The “Playground” For Faith and Belief. Religion UK.


 
 
"Thank you for your letter that explains your approach to School Assemblies and the British Humanist Association (BHA) "Ideas for Inclusive Assemblies" was well received. Ref, Guardian/ICM Poll Dec 2006, "82% of British people think that faith does more harm than good". Dorset SACRE (latest) RE Agreed Syllabus and 5% of our children’s time. No doubt, it will now have to revise this syllabus again, within the published policy of allowing "discernment" if it is not to become even more disconnected from the public’s general conception of reality, than it has already, and so very – unfortunately : after all the hard work put in, and especially, where it self congratulates itself on its conclusions.
 
I am sure that in my children’s class, the twins age 7, that some varieties of tastes have to be catered for and our School does not take a single approach towards the dogma of a religion or an ideology being taught in its Assemblies. The singular approach, I feel, could muddle the children unduly about "The Proper Structuralised View of the World" or "The Proper Structuralized View of the World", which is easily accessed on their computers or in books, and is very readily taught in most of their classes. (proper = scientific explanations : "improper view of the world" = non-scientific, and containing the mostly superstitious explanations). "The proper explanation" has so much greater discovery, excitement, depth, requiring leaps of imagination, and a combined interest of everything else. One would not wish to put this formidable time of the children’s lives in any form of jeopardy, by making it all rather bland with
instant, ancient, mostly speculative, and emotional solutions that are sometimes divisive, and which, are dished out to them with an overwhelming, overbearing, authority. The overwhelming authority, if not properly monitored to be fully inclusive and non-divisive, would fall into the category of charlatanism that causes future damage with its impertinent insolence towards the very hard gained, real knowledge of our physical world, universe, and the scientific facts (climate change) relating to our modern existence. Our children or young adults critical faculties are not as yet fully developed, which makes evangelism or ideological indoctrination to them, and to most parents quite inexcusable.
 
Amongst the credulous and vulnerable, children or young adults, there is some (a) possible theory that the explosive increase in self-harm (1in10) could be, ‘part way’, or even, caused by : early indoctrination of seriously taught irrational beliefs. More funding is required in this topical area. This funding may of been held back due to the existing public funding of "Religious Schools" or social prejudices existing in one of our Government Departments, in itself, deplorable. The threat and possible truth of any, if any "Religion Related Injuries", under the heading "Irrational Beliefs Research", might stir, prompt, and receive some action from the Government. Ref, REBT Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Wikipedia. Ref, listen to BBC Radio 4 ‘Beyond Belief’ 15 January 2007. My Ref, Sowing the Seeds of Irrational Beliefs Koestler’s ‘Jerusalem Sadness’. Hospital Ref, Research Study, "Irrational beliefs, hopelessness and depression in adolescents who attempt suicide, contemplate suicide and do not contemplate suicide". Country, England. "Irrational beliefs are at the core of emotional disturbance". Statistically significant correlations between self-downing, BDI and BHS were also found. (Ref, Corporate Manslaughter Bill).
 
I am sure that no one would want to write a letter like this. It does seem, as if, you have to overcome your own religious, cultural prejudices, and programming, but an ‘unjust invasive education policy’ even if well meaning in most of this particular context; should not be justified in our now and so called ‘Advanced Society’. Having publicly taught that the world is somehow magic and made for us; could be a recipe for disaster of a public and a private kind. "Pretty sick societies have lasted hundreds of years in the past, but it
makes us uncomfortable to think about them".
 
Besides, training very young children to be aware of the dangers of motorised traffic i.e. Road Safety, we had our lives threatened, quite blatantly, by an appallingly bad car driver, whilst out riding our bicycles; an everyday occurrence for some parents. Then the most important matter facing the modern parent, and society as a whole, is the longer term future for our children by making themselves "special guardians" if Ofsted, is shown to be not doing its job properly, and to be above that of any polemic private quango or private
government authority. In ‘Notes’ I try briefly to explain more reasons why. Professor Richard Dawkins FRS does this much better, and does have some solutions, "The very silly, current selfish idea, and the absurd idea that ‘children should inherit the beliefs of their parents, in the name of freedom’, if, and in one generation – they did not inherit the beliefs of their parents, it would solve, such a lot, of our particular problem". He would add what this costs i.e. teacher training and so on… to be a part of the ‘National Defence Budget’. Ref, "How to handle freedom and not the straight jacket of conformity should really be taught at school". And, of course, the "veil" should be allowed to be worn if this belongs to the child’s culture. This proposition is exciting and could set an "educational example" to the rest of the world.
 
