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Is religious proselytising on the rise in UK schools? - last commented 26 July 2012 09:37 AM

Were you born an atheist? - last commented 28 January 2012 08:11 PM

Anecdote vs. fact - last commented 04 February 2012 07:47 AM

Assisted dying and ‘morality’ - last commented 20 August 2011 07:19 AM

Turning to religion in later life - last commented 05 March 2011 10:12 PM

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Go to: Simply ... should I read the bible?

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The bible's biggest defence is that is it impenetrable babble leading many to believe it has some greater, deeper meaning. I started reading it, got half way through Genesis and got fed up. Fed up with the nonsense and fed up with the peroquial nature of it all, shortly leading me to the conlusion that I was wasting my time when I could have been reading or doing something more worthwhile like beating my high score on the computer or eating a delicious ham and mustard sandwich while watching the Discovery channel. Each to his own, but if asked I would not so humbly say don't bother.

If you are reading the bible to arm yourself with convincing arguments with which to win in debates against the religious, note that this rarely works as they don't listen to reason most of the time, having been indocrinated to blindly believe nonsense in the first place.

I think derision and dismissal is the best way to treat religion and its pronouncements. Make it socially unacceptable to behave like a cultist and stop spreading their childish book in hotels and schools as if it were gospel...

Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:59:50 UTC | #951163

Go to: Is religious proselytising on the rise in UK schools?

Graxan's Avatar Jump to comment 3 by Graxan

Well...I can't believe there are no other families affected by this behavior in schools, I guess I will resign this to being a failed topic.

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:37:53 UTC | #950096

Go to: A Moment of Science

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Comment 11 by Anvil

Excellent story Anvil, but I'm wondering if you suffer from the same problem I do when I get enthused about astronomy? For every one of these great moments there are a handful of other times when I'm told 'Here he goes again!', or even given strange looks of disbelief, as if I'm some sort of weirdo evangelical, even though it's just astronomy! People don't seem to want to learn real truth sometimes, truths that can be backed up through observation and data. It seems you bumbed into a nice old chap who was still curious about the world.

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 14:21:13 UTC | #947575

Go to: The Dark-Matter Ages

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This reminds me of a conversation I had earlier today with a work colleague who was decrying the expense of the 1 Billion Euro's being spent on the E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope). 'Why can't they spend this money on cures for cancer?' he said...I had to petiently explain to him the neccessity of funding ALL sciences as a cross-pollinating investment not an expense. Most people seem to have succumbed to the media prescibed populist ignorance about science. I finally gave him a comparison of where else they could get the finding such as the 400 billion dollars the US alone spends on the military each year. It seems there is a long way to go in the effort to popularise science.

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:12:21 UTC | #947561

Go to: Three Developments in British Education

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I agree that this is something to be proud of in the UK, but I've another bugbear of my own to lobby for. I believe it should be in the curriculum that all school children should be given astronomy lessons and be made to look through a proper telescope to demystify the heavens and create an understanding other than simply reciting the order of the planets - in many cases still learning that pluto is a major planet rather than a dwarf planet along with it's new siblings.

Another way of introducing this would be through 'scale' classes. This would be where students are taught the size of things in our universe starting from the smallest particles up to galactic clusters and the edge of the visable universe - it doesn't have to be complex, just say what and where these things are and how big they are in relation to each other. Outside of watching startrek, I had no concept of these things until way into being an adult and have come to value this knowledge immensely from a personal level and especially in criticism of the various forms of cultural nonsense we have to endure.

Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:57:41 UTC | #947018

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