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by tubataxidriver
October 7th, 2007, 11:10 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Moral dilemmas - a question for humanists
Replies: 19
Views: 4205

Getting back to the nub of the argument for the moment - is morality subjective or objective? This is the wrong question. the correct one is "what is the origin of morality?" The Brights movement is working on a more scientific and evolutionary approach at the moment, based on the hypothesis: "Moral...
by tubataxidriver
October 2nd, 2007, 11:18 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: SACRE
Replies: 32
Views: 7619

In Buckinghamshire the local BHA made contact with the Bucks SACRE and gave them a presentation, but even observer membership was refused. It is sensible to have local SACREs because the prevalence of various religions / denominations around the country varies considerably. However, in most areas th...
by tubataxidriver
September 25th, 2007, 8:30 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: A Humanist Calendar
Replies: 28
Views: 5995

Seasons only became observable and interesting when humans migrated out of the tropics and hunted migrating animals, and became really important only with the development of agriculture, leading to the establishment of the calendar. Festival days based on these events were then taken up by religious...
by tubataxidriver
September 25th, 2007, 8:18 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Do you like guilt with your meat?
Replies: 8
Views: 2185

Freegans get their food by hanging out at the back of supermarkets and grabbing all the "just out of date" food before it gets dumped in the garbage. {Vegetarian shock warning - the following may be distasteful to some people} A couple of people I know are also into roadkill. It's free and (allegedl...
by tubataxidriver
August 28th, 2007, 10:44 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Fruit
Replies: 35
Views: 4701

I vote too for the Pakistani mango. One of the advantages of having a thriving Pakistani community here in Aylesbury is that the market stalls all stock these fruit, usually in boxes of 4-5. My all-time hate is durian, which I was conned into eating in eastern Indonesia. Cross between rotting flesh ...
by tubataxidriver
August 28th, 2007, 8:26 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Ideological basis for humanist vegetarianism?
Replies: 143
Views: 18598

Peter Singer covers the religio-social history of vegetarianism well, but states: If animals have rights, ... and much of his approach and argument is based around this issue. This is key for me, because I consider that, in the absence of an absolute moral / religious code, organisms (humans include...
by tubataxidriver
August 27th, 2007, 10:48 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: The original book thread
Replies: 406
Views: 48114

I'm half-way through Robinson Crusoe at the moment. It was on my daughter's school's summer reading list, and Penguin sell it for only £2, so I bought it for her. "You can't expect me to read that!", she said. It's not bad, once you get used to the old style of writing. Apart from the religious conv...
by tubataxidriver
August 27th, 2007, 10:35 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Film Title Game
Replies: 3725
Views: 252686

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

By far better than the recent poor remake.
by tubataxidriver
August 26th, 2007, 11:50 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Ideological basis for humanist vegetarianism?
Replies: 143
Views: 18598

What's the difference between an animal and a plant, then, from the food chain point of view?
by tubataxidriver
August 26th, 2007, 10:18 pm
Forum: Humanist Vegetarian Group
Topic: Ideological basis for humanist vegetarianism?
Replies: 143
Views: 18598

Ideological basis for humanist vegetarianism?

Please forgive me if I am asking the obvious. I am not a vegetarian, though some of my favourite dishes could be described as such. From a humanist point of view, what is the ideological basis for vegetarianism? Is there one? Are they linked at all? Is it just personal choice? In my simplistic view,...
by tubataxidriver
August 13th, 2007, 9:39 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Old fashioned swedgers!
Replies: 22
Views: 4088

Imps. Small packets of tiny spicy licorice pieces.
by tubataxidriver
August 13th, 2007, 9:35 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Explain your avatar
Replies: 561
Views: 95460

It's not mine. I found it somewhere on the web.

It is actually impossible to take this shot, as the bore shrinks quite quickly, you can't get your head in like that. OK, I admit trying it.
by tubataxidriver
August 13th, 2007, 8:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: David Icke? Move over for the new messiah!
Replies: 20
Views: 3241

These people are likely to be (in my view, anyway) just mentally ill and they should be treated as such. Any media interest is likely just to increase their level of psychosis and should be stopped. Would the media get away with it if it was a physical illness and they were exacerbating the problem....
by tubataxidriver
August 13th, 2007, 8:34 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Explain your avatar
Replies: 561
Views: 95460

This is not recommended if someone is blowing it.
by tubataxidriver
August 8th, 2007, 11:04 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Science beliefs quiz
Replies: 5
Views: 1668

I got 39 out of 44, but having read the explanations I got only two wrong completely, another two through lack of information and one I got right (organisms one) but they marked it wrong. It is OK as a quick test but in many cases they did not give quite enough information to elicit an absolutely co...
by tubataxidriver
August 7th, 2007, 6:37 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Atheist confession
Replies: 2
Views: 882

Atheist confession

I heard a news item tonight about an Edinburgh Catholic priest who has set up an open confessional as part of the Edinburgh Fringe. All are welcome, Catholic, other Christian, other faiths or indeed those of no faith. He made an interesting point that most people carry around guilt, regrets and othe...
by tubataxidriver
August 6th, 2007, 10:11 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Languages in school
Replies: 18
Views: 4373

I was privileged to learn Latin at school, in addition to French. I think the Latin has penetrated rather deeper and stuck rather longer than the French, but probably because of the teacher rather than the subject. With much more short term international travel it is getting very difficult or even w...
by tubataxidriver
August 6th, 2007, 9:41 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Why did you choose your particular user name?
Replies: 288
Views: 97654

Username: tubataxidriver. My son plays the tuba. He can't manage it on his bike. 'nuf said.
by tubataxidriver
August 6th, 2007, 9:33 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: The mind is what the brain does
Replies: 23
Views: 4276

One of the amazing things is, I think, the fact that by reading these posts my mind / brain function can communicate with all your minds / brain functions in a mutually understandable code (English), wired up at different times in different places in unique biological organisms. If the mind is the i...