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by Emma Woolgatherer
May 23rd, 2012, 3:47 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: What is right and what is wrong?
Replies: 105
Views: 17975

Re: What is right and what is wrong?

How do you know you are morally inconsistent - in what way? And when you talk of this, do you mean that your views are inconsistent with each other or with your behaviour? I mean that my moral views are inconsistent with my whole way of life, which is a fundamentally selfish one. I believe, like yo...
by Emma Woolgatherer
May 22nd, 2012, 3:02 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: What is right and what is wrong?
Replies: 105
Views: 17975

Re: What is right and what is wrong?

Any more comments on what is the basis for right and wrong? I think the basis for judging right and wrong is a combination of emotion and reason. In particular, as I've said elsewhere, I think it is to a great extent the human capacity to empathise with others that has given rise to our having so m...
by Emma Woolgatherer
May 22nd, 2012, 2:45 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: What is right and what is wrong?
Replies: 105
Views: 17975

Re: What is right and what is wrong?

I don't think ethics is either purely relativistic (because noone in fact believes this - you cannot really act in a particular moral way and at the same time say that "it's all relative") ... Why not? Moral relativists (meta-ethical ones rather than purely descriptive ones) claim that terms like "...
by Emma Woolgatherer
May 21st, 2012, 1:54 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Henny Penny
Replies: 968
Views: 110170

Re: Henny Penny

Yep. (Though I think "fusil" is the more usual spelling.)
by Emma Woolgatherer
May 21st, 2012, 12:32 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Henny Penny
Replies: 968
Views: 110170

Re: Henny Penny

A happy coincidence.

Hennikinnety Penni kinnety: The cowardly spirit of a light flintlock musket
by Emma Woolgatherer
May 20th, 2012, 12:43 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Henny Penny
Replies: 968
Views: 110170

Re: Henny Penny

Mancunian bank union!
by Emma Woolgatherer
May 20th, 2012, 10:29 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Trying to define Humanism
Replies: 116
Views: 13762

Re: Trying to define Humanism

Gosh. So this is what I've been missing. Hello, Cathy, and a belated welcome. It seems that "Wisdom is the science of happiness" is not original to Robert Ingersoll. It comes from the seventeenth-century German philosopher, G. W. Leibniz. He seems to have said it several times, but one version is: "...
by Emma Woolgatherer
May 14th, 2012, 1:49 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Promoting Humanism
Replies: 52
Views: 8875

Re: Promoting Humanism

I am an evangelical atheist and an evangelical humanist. If you don't shout about what you believe in, how will people know that there are alternatives to religion? I would be very surprised if anyone didn't know that there are alternatives to religion. Even if they haven't heard of humanism, peopl...
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 19th, 2012, 4:59 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Socialist Humanism
Replies: 50
Views: 10112

Re: Socialist Humanism

Firstly, I was merely responding to the implication that freedom is compatible with socialism; had the implication been that it was compatible with capitalism, I would have commented similarly. However, that said, I would argue that it is less compatible with fascism, socialism and communism than w...
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 19th, 2012, 4:36 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Henny Penny
Replies: 968
Views: 110170

Re: Henny Penny

:D Sadly, no.

And I've just realised, it should have been Hennikin Penni kin
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 18th, 2012, 4:25 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Henny Penny
Replies: 968
Views: 110170

Re: Henny Penny

Hennikin Pennikin: Objector to hybrid grain gets sick
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 18th, 2012, 4:13 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Socialist Humanism
Replies: 50
Views: 10112

Re: Socialist Humanism

Although I agree with those who have rejected Phalarope's premise, I consider myself to be a socialist, and feel a strange urge to declare it. :D I am in favour of some kind of common ownership of resources, and certainly uncomfortable with the private ownership of resources on anything but the smal...
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 15th, 2012, 3:51 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Boris bans bigoted bus ad
Replies: 21
Views: 4096

Re: Boris bans bigoted bus ad

so would a BNP advert be OK with you if it avoided outright racist lingo and just talked about patriotism? There is a difference between saying that the ad shouldn't have been banned and saying that I'm OK with it. I'm not OK with it. I'm certainly not OK with the two organisations responsible for ...
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 14th, 2012, 4:42 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 21472

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

I am sure that you have been consistent, and I find it hard enough to recall what I said months ago, let alone what you did! But "blame" does have a moral connotation most of the time, that's all, so I get confused if you use the word; isn't it difficult for all of us to discuss things like this wh...
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 13th, 2012, 6:37 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Boris bans bigoted bus ad
Replies: 21
Views: 4096

Re: Boris bans bigoted bus ad

Mimicking Stonewall's 'I'm gay - get over it', ads, a religious organisation called the Core Issues Trust , who offer treatment to gays to 'cure' them, had intended to put up some bus ads this coming Monday ... Does the Core Issues Trust offer such treatment? I can't access their website because of...
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 13th, 2012, 6:34 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Boris bans bigoted bus ad
Replies: 21
Views: 4096

Re: Boris bans bigoted bus ad

Ooh. You know, I'm not entirely sure. My first reaction was to think that Boris was wrong to ban the adverts. I'm against censorship. I don't believe people have the right not to be offended. My second reaction was to agree with Alan C and Peter Tatchell: Boris was right to ban them, not because the...
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 13th, 2012, 2:10 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 21472

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

That sees to be something rather different from a sense of agency, but I suppose a person brushing her teeth can easily move from doing it automatically to doing it consciously. that is actually the reverse of what I meant. Surely one can consciously start to do something which seems good, then get...
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 12th, 2012, 1:19 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Nontheist Friends
Replies: 8
Views: 2341

Re: Nontheist Friends

Emma Woolgatherer wrote:If only nontheist members of other religious organisations could be so open.
Oh, gosh. Now I've discovered something called the Sea of Faith. This is bigger than I thought.

Emma
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 12th, 2012, 1:16 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Nontheist Friends
Replies: 8
Views: 2341

Re: Nontheist Friends

It sounds as though they are trying to describe something "nontheist" using the "theist" lexicon that they are comfortable with. Yes, I think that must be it. Or rather, using the Quaker lexicon they are comfortable with, which has its own little peculiarities. But aren't Quakers religious? I thoug...
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 11th, 2012, 8:45 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Nontheist Friends
Replies: 8
Views: 2341

Nontheist Friends

A Quaker friend of mine drew my attention recently to the existence of the Nontheist Friends Network, which was formed last year , and had an inaugural conference in the UK recently ( "Conference of the Nontheist Friends Network at Woodbrooke, March 9-11 2012: MINUTE AND EPISTLE" ). I find it a litt...