BBC Magazine. Burning times! Halloween and All Saints Day. A Week of Horrors!

Witches remain a significant cultural presence centuries after thousands of women, and men, accused of sorcery were burned at the stake. But what caused the craze for burning witches, and why did it stop?
‘Pardon or Not to Pardon (the Witches)’. ‘Living with the Modern Day Jesters’.!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1919.entry

Witchcraft in Africa

Letter(s ) – NewScientist. "A.C.Grayling perpetuates the myth’ that astronomers were burned at the stake by the Catholic Church". 

A.C.Grayling, replies: "Start with the burning at the stake of Cecco d’Ascoli in Florence 1327 and proceed through the centuries to the "cleaning-up" of the University of Salamanca 16th century by the Suprema, ‘Council of the Supreme and General Inquisition’. A list of trial names can be compiled from the records that survive". Ref, ‘The Demon-Haunted World’ Carl Sagan.   

And, in, 1963 – New Forest, Hampshire, England. A ‘witch’ was compelled to leave her house because her neighbours genuinely believed in her powers. All of them believed, as implicitly as they believed in their Faith, that the Powers of Darkness were still physically active in the world.

"The Age of Enlightenment, with its emphasis on reason and logic, was beginning in Europe and natural causes began to replace the Devil as the reason behind much of society’s ills." Do we really have the ‘Enlightenment’ in any of our schools? The Age of Enlightenment, with its emphasis on reason and logic, was beginning in Europe, 18th Century, and natural causes began to replace the Devil as the reason behind much of society’s ills.

Church Schools and Faith Schools, GB – UK. TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT – ‘The Prehistoric Mind. How did Prehistoric Man Think? The Primitive Mind.’!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1520.entry When we see man 20,000 years ago, having completed the colonization of the six continents, which had begun a million years earlier, it is time to look back and survey his position. How did these people think? Almost universally they must have had a Primitive Mind. The pre-logical or semi-rational mind that fails to separate the individual from the group, and which; pursuing causes with misguided zeal argues, "post hoc ergo propter hoc" (after this, therefore on account of this, the after-so-because fallacy Our civilised societies have never excluded the ‘Primitive Mind’. There are a proportion of people in all societies, who see no sense in the definition of connections and inferences, which their teachers (PC ‘some’) hold to be self-evident. Indeed, in all societies there is more pre-logical thinking than we like to admit? Teach your teachers – ‘The Long Childhood’ ‘The Ascent of Man’ J.Bronowski. ‘Secret Sessions’. "Never has so much power been in the hands of so few" ‘Power of the Guardians’ Amartya Sen. "Earlier Sir Liam Donaldson told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show rows between advisers and politicians were best kept behind closed doors: "I think to find yourself in a situation like this is very controversial." "These things are best sorted out behind the scenes so that the government and their advisers can go to the public (hoodwink’d them with faery fancy) with a united front." Government UK (disgraceful) and ALL its ‘People’ in 2009 – Subject (you and me) to Agenda. Knowledge (science or rationality) and (dangerous) Government UK that is pre-logical or semi-rational – And

Fraud ‘attack’ –

‘Without knowledge no man can be free’ (even in the so-called democracy’s of the West) – ‘Without knowledge we are subjected (subject to {an} Agenda) to the whims and wishes of others.’ (Religious or Secular – beliefs and ideology’s, 100 million & more deaths!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!2400.entry What is the depth, Worldwide, of ‘our’ species particular ‘madness’ ? Ans: About a one half of the adult population, which is quite promising, as most people are not scientists and live their life predominantly in (a potentially – very dangerous state, when in charge of modern technology: technology, being ‘products of science’) the ‘myriad realm’s of imagination and passion’, so on…! "More than half of all adults in a survey of 10 countries thought school science lessons should teach evolutionary theories alongside creationism." Species extinction – > 99% of species that have ever lived have become extinct! Secularization of Religion (steady progress)

Against – ‘War and Silly Skirmishes’ BBC Newsnight ‘A Talmudic hair splitting brand of cleverness’ Koestler (just – Popinjay’s?) – Gordon Brown insists that despite the human cost the military mission in Afghanistan must continue. Has he done enough to win over the public and his critics? With Gavin Esler. Terribly wrong? Admiral Sir Alan West,_Baron_West_of_Spithead A Mother, with a ‘now’ dead son, " >50% of the British people think that we should come out of Afghanistan; if a Government at a General Election got > 50% of the votes they would be well pleased, so it is now time to act on the wishes of the British people and come out of Afghanistan – forthwith! Ref, Implications: withdrawal from Afghanistan – severe blow to national pride; defence procurement and overseas sales – next years British Parliamentary Election, consequences and repercussions (Iraq and Oil – further continuation in the ‘downfall’ of the West, compared to that of the power in the Eastern Alliances, China and Russia, so on…) 

For – ‘Children’s Rights’ (indoctrination and ‘brainwashing’) The European Court of Human Rights "right of children to believe or not to believe". Ref, Church Schools and Faith Schools, UK – Compulsory Worship – 50% RE spent on Christianity in all our UK Schools – Spirituality School Ethos’s GB, Esp – ISC and Private Schools, or the so-called, Public Schools UK. ‘Hard-cheese’s for David Cameron MP Conservative Party Leader, UK Parliament; isolated to the ‘far right wing’, and marginalized with all the other ‘bigots and haters’ in the European Parliament, by his latest and quite ridiculous speech – ‘pathetic’! European Law overrides UK Laws since 1964!

*Bank of England; RBS; American Army Base Murders. USA’s ‘growing pains’ (The Infantile Situation, USA – Geza Roheim) and it’s polarization of politics. Hippie Liberals vs the ‘Right Wing Nasties’, or was it Nazis, I heard on our ‘beloved’ BBC today

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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