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by Alicja
October 6th, 2011, 3:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Humans versus (other) animals.
Replies: 16
Views: 2126

Re: Humans versus (other) animals.

I don't see why we assume ourselves to be above other animals. We're certainly more successful at the things we count as important. But then rats are more successful at what they do. And we have a responsibility to protect the habitats of other species. In the same sense that industry has a responsi...
by Alicja
October 5th, 2011, 6:37 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Can a theist be a humanist?
Replies: 47
Views: 4305

Re: Can a theist be a humanist?

To me, describing myself as a humanist means I do not believe there in a supreme being and that life as a human is positive. Though there is a humanist movement in historic christianity, that does not include a non-belief in God (fairly obviously). Some choose to make this clear by using the term "...
by Alicja
October 5th, 2011, 6:27 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: does anyone really care about global warming?
Replies: 257
Views: 68312

Re: does anyone really care about global warming?

I care. I have a diesel car that does 80 miles to the gallon. I've not been on a plane since 1991. When we sold our last house it got an A rating for the energy survey - despite being built in the early 1950s, and due to our green efforts with insulation and condensing boilers. Our current house is ...
by Alicja
October 4th, 2011, 10:49 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Aspartame
Replies: 25
Views: 5372

Re: Aspartame

I've always been happy with aspartame. I always buy low calorie drinks. None of my children have shown any reactions, except that they all have good teeth.
by Alicja
October 3rd, 2011, 11:59 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Comfort, Relaxing and Winding down
Replies: 7
Views: 1802

Re: Comfort, Relaxing and Winding down

Being depressed means I have constant doubt in certain areas if they are challenged even if the challenge is pathetic, I feel so bad that I can't laugh it off like so many people. It happens with a lot of my opinions, on gender, sexuality, politics...etc. It might help to develop a stronger sense o...
by Alicja
October 3rd, 2011, 10:08 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: 'Muslimophobia'
Replies: 23
Views: 3410

Re: 'Muslimophobia'

He didn't write anything racist. He wrote " 'Muslimophobia' is not a form of secularism that humanist should welcome and embrace - it is a form of xenophobia akin to racism". Which leads me to worry that anything I write would need to be carefully framed in case it's deeded to be muslimophobic and t...
by Alicja
October 3rd, 2011, 9:40 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: 'Muslimophobia'
Replies: 23
Views: 3410

Re: 'Muslimophobia'

Threads like this make me uncomfortable. Better to say nothing than risk saying the wrong thing and be branded racist. Which probably gives way more insight into the root of this "problem" than anything else I could write.
by Alicja
October 3rd, 2011, 9:03 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Acupuncture
Replies: 35
Views: 2791

Re: Acupuncture

But since placebos have been shown to be effective (especially in those who expect them to be) then there must be a chemical mechanism in place - even if just some internal workings which are ignited in response to treatment. Any treatment. If the physical relief of symptoms is mental in origin it s...
by Alicja
October 3rd, 2011, 8:48 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Word Link
Replies: 13666
Views: 547441

Re: Word Link

power station
by Alicja
October 3rd, 2011, 8:01 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Our countup thread
Replies: 1428
Views: 115273

Re: Our countup thread

LOST - Flight 815
by Alicja
October 2nd, 2011, 8:39 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: When Will The Church of England Shut Up Shop...
Replies: 11
Views: 2195

Re: When Will The Church of England Shut Up Shop...

I don't know if they're a charity but I'm not happy with the situation whereby I'm paying council tax for ministers of religion - even where the minister owns his own home. That exception is reserved solely for Church of England ministers. http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/eimanual/eim60014.htm
by Alicja
October 2nd, 2011, 7:54 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: When Will The Church of England Shut Up Shop...
Replies: 11
Views: 2195

Re: When Will The Church of England Shut Up Shop...

I hope it doesn't shut up shop too soon. My friend teaches woodwind instruments and needs the chuch to put on her pupil concerts. She'd need to pay royalties on pieces of music which are still in copyright, except that there's an exception if they're preformed in a church (OK as part of a religious ...
by Alicja
October 2nd, 2011, 7:47 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Acupuncture
Replies: 35
Views: 2791

Re: Acupuncture

I'm struggling to dismiss acupuncture. I've had successful "treatment" and I've seen something weird too. My treatment was a birthday present from my mother. I'd had chronic bronchitis for a few years - with about five attacks a year. Each bout caused more damage which made the next one worse. My mo...
by Alicja
October 2nd, 2011, 7:40 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Comfort, Relaxing and Winding down
Replies: 7
Views: 1802

Re: Comfort, Relaxing and Winding down

I play the piano. It takes me into a parallel mind zone (probably and alpha wave?). If I didn't have a piano I'd play a guitar. I play the Classical Guitar - which is like a piano in that you use all your fingers. They don't cost much. But probably too much for you if you don't have food in the hous...