Human Brain Theory


“The brain appears to be a vastly interconnected network much like the Internet”  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-10925841
Or, our – ‘Parliamentarian Brain UK 2010’ The Triune Brain Theory http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_D._MacLean ‘MacLean’s evolutionary triune brain theory proposed that the human brain was in reality three brains in one: the reptilian complex, the limbic system, and the neocortex.’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enneagram_of_Personality
‘Becoming human is a process and not some event’ “The old believe everything: the middle aged suspect everything: the young know everything” Osca Wilde – “So we may fairly call them lovers of belief rather than that of wisdom – not philosophical, in fact, but philodoxical. Will they be seriously annoyed by that description”? Plato. “In time, it is true, experience teaches him that magic formulas and ceremonial gestures do not give him what he wants. But until experience has taught him – and he takes a surprisingly long time to learn – man’s behaviour is in many respects far sillier (silly – religion, R.Dawkins) than that of the animal” – Huxley. ‘The baby faces of the Conservative Party (nasty party) & Liberal Democrats (turncoats party), Coalition Government, UK – David Cameron, George Osborne, Liam Fox, Nick Clegg and Michael Gove, “Consider those benefit cuts: tax credits for families with dependent children are being withdrawn, with supplements for the youngest children removed and child benefit frozen for three years. A number of grants for pregnant women have also been abolished, and so has the Child Trust Fund. Lone parent benefits are also being cut. By my reckoning, around £3bn of the £11bn in welfare cuts by 2014-15 that Mr Osborne announced in June will directly hit households with young children.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/stephanieflanders/2010/08/spreading_the_budget_pain_2.html “We will take over their land, resources and wealth to exercise total control over them. We will deceive them into accepting laws that will steal the little freedom they will have. We will establish a monetary system that will imprison them forever, keeping them and their children in debt. When they shall band together, we shall accuse them of crimes and present a different story to the world for we shall own all the media. We will use our media to control the flow of information and their sentiment in our favor”
http://presenttimeandunforeseenoccurrence.blogspot.com/2010/08/reptilian-pact.html Benefit cuts: ‘The how and the who’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/stephanieflanders/2010/06/benefit_cuts_the_how_and_the_w.html http://beta.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p003r6hw/Business_Daily_Are_older_people_refusing_to_retire_a_barrier_to_young_jobseekers
Jobless benefits: It’s the economy, stupid – Cutting payments could slow growth, bringing more job cuts http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38311324/ns/business-eye_on_the_economy/ “Free schools are getting ready to begin the journey from policy idea to desks and pupils.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10350661 “He promised that extremist groups will not be allowed anywhere near public money” baby face Education Secretary Michael Gove. A baby-face and those large puppy-dog eyes, “Ed Miliband has begun his first day as Labour leader with a vow to defend the “squeezed middle” of the country” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-11413125
“There is no place for God in theories on the creation of the Universe, Professor Stephen Hawking has said.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11161493
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/faith-school-menace/episode-guide/series-1/episode-1 And, http://www.humanism.org.uk/news/view/555 ‘Richard Dawkins draws on his own personal history as a father, arguing that the government must stop funding new faith schools, and urges society to respect a child’s right to freedom of belief.’ Bewildered and Afraid – Another way of paralysing the ability to think critically is the destruction of any kind of ‘Proper Structuralised Picture/View of the World’  – “Facts lose the specific quality, which they can have only as parts of a structuralised whole and stay abstract, and inert, quantitatively unmeaning, each fact is just another fact, and all that matters is whether we know more or less. The media does have a devastating effect on this score, with the sometimes disregard of any scale of importance between life and death (evolution, science of life) struggles between people and the importance given to trivia (creationism, religious dogma – outdated culture and cultural traditions). This can hamper our judgement. Eventually, our attitude to what is going on in the world assumes a quality of flatness and indifference, life loses all structure. It is composed of many little pieces, each separate from the other and lacking any sense as a whole.” Dr Erich Fromm.
Don’t Do It – Baroness Deech believes first cousins who marry are far more likely to have disabled babies, and that the practice is far more common among immigrants from Pakistan. She contrasts this to the “fetish” of personal health that has developed in recent years, with Britons made to feel a “moral failure” if they do not keep well by exercising, eating well and not smoking or drinking. “Forced marriage and polygamy are theoretically very much disapproved of in the UK, and yet there is some indication that the police and welfare workers are tending to play down the evils of these practices on cultural or religious grounds out of fear of offending a religious or ethnic minority in our multicultural society. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/7497906/Baroness-Deech-Risks-of-cousin-marriage-not-discussed-for-fear-of-offending-Muslims.html “In general, arguments about reproductive freedom and fear of being critical of minority practices are preventing society at large from facing up to certain problems.”
Well done Dawkins! I wish I could protect my children from being indoctrinated by the rubbish taught; going on behind the closed doors of most of our schools. Children, by their very nature, have a much greater right than adults to be protected from religious fundamentalism and that does mean the brainwashing / dogmatic, ideas: in the ideas, so called ones of – intelligent design and creationism (Koran-ic theory?). As most of our schools, seem so, very irresponsible in this regard, it therefore, should be made compulsory for all children to have a much better understanding of evolutionary theory. Besides, evolutionary theory being proved scientific fact; without it there can be no freedom (and, by implication, no knowledge) and we will all be subjected to the never ending cycles of appalling abuses; personally, or culturally; religious, or possibly – secular ones (due to the lack of awareness of past atrocities and history – awareness is gained by freedom; the last 100yrs being the most dreadful in all human history for its amounts of violent and depraved deaths – rape, being a human speciality, in most ethnic cleansing disputes; wounding and mutilations. Some of the interviewees of Dawkins were so proud of their ridiculous positions, as Revelation, is the blindingly stronger force, which they must impress on to their own children who then take it on-board so readily; this makes them out to be ignorant, uneducated and unaware, of any of our current knowledge and denial about the specific nature of the human condition (above – human traits in conflict) Children’s Rights – Religious Education (RE) Dorset For You – SALED, NASACRE, SACRE. RE Search – Agreed Syllabus “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 http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/humphrey/amnesty.html And http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1249.entry And, ‘What Shall We Tell The Children’ http://www.mindmeister.com/13207398
Oh dear,
‘Cold comfort & No escape’ (better stop, killing and rowing)  – Knowing the distribution of dark energy tells astronomers that the Universe will continue to get bigger indefinitely. Eventually it will become a cold, dead wasteland with a temperature approaching what scientists term “absolute zero”. Professor Priyamvada Natarajan of Yale University, a leading cosmologist and co-author of this study, said that the findings finally proved “exactly what the fate of the Universe will be” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11030889