The ‘meaning of life’, promoted to our children, very seriously, by one particular large Church as Chapter 25, ‘The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams; seems quite fun, but silly, and when the most important question anyone can ask; has such a silly answer like this one. I think that the Church will have to do better than Chapter 25 to head off Richard Dawkins’s books ‘A Devil’s Chaplain’, and his famous, ‘Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life. Two quotes from Jessie Greenstein and the discovery of nuclear synthesis. "Whether man should impose his need for rationality on the universe is not obvious, but scientists exist on the hope that nature is not tricky. Progress depends on the fact that natural law may be difficult to understand, but should not be stupid".
 
Notes:- "The Fight For The Minds Of Our Children".
 
*"The era of individualism, liberalism and democracy, of humanitarianism and freedom, is nearing its end. The masses will accept with resignation the victory of the Caesars, the strong men, and will obey them". ‘Spengler’ from ‘The War Of The World’ by Niall Ferguson. Do we want this to happen!
 
*Private School, State School, literature and Web Sites, are being or have been updated, due to the Governments latest ‘social propaganda’ (truthiness) not required in our law, but they find themselves pursuing popular reaction. ‘The Non-Statutory’ is reliant on : sweet reasonableness and a hope, for the public’s short term memory of the horrendous terror events and seen so vividly recently.
The Governments ‘Framework For Religious Education In Schools’ with the inclusion of respect for, and some information on, secular, atheist, and humanist ideals is now being advertised and promoted at long last. It does include in it, the mention to most of us, who are now non-believers a low grade acknowledgement that we exist – quite like, the powerful silent majority quoted in the past. The noise of the Churches and Religious Groups, clamouring for attention in our Schools and outside them, continuing to drown out everything
else as they loose more power over the fight for children’s minds. 16 Year Olds will soon be able to absent themselves from religious assemblies at school. The fight for any "reason" in the minds of our younger children goes on, an appalling indictment in 2006.
 
*Private Schools have to be aware of their own particular market’s to survive. Students will now be informed about the ‘humanist ideology’ or taught something about their disbelief in God in classes. The State Sector is well behind the Private Sector with this important viewpoint. Is the State Sector muddled by the emotions of ‘political correctness’ and the fear of ‘non-religion’ being taught
in R E that, it may be some how catching and eventually lead to religion being taught as a small part of let say a History class? Overtaken by the marginalised and ‘reality’ subjects such as Cosmology or Geology. These are more expensive to teach as they do require some specialist knowledge, they lack instantaneous answers; marginalised because: Cosmology and the horrors of Modern History, makes us feel very small and completely barbaric; in that particular order. School ethos’s of the past, tended to make the children ‘bold and brave’ combined with a ‘hyped’ nationalism and a strongly ‘unified’ emotional, and a very singular religionistic ethos; this has no part in our ‘welcoming multicultural globalised’ world. We can leave this far behind us, unless we regress, in an area that belongs in the ‘extreme fundamentalist world’, which is being ‘taken on’ by our Politicians for better or worse!
 
*My six year old daughter made a picture of a fish. Above was the writing "God made the fishes". If Education was doing its job properly, it should be a "big bang, evolution, or time, that made the fishes". This could be made just as graphic, if not more graphic than the subjective answer. It is quite abhorrent (an abuse) and for ‘whatever the reasons may be or however strong the adult faith is ‘ to have the little children subjected to the ‘deeply suspect creationist ideology’ and an ‘ancient symbology’ such as the ‘execution torture
crosses’ of a long past and ancient culture; excepting: the ‘objective facts’ and those of the ‘obvious fairy tales’ at such a young age, and against the wishes, beliefs, or non-belief of the parents. Whichever way you look at it, God is not an answer in this sense, just a term being used as some easier option, and also that: a monotheistic symbol, does seem, for some obscure or juvenile reason, to be placed at inappropriate ‘non-religious various locations around our School buildings.
 
