Professor Amartya Sen. Nobel Prize Winner.
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Stephen Hawking and Patrick Moore, “When did time start?, the greatest question of all”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_274TIy_zKI
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’)
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/ What do children and young adults require: Quality. “Laws of nature are human inventions, like ghosts. Laws of logic, of mathematics are also human inventions, like ghosts. The whole blessed thing is a human invention, including the idea that isn’t a human invention. The world has no existence whatsoever outside the human imagination…” ‘Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance’ Robert M. Pirsig. And, “Days have become phantasmal and incoherent, except in terms of Quality.” “My personal feeling is that this is how any further improvement in the world (politics, and that required from our politicians and unelected leaders, quangordial religionists – NASACRE, SACRA and educationalists, local councils…,: the teachers and the schools, laggards and laggardly institutions; who are so very far behind all of us – masses) will be done: by individuals making Quality decisions and that’s all. God,…”
“Watering-down of protection for gay people ‘shames’ parliament…” BHA, E-MAIL.
The BHA has condemned votes on the House of Lords which removed the requirement for discrimination against gay people by religious organisations to be “proportionate”. The government’s definition of the roles that would be affected was also voted down, after strong lobbying by religious organisations including Church of England bishops within the House of Lords. BHA Chief Executive Andrew Copson commented, ‘Everyone else is required to treat gay people without discrimination. What the Christian churches fought for and won were special exemptions from that law so that they can treat lesbian and gay people unkindly, unfairly, and discriminate against them (A shameful example, of their so called, ‘loving God’ to all our children and vulnerable). The House of Lords has shamed itself by conspiring in this sort of immorality. We regret it and we hope that those fair-minded parliamentarians and those Christians who have campaigned against this exemption are given a fairer hearing in the future stages of the Bill and that this disgraceful injustice is reversed.’ Read more about our work on the Equality Bill.
British Humanist Association e-bulletin
21st September 2009
The not so dodgy dossier
The BHA has been campaigning against faith schools for a long time, and yet those in favour of dividing children by religion continue to trot out the same ropey arguments for the status quo. What’s worse, all too often they are they are successful in persuading politicians that the whole question of religion in schools is too hot to handle.
(My note, more to the point, ‘can you trust the religionists, who may be at varying stages, or degrees, of Revelation; with the education of your child?’ As this is a personal blog, and with the experience of being a father to two 10 year old’s, the answer is a definite no – a no, no, in all respects.)
That’s why we’ve been thrilled this week to see a digest of independent evidence that shows the consequences of faith schools for society. The document has been produced by Accord — the coalition for inclusive schools co-founded by the BHA — and brings together research by academics, think-tanks and the government.
So, when someone next suggests to you that the current system is popular with parents, you can tell them that 57% of people think that religious admissions undermine community cohesion, and even more want balanced RE which includes non-religious perspectives. And when they ask how a faith school could possibly get a wealthier intake than a neighbouring community schools, you will have the statistics showing that church school intakes definitely are disproportionately middle class. With some schools requiring regular attendance for several years to get a place, it’s little wonder that that some schools are off limits to all but the most religious or determined parents.
Ref, DENOMINATIONAL/RELIGIOUS/FAITH REASONS
Are you involved with the life and worship of a church?
YES/NO (please circle)
YES, please provide details of your vicar/priest/minister/leader:
Name of Church attended ______________________________________________________________________________
Has your child been baptised/ christened?
YES/NO (please circle)
You must attach a letter from your vicar/priest/minister/leader confirming how often you and your child attend church and
for how long you have been members of the church.
You must check the relevant Admissions Policy for information on the requirements of each school. If this information is not received
or endorsed, or is insufficient, your application will not be considered under this criteria, but will be considered under the next
appropriate criteria. Ref, http://www.dorsetforyou.com/media/pdf/f/o/Transfer_Junior_or_Middle_School_-_September_2010.pdf
(Setting a bad example to children, and the vulnerable, by the ‘generous the benefactors’, whose aims, may be, and somewhat – very far removed from any unconditional and loving cause (power – social acclaim – money); their aims mostly are obscure, mystifying, cultish, and quite normally unfathomable). The ACCORD Coalition http://www.accordcoalition.org.uk/
Beware – Everyone should feel a ‘little uneasy’ with their own religion or ideology – it is a very healthy to doubt, and if lucky enough to be allowed to: you certainly should! Everything changed after September 11th, except for the religiosity in most our schools, which they doggedly hang on to, as if in a dream, and in some of our institutions (House of Lords), it is, as if, September 11th never happened, with the denial of (home-grown) reasons that their promotion of religiosity (religious power – unelected Bishops of the House of Lords) might of been at some fault! The real horrors passed them by, as if they were in some senile (some of them are, and so very silly, with their outdated, embarrassing – antics and language) dream, unfortunately the ghastly horrors were very real to the people who jumped off the Towers to avoid the heat, so on…
Many religions today in our/the modern and mostly secular UK – Cults of one form or another.
Margaret Singer Ph.D.
