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by tubataxidriver
July 7th, 2010, 8:44 am
Forum: Education
Topic: Withdrawal from Religious Observance and Education, Scotland
Replies: 17
Views: 7812

Re: Withdrawal from Religious Observance and Education, Scotland

In my experience a large fraction of schools in England simply ignore the requirement for daily collective worship, because the children are not interested and neither are the staff. However, it is probably more prevalent in primary schools than secondary. Another key issue is the lack of suitable f...
by tubataxidriver
May 25th, 2010, 7:52 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: For the cricket enthusiasts
Replies: 1
Views: 680

Re: For the cricket enthusiasts

“I can prove anything by statistics except the truth”, George Canning (British Statesman and Prime Minister, 1770-1827)
by tubataxidriver
May 21st, 2010, 7:54 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Synthetic Genome
Replies: 9
Views: 1576

Re: Synthetic Genome

They haven't "designed" a new organism, only rebuilt the naturally evolved DNA using chemical analysis and synthesis methods, and put this back into an otherwise working naturally evolved cell. This cell has then been grown on to reproduce. An important step, but not artificial life in my view. Let'...
by tubataxidriver
May 19th, 2010, 7:25 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist xmas takeover...?
Replies: 20
Views: 2860

Re: Humanist xmas takeover...?

Remember, people, that this whole summer / winter / darkness / light festival thingy is only relevant at higher latitudes. Where we all came from originally (equatorial Africa) this situation doesn't apply. If we are to do so, let's invent a festival that is world-relevant, not Northist (or Southist...
by tubataxidriver
May 14th, 2010, 9:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: What has the EU ever done for us?
Replies: 35
Views: 2735

Re: What has the EU ever done for us?

Much of the money going to Europe gets pooled into various areas like agricultural support, scientific research, economic growth, transport infrastructure etc. and then fed back to member states to spend on particular projects or programmes. As a relatively rich and developed nation we might not do ...
by tubataxidriver
April 29th, 2010, 10:02 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: General Ignorance
Replies: 106
Views: 9345

Re: General Ignorance

Ellipses are the generic shape that applies to this sort of motion and derive from the forces applied to the various bodies. Circles are simply a special form of ellipse, with zero eccentricity, and hence rarely seen in celestial mechanics. Given the uncertainties of where mass starts off, and how i...
by tubataxidriver
April 25th, 2010, 4:25 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Religious privilege
Replies: 50
Views: 5110

Re: Religious privilege

I think this is quite instructive, and seems to indicate the real feelings about organised religions within Whitehall. Let's face it, Catholic 'teachings' on these various issues conflict directly with UK law, custom and culture, so why shouldn't these things be said. The outrageous aspect of this i...
by tubataxidriver
April 22nd, 2010, 5:52 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Cambridge Humanist Group, anyone?
Replies: 4
Views: 903

Re: Cambridge Humanist Group, anyone?

For information, recently there was a meeting of BHA-linked humanist groups centred around Bedford, which I attended along with colleagues from Milton Keynes. Other groups represented included Peterborough, Bedford, Berkshire, Watford and Cambridge (Oxford and Chiltern were due to come too but didn'...
by tubataxidriver
April 10th, 2010, 1:57 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Pope's apology for abuse in Ireland
Replies: 110
Views: 5907

Re: Pope's apology for abuse in Ireland

The Catholic Church responded to this by furore by saying that the one letter (in Latin!) was taken out of context in a long stream of correspondence. I don't think there should have been a long stream of correspondence. All that was needed was the following single letter: Dear Police Chief, it has ...
by tubataxidriver
April 6th, 2010, 10:05 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Pope's apology for abuse in Ireland
Replies: 110
Views: 5907

Re: Pope's apology for abuse in Ireland

There appears to be some momentum behind the Catholic Church's position now:

http://newsarse.com/2010/04/06/gary-gli ... tholicism/
by tubataxidriver
April 6th, 2010, 10:02 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Unfortunate chance remark eh?
Replies: 13
Views: 1662

Re: Unfortunate chance remark eh?

Let's make sure we see off the homeopaths and their nonsense before diverting ourselves onto other targets. When do you think would be a propitious time to start on the astrologers?
by tubataxidriver
April 6th, 2010, 9:56 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: So why do they talk like that?
Replies: 9
Views: 1250

Re: So why do they talk like that?

It could also be a linguistic "tic" which separates two distinct types of speech. Up until the "so", there will have been introductions, chit-chat about the topic etc. The presenter then sets the expert loose to expound their knowledge, and the "so" is added almost automatically to make it clear to ...
by tubataxidriver
April 1st, 2010, 9:56 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Unbelievable - Singh case
Replies: 350
Views: 65440

Re: Unbelievable - Singh case

It look's like Simon Singh has won his appeal! Excellent news. Unless it's an April Fool.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8598472.stm
by tubataxidriver
March 25th, 2010, 11:13 pm
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Once you've 'had' a deity .....
Replies: 926
Views: 125277

Re: Once you've 'had' a deity .....

I am told that three of them prefer Johnnie Walker rather than Vat 69.
by tubataxidriver
March 25th, 2010, 7:33 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Bread
Replies: 33
Views: 3499

Re: Bread

One other possibility is that the mixing is not good enough. In our machine the rotating rod in the bottom of the pan became rather stuck up with wholemeal concrete over time and stopped it turning so well. When we were fed up of the squeaking we cleaned it and it worked much better then. Anyway, I ...
by tubataxidriver
March 25th, 2010, 7:16 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Euthyphro
Replies: 2
Views: 493

Re: Euthyphro

Of course, it's a false dilemma if one of the pre-assumptions (i.e., the existence of a single God) turns out to be false. It might be phrased under alternative circumstances as: Is what is morally good commanded by society because it is morally good, or is it morally good because it is commanded by...
by tubataxidriver
March 23rd, 2010, 1:09 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Capital Punishment
Replies: 158
Views: 20426

Re: Capital Punishment

Like most humanists I am against the idea of capital punishment, primarily from the "false positive" point of view. People who are in fact innocent of a crime, though wrongly convicted, should not be executed. If there is uncertainty, don't execute. The deterrence factor would not apply to most murd...
by tubataxidriver
March 20th, 2010, 6:16 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Private Education
Replies: 42
Views: 3611

Re: Private Education

I don't agree that selection / segregation by ability or some other measure is always bad by definition. What is needed is equality of access to suitable educational opportunities. Unfortunately traditional selection does not provide this. Appropriate setting in a comprehensive environment can provi...
by tubataxidriver
March 9th, 2010, 9:55 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: General Ignorance
Replies: 106
Views: 9345

Re: General Ignorance

Think about it in terms of acceleration. Gravity exerts a force on the rocket which is forever trying to accelerate it towards the centre of the earth. This means that gravity is forever taking a vertical component of speed off the rocket. If the rocket starts slowly, like a car for example, say at ...
by tubataxidriver
March 8th, 2010, 4:07 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanism and science
Replies: 16
Views: 2974

Re: Humanism and science

I think with me it was gaining a certain level of scientific knowledge and understanding as a child (I was given a super science encyclopedia at about 7 or 8, had a chemistry lab in the garden shed by about 9 or 10, and a cat which supplied dissection subjects quite regularly). This I think gave me ...