*It has been shown that it is quite impracticable to withdraw ones children from an Assembly and is not recommended by Humanist Organisations. A disgusting fact maybe and this is never mentioned on this BBC web site or by religious organisations; of course not, it would be far too much trouble and too very important to sort this out! ‘The sleep of everyday living and requirement of a quiet life’, so nothing happens. The religionists and government have an unpractical, non-functional; ‘get out clause’ by which, the authoritative
position is fully justified; although, this may even be, fundamentalist or divisive. This fundamentalist approach could be promoted, usually and unwittingly by any religion or ideology, over many generations of children, resulting with the horrible scenes just seen in the London Religious Demonstrations. It is interesting, to make a note that blasphemy is a ‘catch 22’ or a ‘two edged sword’. I do feel that it is sometimes used by bullies to emotionally upset or much worse, and it is sometimes bullies that tend to react to it: to limit the ‘freedom of speech’ and then by ‘the accusation’ of blaspheme, they can then impress their own ideology and religious absolutes,
unwillingly, on a large number of other people.
 
*In history, humans have a tendency to revert to ‘primitive tribal behaviour’, sometimes very easily and at any level in the ‘varying degrees’ of the ‘ongoing assimilation of cultures’; in any country. Europe (UK) especially is at risk, time is not on our side, due to a ‘fast track’ inculcated immigration policy causing personal and ‘group cultural’ economic fluctuations, outdated and divisive education policies, and an ageing population, which ‘could require’ that immigration. Ruth Kelly MP and the ‘Commission for Integration and
Cohesion’ will have to look at what we know about ‘ourselves as human beings to date, historically and scientifically’ – not what we believe or have faith in as human beings to date, this any one can ‘make up anything, for’ – inform and educate ‘us all on those findings’, which could come hopefully, to the most shocking of conclusions, which our history does show us is so, and also, will be a most interesting ‘wake up call’ to everyone! Ref, Niall Ferguson’s book, ‘The War Of The World’ History’s Age Of Hatred.
 
*Religionists of all ‘creeds’, have large and sometimes vast funding, massive beautiful buildings, and a great ‘in built’ purpose to convert others by whatever means is at their disposal. In recent history it was done by force, in more advanced societies (we hope that we are) this is now confined to the home (we like to think it is); where another disgusting idea is instilled in the children, "That they alone have, the only, superior wire to the offices of the Almighty, all others being less fortunate than they themselves", Sir Herman Bondi. These religionists, are certainly not asleep, as they run special courses on how to handle the Secular Organisations. Some of these special courses are run by some other specialist organisations. No doubt, gaining large funding from their particular peer organisations of public funding, some of our charities and even our Local Authorities or, at least, the gaining of preferential treatment. The religionists have branched out to commendable forms of social care, with their ‘underlying’ itinerary, which ‘may or not be 100% altruistic’ in its
nature’? And, the employment of expensive ‘experts’; business’s being so very large and with a vast power base.
 
*The more I look into it, the greater it seems to have become, with its ‘infiltration’ into our Education System; frighteningly so? ‘The Handbook’ re, ‘Acts of Collective Worship Assemblies’ p8 * and above all, seeking to add significance and meaning to the daily lives of pupils by acknowledging the reality of a divine being in the experience of believers. SMSC development, reinforced by the OCA in guidance on PSHE and citizenship. At KS 1 & 2 Schools may seek to identify suitable curriculum links between RE and other curriculum areas with blocked areas of time. Links with literacy, ICT and Drama! Ref, SACRE. Also, a School in its Reporting can gain extra goal/points from Ofsted, A large carrot, easily obtained, in the money making area of the Nursery and ‘young child’ education.
 