The 1990s-era plan was pushed through the U.N. and ratified quickly by 193 nations worldwide, but not the U.S. or Somalia. In Somalia, there was no recognized government to do the formal recognition, and in the United States there’s been opposition to its power. When ratified, nations then are bound to follow the international document as law. It would create specific civil, economic, social, cultural and even economic rights for every child and states that “the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” While the treaty states that parents or legal guardians “have primary responsibility for the upbringing and development of the child,” Farris said government ultimately would decide if parents’ decisions are good, and, therefore, to be followed.Among the provisions of the treaty, according to the Parental Rights website:

  • Parents no longer would be able to administer reasonable spankings to their children.
  • A murderer aged 17 years, 11 months and 29 days at the time of his crime no longer could be sentenced to life in prison.
  • Children would have the ability to choose their own religion while parents would only have the authority to give their children advice about religion.
  • The best interest of the child principle would give the government the ability to override every decision made by every parent if a government worker disagreed with the parent’s decision.
  • A child’s “right to be heard” would allow him (or her) to seek governmental review of every parental decision with which the child disagreed.
  • According to existing interpretation, it would be illegal for a nation to spend more on national defense than it does on children’s welfare.
  • Children would acquire a legally enforceable right to leisure.
  • Teaching children about Christianity in schools has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
  • Allowing parents to opt their children out of sex education has been held to be out of compliance with the CRC.
  • Children would have the right to reproductive health information and services, including abortions, without parental knowledge or consent.

During the presidential campaign season of 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama promised that the CRC was an issue he would pursue. “It’s embarrassing to find ourselves in the company of Somalia, a lawless land,” Obama said at the time. “I will review this and other treaties to ensure the United States resumes its global leadership in human rights” http://theperpetualview.wordpress.com/2010/08/22/senators-line-up-to-tell-u-n-to-leave-kids-alone/

‘Space is the final frontier for evolution, study claims’. “Charles Darwin may have been wrong when he argued that competition was the major driving force of evolution.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11063939

‘Barnardo’s report finds ‘faith’ schools admissions policies exclude poorer pupils’ http://www.humanism.org.uk/news/view/627

“Several Ohio strippers are protesting outside a church whose members want to put their strip club out of business.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11113417 The Fox Hole club’s owner has told the pastor he will call off his protest if the church ceases its demonstrations. But the pastor has refused, saying, “as a Christian community, we cannot share territory with the devil”. “Light and darkness cannot exist together,” Pastor Bill Dunfee told the Associated Press news agency.

