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by Paolo
September 26th, 2008, 11:32 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 7655

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

I have a friend who lives in the new forrest, they often eat venison from deer which they hunt themselves. The reason that they have to kill the deer is to prevent the population form growing too big because all the natural predators have been eradicated except for humans.... Paolo wrote: since ins...
by Paolo
September 26th, 2008, 11:24 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Can humans rise above their origins?
Replies: 15
Views: 1413

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

Whether or not 'what humans do is more important than anything else that any other organism does' in the grand order if things (if such exists) is anybody's guess ---- but it is plainly more important to humans! And being a human myself rather than 'any other organism' it is more important to me (a...
by Paolo
September 26th, 2008, 9:47 am
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 7655

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

Farming for wool would not work for cows or pigs. Milk production inevitably leads to calves that are surplus to requirement (after all, cows only lactate just before and for a while after they've given birth) so a similar system wouldn't work for these animals. As for zoos, who wants to start a dis...
by Paolo
September 25th, 2008, 10:08 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 7655

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

I think that causing another organism to suffer is bad, but I also think that a quick death is perfectly acceptable. For any organism? I mean, obviously you don't think a quick (and involuntary) death is "perfectly acceptable" for a human being. You assume too much here, I actually do thi...
by Paolo
September 25th, 2008, 10:08 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA
Replies: 41
Views: 4698

We are just disposable transport vessels for our DNA

I think that causing another organism to suffer is bad, but I also think that a quick death is perfectly acceptable. For any organism? I mean, obviously you don't think a quick (and involuntary) death is "perfectly acceptable" for a human being. You assume too much here, I actually do thi...
by Paolo
September 25th, 2008, 7:57 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Can humans rise above their origins?
Replies: 15
Views: 1413

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

...the human animal is the first (as far as we know) to have evolved the ability to consciously rise above its early origins, to consider the ethical issues involved, to make moral choices. ...I don't agree with this at all, or perhaps it is the way that it is expressed which might indicate a misun...
by Paolo
September 24th, 2008, 10:25 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: How nerdy are you? (quiz)
Replies: 20
Views: 3844

Re: How nerdy are you? (quiz)

I thought I was bad with this result: 4% scored higher (more nerdy), 0% scored the same, and 96% scored lower (less nerdy). What does this mean? Your nerdiness is: All hail the monstrous nerd. You are by far the SUPREME NERD GOD!!! I think that I might need to switch off the computer for a while...
by Paolo
September 24th, 2008, 6:10 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?
Replies: 80
Views: 7655

Re: Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not?

Back to the topic - apologies for the previous mini-rant. I have a very good friend who has been vegetarian or vegan for all of his adult life and we regularly engage in conversations about eating meat (I personally enjoy eating meat), particularly when we lived together and shared a kitchen (during...
by Paolo
September 24th, 2008, 4:13 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Can humans rise above their origins?
Replies: 15
Views: 1413

Can humans rise above their origins?

{This topic has been split off from Why are some thoughtful people vegetarian and others not? - Admin} Quote "The Orangutan shits on the floor and does not wash Should meat eaters shit on the floor and have poor personal hygiene? Of course not. And I am not suggesting that they should. A momen...
by Paolo
September 24th, 2008, 9:35 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Word Association game
Replies: 18662
Views: 635070

Re: Word Association game

grant
by Paolo
September 23rd, 2008, 8:22 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Darwin's 200th anniversary
Replies: 54
Views: 4887

Re: Darwin's 200th anniversary

Hi Beki, according to http://www.darwin200.org/events there is an event in Fife at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, although that seems to be more about Frank Buckland, who was opposed to Darwin's ideas... I think organising an event would be a fantastic idea - a water-fight always goes down well and ...
by Paolo
September 23rd, 2008, 4:52 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy discussion split from the vaccination thread
Replies: 68
Views: 5933

Re: Homeopathy discussion split from the vaccination thread

That or it's just "Excrementum Taur."

Sorry - someone had to!
by Paolo
September 23rd, 2008, 7:29 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: The three-word-post game
Replies: 1332
Views: 56657

Re: The three-word-post game

None at all.
by Paolo
September 22nd, 2008, 11:12 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Darwin's 200th anniversary
Replies: 54
Views: 4887

Re: Darwin's 200th anniversary

Don't get me wrong, I agree with much of what Dawkins says (and I have a big problem with organised religion for exactly the reasons you state), I just find the way he says it overly confrontational and lacking in a degree of subtlety that might be more persuasive for those people who are not alread...
by Paolo
September 22nd, 2008, 4:51 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Religious people are stupid...
Replies: 48
Views: 4892

Re: Religious people are stupid...

Yes, agreed, but there are fewer studies demonstrating that.

I think it reasonable to suggest that the credulous are not likely to be rational and the rational are likely to be intelligent. Therefore the credulous are not likely to be intelligent, although they are not excluded from being so.
by Paolo
September 22nd, 2008, 2:30 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: The song title game
Replies: 2784
Views: 153285

Re: The song title game

I like big butts - Sir Mixalot
by Paolo
September 22nd, 2008, 2:17 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Religious people are stupid...
Replies: 48
Views: 4892

Religious people are stupid...

...by which I mean less intelligent than non-believers, as supported by research: Recent results - http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=402381&c=2 Summary of previous studies - http://kspark.kaist.ac.kr/jesus/intelligence%20&%20religion.htm I love it.
by Paolo
September 22nd, 2008, 7:57 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Darwin's 200th anniversary
Replies: 54
Views: 4887

Re: Darwin's 200th anniversary

I'm afraid I am one of those who cannot accept the co-existence of science and "faith". In fact I'm not afraid, I am convinced, by reason. If scientists cannot provide evidence, then they hypothesise, they do not adopt a scientific theory as an article of faith If only that were entirely ...
by Paolo
September 19th, 2008, 3:42 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Talk Like a Pirate Day
Replies: 83
Views: 14678

Re: Talk Like a Pirate Day 2007

Splice the mainbrace and shiver me timbers!

We'll fillet any homeopath lubber who stands against the mighty ship Think Humanism! We'll keel-haul Creationsists and make their fanciful gods walk the plank!

Yaaaarrrh!
by Paolo
September 19th, 2008, 3:32 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Darwin's 200th anniversary
Replies: 54
Views: 4887

Re: Darwin's 200th anniversary

This really is ludicrous. How, if one accepts evolution, can man be created in god's image? How can there be any scope for divine intervention or divine intention? The only thing they have left is the creation of the Big Bang itself, and "goddidit" is hardly sound science is it? And what ...

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