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by canasta42
Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Visiting KSA
Replies: 1
Views: 4913

Re: Visiting KSA

You could try ringing this guy, attached to Enterprise Ireland, he'd probably know what's the best thing to do: Enterprise Ireland, Dublin-based staff servicing Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Region: Peter Jackson Tel: +353-1-727-2909 Otherwise, there is an Irish Embassy: Irish Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi A...
by canasta42
Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:56 am
Forum: Atheism in the News
Topic: New Pope good/bad for Atheism,what do you think?
Replies: 2
Views: 4480

Re: New Pope good/bad for Atheism,what do you think?

I'm not really interested in the pope, but I think it's a pity Benny resigned. He was a great asset to our cause: he kept dropping clangers and seemed to want to drag the church back to the 14th Century. The one about the donkey in the crib (or not in the crib) was priceless. I think he was instrume...
by canasta42
Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:55 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Before The Big Bang
Replies: 10
Views: 11175

Re: Before The Big Bang

My limited understanding of the big bang, is that the space was created then also. It is not the case that there was a huge space and then all the matter exploded into it: the space expanded as well. It is difficult enough to get our heads around the real history of the universe, never mind what was...
by canasta42
Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:01 pm
Forum: Announcements & Meetings
Topic: debate tonight at 7 in UCD
Replies: 3
Views: 4459

Re: debate tonight at 7 in UCD

Sorry I missed it.

On which side of the debate was Michael speaking? Will the LawSoc or someone post a podcast somewhere, I wonder?

(I would argue that, unfortunately, it is not irrelevant because it still has too much power - especially in "education"/indoctrination.)

C.
by canasta42
Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Please present good reasons for philosophical naturalism
Replies: 47
Views: 36779

Re: Please present good reasons for philosophical naturalism

My answer to the first question would be similar to paolovf's and bipedal's answer. To ask for proof that the natural world is all that there is, is a ridiculous question. To me, it seems analogous to someone, for example, handing me an orange and then asking for proof that they have given me only a...
by canasta42
Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: "Have your say" - National Council for Curriculum and Assess
Replies: 1
Views: 3846

"Have your say" - National Council for Curriculum and Assess

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment is asking for comments from parents, teachers and students on "... what should our curriculum priorities be at primary (school)?" Following is the link to the website form: http://www.ncca.biz/children/hav.htm I, of course, told them that there shou...
by canasta42
Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: Atheism in the News
Topic: Dawkins and the bible plan
Replies: 11
Views: 9779

Re: Dawkins and the bible plan

The history of the bible is interesting, but, as aZ said, that would be another book. Doesn't the bible date from the Council of Constantine or someone, when they threw out even worse bits than they left in? I always thought that the reason we Irish (and possibly Catholics in general) didn't read th...
by canasta42
Mon May 28, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Fiscal treaty
Replies: 38
Views: 25546

Re: Fiscal treaty

I like Tulip a lot, but I would like to be excluded from his idea that 'Many people in Ireland only think short term and Sinn Fein is exploiting that'. I was thinking long term when I voted against the Single European Act. I was thinking long term when I voted against the Maastricht treaty: it made ...
by canasta42
Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Predictions for Forum on Patronage Report?
Replies: 15
Views: 8435

Re: Predictions for Forum on Patronage Report?

I am just skimming through the 'Report'. Some parts of it are strange and do not appear to have addressed the problems which have been clearly identified. Just one small example from page 121: The Advisory Group recommends that communal prayers, reflections, hymns, or school assemblies, where these ...
by canasta42
Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:40 pm
Forum: Announcements & Meetings
Topic: New logo and website banner
Replies: 25
Views: 18211

Re: New logo and website banner

The new logo: Me again, with another 2 c worth: I've had a cruise around the web to see what other atheist groups use and, while most are pretty poor, I consider 'our' new one to be down at the bottom of the barrel. I know that it's easy to criticize without proferring some positive solution. I also...