*It reminds me, of what the great Bertrand Russell said about philosophers, "Philosophers from Plato to William James have allowed their opinions as to the constitution of the universe to be influenced by the desire for edification. Knowing, as they supposed, what beliefs would make men virtuous, they have invented arguments, often very sophistical, to prove that these are true". Plato
used the word, philodoxical, for people of a belief. Also, possibly, as Aldous Huxley pointed out on his trip to India in 1926, "India will never be free until the Hindus and the Moslems are as tepidly enthusiastic about their religion as we are about the Church of England". The new ‘politically correct’, is one, of being somewhat ‘happy go lucky’ whatever may be the ‘basis’ or the other religions dictates and absolutes. All religions have a tendency to fall for fundamentalism, as an MP has just pointed out in Parliament after the Blaspheme
Demonstrations. Hizbollah or Hezbollah, Islamic fascist or fundamentalists, the Christian right wing and cults; have their own economic and social support systems that many people are very grateful for, especially, when our governments are weak and inept at caring. "Religion has given, great comfort and moral guidance to many". Steven Pinker, a cognitive scientist, ‘The Blank Slate’.
 
*Religion in our Schools – unless Comparative and inclusive of Humanism – is against the ‘real interpretation’ of The Charter For Human Rights and The Charter For Children’s Rights. To my mind, the promotion of a ‘religionist ideal’ to any children by ‘public authority’ will soon be something of the past and rather like the cruelty of the past. Not that religionists are cruel, but that they might pass gently into history. I am so surprised that the education system had not, ‘grown up’. I had not thought about it all for so long, and I
did not have any children to educate, so that now, everything on this subject becomes, very much more real! Of course, the moral arguments for religion and a superstitious single mass ideology have failed, and gone very much into a minority, in this multi-structured society on the adult level. But, it does have the possibility of becoming very large and dangerous to us all again, in the way
it is promoting itself in local government and schools through a diversification. There are some expensive promotional web outlets and links on government web sites. Some of these sites may inform (a little). But, they do use ‘converting material’ or ‘proselytize’ a one sided approach, often aimed at the ‘not so well educated’, such as, discriminatory big lettering, denoting ignorance. Admirable thinking, you may think; aimed at those (ignorant) people that may be made ‘somewhat better’ or even virtuous people by reading this
expensive garbage! This, of course, is the unforgivable use of Public Funds and Government Authority, and is way, way, beyond any governments remit. It is must be a ‘nightmare’ to our Police and Security Services that there is the promoting with the consent of government of large divisions in education, which could be exploited further in School ethos’s and with a ‘leaning towards the side’ of any radical fundamentalism and causing a reverse effect from what was intended, by allowing a freedom of ‘religious or ideological – indoctrinational – choice’ in our educational system.
 
*We all, are very aware (or should be) of the appalling current history; the child deaths, rape (prominent in ethnic violence), and ‘killing fields’. How to handle our own freedom and not the ‘blind’ mass-conformity-ethos’s that are so dangerous. These are ‘watchwords’ or ‘sound bytes’ in amongst the parents who are bringing up (their) children; to minimise any past divisions that they may have been taught by any overbearing, slow to react, Education System.
 
*Internet use, although, sometimes distasteful could be the modern answer to waylay many far worse scenarios. The Khmer Rouge who were short of bullets, had selected children for execution, they smashed their heads against the banyan trees; behaviour like this, so on…throughout ages of human history, but so very recently on a vaster scale. ‘Unrestricted communication’ being lethal to
‘mass religion and ideologies’. This ‘window on the world’ if available to nearly everyone, could possibly help humankind overcome their divisions and act as an enhanced ‘warning bell’ to the world community of any usurpation’s beginning or taking place.
 
*A very important duty has fallen on parents: mostly acting on their own as the state institutions have proved to be inadequate; subject to a subtle manipulation and grooming by religious organisations in the area of Church and Faith Schools. The Churches and Faiths being quite happy to supply large funds or parts of, for school buildings and so on : to then carry on their evangelical aims and purposes.
 
*The ‘New Age Groups’ and the ‘Old Establishments’ can be right wing moralists; very sexist (men’s power over women) or homophobic in their nature, web sites, and dogma, etc. They are unable to do the simple basic teaching that the parents do (mostly) as a natural humanitarian prerogative. ‘Harry Potter’ and the top selling writer, Philip Pullman, would seem to supply all the ‘superstition’ that they will ever need and with good fun! More fun can be found, by going to the web site, ‘Daily Telegraph’ – telegraph.co.uk. ‘In the beginning there was the Flying Spaghetti Monster’ an article filed 11/09/2005. Kansas USA that has got itself into the most silly and pathetic situation with the ‘Intelligent Design Debate’. Do we want that sort of backward, fundamentalists, and non-sense
thinking – in our schools?
 