“Six Conditions for Thought Reform”
Keep the person unaware of what is going on and how she or he is being changed a step at a time. Potential new members are led, step by step, through a behavioural-change program without being aware of the final agenda or full content of the group.
The goal may be to make them deployable agents for the leadership, to get them to buy more courses, or get them to make a deeper commitment, depending on the leader’s aim and desires.
Control the person’s social and/or physical environment; especially control the person’s time. Through various methods, newer members are kept busy and led to think about the group and its content during as much of their waking time as possible.
Systematically create a sense of powerlessness in the person. This is accomplished by getting members away from the normal social support group for a period of time and into an environment where the majority of people are already group members.
The members serve as models of the attitudes and behaviours of the group and speak an in-group language. Manipulate a system of rewards, punishments and experiences in such a way as to inhibit behaviour that reflects the person’s former social identity.
Manipulation of experiences can be accomplished through various methods of trance induction, including leaders using such techniques as paced speaking patterns, guided imagery, chanting, long prayer sessions or lectures, and lengthy meditation sessions.
Manipulate a system of rewards, punishments, and experiences in order to promote learning the group’s ideology or belief system and group-approved behaviours. Good behaviour, demonstrating an understanding and acceptance of the group’s beliefs, and compliance are rewarded while questioning, expressing doubts or criticizing are met with disapproval, redress and possible rejection. If one expresses a question, he or she is made to feel that there is something inherently wrong with them to be questioning.
Put forth a closed system of logic and an authoritarian structure that permits no feedback and refuses to be modified except by leadership approval or executive order. The group has a top-down, pyramid structure. The leaders must have verbal ways of never losing. “When God’s word… is neglected, and when God’s law is ridiculed, despised, laughed at, the result can only be destruction and injustice.” Pope Benedict XV1.
Ref, Stanley Milgram http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment
And, Margaret Singer Ph.D. “Six Conditions for Thought Reform”. “A new hard hitting advertising campaign starts today to help reduce the number of teenage girls who suffer domestic violence at the hands of their boyfriends. It comes after NSPCC researchers found an alarming number of youngsters believe physical and emotional abuse is normal within relationships.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8515631.stm
Word docs, Religious Education (RE) Dorset For You. SALED, NASACRE, SACRE. RE Search – Agreed Syllabus. http://cid-a18bf3fcc5e126a2.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Daddys%20Space%20The%20Gutter%20Or%20The%20Stars%20-%20Journal%20^0%20Book/Religious%20Education%20^5RE^6%20Dorset%20For%20You.%20SALED^J%20NASACRE^J%20SACRE.%20RE%20Search%20-%20Agreed%20Syllabus^2docx
Young people and self-harm http://cid-a18bf3fcc5e126a2.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Daddys%20Space%20The%20Gutter%20Or%20The%20Stars%20-%20Journal%20^0%20Book/Why%20do%20a%20lot%20of%20young%20people%20self-harm.docx
The latest = Plato and philodoxical. ‘Money in Muck’, ref, ‘In the Citadel of Self’, “Once that was thought (by nearly everyone) to be believed, as the true reality – without; has now, and had to – turn within”. “The Church of England’s ruling body will close its meeting with a call for more recognition of the compatibility of religious belief with science.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8511951.stm Science or technology (two separate matters) science = knowledge, and technology = application of science – “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said his country has produced its first batch of uranium enriched to 20%.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8510451.stm
Having some fun at RE’s expense – RE should be fun and no proselytizing.
Plato. ‘The Worlds Of Knowledge And Belief’. F.M. Cornford.
Notes Of Dads 1. A Pyramid Of The Degrees Or Levels Or States Of Consciousness Towards Knowledge – Anomy – Stratified Society – Target Grey – Explorers.
This notebook is intended to be a selection of various notes I have made over the years – say the last 10 years, in five reporters notebooks, and in my brown loose-leaf notebook.
IMPORTANT NOTES FROM A NOTE BOOK BY DAD (1980’s approx)
Idea for a book called ‘Target Grey’, or ‘The Gutter and The Stars’, or ‘Other Works’.
My idea of how society is constructed :
Target Grey refers to that small number of people lying between – ‘Reactors’ and ‘Explorers’.
Vis add : ‘The Kingdom or the Darkness’ Monod. See, ‘The Primitive Mind’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Monod
“Civilization, we may say, has advanced only at the cost of a struggle between science and superstition, working on the intelligence of the participants, a struggle of whose progress the legal status of torture and the social status of astrology, might serve as indicators.
Advanced societies, therefore are so stratified as to keep the primitive mind in a subordinate position. In this way individual responsibility and the rules of evidence, allow with fluctuating success the development of law and the organisation of knowledge and all that follows from these practises”. ‘The Little Universe of Man’ Professor C.D.Darlington.
1) ‘Target Grey’ is a fair ‘target’. They require a lead into knowledge
2) Those Explorers and above Target Grey. Do not need a lead into knowledge.
3) Those below (Target Grey) will not wish to know or care what you are writing about anyway! They require no lead and do not want knowledge!
4) I know from experience in ‘Education’ that those in the ‘Grey’ area are ‘Frustrated Secret Explorers‘.