BBC – GCSE Bitesize – SOS Teacher Religion religion, science and the environment – Religion

“Becoming human is a process and not some ‘event'”.  “Evolution, Fish to Man. Man’s Debt to the Past”.
You can unmake gods, or unmake any religion by, “Just thinking about them both”. So Think Very Hard!
‘Creationism’ and the so called ‘Itelligent Design Debate’ are both short sited and myopic in thinking, belonging to the past ages of our anthropological pre-logical thought. (modern dating analysis and DNA > 99% of all species that have ever lived are now extinct). The arts of the Watchmaker’: ‘natural selection impresses us with the appearance of design, but it is an illusion of design and planning’. ‘The Blind Watchmaker’ Richard Dawkins.  “The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference…DNA neither cares nor knows. DNA just is. And we dance to its music”. Professor Richard Dawkins FRS ‘River Out Of Eden’.
Ref, ‘What about gods?’ Chris Brockman. ‘The War for Children’s Minds’ Stephen Law – ‘should be read by every teacher, every parent, and every politician’ Philip Pullman. A guide for young skeptics – ‘Maybe Yes, Maybe No’ Dan Barker. “What we should be teaching in our schools: handling freedom and not conformity”. Notes of Dad’s.

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 (‘suspends your disbelief in a religion-like way’)

They Turned The World Around



‘The True British Tradition’
The Proper (scientific) Unification of Thought
The Modern Revelation
The Modern Enlightenment
The Proper (as in scientific) Structuralis(z)ed View of the World
It came to all with a great shock! – SOME ARE NOT OVER IT – (over) 100 years ago. We had a country of Churches, Protestant Ethic and an Empire spanning the Globe.
Only Five Men!
“Charles Darwin, Sir Charles Lyell, Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley, and Alfred Wallace, had evolved into the most creative and productive group in the wide area of Natural History in Great Britain. Without the others Charles Darwin knew his life would have been narrow and restrictive. Minus, the life giving fluids of friendship, constructive criticism, encouragement, and acceptance.
Everything they thought and projected came partly from each other’s brain. Their hailstorm of letters, articles, monographs, and books, travelling all over the world, affording insights, and knowledge; educated an entire generation.
Together they had “turned the world around”. Had changed the patterns of man’s thoughts about himself and the world he lived in, wiped out prejudice against those who were unorthodox in their religious beliefs, provided release from the rigid dogma of the Church, as well as escape from the power of the Clergy, Rabbi, or Imam. And not only the hierarchy’s interlocking control of the schools, press, government, but the mass of the of the people who did not have the right to determine their daily lives.
Now there was hope for intellectual independence, the individuals freedom from the shackles of dictatorial restraint. With man’s brain no longer encased in the iron chains of mythical belief, what wonders would he not accomplish. Becoming his own master, men would have freedom, which causes greatness”. Irving Stone ‘The Origin’ – compressed.
BBC Radio 4 ‘Great Lives’ Mathew Paris – Alfred Russell Wallace. Listen on Date 1/1/2008, “All our (mostly, ignorant and vain) peers can do for us is to remember him by a park bench”. Also, Sir Arthur John Evans son of Sir John Evans and the excavations at Knossos in Crete 1899, helped to establish the ‘Antiquity of Man’ which we prefer to ignore; it makes us feel small and uneasy. Ref, Desmond Morris ‘The Naked Ape’ – Jacob Bronowski ‘The Long Childhood’ in the series ‘The Ascent of Man’. Barbara Ward, “The total lack of proportion in the whole exercise gives it a weird atmosphere of unreality, as though one had strayed into a science fiction narrative and landed on a planet, in which only fear and greed were institutionalised at a global level. A planet inhabited and ruled by anthropoids with only fossilized and vestigial intelligence, and a hideous preoccupation with death”. ‘The Home of Man’.
*The personal and private, spiritual, mind bending Revelation! The “Theory of Evolution”, not now; some far off, and far away idea, but belongs to you; it is your VERY OWN past. This all was happening well before towns, cities, pyramids and civilisations. Also, a fact, no one can take this away from you, or explain what you are, where you came from any differently, or by some imaginative or dogmatic dream. “REAL” or “REALITY”, however much you may like it to be ‘something else’, a miracle in a world that is somehow made, ‘magical and made for you’, is no longer the option. ‘Knowing truth’ or ‘know the truth’. See, ‘Darwin Fish’ – ‘Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster’, ‘Pastafarianism’ – and believing in G… is like thinking the ‘teapot is orbiting Mars’. Evolutionary Theory is more wonderful and awe inspiring than anything else could possibly be! For a more highbrow interpretation go to In the beginning there was the Flying Spaghetti Monster, article filed 11/09/2005. How about “The Virus of The Flying Spaghetti Monster”.
There is also, however, a more personal answer, ‘Science tells us what we can know, but what we can know is little, and if we forget how much we cannot know, we become insensitive to many things of very great importance. Theology, on the other hand, induces a dogmatic belief that we have knowledge, where in fact we have ignorance and by doing so generates a kind of impertinent insolence towards the universe. Uncertainty, in the presence of vivid hopes and fears is painful but must be endured if we wish to live without the support of comforting fairy tales. (‘The Infantile Situation GB’ – ‘Identity and Violence’ Amartya Sen To teach how to live without certainty, and yet, without being paralysed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do for those who study it.’ Ref, BR – Daddy. Ring a Scholar -A telephone and internet helpline offering advice about the true teaching of Islam is being launched in the UK today And, Hi-tech Theology
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 –!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1520.entry

“T h e   M i n d   B l o w i n g   C o n n e c t i o n” !
      Whatever the case, it can no longer be doubted that earliest man stands closer to present-day man from the evolutionary and biological aspects animals known today (including the ‘highest apes’), and that the quality of early man’s mental accomplishments separates him from other animals and binds him fundamentally to present day humans.
      For that reason it is generally sound at least as a guiding principle in empirical research – to view prehistoric man as essentially human, to understand him in terms of human nature, and to proceed from the assumption of the psychic unity of mankind, without thereby excluding further evolution and development.

A global education programme designed to foster understanding between religions has been launched by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation @ The Tony Blair Faith Foundation

Amnesty International

“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.

Evolution, Fish to Man. Man’s Debt to the Past.!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!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’

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.”

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.’ Global Gullibility. “The Pope has urged Catholic bishops in England and Wales to fight the UK’s Equality Bill with “missionary zeal”‘…


“The number of British people who are sceptical about climate change is rising, a poll for BBC News suggests.”
Scared (children & children’s children)?
“Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear, and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority.” Ref, Stanley Milgram
Growing Up
(Science and Politics)
“No other way of knowing is based on a set of rules explicitly designed to transcend the prior belief systems of mutually antagonistic tribes, nations, classes, and ethnic and religious communities in order to arrive at knowledge that is equally probable for any rational human mind. Those who doubt that science can do this must be made to show that some other tolerant and ecumenical alternative can do it better. Unless they can show how some other universalistic system of knowing leads to more acceptable criteria of truth, their attempt to subvert the universal credibility of science in the name of cultural relativism, however well-intentioned, is an intellectual crime against humanity. It is a crime against humanity because the real alternative to science is not anarchy, but ideology; not peaceful artists, philosophers, and anthropologists, but aggressive fanatics and messiahs eager to annihilate each other and the whole world if need be in order to prove their point.” Marvin Harris (1979a, 27-28)
. ‘Knowledge or Certainty’ & ‘The Ascent of Man’ Jacob Bronowski


About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond
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