(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. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26422359/ And, in 2010 – Church Schools and Faith Schools, and in Law (compulsory daily worship: a draconian/discriminatory – opt out clause) in the UK. We still teach children that this may still be so. We make a big fuss over Race Hate Crime, but then encourage the ridiculousness (befog or muddle – children or vulnerable) of the above. Worse ‘Gang Culture’ for schools, and school ethos’s – “The BHA warns of risks with new religious academy schools. Coalition Government plans will imperil teachers and children’s rights without additional protections in law, especially if new Academies are sponsored by religious groups, some business groups; the British Humanist Association has warned today.” http://www.humanism.org.uk/news/view/555 Ref, tribalism in, and ghettoising, UK Schools. “Creationism is to be debated alongside the theory of evolution in science and religious education lessons in secondary schools across”  Hampshire. Hampshire County Council  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7934606.stm And, “a recipe for medieval idiocy” that “will only serve to confuse young minds” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/6956365/More-than-230-schools-have-ditched-Christian-assemblies.html Children’s Rights – Religious Education (RE) Dorset For You. SALED, NASACRE, SACRE. RE Search – Agreed Syllabus. 

Accord Coalition       Quarterly Report No.7        September 2010

The fast pace of the new Government since the General Election – especially that of Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove – has left some people lost in admiration and others extremely worried.

Either way, it has meant that education reform is a prominent issue; in particular, the way faith schools operate, and the effect they have, is very much in the public mind. The Accord Coalition has been playing an important role both in media debates and in private consultations with politicians. We will be very busy later this month at the forthcoming Party Conferences and will be speaking at those of all three major parties.

WHO ARE WE – A REMINDER

Accord has changed from being ‘the new kid on the block’ who unexpectedly burst onto the scene in September 2008 to a well respected Coalition with a serious agenda.

However, it still occasionally happens that our purpose is misrepresented – either deliberately by those with a vested interest to protect, or through journalists being lazy – so when this occurred in the Church of England Newspaper recently, the following letter – friendly but firm – was sent to clarify our cause:

Sir,

       Further to your front page article (May 28th), it is important to correct your assertion that the Accord Coalition is ‘anti-faith school’. Nor, for the record, are we anti-faith. We are an organisation that encompasses both religious and non-religious groups, and we are concerned about faith schools as currently constituted because of their impact both on the children who attend and on society at large.

       We believe that the exemptions given to faith schools in terms of their ability to discriminate over admission of pupils and employment of staff are neither right nor healthy. We are also worried that the failure by many faith schools to teach about religions and cultures other than their own denies their pupils the minimum level of general knowledge they should receive.

        We do not want a multi-faith society to become a multi-fractious one, and hold that more inclusive policies and a more rounded syllabus will produce better social cohesion. 

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain

Chair, Accord Coalition

ACADEMY SCHOOLS

As promised in the Conservative Party’s election manifesto, a Bill was brought forward to accelerate the transformation of schools into Academies. The Accord Coalition did not take issue with the concept of Academy Schools, but was concerned about the practical effects of certain aspects of the new proposals.

One was the lack of inspection from Ofsted to which the new schools would be subject. It meant that the Government’s eagerness to give schools far greater operational freedom also freed them from regulations that help ensure the education they provide is properly balanced, broad and does not promote extreme views.

Another worry was that all schools with a religious character that become a new Academy would suddenly acquire wide ranging power to turn away both pupils and teaching staff on religious grounds. The Government labelled these powers as an ‘exemption’, but they could be more accurately described as ‘discrimination’.

The following multi-signed letter was organised by us and sent to ‘The Times’ whilst the Bill was being debated in the House of Commons – and although it was not printed in the Times, its contents were widely distributed and covered elsewhere:

Sir,

            As members of ten different religious groups who welcome the government’s desire to improve educational standards, we are concerned about possible side-effects of the Academies Bill going through the House of Commons this week.

            First, it is unclear whether foundation and voluntary controlled faith schools that become new Academies will still be obliged to adopt a locally agreed religious syllabus that teaches about many faiths, or instead if they will be able to focus solely on the school’s particular religion – which we think would be a regressive step and should be resisted.

            Second, changing to Academy status will mean that faith schools that previously served the local community will now be able to select many more pupils according to faith and in effect create a religious ghetto. It would be detrimental to British society if children from different faith backgrounds were to grow up as strangers.

