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by Fred
September 14th, 2007, 5:16 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Chaplains in Higher Education (merged)
Replies: 30
Views: 3930

Alan H wrote:What's this? People apologising and being nice to others?

What a nice, friendly place this is. :)
It won't last :twisted:
by Fred
September 14th, 2007, 5:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Terminology
Replies: 8
Views: 1387

Terminology

I find annoying / confusing that the religionists are setting the agenda when it comes to terminology. A few examples; Atheist - the religionists want to define this for us. They claim that if we acknowledge even the slightest possibility that there could theoretically be "something out there" then ...
by Fred
September 14th, 2007, 5:04 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Critical Analysis of Icons of Evolution
Replies: 9
Views: 1763

If they're serious then this is scary;
  • The reDiscovery Institute promotes better education of children, and re-education of certain adults.
Isn't "re-education" what Stalin's gulags were for???
by Fred
September 14th, 2007, 3:53 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: SACRE
Replies: 32
Views: 7223

The bit about 'observers' is not the case everythere. 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. That's interesting! Who decides what role Humanists will have on each SACRE? Is it the ...
by Fred
September 14th, 2007, 1:50 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: BBC NEWS | Technology | Social net offers new perspective
Replies: 0
Views: 1266

BBC NEWS | Technology | Social net offers new perspective

Columnist Bill Thompson asks whether social networking could underpin a new politics of connection... "What happens when the photos on Facebook and Flickr show devastated crops and starving families - and these people are not just faces on the television but old friends, people whose likes and disli...
by Fred
September 14th, 2007, 11:03 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Chaplains in Higher Education (merged)
Replies: 30
Views: 3930

lewist wrote: Edited to apologise to Fred - my post is just a bit off topic, as you asked about University Chaplains. Sorry!
No apology necessary - yours was an interesting and thought provoking post.
by Fred
September 14th, 2007, 10:26 am
Forum: Education
Topic: SACRE
Replies: 32
Views: 7223

As I understand it only the faith heads have a vote on SACREs. Humanists et al are "observers". It is still a good opportunity to provide a balance to their silliness, but I expect it will be frustrating when you win the argument and lose the vote. Do non-goddist religions (Buddhism, Paganism etc) g...
by Fred
September 13th, 2007, 3:50 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Dogs are cruel, Cats are cool
Replies: 974
Views: 108741

part of my backlash at americanisms - when pppl give me temperatures in fahrenheit, i ask "what;'s that in english?"

but i am a contrary bar steward ;)
by Fred
September 13th, 2007, 3:48 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Chaplains in Higher Education (merged)
Replies: 30
Views: 3930

Chaplains in Higher Education (merged)

Admin note: Two threads on the same topic have been merged. The older one finished with Autumn's post and the newer one started with xman's post. An interesting thread on BHA forum here. { link removed} I don't know what a humanist chaplain would actually do, but it does seem like a good way of rai...
by Fred
September 13th, 2007, 3:31 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Dogs are cruel, Cats are cool
Replies: 974
Views: 108741

Hercules was recently awarded the honorable distinction of World’s Biggest Dog by Guinness World Records. Hercules is an English Mastiff and has a 38 inch neck and weighs 282 pounds.
That's over 20 stone or or 128 kg in real money!!!!

Where does a dog like that sleep? Anywhere it flamin' likes!
by Fred
September 13th, 2007, 3:24 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: The original book thread
Replies: 406
Views: 43888

does anyone else use bookcrossing? It may be a way to lend / borrow books amongst oursleves. i have no idea what the cost of posting a book is though.
by Fred
September 13th, 2007, 3:03 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: The original book thread
Replies: 406
Views: 43888

Currently reading Enigma by Richard Harris. Just finished The Salmon of Doubt, Douglas Adams and State of Fear by Michael Crichton.

Trying to keep http://www.bookcrossing.com/referral/yaf201 up to date.
by Fred
September 10th, 2007, 3:08 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: The Human Spirit
Replies: 8
Views: 1130

What you're describing in one way sounds like personality.

However, "to have one's spirits lifted" to me just means to be cheered up or made happier. that's an e,otional response.

The words spirit and spiritual are totally meaningless and unnecessary IMHO.
by Fred
September 10th, 2007, 2:19 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Is The God Delusion good or bad for humanism?
Replies: 40
Views: 7197

'Life of Brian' is still the funniest film ever made. So some people think it is 'blasphemous' - so what? If there was nothing to take the piss out of, then it wouldn't be so funny! The fact is, that there is so MUCH material! We must defend free speech and education, but without being overly aggre...
by Fred
September 5th, 2007, 11:07 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Stalin - the murdering atheist
Replies: 54
Views: 5626

Hitler was a Catholic, wasn't he ( and a vegetarian)? Catholic, no. Vegetarian, yes. Moonbeam, are you sure it's that way round? I seem to remember Hitler's vegetarianism being seriously questioned. He was certainly brought up and, I would assume, confirmed as a catholic. I don't think he was ever ...
by Fred
September 3rd, 2007, 11:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The Gideons
Replies: 21
Views: 3351

Where can I get those warning labels??? They are the canine's gonads! In the meantime, I think I'll just leave a BHA bookmark in the bibles ;)
by Fred
September 3rd, 2007, 11:49 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Richard Dawkins - Enemies of Reason:Slaves to Superstition
Replies: 42
Views: 4933

These debates go over the same old tired arguments from both sides. Ultimately, the agnostic stance is a balanced refuge between atheist and theist positions. This is one of the reasons that I like terms like Humanist or Bright. I find arguments over words like atheist and agnostic somewhat akin to...
by Fred
September 3rd, 2007, 11:26 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Polly Toynbee Interview
Replies: 0
Views: 1139

Polly Toynbee Interview

Polly Toynbee on Sunday BBC Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/realmedia ... 70902z.ram
by Fred
August 31st, 2007, 3:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The Gideons
Replies: 21
Views: 3351

The Gideons

I spent a night in a Travel Lodge or Travel Inn (I can never work out which is which) and found a Gideon's Bible in their. I've not come across one of these things for years and was somewhat surprised to see it there. I ignored it but thinking about it later, I should at least asked for it to be rem...
by Fred
August 31st, 2007, 12:15 pm
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Favourite humorous websites
Replies: 257
Views: 74513

Dunno which bookshop this is, but the manager / owner deserves a medal

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