*Children could have the wonderful real stories. Stories of a wonderful mind stretching reality that are so real in nature i.e. by David Attenborough, Dr Bronowski, and Professor Richard Dawkins FRS. Latest exploration and discovery stories. Stories of bravery and courage from the current news. Stories of a Secular nature (even those in the Bible) and poetry; the list is endless. We
know education is expensive and the more complicated answers to our children’s questions take time and training. Instead their time at school is being wasted on very superstitiously dubious and ancient mythological stories. These children then become adults and no wonder that they will rebel to such a degree, as they are so out of touch with any proper reality.
 
*If you are a young adult, reading this and it rings true : try and ‘EDUCATE YOUR EDUCATORS’. Look up on Google Blog Search, The Proper Structuralised View Of The World or the proper structuralized view of the world and the article ‘Living In Another Culture’ by Francis Crick (discoverer of DNA). The main thing to do : KEEP ON THINKING for yourself – alone!
 
*Is it 67% the British Public who don’t want Faith Schools? They are not so stupid that they cannot see through it all, and are those religionist organisations taking this view on board? If it was only a minor few percentage points it would still be justified to take any religion or ideology off the school curriculum, just in case one child was being indoctrinated against the parent’s or the child’s wishes, or even that the child may one day carry a suicide bomb. We must blame our government, our religious organisations, our education system, our nationalism, and ourselves, for not taking action against fundamentalism so that now we can not even carry a tube of toothpaste or baby milk on a flight (without some inspection?).
 
*The ordinary man or woman, boy or girl, does not need to be influenced, and is so very much more aware than the so called intellectuals, in their covetous, rich, and public funded organisations. They know with an instinct that religion and the realities within education do not mix, and that our educators must choose now, one way or the other. There is a terrible mess, maybe not in your
town or village if you are lucky, but the world is now global and we fairly well know who, and what, is causing a lot of the problems. We know the importance of teaching History, with some Geology, enabling us to understand large time scales of Evolution, and Cosmology. Then to make these subjects (more) exciting. Any other thinking and in my view is called ‘simulate’ (denial), which means imagine in the brain. Parents or whatever derogatory term some intellectuals like to call us do know this very well. So please catch up Educationalists and make your own choices; you can not have it both ways. "The sleep of reason will bring forth monsters". Voltair. Some of those monsters, unfortunately, you have already helped create.
 
*The world, my children, and their future, is in your hands. Educate the Educators and the world will be a less dangerous place for us all to live in. Professor Richard Dawkins FRS is a leader in this field. He suggested the idea of ‘memes’ that is now readily accepted by modern historians as the means of cultural transmission. To back this up in the last decade, the human brain has been found to contain a very large amount of mirror neurons. Ref, Vilayanur Ramachandran, and others. Channel 4 TV, Root Of All Evil? BBC World Service
Reporting Religion and Fergus Stokes:- Keep Religion In Our Churches And Not In Our Schools. RE should be :- Comparative Religions, including Humanism.
 
*If the Churches and the Organisations of whatever particular creeds did not try with their invasive, and sometimes abusive behaviour, to influence our children before their critical faculties have developed fully, they might find that their own particular religion was very much more respected and very much more popular. Whereas, some religionists can be very blinkered and short sighted about their
own particular promotions. In America, where the State Education and Religion are not allowed to mix, religion seems to be the winner. See, Google Video – BBC Panorama, "Sex and the Vatican".
 
*TV BBC 2 Horizon: A War on Science. Religionists try and enter the science classroom by ‘hook and crook’ with the concept of "intelligent design". This has been a total disaster for them. It could be, and now that they will all go back into their Churches and some of their very commendable organisations and leave (the) my young children alone.
 
