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by Cam
November 11th, 2013, 2:16 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Should we leave ill alone?
Replies: 17
Views: 2547

Re: Should we leave ill alone?

Depends on if you want to live a long life or not. If you want to then use all the scientific advances available to help prolong your life and if not then bury your head in the sand.
by Cam
November 11th, 2013, 1:01 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Free will. Interesting talk by Susan Blackmore
Replies: 46
Views: 11444

Re: Free will. Interesting talk by Susan Blackmore

Succinctly put! If those 'limits' are not in place then that affects the decision making process. e.g. if there were no penalties for 'bad behaviour' then the outcomes of certain choices that we make would be different; and importantly, that is irrespective of free will.
by Cam
November 11th, 2013, 11:40 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Schrodinger's Cat
Replies: 16
Views: 2604

Re: Schrodinger's Cat

:laughter: This is always the case when we dip our toes into the sea of mathematics! It can powerfully describe the universe in which we exist, but it can also describe a lot of things we can never experience, so it goes against our 'sense of reality' but we can see the outcomes and the fact that it...
by Cam
November 11th, 2013, 11:35 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What Caused the Big Bang?
Replies: 9
Views: 1775

Re: What Caused the Big Bang?

This is something the non-mathematicians amongst us (moi for e.g.) have to accept. That is the beauty of science. If anyone has the time, they can get access the scientific papers published on a particular subject, learn the mathematic principles and see it for themselves. It's pretty much an open ...
by Cam
November 11th, 2013, 9:57 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Church of England
Replies: 11
Views: 1716

Re: The Church of England

Cracks are forming!! :D
by Cam
November 11th, 2013, 9:52 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What Caused the Big Bang?
Replies: 9
Views: 1775

Re: What Caused the Big Bang?

I think the only possible answer is, "We don't know" Not for certain, but we can hazard an educated guess. OK, so what's a membrane? :twisted: Well... Firstly, sub-atomic particles which were once described as point-like particles are actually described as a one-dimensional 'string' which vibrates,...
by Cam
November 9th, 2013, 12:27 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: What Caused the Big Bang?
Replies: 9
Views: 1775

Re: What Caused the Big Bang?

I thought it was the collision of two membranes (M-Theory). I think that's the best current theory.
by Cam
November 7th, 2013, 1:01 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Free will. Interesting talk by Susan Blackmore
Replies: 46
Views: 11444

Re: Free will. Interesting talk by Susan Blackmore

Animist, Thanks for replying. You have made me think a bit deeper about what she said in her talk and I absolutely agree with you! I know this subject has been covered, but I have always taken the stance of determinism but with the day to day impression of free will. Choices being made based on cert...
by Cam
November 7th, 2013, 11:56 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Do you ever go to church?
Replies: 379
Views: 89571

Re: Do you ever go to church?

I have never understood the validity of Pascal's Wager anyway. If you genuinely don't believe in god you can't just decide to 'just in case'. You can feign belief but that's something altogether different.
by Cam
November 7th, 2013, 11:48 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: On being a Godparent
Replies: 17
Views: 2443

Re: On being a Godparent

It seems that the ceremony and catholic paraphernalia were more important than actually giving any thought to what this meant. Maybe I shouldn't have been surprised. Yes, I think that's quite common. In my experience anyway... Anyway I attended the ceremony, avoided all religious involvement, which...
by Cam
November 7th, 2013, 10:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Am I missing something here?
Replies: 22
Views: 1858

Re: Am I missing something here?

I know that Muslims are the bogie men these days Do you think that is unjustified? (genuine question). but the local Chinese community bought a large redundant church in Gloucester, refurbished it as a centre for their people and a conference/seminar/exhibition venue that any one can rent. It turne...
by Cam
November 6th, 2013, 8:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Am I missing something here?
Replies: 22
Views: 1858

Re: Am I missing something here?

Was your point that we should not allow anything described as "sharia" to exist in this country? Partly. I was (and still am) worried about the increase in islamic practices that this will probably cause, especially in view of the current problem with islamic terrorist fanatics on the run from the ...
by Cam
November 5th, 2013, 3:22 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Free will. Interesting talk by Susan Blackmore
Replies: 46
Views: 11444

Free will. Interesting talk by Susan Blackmore

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHP6fWwVqrk

I personally was very impressed by the talk even if I don't share all her views outside those she was talking about.

What do other folk think?
by Cam
November 4th, 2013, 7:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Have you succumbed to propaganda?
Replies: 7
Views: 4034

Re: Have you succumbed to propaganda?

I definately succumbed to propaganda last year. I was completely taken in by a chap selling 'unbreakable, unbluntable cobalt drill bits'. They were rubbish.
by Cam
November 4th, 2013, 4:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Who do e-books really benefit?
Replies: 37
Views: 2257

Re: Who do e-books really benefit?

I guess it's all down to personal choice really. I much prefer to read a conventional book as I can't see any benefit to myself of having an e-reader or whatever. Some people love them though and they can be of great benefit as Dave states: I get lots of free books that I would otherwise not have ea...
by Cam
November 4th, 2013, 9:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Am I missing something here?
Replies: 22
Views: 1858

Am I missing something here?

Two news items that struck me with horror today: A VEILED THREAT Terror suspect 'escapes in burka disguise' Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed escaped surveillance by changing into a burka on a visit to a mosque http://news.uk.msn.com/uk/police-hunt-terror-suspect-1 Britain to become first non-Muslim country to...
by Cam
November 2nd, 2013, 5:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: At what age is a person aware of their sexuality
Replies: 16
Views: 2192

Re: At what age is a person aware of their sexuality

Depends how you define sexuality. One definition is: the capacity to have erotic experiences and responses. I would presume that is not what they mean in this case. I might be wrong, but at age seven, I would not expect the capacity to have erotic experiences and responses to be in force. My earlies...
by Cam
November 2nd, 2013, 4:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: On being a Godparent
Replies: 17
Views: 2443

Re: On being a Godparent

I personally don't think that a 'godparent' is needed at all. I have a godfather who I did not see until I was in my late 20s I think and I never had a card or present from him, ever. I don't have a problem with that either and I get on with him just fine. I don't know if I have any others, I have n...
by Cam
November 2nd, 2013, 3:58 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Is it true? Is it right?
Replies: 29
Views: 3325

Re: Is it true? Is it right?

Compassionist wrote:if God was really communicating with Abraham then Abraham had evidence that God was real and therefore, faith in God was redundant.
Bingo! :D I just wish more people could understand this and it's implications.
by Cam
November 1st, 2013, 12:44 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Is it true? Is it right?
Replies: 29
Views: 3325

Re: Is it true? Is it right?

You got it. What kind of God asks someone to kill his son? So much for God being love! God is either imaginary or evil (more likely imaginary). I think it all depends on if you believe you have a soul which (if you are good) will live forever in heaven. In that case (and I guess the point of the st...