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by NorthOfTheBorder
Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:01 pm
Forum: Political Discussions
Topic: Socialism And All That Jazz
Replies: 5
Views: 2517

Re: Socialism And All That Jazz

When I was in my late teens/early twenties I would have had a more traditional socialist outlook, in that I would have been in favour of more extensive nationalisation etc. Essentially I supported the idea of a strong state as a guarantor against the excesses of individual greed. However, as I have ...
by NorthOfTheBorder
Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:42 pm
Forum: Science and Scepticism
Topic: The Majesty of Science
Replies: 28
Views: 8900

Re: The Majesty of Science

P.S. If your in anyway interested in space I recommend "The Wonders of The Solar System" with Brian Cox on Sundays on the Beeb (can't remember 1 or 2). That's where I learned how to measure the energy output of a star without leaving the garden. Yep - have the first couple of episodes downloaded fr...
by NorthOfTheBorder
Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:38 pm
Forum: Science and Scepticism
Topic: The Majesty of Science
Replies: 28
Views: 8900

Re: The Majesty of Science

The thing that regularly boggles my mind (every evening when out walking the dog and I look up at the night sky) is the fact that I'm looking at the distant past. I'm seeing a picture of our little corner of the universe as it was hundreds or even thousands of years ago. The stars I'm looking at mig...
by NorthOfTheBorder
Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:11 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Nuremburg defence
Replies: 19
Views: 3784

Re: Nuremburg defence

I heard Brady being interviewed on Radio Ulster whilst driving to work this morning - it's a wonder I didn't cause an accident I was that angry listening to him :evil: The man's arrogance and sheer indifference to the consequences of what he did (or rather didn't do) were revolting. Nuremberg defenc...
by NorthOfTheBorder
Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:14 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: When and why did you go public about your disbelief in god?
Replies: 20
Views: 4849

Re: When and why did you go public about your disbelief in god?

I went for 5. As a child, I was never particularly religious but I wasn't particularly questioning of it either. Then, at the age of about 13/14, I had a personal experience which gave me cause to start thinking. Once I did, I rapidly came to the conclusion that theistic belief was just a form of wi...
by NorthOfTheBorder
Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic, everything else.
Topic: Pets pics
Replies: 54
Views: 33205

Re: Pets pics

Archie, the cutest Labrador ever (OK, I'm biased...)
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And Cleo (doesn't like having her photo taken, as you can guess from the facial expression)
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by NorthOfTheBorder
Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:46 am
Forum: Announcements & Meetings
Topic: PZ Myers in Belfast, Friday
Replies: 9
Views: 3454

Re: PZ Myers in Belfast Friday

Anyone else in the Belfast area up for attending? I work in the city centre and plan to go.
by NorthOfTheBorder
Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: Announcements & Meetings
Topic: Debate: Peter Atkins & John Waters - UCC Atheists - Feb 16
Replies: 6
Views: 2893

Re: Debate: Peter Atkins & John Waters - UCC Atheists - Feb 16

Sorry to be pedantic, but shouldn't the title of the debate read "compl e ment" rather than "compl i ment"? As in "Religion and science - don't go together or go together" rather than "Religion and science - don't go together or they say nice things to each other"? Apologies if I have misconstrued t...
by NorthOfTheBorder
Thu Dec 17, 2009 9:40 pm
Forum: Atheism in the News
Topic: New Zealand vicar with a sense of humour...
Replies: 1
Views: 1308

New Zealand vicar with a sense of humour...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8417963.stm An unholy row has broken out in New Zealand over a church billboard aimed at "challenging stereotypes" about the birth of Jesus Christ. A dejected-looking Joseph lies in bed next to Mary under the caption, "Poor Joseph. God was a hard act to...
by NorthOfTheBorder
Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Non religious options for Atheist Memorials
Replies: 11
Views: 3447

Re: Non religious options for Atheist Memorials

Personally I'd prefer cremation when the time comes. I don't like the thought of leaving a grave in case it became a focus for grieving or moping amongst family & friends. Once I'm dead I want whoever I leave behind to get on with their lives and not feel obliged to visit some piece of stone or be g...