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Go to: Darwin, Humanism and Science

Sath's Avatar Jump to comment 13 by Sath

It was a great day, my poor little brain doesn't often get a workout like that.

Besides Richard's excellent talk, I was especially impressed by James Williams and Michael Schmidt-Salomon.

I hope they release the video footage or even just the slides at some point.

Sun, 07 Jun 2009 00:50:00 UTC | #368468

Go to: Darwin, Humanism and Science

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I was lucky enough to spot this event a few weeks ago and grabbed a ticket before they sold out.

Although I've got to attend on my own and don't know anybody I'm really looking forward to the whole day, especially Richard and AC Grayling.

All of the other topics are of interest to me as I'm a school governor and concerned that we fully understand the way creationists (and other religious groups) target our children and undermine the teaching of evolution theory.

For those that haven't followed the link, the other presentations are:

"Teaching of evolution in European schools
Professor Charles Susanne, Free University of Brussels, Belgium"

"Insidious Creationism: the intellectual abuse of children through creationist books, comics and literature
James Williams, University of Sussex, England"

"Lost in education: on the cognitive biases that impede our acceptance of evolutionary theory
Johan De Smedt, University of Ghent, Belgium"

"“Evolutionary Humanism”: How to cope with the ‘moral’ arguments against evolution
Dr Michael Schmidt-Salomon, Giordano-Bruno Foundation, Germany"

the one I'm not so sure about...

"Hinduism and the Myth of Evolution
Babu Gogineni, International Humanist and Ethical Union, India"

and to finish off the day..

"‘Humanism and Science’
Professor A C Grayling, Birkbeck College, London, England"

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 23:56:00 UTC | #367044

Go to: Atheists launch bus ad campaign

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The irony meter blew another cog with the bus drivers statement: "I think it was the starkness of this advert which implied there was no God."

So the "Join us or burn in hell for eternity..." style of message that the Athiest Bus message is responding to is not at all 'stark'?


Fri, 16 Jan 2009 02:46:00 UTC | #306624

Go to: In God's Name

Sath's Avatar Jump to comment 183 by Sath

Great letter PJG..

A few statements in the Ofsted report stand out:

"The ACE programme provides good coverage of basic literacy and numeracy, scientific knowledge, and aspects of history, geography and religious education." -- Scientific knowledge!! Really?? Like 'How old is the earth?'

"Standards in non-ACE subjects are more variable, and pupils are making insufficient progress in their acquisition of investigative skills in science and design skills in DT." [Design and Technology] -- can't have the little ones actually thinking..

"Resources for independent research are limited and again largely out of date. There are very few resources for practical science and design and technology."

In terms of regulatory compliance:

The school does not meet all requirements in respect of the curriculum(standard 1) and must:......ensure there is sufficient coverage of practical science and design and technology in the school's curriculum plan

The school does not meet all requirements in respect of pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (standard 2) and must:
provide pupils with a broad general knowledge of public institutions and services in England(paragraph 2(d)). -- This seems to be refering to a requirement that children 'should' be taught about other faiths / cultures.

This report is from last year, so let's hope they get another ofsted visit soon.

Thu, 22 May 2008 12:12:00 UTC | #174336

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