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by Paolo
March 18th, 2010, 9:46 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Brian Cox's hair
Replies: 127
Views: 29988

Re: Brian Cox's hair

I think he needs to join the "luxuriant flowing hair club for scientists"
by Paolo
March 18th, 2010, 7:57 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: General Ignorance
Replies: 106
Views: 9347

Re: General Ignorance

Could this mean that the universe is essentially just One thing and what we see as distinct objects are basically because our vision cannot "see" the oneness...lol esoteric I guess The Universe is indeed just one thing, it's just one thing that is comprised of lots of different things. Like soup. I...
by Paolo
March 17th, 2010, 9:24 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: General Ignorance
Replies: 106
Views: 9347

Re: General Ignorance

Could this mean that the universe is essentially just One thing and what we see as distinct objects are basically because our vision cannot "see" the oneness...lol esoteric I guess The Universe is indeed just one thing, it's just one thing that is comprised of lots of different things. Like soup. I...
by Paolo
March 15th, 2010, 5:04 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: General Ignorance
Replies: 106
Views: 9347

Re: General Ignorance

So, where do we say the Earth ends and space begins...in other words what is the boundary...my question is not in terms of distance as such but conceptually There is no real "boundary" as such - that's point of what I've been saying. The arbitrary boundary is defined by the atmosphere becoming so t...
by Paolo
March 12th, 2010, 6:05 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: General Ignorance
Replies: 106
Views: 9347

Re: General Ignorance

Guess I am being dense but are you saying that the differentiator between Earth and space is the existence of vacuum...rather Earth ends when the vacuum which we call space starts? And what is vacuum really...is it the existence of nothing at all...no particles no atoms absolutely nothing? Not quit...
by Paolo
March 11th, 2010, 9:01 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: General Ignorance
Replies: 106
Views: 9347

Re: General Ignorance

A question...where does the Earth end and where does space start? Have physicists defined this clearly? Theodore von Kármán worked out that space starts at about 100km (not precisely, but close enough to make it worth rounding up to a nice memorable number). This value is partly arbitrary, since th...
by Paolo
March 11th, 2010, 6:39 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: General Ignorance
Replies: 106
Views: 9347

Re: General Ignorance

That's interesting. Presumably the friction decreases as the atmosphere gets thinner, so speed can increase as the rocket goes up. Have I got that right? Yup. Spot on. I meant constant, as opposed to accelerating. (I was vaguely aware that gravity varied from place to place.) Well, gravity is actua...
by Paolo
March 11th, 2010, 8:24 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Some new statistics on Belief in the UK
Replies: 8
Views: 1054

Re: Some new statistics on Belief in the UK

I can't find the original research on this - so if anyone can point me in the right direction? A study among clergy of the Church of England carried out by researchers from Bangor University five years ago found: Although almost all (!) Anglican clergy on the whole believed in the existence of God,...
by Paolo
March 11th, 2010, 8:10 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: General Ignorance
Replies: 106
Views: 9347

Re: General Ignorance

Thanks for that explanation, TTD, it sounds almost plausible :wink: but I'm still not quite getting the hang of it. D'ya mind if I probe a bit further? Surely gravity is a constant force? Nope - at least not in intensity since it's mass dependent. Fluctuations in local gravity can even be mapped . ...
by Paolo
March 10th, 2010, 9:53 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Films
Replies: 231
Views: 37390

Re: Films

Anyone seen the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland? I was thinking of seeing it this weeked, but have read very mixed reviews. Just watched it a couple of hours ago. I really enjoyed it, but that's partly because I wasn't expecting it to be anything like the book. Hardly Oscar-winning or gritty drama, ...
by Paolo
March 8th, 2010, 12:56 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Crop circles?
Replies: 70
Views: 4282

Re: Crop circles?

Thought this might be an appropriate place for this . http://forgetomori.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/projetoatlas.jpg As to crop circles being made by humans The culprits are the members of XL D-Sign team, which has been creating fantastic formations for more than ten years – many of which are pr...
by Paolo
March 8th, 2010, 12:47 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanism and science
Replies: 16
Views: 2975

Re: Humanism and science

I think I come at Humanism from the other angle - the scientific method has long been my main consideration and I found Humanism to be one of the few belief systems that makes a virtue of acknowledging the place of science in understanding how we function socially (and thus morally). Science is athe...
by Paolo
March 2nd, 2010, 8:39 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 205963

Re: Homeopathy

I know about the inference of writing in green pen, but I never thought how it may have originated. I suppose it's the same as saying a letter if from "disgusted, of Tunbridge Wells". Why are the people of Tunbridge Wells so touchy?? :) I always assumed that green ink was used because it doesn't ph...
by Paolo
February 20th, 2010, 1:30 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?
Replies: 40
Views: 8349

Re: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?

SITP? Sceptics In The Pub Let me see if I've got what you're saying. I not sure but here goes: There is no objective standard for right or wrong, only subjective. Therefore, since cultures are also subjectively created, you can only judge right or wrong according to that culture. Have I got you rig...
by Paolo
February 16th, 2010, 2:59 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?
Replies: 40
Views: 8349

Re: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?

I'm getting a similar feeling to the one I had last night at SITP. There seems to be a problem with people conflating what they think is right with what is genuinely right. If there is no objective right and wrong then how can something be genuinely right, except within the cultural context within w...
by Paolo
February 16th, 2010, 8:00 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?
Replies: 40
Views: 8349

Re: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?

Person: Oh well clearly Human Rights transcend, if by that we mean trump, cultural relativism. Humanist: Do you think so? I like this discussion - this last part made me recognise where the question is ambiguous. " Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?" suggests that they actually do in th...
by Paolo
February 16th, 2010, 7:44 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?
Replies: 40
Views: 8349

Re: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?

Marian wrote:Are we absolutely sure all aspects of all cultures are of equal value?
Obviously they're not and I don't think anyone could seriously suggest that they are. The problem lies in identifying what real value they do have within the framework of a given societal context.
by Paolo
February 15th, 2010, 4:08 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?
Replies: 40
Views: 8349

Re: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?

Perhaps the concept of "freedom" is a bit of a myth. I think that you have a valid point there. Humans function as individuals and as members of a society. Society by virtue of its existence requires rules of behaviour that restrict the actions of individuals. We each want to have our individual fr...
by Paolo
February 15th, 2010, 4:01 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?
Replies: 40
Views: 8349

Re: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?

Sarah Menkedick writes, "Culture, however, is not a homogeneous entity developed and sustained by consensus, but often a hegemonic and absolutist [patriarchal] structure..." (Bracket is mine)This says to me that looking at cultural relativism as a matter of relevance is lending support to a structu...
by Paolo
February 14th, 2010, 5:31 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?
Replies: 40
Views: 8349

Re: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?

More to the point, rights are culturally defined ideals that may not have cultural acceptance in different contexts. By attempting to impose one set of cultural rights it is possible to violate a different set of perceived rights held by a different culture. Cultures don’t have rights, people do. I...