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by Stark
October 24th, 2017, 10:51 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: "MY FAVOURITE BOOK: HOMO DEUS REVIEW"
Replies: 1
Views: 927

Re: "MY FAVOURITE BOOK: HOMO DEUS REVIEW"

Read this recently. Although some rave about it I found it largely rambling and incoherent. One of the more annoying features is that his definition of ‘Humanism’ is far from what most people here would understand by the term.
by Stark
March 22nd, 2017, 5:30 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: LGBTIQ
Replies: 1
Views: 786

Re: LGBTIQ

Although of course LGBTIQ (and other similar acronyms) covers both sexuality and gender
by Stark
January 30th, 2017, 4:42 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: The failure of the BHA.
Replies: 46
Views: 2399

Re: The failure of the BHA.

...I generally to assess people or organization whether religious or not with these values here http://www.nycnvc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Needs-Sheet-as-of-5-18-15.2.pdf as well as common sense, and so far churches values are still ahead when compare to the BHA How anyone can think instituti...
by Stark
January 28th, 2017, 7:08 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: The failure of the BHA.
Replies: 46
Views: 2399

Re: The failure of the BHA.

Alan H wrote:Do groups of members of BHA groups offer those things?

Based on my experience, yes they can
by Stark
January 28th, 2017, 3:15 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: The failure of the BHA.
Replies: 46
Views: 2399

Re: The failure of the BHA.

What we want is for the Church of England to attack the humanist movement, to try to reduce our influence, to tell its supporters to write to their MPs to say that no humanists should be in Parliament, that humanism should not be taught in schools. Then humanists would be offended, become angry, an...
by Stark
January 26th, 2017, 8:26 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: The failure of the BHA.
Replies: 46
Views: 2399

Re: The failure of the BHA.

Paul Smith wrote:The failure of the BHA can be seen by the number of people who know what humanism is. If you ask people in the street, (52% of whom are non-religious), less than 1% will be able to tell you


Where does this figure of less than 1% come from?
by Stark
January 25th, 2017, 9:20 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: The failure of the BHA.
Replies: 46
Views: 2399

Re: The failure of the BHA.

How much of the membership is female? I bet it's less than 10%. Does anybody know? Or is it a big secret? No, it's not a big secret, yes, somebody knows and you've lost your bet - in 2014 it was 35%. See A Profile of the Members of the British Humanist Association http://smithandfranklin.com/curren...
by Stark
January 23rd, 2017, 7:31 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: The failure of the BHA.
Replies: 46
Views: 2399

Re: The failure of the BHA.

The British Horse-racing Authority comes up first? It's almost as if the rankings reflect where the money is. :D I appreciate how frustrated you are Paul, but for many, those reasons you give are precisely why they pay their membership of the BHA. Having heard several of its staff speaking (and I'm ...
by Stark
January 22nd, 2017, 7:24 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: The failure of the BHA.
Replies: 46
Views: 2399

Re: The failure of the BHA.

Probably worth adding that 'people of no faith' aren't all Humanists, so the former is a more inclusive term that covers all varieties of people who don't subscribe to organised religion
by Stark
January 21st, 2017, 9:38 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: The failure of the BHA.
Replies: 46
Views: 2399

Re: The failure of the BHA.

I’m pretty sure the BHA do a lot of work promoting Humanism. They’re supporting celebrants and those providing pastoral care, getting knowledge of Humanism into schools by training speakers and providing resources (vast amounts of work are going into the Understanding Humanism web site). They’re now...
by Stark
May 23rd, 2016, 3:26 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Veganism
Replies: 16
Views: 5281

Re: Veganism

Considering how much suffering modern farming causes to animals, and given that as Humanists we realise little separates us from the animal world, I think veganism is a topic we should all take seriously. That's not to mention the other issues around factory farming of animals such as antibiotic res...
by Stark
December 21st, 2015, 3:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Badger cull
Replies: 132
Views: 13369

Re: Badger cull

Interesting article in The Times today We have no choice but to cut badger numbers Matt Ridley Last updated at 12:01AM, December 21 2015 The scientific evidence is conclusive. If you conduct selective badger culls, hedgehog populations will bounce back Hedgehogs, subjects of The Times Christmas App...
by Stark
July 21st, 2014, 4:00 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanism and feminism
Replies: 28
Views: 3101

Re: Humanism and feminism

I quite often see people online who oppose feminism in some way saying they’re humanists. They don’t mean this in the sense we mean it (ie that they’re not religious), but use it as way of indicating that they don’t think women have any special problems with equality and so want to use a term that m...
by Stark
August 25th, 2013, 9:35 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Dawkins: giving atheism a bad name?
Replies: 52
Views: 5340

Re: Dawkins: giving atheism a bad name?

Part of Dawkins' problem is that he tries to summarise his views in 140 character tweets and spectacularly fails. Far better to follow the example of many other writers and confine himself to linking to articles spelling out his views in full, where the intelligence and subtlety of his arguments are...
by Stark
May 11th, 2013, 9:42 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Democracy & War
Replies: 19
Views: 1341

Re: Democracy & War

Alan C. wrote:
there has never been a war between 2 democracies.

Err, USA and Britain circa 1775 ?

And the rematch in 1812
by Stark
April 7th, 2012, 2:21 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: The Nightingale Collaboration
Replies: 413
Views: 36152

Re: The Nightingale Collaboration

Looks like the people of Plymouth are in for a treat - Plymouth Skeptics in the Pub. Fortunately that includes me. :smile:
by Stark
February 15th, 2012, 3:55 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Abortion/Infanticide
Replies: 4
Views: 3383

Re: Abortion/Infanticide

Sadly, I don't have time to join in a discussion, but I'd recommend Peter Singer's 'Practical Ethics', where he goes into this subject in a lot of detail and draws some of the conclusions you are leaning towards
by Stark
January 29th, 2012, 1:54 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Alain de Botton - towards a new Humanism?
Replies: 18
Views: 2234

Re: Alain de Botton - towards a new Humanism?

I think you are in danger of defeating your own argument, Stark! :wink: See? That’s what happens when you throw a few words together in a rush before shooting off to do something else. Fortunately skepticle and Fia have made the points I was trying to get over. Finding a way of forming communities ...
by Stark
January 28th, 2012, 5:45 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Alain de Botton - towards a new Humanism?
Replies: 18
Views: 2234

Re: Alain de Botton - towards a new Humanism?

Yes, you’re right; religion has preserved some desirable features now missing from a wider society that has largely abandoned any significant affiliation to faith. But is that a reason to praise religion and hanker after some of its values? I’m not so sure, though probably because I fear if we do we...
by Stark
January 28th, 2012, 3:36 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Alain de Botton - towards a new Humanism?
Replies: 18
Views: 2234

Re: Alain de Botton - towards a new Humanism?

Religions do indeed offer more to their followers than just a set of supernatural beliefs. But what they offer – community, ceremonies, a sense of common purpose, a way of organising good works, whatever - are not things that rise uniquely out of religion. There seems to be an assumption in some qua...

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