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by tubataxidriver
August 14th, 2009, 9:18 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Film Title Game
Replies: 3725
Views: 252686

Re: Film Title Game

The Ladykillers
by tubataxidriver
August 14th, 2009, 9:15 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Mystery Objects
Replies: 75
Views: 9946

Re: Mystery Objects

Hedgehog?
by tubataxidriver
August 14th, 2009, 8:41 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Questions only game
Replies: 1256
Views: 72638

Re: Questions only game

Who ate all the grissini?
by tubataxidriver
August 14th, 2009, 8:40 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Cheddar Gorge 6
Replies: 123
Views: 15178

Re: Cheddar Gorge 6

nonchalantly
by tubataxidriver
August 13th, 2009, 7:52 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Cheddar Gorge 6
Replies: 123
Views: 15178

Re: Cheddar Gorge 6

, which
by tubataxidriver
August 11th, 2009, 9:26 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: TFTD
Replies: 19
Views: 2477

Re: TFTD

I think there is room on radio in the middle of what is quite a serious current affairs programme for a bit of reflection and consideration of issues in their wider context. This is what a "thought for the day" might be, but the current sanctimonious religious claptrap does not fit this bill. It wou...
by tubataxidriver
August 11th, 2009, 12:37 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Christian themes in school at Christmas
Replies: 31
Views: 5076

Re: Christian themes in school at Christmas

Scotland in 2001: current religion: Christian 67%, No religion 27% Whole UK in 2001: "religion": Christian 72%, No religion 16% The Scots sensibly asked about religion of upbringing and also current religion, but did not determine practising status. England and Wales asked just one question, "what i...
by tubataxidriver
August 9th, 2009, 11:41 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Political Humanism
Replies: 15
Views: 2729

Re: Political Humanism

I also agree that most humanists that I know are left / liberal rather than right / conservative, but I am sure there are exceptions. Politics is I think a different agenda to humanism, and the two might educate each other but they are not the same. Politics is essentially about having an objective ...
by tubataxidriver
August 9th, 2009, 5:14 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Prime Minister is out-of touch
Replies: 3
Views: 601

Re: The Prime Minister is out-of touch

As people think about the summer holiday voluntary work escapade by Gordon Brown, they will inevitably indulge in a bit of floccinaucinihilipilification and take their electoral decisions next year on this basis. (Sorry, Ron, couldn't resist.)
by tubataxidriver
August 8th, 2009, 8:49 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: WADA and its expectations
Replies: 6
Views: 824

Re: WADA and its expectations

I can understand the need for a tough rule, because cheats will try to find a way round whatever rules they have in place. However, the system seems to have been created with athletics in mind, rather than any other sport. Track athletes in training will tend to live in one place, train at the same ...
by tubataxidriver
August 2nd, 2009, 10:47 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: lest it be seen as harmless
Replies: 8
Views: 909

Re: lest it be seen as harmless

From a purely Darwinian perspective ... [I'll let you fill in the rest. Is this too callous a view?]
by tubataxidriver
July 29th, 2009, 10:25 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Research shows link between poverty gap & religious belief
Replies: 3
Views: 1153

Re: Research shows link between poverty gap & religious belief

This is interesting, not particularly because of the findings of variation, which are well known to many, but because of the inference that religion is a symptom of inequality, not necessarily its cause. We tend to gripe about religion being the cause of all the world's problems, but maybe it is sim...
by tubataxidriver
July 26th, 2009, 12:55 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Terry Eagleton answers "Ditchkens" (sort of)
Replies: 19
Views: 2151

Re: Terry Eagleton answers "Ditchkens" (sort of)

... "he" a "supernatural object", ... metaphorical and not to be taken literally. If this is the case with the "official" theological position as to what "God" is, how do Christian's arrive at "Christ" as a concept, without reference to human-originated teachings of some sort? One doesn't follow di...
by tubataxidriver
July 25th, 2009, 4:37 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: GCSE Science quiz
Replies: 34
Views: 4842

Re: GCSE Science quiz

Yes, even within a plate, the movement of magma and semi-molten mantle material under plates, particularly near volcanic areas when it is cooling or heating up (rising or falling with buoyancy) can create earthquakes deep in the crust, and also nearer the surface.
by tubataxidriver
July 24th, 2009, 5:10 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Terry Eagleton answers "Ditchkens" (sort of)
Replies: 19
Views: 2151

Re: Terry Eagleton answers "Ditchkens" (sort of)

I had rooms opposite Terry Eagleton in Oxford in 1979/80. I read his Marxism and Literary Criticism and couldn't really work out what he was trying to say (probably because I am a scientist rather than a wordsmith). He has I think always been treated by his students as someone not to get on the wron...
by tubataxidriver
July 23rd, 2009, 6:27 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Evidence that we are trapped in The Matrix
Replies: 14
Views: 1783

Re: Evidence that we are trapped in The Matrix

Ron,

What's your superdupercomputer made of? More ten-dimensional beings?
by tubataxidriver
July 23rd, 2009, 5:22 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?
Replies: 84
Views: 15039

Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

Alan H wrote:That's easy for you to say... :D
I was just demonstrating my INTJ character, i.e., nerdiness.
by tubataxidriver
July 22nd, 2009, 11:31 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?
Replies: 84
Views: 15039

Re: Are Myers-Briggs Personality Tests Pseudoscience?

All of these tests attempt a spurious numericalisation and quantisation of subjective non-numerical and non-quantised parameters, based on non-normalised answering of subjective choice type questions. However, despite their approach they do tend to produce broadly representative assessments, as long...
by tubataxidriver
July 19th, 2009, 3:34 pm
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Teaspoons: Resistentialism or Spoonoid planet? The evidence.
Replies: 29
Views: 5355

Re: Teaspoons: Resistentialism or Spoonoid planet? The evidence.

This is semi-serious science, but I am sure there are many authors of similar papers with their eye mainly on the IgNobel prizes nowadays. See http://improbable.com/ig/winners/ for more info.
by tubataxidriver
July 17th, 2009, 7:17 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Double Alphabet Game
Replies: 1900
Views: 135408

Re: Double Alphabet Game

Whooping cough - X-rays