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by tubataxidriver
March 2nd, 2010, 10:18 pm
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Conversations between Pope and God
Replies: 16
Views: 3299

Re: Conversations between Pope and God

Mirror, mirror, on the wall ...
by tubataxidriver
February 22nd, 2010, 10:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: bullying in no10
Replies: 16
Views: 1693

Re: bullying in no10

There seem to be quite a few "iffy" charities that are effectively front organisations for a commercial business. There are usually some clear conflicts of interest, such as trustees having a business interest in the charity or its commercial partner. If you look carefully enough I expect some of th...
by tubataxidriver
February 1st, 2010, 10:34 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: I'm not an 'Other', I'm a free man!
Replies: 13
Views: 1234

Re: I'm not an 'Other', I'm a free man!

If you ever get the opportunity to try this, do so.

If asked for your "Christian name", reply that you don't have one.

This happened to me at my doctor's and it took them a fair few seconds to twig and realise their mistake. Priceless.
by tubataxidriver
January 10th, 2010, 1:28 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: "Interfaith" is Good for Humanism
Replies: 14
Views: 2915

Re: "Interfaith" is Good for Humanism

I think you are lucky to get involved. Over much of the country humanists are specifically excluded from Interfaith and related activities. It all seems to depend on the few people who are driving the local activities - if they are antagonistic to humanism and humanists then they can put in the way ...
by tubataxidriver
January 8th, 2010, 11:03 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: The US Bible Belt map
Replies: 24
Views: 4085

Re: The US Bible Belt map

Gary Larson of The Far Side fame published a similar map in Unnatural Selections in 1991. This also included other useful material such as the "Garfield Belt" and the "People Mag Belt". I couldn't find an image on line but I'm sure there will be one.
by tubataxidriver
December 28th, 2009, 9:33 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Campaign to stop Council prayers
Replies: 71
Views: 7847

Re: Campaign to stop Council prayers

As an aside on this topic, how about this quote from Lord Denning:
"The House of Commons starts its proceedings with a prayer. The chaplain looks at the assembled members with their varied intelligence and then prays for the country." --Lord Denning, in the Daily Telegraph, October 12, 1989
by tubataxidriver
December 23rd, 2009, 5:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Zoo or worthwhile conservation?
Replies: 14
Views: 1264

Re: Zoo or worthwhile conservation?

I expect the fence is mainly to keep out the rednecks who fancy a bit of exotic hunting without the cost of an air fare to Finland, Canada or Siberia. Once the animals have all been shot the owner may change his mind.
by tubataxidriver
November 26th, 2009, 11:17 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue
Replies: 6
Views: 1364

Re: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

It'll never be the same without Humph.
by tubataxidriver
November 2nd, 2009, 7:25 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Government sacks science advisor because it disagreed
Replies: 35
Views: 2828

Re: Government sacks science advisor because it disagreed

I was once on a DTI Foresight Panel on Crime Prevention, and one of the topics we worked on was illicit drugs and how science might help in the "war". The Panel agreed fairly readily that according to a purely science-led approach to the drug problem one might simply decriminalise all drugs and tran...
by tubataxidriver
October 26th, 2009, 7:43 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: One letter off movies
Replies: 191
Views: 15609

Re: One letter off movies

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Scone (1950's black and white tale of town vs gown)
by tubataxidriver
October 26th, 2009, 7:39 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Observers at a spiritual Fire Sale?
Replies: 1
Views: 422

Re: Observers at a spiritual Fire Sale?

I don't think we should. Think about the maintenance costs of all those little-used Grade 1 listed cathedrals.
by tubataxidriver
October 22nd, 2009, 10:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: BNP bloke on BBC Question Time
Replies: 22
Views: 2475

Re: BNP bloke on BBC Question Time

Just seen some of the clips of the recorded programme released by the BBC. The whole programme seems to be about Griffin and the loathsome BNP. He seems to have had a pretty thorough roasting by the panel and in particular by the audience, and made to look thoroughly stupid. A reasonable success for...
by tubataxidriver
October 20th, 2009, 11:43 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Inspiring Science
Replies: 23
Views: 1826

Re: Inspiring Science

One good example from my field (chemistry, originally) would be large crystals of pretty minerals such as quartz. The full scale angles and faces on the crystals are exact scaled-up copies of the microscopic scale atoms, ions or molecules making up the crystal. The visible form that such crystals ta...
by tubataxidriver
October 12th, 2009, 10:00 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Get preached at with your coffee
Replies: 40
Views: 2716

Re: Get preached at with your coffee

There are groups called "Cafe Scientifique" who meet in cafes to discuss science topics. Would this be classified in the same way, or is it just the religion element that annoys people?
by tubataxidriver
October 12th, 2009, 9:51 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Cat registered as hypnotherapist
Replies: 4
Views: 675

Cat registered as hypnotherapist

Just to show how lax the registration system is, a BBC journalist managed to get his cat registered with three "professional bodies" in hypnotherapy. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8303126.stm I think hypnotherapy is most appropriate for a cat to take up. You only need to stare into its eyes for...
by tubataxidriver
September 24th, 2009, 6:28 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: The Greatest Show on Earth
Replies: 5
Views: 831

Re: The Greatest Show on Earth

As a chemist I would say this, but life started out as chemistry well before Dawkins' precious genes came along. I agree with Nick that various different approaches might have happened, but that after a while it settled on the current set of chemicals. In my view the main feature of life is the hydr...
by tubataxidriver
September 22nd, 2009, 9:08 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: What are local Humanist groups for
Replies: 8
Views: 1605

Re: What are local Humanist groups for

Yes, we have a similar experience in Milton Keynes, where there are a dozen or more of us who meet regularly for a good natter on a humanism related topic, but it is quite intellectual and this may deter some people. There is a larger group of members / contacts but we only see these people from tim...
by tubataxidriver
September 21st, 2009, 7:02 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Cheddar Gorge 7
Replies: 73
Views: 8763

Re: Cheddar Gorge 7

Dear misguided fools,

What if we decide, conclusively, that procrastination never