“Kalhor, who comes from a family of avid skiers, has braved the slopes of Dizin, in the Alborz mountain range north of Tehran, since age 4. In a couple of weeks, she will take the international stage competing in the Alpine slalom and giant slalom. As the first Iranian woman in Winter Olympics history, the 21-year-old will head a four-member Iranian team that will be the only one from the Middle East. The three other Iranian athletes, all male, are Poria Saveh Shemshak, Hossein Saveh Shemshak and Seyed Sattar Seyd.” http://www.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/02/10/iran.olympic.skier/index.html
Spotlight on Anthropology http://www.aqr.org.uk/inbrief/document.shtml?doc=simon.roberts.01-03-2005.anthropology
‘The Domestication Of The Human Species’ Peter J.Wilson
‘Science, Materialism, And The Study Of Culture’ Martin F. Murphy and Maxine L.Margolis
Summer Olympics 1904 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1904_Summer_Olympics “The organizers of the games held “Anthropology Days” on August 12 and 13. Various indigenous men from around the world, who were at the World’s Fair as part of the exhibits, competed in various events for anthropologists to see how they compared to the white man”.
Winter Olympics 1932 Nations Competing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1932_Winter_Olympics
Athletes from 17 nations competed in these Games, down from 25 nations at the previous Games in 1928.
|http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nearly-all-europeans-descended-from-just-10-people-621930.html Colin Renfrew, a distinguished archaeologist at Cambridge University, said the findings revealed the importance of modern genetics in understanding one of the events shaping the course of human history. “The consequences of the [agricultural] transition were fundamental – village settlements, new beliefs, different social structure,” said Professor Renfrew ‘Prehistory’ Making of the Human Mind’. “A behavioural revolution took place.” And, “Legitimising the State: Cosmic Order and Comic Power – Early state societies (many societies today i.e., including Britain – divine right of Royalty and Courts, law – Oaths, the unelected Peers of the House of Lords, Compulsory Worship Law – School Assemblies and Religious Education [RE] @ 50% Christianity + the all encompassing brainwashing and a pervasive encroachment [inescapable] into many other subjects – County Councils – NASACRE and SACRE -Quangoes of Religiosity UK – GB, Church Schools, Faith Schools, so on…) “The powerful new nexus, where religion sanctifies the exercise of centralised power and economy, maintained [constant changes of RE – Assemblies, Ethos’s, Law and morality issues – secularism, sexism, homophobia, so on…,] and controlled by the elite exercising the power.”‘The Fraudulent Promise’ http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!2531.entry The Clarity And Wit of Aldous Huxley, Bertrand Russell and HG Wells http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!825.entry It’s a Gray Area: ‘We have met the enemy, and he is us’ James P.Grey “Those are the realities. Discussions like this are certainly not fun, but eventually reality must be faced. In fact, our children demand it. Mostly, you and I will be fine, but our financial security and comfort are being paid for by mortgaging the future of our children and grandchildren. And I hope you agree with me that this is too high a cost to pay!” http://www.dailypilot.com/articles/2010/02/20/opinion/dpt-gray022110.txt
URGENT – TAKE ACTION NOW!
The Government has taken a u–turn on children’s rights to Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). Act now to stop them.
TAKE ACTION:Write to your MP using our email systemurging them to oppose the amendment when it is debated next Tuesday (23rd February). Please do this today to ensure all young people have access to accurate, balanced SRE that promotes equality and diversity, and to prevent faith schools from teaching that same sex relationships and the use of contraception are wrong.
What is happening?
The amendment to the Bill, tabled by the Secretary of State Ed Balls, would permit state-funded “faith schools” to teach PSHE, which includes Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), “in a way that reflects the school’s religious character”.
Andrew Copson, BHA Chief Executive, said, ‘The Government’s amendment to the Children, Schools and Families Bill effectively provides an opt-out for faith schools from teaching full, comprehensive and objective Sex and Relationships Education. This is a U-Turn from the original commitment in the Bill which put a duty on schools to teach SRE in ways that promote equality, diversity and rights, in ways that are sensitive to the children’s backgrounds, rather than the schools’.
‘Allowing schools to teach SRE in ways skewed towards their religious character could in practice lead to subjective and narrow teaching, depriving up to a third of pupils from the objective SRE which their friends in community schools will receive as of right. We are particularly concerned how faith schools will teach about crucial issues such as contraception, safe sex, and different sexualities.’
Carolyne Willow, National coordinator of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England said, ‘This amendment was completely unnecessary as there is already provision in the Bill for PSHE to take into account different perspectives, including religious beliefs. It is absolutely vital that sex and relationships education funded by the State occurs within the context of commitment to equality and respect for diversity; anything less is discriminatory.’
Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, chair of the Accord Coalition, said, ‘It is astonishing that the government plans to deny young people of their right to accurate, balanced PSHE and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), and allow state funded schools to teach the subject from one religious viewpoint. By taking this position, Ed Balls is implicitly condoning homophobia in schools and undermining attempts to tackle homophobic bullying. After Labour has done so much for equality, this looks like a 21st century Section 28.’
