This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

MentalLentil's Profile

MentalLentil's Avatar Joined almost 7 years ago
Gender: Male

Latest Discussions Started by MentalLentil

More Discussions by MentalLentil

Latest Comments by MentalLentil

Go to: Insulting religion

MentalLentil's Avatar Jump to comment 15 by MentalLentil

Comment 3 by keymaker

there's absolutely nothing wrong, for example, with people, of any persuasion, offering opinions on the moral conduct of others, including him.


But that's what blasphemy laws and the likes of the UN campaign to make insulting religion a crime are attempting to do - stop people criticising religions while allowing religions to say what they like.

Sat, 16 Jul 2011 10:11:06 UTC | #850106

Go to: Ex-Muslim Council refused charitable status

MentalLentil's Avatar Jump to comment 26 by MentalLentil

Comment 20 by mjwemdee :

@ Comment 15 by Steve Zara

Loved it. Made me laugh.

Anyone else here old enough to remember Kenneth Williams' wrinkled old retainer? 'We're all doomed, I tell you, doomed...'

Are you thinking of John Laurie (private Frazer from Dad's Army)?

Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:37:29 UTC | #849915

Go to: SETI Allen Array not quite dead! It's getting better!

MentalLentil's Avatar Jump to comment 24 by MentalLentil

Comment 20 by jp4952 :

Off topic, but I don't know where else I can ask. Can someone tell me how to quote somebody else and have it highlighted. My computer skills aren't very good.Thanks.

The easiest way is to just press the double quote symbol at the bottom of the post you want to reply to. At any point you can highlight text and make it "quoted" by pressing the double quote symbol above the comment box.

You see a preview of your post immediately below the comment box so you can play around with this and experiment.

Tue, 05 Jul 2011 10:20:03 UTC | #846311

Go to: Pro-suicide propaganda?

MentalLentil's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by MentalLentil

Comment 2 by Alan4discussion :

The program was about two people using the Swiss dignitas Clinic for assisted suicede. One was a young man paralysed in an accident.

The young man (Andrew Colgan) had MS rather an an accident. I only correct you on this point because both he and Peter Smedley (the older guy) were there at that time because they couldn't afford to wait any longer - unless they could do it all under their own steam they would not be able to because of the risk of prosecution of their families (wife and mother). The lady doctor said that if they were Swiss then they would have waited longer.

Other than that I completely agree with your post.

Wed, 15 Jun 2011 16:04:41 UTC | #638889

Go to: Ritual Slaughter and Animal Rights

MentalLentil's Avatar Jump to comment 24 by MentalLentil

Comment 23 by Jay G

We are not going to agree on this. I think that by claiming similar entitlements for sentient non-human live, you are making an unjustified "leap" and I don't see in your arguments any rationalization for the point you are arguing.

It's you that are making the "leap" and taking an almost creationist attitude in your separation of humans from other species with humans having dominion over them. I'm certainly not arguing that animals have human rights or that they should be treated the same as humans what I don't see is the massive gap between humans and other animals that the religious and you appear to. I would see a chimpanzee as being almost as capable of suffering as a human, a fish less so and an insect probably not at all so a continuum rather than an us and them. I would also see the possibility of a more advanced species than us being able to suffer more than us so where does your ethical position stand there?

If the other animal is capable of suffering then my ethics makes me not want to cause that animal any unnecessary suffering. That seems to me to be a rational ethical stance whereas your position is that you have ethics but they don't apply to other species, I think you should justify that position because you are imposing a barrier that doesn't really exist.

Suppose we were to find a lost tribe of Neanderthal living in some remote region - would your ethics apply to them?

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 21:36:13 UTC | #635002

More Comments by MentalLentil