*It is also of interest to note that a ploy by the religionists of all faiths and beliefs is that they are trying to join hands under a one roof ideology. Negating their divisions as if they did not have any of those, and to ‘paint over the obvious cracks in their dogma and postulates’. Could this not be: the early stages of forming another horrendous divisive, discriminatory, and mass ideology for our future? They must not be allowed to be above the law, or our secular laws on hatred and divisiveness, sexual or sexist – or any otherwise on
the grounds of an ancient or modern cultural, faith or belief system. Religionists, I feel and very often; try to get ‘above the law’ on some of the ethos-es matter’s in education and therefore must be open to challenge by the law.
 
*Schools are not the place to indoctrinate any set of ideologies, religions, or even moral codes that do go beyond the very distinctive normalities of natural caring, inclusion, and kindness. They are places for learning the real observed and objective facts that we now have as a normal, everyday, and wonderful Educational Resource. The moral banners that most responsible adults carry voluntarily and naturally should not be burdened on to our children or their schools. Maybe, it is that, our schools have become the only place left for the institutionalised faiths to propagate their own particular and sometimes dubious forms of morality. Children being used in this way to propagate a faith or combined faiths within the SACRE guidance; personally, I find again, quite inexcusable behaviour. Other ways for adults to propagate their own faith’s should be sought by the large Churches if they are so badly failing in the adult world, but there are large sums of money at stake where children, and their parents, are being asked to pick up a shortfall. Would the Churches survive
without having their say in Education?
 
They Turned The World Around.
 
Five men, Charles Darwin, Sir Charles Lyell, Joseph Hooker, and Alfred Wallace.
 
Darwin and Evolution.
 
"Had changed the patterns of humankind’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 an escape from the power of the Clergy. And, not only the hierarchy’s interlocking control of the schools, press, government. But, the mass 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 humankind’s brain no longer encased in iron chains of mythical belief what wonders could he not accomplish. Becoming his own master humankind would have the freedom, which causes greatness". Irvin Stone, ‘The Origin’ (compressed).
 
Science
 
"We are living at the very beginning of time. Our descendants of far off ages will see our present age as the misty morning of human history. Scientists of today will appear as heroic figures, fighting their way through jungles of ignorance and superstition to discover truth". Sir James Jeans.
 
(Nobel Prize Winner) Professor Amartya Sen. BBC Radio 4 Today Programme Wed 16 August 2006 should be listened to. "Never has so much power been in the hands of so few" i.e. The Guardians. The tyranny of selection for the ‘good schools’, often, Church or Faith based Schools. The Supplementary Admission Forms to these schools can be found on your Local Council, LEA, websites (2006 versions). Some of these are positively discriminatory, selective, and are ‘medieval in nature’; they are sowing the seeds of discrimination and setting a very bad example to our children; whatever sweet talk may be found to be and then leading us all to
a world that contains more ghastly horrors. It is as if none of us had not all ready witnessed quite enough and were so ignorant, or totally credulous, to the mostly unelected peers of ours sitting in secret session. To underestimate their power is a mistake. The school remains responsible for the supervision of the child withdrawn from RE but must not set alternative work…Parents have to
provide alternative study materials (asked to)…unless material is deemed by the governors to be offensive and contrary to the values of the school. RE is a statutory curriculum core subject and the minimum allocation for RE should be 5% of curriculum time. The superstition also spills over into Assembly and, opted into, or out of, many other subjects. In the Science classroom I noticed a
poster containing in bold letters "The Miracle Of Life". Not too bad, you may think, but it all gets subliminal after a while.
 
Publication for children: ‘What About Gods?’ by Chris Brockman – Prometheus Books. Amazon’s Skeptics Bookshelf .com. A ‘Sceptic Bookshelf’ within every school in our country, which would be a good counterbalance to extremism.
 
Windows Live Spaces, Daddy’s Space, ‘The Gutter Or The Stars’. Even if you belong to any Religion or an Ideology, you could become a member or support ‘The British Humanist Association’ (non-tribal and non-sexist) due to the risk of ‘what is happening’ to all our ‘young’ children and their education (ethoses) being decided by a local and unelected social elite in ‘medieval style’ and
‘secret session’. Ref, "Improper Structuralised View Of The World" or "The Improper Structuralized View Of The World".
 
It is, again, ‘not recommended to remove your child from a Religious Assembly’. BHA. 

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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! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ 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 http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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