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by whitecraw
October 7th, 2007, 9:43 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Moral dilemmas - a question for humanists
Replies: 19
Views: 3898

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics refers more to virtues rather than morals, and I'm not sure if you can use the two interchangeably. No, you certainly can’t. In pre-Christian meta-ethics, ‘ éthika’ pertains to ‘matters of character’, with ‘ moralis’ being the term that Cicero coined to translate ‘ ét...
by whitecraw
October 7th, 2007, 7:55 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: most overused bible verse
Replies: 25
Views: 4111

Isn't it 'Harold'?
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Harold be thy name...
by whitecraw
October 7th, 2007, 12:34 am
Forum: Education
Topic: SACRE
Replies: 32
Views: 7279

Sorry! I just find the appearance of the wee happy chappie - jumping up and down with joy and obviously fair pleased with himself at being at long last one of the 'in' crowd - as part of an overtly religious symbolism... well... laughable.
by whitecraw
October 7th, 2007, 12:23 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Advertising Standards Authority
Replies: 103
Views: 19424

Hang on! I've just checked the Scout Association's Equal Opportunities Policy. It states that: With reference to religious belief, the avowed absence of religious belief is a bar to appointment to a Leadership position. I'll never be a Scout Master then. Still... the prospect of never becoming a Sco...
by whitecraw
October 6th, 2007, 11:58 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Advertising Standards Authority
Replies: 103
Views: 19424

I believe that they still officially exclude atheists.
They can't do. Both my older boys are Scouts, and they're atheists. (At least, as far as I know they're atheists. Neither is much bothered with religion. Does that count?)
by whitecraw
October 6th, 2007, 11:49 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Moral dilemmas - a question for humanists
Replies: 19
Views: 3898

Yes, I agree that you may act in a self-preserving or cowardly way or you may act in a brave and courageous way… And there’s the other possibility too. One may act in a self-preserving and courageous way. Courage consists in doing what one ought to do in a given situation – jumping into a river to ...
by whitecraw
October 6th, 2007, 3:15 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: SACRE
Replies: 32
Views: 7279

Nice to see Humanism included as one of the many faiths of the world. But should Humanists be satisfied with being only on God's imaginery pinkie?
by whitecraw
October 6th, 2007, 3:09 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Moral dilemmas - a question for humanists
Replies: 19
Views: 3898

any moral or self sacrificing intentions tend to fly out the window when faced with a life or death situation But these are the very situations in which one’s morality (one’s sense of right and wrong) and one’s courage (the disposition to act in accordance with one’s sense of right and wrong, whate...
by whitecraw
October 3rd, 2007, 9:55 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: most overused bible verse
Replies: 25
Views: 4111

I’m tempted to say: references to ‘the salt of the earth’, ‘the powers that be’, ‘by the skin of our teeth’ or ‘a fly in the ointment’, which are all grossly overused biblical expressions. But, of course, they aren’t verses. And I actually know the answer to this question. Some sad bastard at an Ame...
by whitecraw
October 2nd, 2007, 10:31 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Do you ever go to church?
Replies: 379
Views: 88674

No, but I believe they'll have someone signing for the deaf.
by whitecraw
October 2nd, 2007, 10:04 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Do you ever go to church?
Replies: 379
Views: 88674

I’ll be toddling along to the Kirk on the 21st. It’s having a special service to mark the start of the local arts festival and I’ve been asked to write a poem and read it. Should be a hoot! It’s to be on the theme of ‘abundance’, the service being put together loosely around the story of the wedding...
by whitecraw
October 2nd, 2007, 7:01 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist Quakers
Replies: 39
Views: 9744

Some philosopher once said "progress only comes through conflict". Peace is what you get when you'e dead or have eliminated any dissent. That would be German Jewish philosopher Theodor Adorno, of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory. He notoriously linked the Enlightenment ideal of 'peace' to Au...
by whitecraw
September 28th, 2007, 10:24 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist Quakers
Replies: 39
Views: 9744

Ignazio Buttitta was a 20th century Sicilian writer, who championed the Sicilian language against the encroachments of the regional Italian dialect (the Sicilian equivalent of Scots English). There are millions of speakers worldwide, but it is still not (unlike Scots) anywhere recognised as an offic...
by whitecraw
September 27th, 2007, 10:25 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist Quakers
Replies: 39
Views: 9744

And, of course, the IRA and RC priests taught Gaelic in 'hedgerow schools' in the last days of the English occupation, right under the noses of the Black and Tans (which once was a favourite tipple of mine). And those damned Buddhist monks! Their tangerine robes remind me of Dundee United supporters...
by whitecraw
September 27th, 2007, 10:17 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: SACRE
Replies: 32
Views: 7279

The bit about 'observers' is not the case everywhere. There are humanists who are full members with the same 'power' as anyone else and there are humanists who are actually the chair person of their local SACRE I stand corrected! Still can't get my head round the idea of humanists , who (despite ap...
by whitecraw
September 27th, 2007, 9:50 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist Quakers
Replies: 39
Views: 9744

I'm with ye there, Chris: Mither Tung Wap a fowk in cheens, roup thaim, mizzle thaim; yet they bide free. Tak frae thaim wark, passports, meat on the table, beds tae lie in; yet they bide bien. A fowk turn servile an puir whan reft o the tung o thir mithers; then they are lost for ay. Ignazio Buttit...
by whitecraw
September 25th, 2007, 10:27 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Complementary therapies
Replies: 577
Views: 117070

Yeah, I knew that. I had to get an endorsement on my organisation's insurance in order to ensure that the complementary therapies we offer through our Community Health project were covered against the risk of legal claims. It's pretty standard.
by whitecraw
September 20th, 2007, 8:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Madelaine McCann sighted in Belgium?
Replies: 31
Views: 4390

Sells newspapers and the advertising therein, entertains... The whole affair has been a soap opera from the start.

What's the bets there will be a movie at the end of it all.
by whitecraw
September 19th, 2007, 9:24 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: The Taboo of critisising religion
Replies: 25
Views: 3093

If you are saying that an overtly atheist philosophy teacher would challenge a religious student more than an entirely objective phychology or sociology teacher, then we are talking at cross purposes, not comparing like with like. No. If you read my post, you’ll find that what I was saying is that ...
by whitecraw
September 19th, 2007, 12:22 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Humanism and Morality
Replies: 11
Views: 2190

I do not like the idea of making decisions out of feeling guilt or pressure from society because if i do I'm being manipulated. All the actions we regard as positive generally have a rational basis sourced from our own desires. If I learn to understand this I am able to pursue those actions confide...