The BHA campaigns for full and impartial SRE –you can read about such work and why we do it here.
What you can do to help
TAKE ACTION:Write to your MP using our email systemurging them to defeat the amendment when it is debated next Tuesday. Please do this today to ensure all young people have access to accurate, balanced SRE that promotes equality and diversity, and to prevent faith schools from teaching that same sex relationships and the use of contraception are wrong.
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Wise: “Nasa has published the first images from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or Wise, which has been scanning the skies since January.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8521811.stm
‘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.’ Sex Education http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8529595.stm
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/ 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 And, http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1249.entry 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 Index & The Gullibility Factor Test http://www.naturalnews.com/gullibility.html “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 Child Deportations “The Church of England were involved in sending children, the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8533171.stm Teenage Pregnancies http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8531227.stm “The politicisation of parenting is damaging family relations and education, an academic has warned. Professor of sociology Frank Furedi said there was a pervading prejudice that virtually all of society’s problems were caused by poor parenting.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8517905.stm Ref, the appalling (behavioural – disconnected belief, faith, ideological, ethoses, past or present, bigotedness, class exclusivity, social inequality) example, unrecoverable situation that has been set by powerful peer groups and an all powerful media – Education UK, and the ‘corrupted-ness’ Government UK – UK’s Financial Institutions. ‘No Mean Feat’. Apart from Sartre, the only philosopher known to the general public is Socrates, who was so wicked that he was condemned to death for impiety and corrupting the youth of Athens. His charge sheet read, “Socrates is an evil doer and a curious person, searching into things under the earth and above the heavens, and making the worse, appear the better cause and teaching all this to others”. At his trial in 399 BC prosecuting counsel asked Socrates, “Why should anyone take an interest in philosophy?” Socrates replied, “Sir, the unexamined life is not worth living!” His pupil Plato was heard to murmur, “Better to be Socrates discontented, than a pig contented.” http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!2400.entry
Iran’s supreme leader has denied it is developing nuclear weapons, after a new report from the UN atomic watchdog, the IAEA, sparked an international outcry.
(PN. For some, an obvious acknowledgement: ‘religion has given great comfort and moral guidance to many‘ Steven Pinker ‘The Blank Slate’)
Fantastic “Amy Williams won Britain’s first solo Winter Olympics gold medal for 30 years with victory in the women’s skeleton.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympic_games/vancouver_2010/skeleton/8520464.stm
Not so good – Cresta Run St Moritz – rode her 5 times on the 31st December 1968, aged 17, with two falls at ‘shuttlecock corner’ (practise from junction) http://www.cresta-run.com/html/anniversary_info.cfm
“Hippies weren’t really offering any alternatives other than colorful short-term ones, and some of these were looking more and more like pure degeneracy. Degeneracy can be fun but it’s hard to keep up as a serious lifetime occupation.” Robert M.Pirsig ‘Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance’, afterword – exactly, as my square and scientific Dad would of seen it! Now, exactly, as I will – probably, if not now, already: viewing my son in 2010!
Not a real man until you have been divorced! Pink Floyd ‘The Division Bell’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXZklTPy8n4
Catholic Church and Sex Education UK. “There is no opt-out for any faith school from teaching the full, broad, balanced curriculum on sex and relationship education and that is a huge step forward.” Mr Balls added: “Every school will have to teach the full curriculum in a balanced way that respects equality and is not discriminatory, but of course what we are saying is they can explain the views of their faith. “Catholic schools can say to their pupils that, as a religion, we believe contraception is wrong, but what they can’t do is therefore say they are not going to teach about contraception.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8533235.stm And, Oh-Dear! The ‘sex-experts’ (Sexperts), “As the Roman Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the penitential rites of Lent, during which the faithful beg forgiveness for their sins, an unprecedented act of private penance has been held behind closed doors at the Vatican.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8519036.stm “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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment
‘Understanding Climate Change: Should We Be Worried’ http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20100225/COLUMNS/100229892/1078&ParentProfile=1055 ‘Storms Of My Grandchildren’ “Perhaps it is because Dr. Hansen writes as if he really cares and clearly has the credentials to argue his case; I’m convinced that we better listen to this guy. Anyone who wants to know what we can and should do about climate change should pick up a copy of “Storms of My Grandchildren” and find out. Then tell your representatives in congress to do the
“The number of British people who are sceptical about climate change is rising, a poll for BBC News suggests.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8500443.stm Ref, ‘The Global Gullibility Index’ – ‘Global Gullibility’ Dawkins (my last blog).
Scared (children & children’s children)?
“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/
(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) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Harris
. ‘Knowledge or Certainty’ & ‘The Ascent of Man’ Jacob Bronowski http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avDcBJX3uAw
“A vast iceberg which broke off the Antarctic continent this month could disrupt the world’s ocean currents and weather patterns, scientists warn.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8538060.stm