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by Nirvanam
April 21st, 2009, 2:49 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 84605

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

For example, if you saw evidence against something you believed, would you reconsider your belief in light of evidence or would you continue to hold that belief unchanged? I'll try to answer this with an example. Lets say I believe that gravity has no effect on me. So I decide to go on top of a bui...
by Nirvanam
April 19th, 2009, 12:53 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 193712

Re: Homeopathy

Hi Nirvanam. how very, er, interesting. The equation appears to be informing yourself + critical thought = too hard Kick around the forum and see if there are any other threads you won't read that you can add something equally uninformed to. L I don't know about the truth value of the equation but ...
by Nirvanam
April 19th, 2009, 12:37 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 84605

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

If you hold belief in something that could be described as a "god" or "gods" (ie. something supernatural with power to influence the natural) then you are theist. My "belief" (even though I experience it but since I cannot prove it in the form of our knowledge and generally accepted scientific proc...
by Nirvanam
April 19th, 2009, 5:23 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 193712

Re: Homeopathy

I haven't read all the posts on this topic (actually not even a handful..the moment I saw there were 200 odd posts I gave up) but here are my 2 paise (shillings/cents/whatever) on Homeopathy. From personal experience I know it works up to a certain extent. It has two basic types of treatment: short-...
by Nirvanam
April 18th, 2009, 11:57 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 84605

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

I don't think I am a theist (as in belief in a super natural entity called god that is separate from me) Can you explain? Like I mentioned in my previous post it is difficult to explain my stance using words alone. I'll make an attempt though. If an atheist = person who does not believe in the exis...
by Nirvanam
April 18th, 2009, 9:37 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 84605

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

Its a good thing that this topic has been put on the top of the list for the newly joined members benefit. Thanks to whoever did this (I think if I am recollecting correctly, it was Maria). My first reaction to the question was, "Here we go again, another labeling exercise. Do we really need to iden...
by Nirvanam
April 17th, 2009, 12:58 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: What is secularism?
Replies: 10
Views: 1510

Re: What is secularism?

So, Dan, you are saying that secularism today is more like "give it your own meaning" but use the term since it gives you political mileage. But theoretically secularism is primarily about separation of state and church?
by Nirvanam
April 16th, 2009, 12:48 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: What is secularism?
Replies: 10
Views: 1510

Re: What is secularism?

Can you tell us a bit about secularism in India? I guess theoretically secularism in India is similar to that in the UK in the sense that there is no involvement of any religious entities in making laws and in the Parliament. In fact there are no representative seats allocated either in the Rajya S...
by Nirvanam
April 16th, 2009, 12:11 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: What is secularism?
Replies: 10
Views: 1510

What is secularism?

Greetings to all! I wanted a better understanding of the term "secularism". When do we say that someone or some entity is secular? Do religious, racial, ethnic, sex tolerance constitute secularism? The background of my question is this...I am from India and the concept of secularism in India, I thin...