MSN – Quote of the Day “The world of poetry, mythology, and religion, represents the world as a man would like to have it, while science represents the world as he gradually comes to discover it” Joseph Wood Krutch.
Illusion: “A system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating concepts of a general order of existence and clothing these concepts with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic” Clifford Geertz http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clifford_Geertz (‘suspends your disbelief in a religion-like way’)
Judaeo-Christianity is indeed a preposterous religion, far less compatible with the modern scientific temperament than say, Buddhism or Brahmanism. See, Blog, but more important, a duty to the past.The Prehistoric Mind. How did Prehistoric Man Think? The Primitive Mind – http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1520.entry
A global education programme designed to foster understanding between religions has been launched by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8091098.stm @ http://tonyblairfaithfoundation.org/
“Children, I’ll argue, have a human right not to have their minds crippled by exposure to other people’s bad ideas—no matter who these other people are. Parents, correspondingly, have no god-given licence to enculturate their children in whatever ways they personally choose: no right to limit the horizons of their children’s knowledge, to bring them up in an atmosphere of dogma and superstition, or to insist they follow the straight and narrow paths of their own faith.
In short, children have a right not to have their minds addled by nonsense. And we as a society have a duty to protect them from it. So we should no more allow parents to teach their children to believe, for example, in the literal truth of the Bible, or that the planets rule their lives, than we should allow parents to knock their children’s teeth out or lock them in a dungeon.” ‘What Shall We Tell The Children’ ‘Amnesty Lecture’ Oxford – Nicholas Humphrey. http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398
Evolution, Fish to Man. Man’s Debt to the Past. http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!960.entry Keep thinking and never stop – many have found it and stop, what a waste: the neglect of our duty to our past, but duty is a dirty word today! Why most people stop thinking about, what is called for fun ‘Useless Knowledge’ (History, Evolution and Cosmology) Bertrand Russell. “Additional to the animal urges of survival and copulation, there is curiosity and fear of the new, both inherited from our primate ancestors. In humans, they are called neophilia (love of the new) and neophobia (fear of the new). The evidence is that neophobia is the stronger urge in humans and their cousins the apes. A few historical examples will illustrate our strong neophobic urge…” Ref, Blog – to be corrected, at the start of blog http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!210.entry
Some of the/my – latest thoughts on the subject of ‘mind control’ ‘cultism’ ‘social exclusiveness’ in ‘Private Schools’ Church Schools, Faith Schools and the like…, which I do consider is the influencing/leading of any child/vulnerable person beyond that of ‘reason’: that which is, ‘self-evident’ – ‘knowledgeable information’. A ‘specific dogma or ideology’ is one that has, and very often (UK), by the quite ghastly and medievalist (secret sessions – ‘Power of the Guardians’ ‘Identity and Violence’ Ref, Nobel Prize Winner Amartya Sen) ‘Statutory Force’ of current authority (50% RE spent on Christianity), and its very pervasive, INSIDIOUSLY postulating influence into other areas of my Children’s Educational Curriculum, including that of most/Private School Ethos’s – ‘spirituality’, seems to me: fashionable terminology of the ‘current status quo’ a ‘lowest common denominator’; where the most common of tastes prevail (worldwide), not that those are always bad, they are just: ‘the lowest, and so very common’ (our adult, evolving ‘knowledge based culture’ – in the ‘real world’ of our country today, is totally disconnected from all – ‘mystically authorial authority’, being mostly, very healthily suspicious of all forms of ‘subtle state’ subversion. It is so amusing, with its total ignorance of Evolution, our ‘basic humanity’ and the history of our species that has relied on hundreds and thousands of years in a ‘massive overindulgence of cooperation’, wherein lies a many of our current problems, and so very ‘silly’ in the claim on – any particular ‘form of knowledge’. The ISC have still not replied to any of my correspondence! I feel they are in the process of thinking – quite probably – not too deeply – we don’t want anyone to have a ghastly nervous breakdown, whist our children get more and more muddled: –
do they really, and who really is the laughing stock; do we need to worry about this at all? Except we are adults and they are vulnerable children – quite possibly: – we are very much more vulnerable than our children? Is it a very good thing putting so much emphasis, on what is quite undoubtedly the complete and utter nonsense in the terminology of ‘spirituality’ (Christianity or Other Religions – in this context – mind control, religiosity, morality, behaviourism, school ethos’s, so on…)
The Child With A ‘Jigsaw Of A House’ – “The child carries on playing with all the little pieces of the House and knows exactly where each piece lies. Whereas the adult gazes at his/her meaning less little pieces, so on…Dr Erich Fromm ‘The Fear of Freedom.
Doesn’t it make you all feel so very, very, silly?! Esp, the – ISC.
Aggressive secularism? BHA – e-bulletin. There have been some open and unjustified attacked on secularism within the last couple of weeks. Baroness Warsi, Shadow Social Action Minister, announced at the conservative party conference last week that there has been “a growing intolerance and illiberal attitude towards those who believe in God,” blaming BHA Vice President Dr Evan Harris MP for “driving this secular agenda” into the public sector.
Similarly, Tony Blair took it upon himself to declare that “we face an aggressive secular attack from without” when speaking to an American Muslim ‘interfaith’ organisation. He went on to describe how, “those who scorn God and those who do violence in God’s name, both represent views of religion. But both offer no hope for faith in the twenty first century.”
These attacks, despite coming from people heavily involved in the ‘interfaith’ debate both seem to misunderstanding the meaning of secular. Secular, means that the state is neutral concerning religious and non-religious beliefs and is not, therefore, an attack on faith. Instead, it creates a safe and equal space for individuals to practice their religion or belief within the democratically decided law without the state privileging or disadvantaging one set of beliefs over another.
Most people would agree that this is a fair and legitimate system of government, yet there are still those who equate the levelling of the playing field by removing religious privileges as an attack on the faithful. The BHA will be contacting both individuals above to complain about their remarks and may well be sending them a copy of this with the letters.
For every Religious Education Class ‘Aggressive Atheism’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjO4duhMRZk&feature=player_embedded
PN. A few scientists follow their religious beliefs rather than the scientific method. Biological evolution is just one of the most important of many broad issues on which substantially all working scientists agree. There may be a few persons with scientific credentials who disagree, but they do not contribute to the progress that is the hallmark of science. It is not simply that these dissenters are wrong, because wrong answers can sometimes stimulate controversy that helps lead to correct answers.”
Rather, as the physicist Wolfgang Pauli liked to say, “They are not even wrong. That is, their arguments are useless and even detrimental to the pursuit of further knowledge.” http://cabalamat.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/superstition-schools-teach-superstition/
Global Gullibility Index. Global Gullibility, ‘For Dawkins, religious gullibility is not only an illustration of, but may be a precursor to, a more global form of gullibility. As he said, if you can believe “something as daft as the transubstantiation [then] you can believe anything”, and (witness the story of Doubting Thomas) these people are trained to see that as a virtue” (p. 141). In other words, training children to accept nonsensical religious notions may predispose them to accept all kinds of other nonsense with a similar blind trust.’ http://www.stephen-greenspan.com/pdf/samplechapter.pdf Global Gullibility. “The Pope has urged Catholic bishops in England and Wales to fight the UK’s Equality Bill with “missionary zeal”‘… http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8492597.stm