72
Views: 8909

Re: Adults hitting children

Sorry, I didn't get that across at all well (damned beer!). 2. Asserting the parents dominant position. ...parents have an intrinsic dominance to the degree that their child is dependent upon them for survival. Are you suggesting that the child's position is influenced by fear of having the resource...
by Paolo
October 11th, 2008, 1:48 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Adults hitting children
Replies: 72
Views: 8909

Re: Adults hitting children

1. Deterring very dangerous behaviour. (tractor chicken.) Isn't hitting a very dangerous behavior? No, not if you hit them in the right place. 2. Asserting the parents dominant position. Why not be authoritative rather than authoritarian? Must parenting really be about ruling a pecking order? Besid...
by Paolo
October 11th, 2008, 1:43 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Plant dignity
Replies: 21
Views: 2917

Re: Plant dignity

Do animals have dignity?
by Paolo
October 11th, 2008, 1:16 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 68078

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

I avoid naturalist for a couple of reasons. First, it is ambiguous. No, not because it sounds anything like 'naturist', but because it makes people think of Richard Attenborough, and others who are interested in and knowledgeable about natural history. I personally think of David Attenborough, Rich...
by Paolo
October 11th, 2008, 1:02 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA
Replies: 41
Views: 4713

Re: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA

...it's obvious that some members of a species need to reproduce. But for an individual, and I thought we'd been talking about individuals, the production of a few offspring is going to make little difference. Funny, the production of a few offspring actually seems pretty significant in terms of th...
by Paolo
October 10th, 2008, 8:35 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Adults hitting children
Replies: 72
Views: 8909

Re: Adults hitting children

There are always better ways to approach socially unacceptable situations than to resort to physical violence in any form. If the child does not respond to constructive and rational learning then it is down to us as adults to find another way to communicate the mores of society. It's not down to me...
by Paolo
October 9th, 2008, 9:27 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanism and being 'good'?
Replies: 9
Views: 1895

Re: Humanism and being 'good'?

It seems to me that Humanism ticks the "other" category box for people who are not religious, but who identify with a positive aspect to human behaviour based on rational principles. I have considered myself an atheist for many years, but having identified a strong moral/ethical trend in m...
by Paolo
October 9th, 2008, 7:57 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Difference between ethics and morality?
Replies: 35
Views: 7510

Re: Difference between ethics and morality?

I like it!

My thought is that morals are personal, ethics are social, but both can be considered templates for governing behaviour.

Does this work?
by Paolo
October 9th, 2008, 4:21 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Difference between ethics and morality?
Replies: 35
Views: 7510

Re: Difference between ethics and morality?

As far as I'm concerned, words don't determine meanings but represent them. The main thing is that we agree about the meaning of the words we use, or at least understand the meanings of words as we are using them. I agree that agreement on the meaning of the words we use is the main thing here. Tha...
by Paolo
October 9th, 2008, 2:54 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Difference between ethics and morality?
Replies: 35
Views: 7510

Re: Difference between ethics and morality?

So let's get this straight, here it is being suggested that morality is about an individual's judgement based on their personal beliefs and feelings, whereas ethics are somewhat more formalised and are intellectual concepts that relate to social responsibility and learned duty? Is that what's being ...
by Paolo
October 9th, 2008, 1:52 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Adults hitting children
Replies: 72
Views: 8909

Re: Adults hitting children

I would stand my ground to deny that and say no child ever did deserve a smack. Different people respond differently to different learning styles. One size does not fit all. I think that physical punishment is inappropriate to most people in most situations, however, for some people under some (ext...
by Paolo
October 9th, 2008, 9:44 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: How moral are you?
Replies: 25
Views: 3101

Re: How moral are you?

36 The test was a bit simplified, but then it is for a general audience. The test doesn't seem to like that I pay such attention to my conscience. Maybe your conscience is wrong? Just kidding - how can a test be accurately compiled to test morality when there is no explicit reference for what is mor...
by Paolo
October 9th, 2008, 9:13 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Darwin's 200th anniversary
Replies: 54
Views: 4893

Re: Darwin's 200th anniversary

It is rather beautiful, I was lucky enough to get one free at the launch event for Darwin200 at the NHM. So far it has proved invaluable for planning our events and making sure they tie-in with notable dates in Darwin's life.
by Paolo
October 9th, 2008, 8:26 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Adults hitting children
Replies: 72
Views: 8909

Re: Adults hitting children

Punishment should fit the crime in my opinion. If a child does something to deserve a smack it should be smacked. However, deserving physical violence is a very rare thing and in my opinion it should only be dished out if a child does something pretty unthinkable, like this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/...
by Paolo
October 8th, 2008, 7:12 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Omnivores or Herbavores?
Replies: 42
Views: 13730

Re: Omnivores or Herbavores?

Hey - don't get me wrong - I'm not saying a meat based diet is good , just that it is perfectly possible for humans to live on it (as is relevant to the thread)! I'd be interested to see how much of modern Inuit vitamin deficiency and health problems are due to an increase in alcohol intake, smoking...