      Third, it is vital that Academies are not hijacked by those with an extreme agenda that militates against social cohesion or that promote religious obscurantism. If it is to give greater freedoms, the government must also have greater monitoring to ensure those freedoms are not abused. 

Revd Jeremy Chadd (C of E)

Rev Marie Dove (Methodist)

Symon Hill (Quaker)

Jay Lakhani (Hindu)

Derek McAuley (Unitarian)

Rev Iain McDonald (United Reformed Church)

Manzoor Moghal (Muslim)

Brian Pearce (Buddhist)

Martin Pendergast (Catholic)

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain (Jewish)

THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM

The Government has indicated that there will be a major review of the National Curriculum this autumn. This will present us with a major opportunity to ensure that all schools will avoid the extremes of either teaching one faith or no faith, but will instead teach a broad syllabus that educates pupils of all backgrounds about those with dissimilar traditions but who are as much part of society as they are and with whom they need to interact positively. As part of the public aspect of this campaign, the following letter was published in ‘The Times’ on 21st August:

Sir,

      It is ironic that while atheists such as Richard Dawkins want Religious Education to be on the National Curriculum (report, Aug 18), there are many religious people who oppose it to safeguard their own particular interests.

     At the moment R.E. is in the anomalous position of being the only subject that is a statutory subject – i.e. it must be taught – but it is not on the National Curriculum – i.e. there is no set syllabus for it, just non-compulsory guidelines. This had led to wide variations according to local agreements or the category of schools, with many instances of only one faith being taught.

     It is vital that all children should know about the history, beliefs and traditions of the many different belief systems (including Humanism) that makeup multi-faith Britain today, whatever their own personal religious orientation. It is a matter both of general knowledge and social cohesion.

     The Accord Coalition – which unites those of faith and no faith concerned about religious education – urges the government to take this step during its review of the curriculum next month, and thereby ensure that the next generation can be not only diverse, but also informed and at ease with itself. 

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain

Chair, Accord Coalition

Since the letter was published I have also appeared on Radio Five Live and BBC 1’s Sunday Morning Live program, where I have re-enforced the need for National Curriculum Religious Education.

The Government’s curriculum review will also provide us with an opportunity to highlight some of our other key concerns, such as the failure of schools to teach good quality Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education. PSHE includes age appropriate Sex and Relationships Education (SRE).

At the moment PSHE is not compulsory and some schools do not teach it, while in others its provision is of a poor standard. The provision of SRE in the UK lags far behind that of many other developed societies and it is of little wonder that the UK has the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Western Europe. Last week’s report from the Health Protection Agency showing that rates of sexually transmitted infections have risen yet again came as little surprise to me.

We want all children to have an entitlement to high standard SRE, regardless of which school they attend, and will be urging the Government to make PSHE compulsory in all state maintained schools. Our failure to ensure that schools provide thorough, accurate and balanced SRE continues to place our children’s health and wellbeing at risk.

LABOUR LEADERSHIP

The Accord Coalition Co-ordinator, Paul Pettinger, and I both attended one of the hustings for the Labour Party leadership campaign. We made sure that the issue of faith schools was raised and asked the candidates as to how they would ensure that faith schools could be more inclusive and enhance future citizenship.

Our questioning promoted an encouraging reply from Andy Burnham MP, who is the only openly religious candidate. He stated that while he was in favour of faith schools in principle the schools ‘… should be open to all and that RE should be on the National Curriculum’.

RESEARCH DATABASE

When the Accord Coalition came into existence, it quickly became clear that there were a lot of opinions swirling around about faith schools, but little hard data that was widely available. One of the tasks we set ourselves was to create a database of research carried out by reputable bodies, which we have made publically available for supporters, researchers and journalists to find out about the consequences of current policy on faith schools.

One of the pieces of research that we have assembled includes a report by the House of Commons in 2009, which looked at the relationship between admissions and performance at faith schools. It showed that all denominational schools admitted fewer children in receipt of free school meals (FSM) and fewer with special education needs (SEN) on average than schools without a religious character. Moreover, the report showed that faith schools were disproportionately established in poor areas, and therefore their low FSM figures were even more surprising when compared to the areas in which they were located. This raises questions about their admission policies and suggests that some form of covert social selection in state-funded faith schools is taking place.

In this and all other cases, it is important that such concerns are examined using meticulously researched information and are not just political slogans bandied around at will. This ensures that we have hard evidence on which to base our opinions and thus our campaign and lobbying work. It is important that we continue to update our database and we would appreciate hearing from anyone involved in recent or on-going research so that we know to include the latest studies.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE

Chair, The Accord Coalition. http://accordcoalition.org.uk/

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! 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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