This morning the BBC had their usual The Big Questions programme on the TV. What was unusual about this particular episode was that one of our members, Kevin Friery, was there to answer questions on matters such as “Should there be a duty to expose wrongdoing ?”, “Do all churches deserve charitable status ?” and [...]
I’m sure many of you know Sara and Nigel Melly from Winchester Skeptics in the Pub? On the 20th of November, Sara is presenting a talk called Religion and Mental Health. If you & anyone else is free I hope you’ll consider trying to make it to see Sara (Dr Sara Melly) talk [...]
A bit of a personal exploration here – but at last I’ve figured out why I do not see myself as a humanist. I’ve considered myself a bit churlish on this, after all I don’t disagree with any of the tenets (interesting choice of word?) and I have a great deal of respect for the [...]
I spent last night with a bunch of atheist/skeptic/humanists listening to a young earth creationist espouse the following argument:
I am a designer, I see things which have been designed – I know there could be no other way of building them. I see things in nature which even more complex, and would need designing. So [...]
It has not been a good year for me so far and I have been to too many funerals. The expectations and acceptance of some people with regard to religious content have surprised me.
At a secular funeral for a secular person, there were those who were outraged that there was to be no religious [...]
And in some perhaps more cheery news Warren Jeffs was last Thursday sentenced in a Texas court to life imprisonment for sexually assaulting the two underage girls he took as “spiritual brides”. He was rewarded with the maximum possible sentence and will not be elligible for parole for another 35 years. The jury took half [...]
I’m utterly aghast at what I read in this article originally posted on Google+ by Pod Delusion regular, Salim Fadhley.
Warren Jeffs is the leader of a breakaway sect of Mormons called the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and he is currently in court in Texas on charges of child sexual [...]
I was tempted to title this post ‘Self Deluding Woo Merchants’ but whilst that might be true, the pejorative tone is just the kind of thing which guides us away from an answer to the question which perplexes us all. “Why can they not see? How can they choose to be so wilfully blind to [...]
Replication of a quick post on Posterous
It was an immense privilege to have been in attendance at the RSA talk delivered by Prof. Jim Al-Khalili on Thursday (30th Sept), during which he explained the importance of the history he is reminding us of in ‘Pathfinders – The Golden Age of Arabic Science’. He was [...]
I had the great pleasure of attending Relief-O-Matic on Monday evening at the Bloomsbury in London and I wanted to share a few thoughts and some interesting links that you might not have seen yet.
I want to make it absolutely clear that the Hampshire Skeptics Society and Winchester Skeptics in the Pub [...]