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Daddy’s Space ‘The Gutter Or The Stars’ – Progressive family philosophy, reference, social science, parenting, knowledge, humanist, free-thought, love. UK. “In the dawn of our human experience” & “A treasure trove of independent thinking”. Sky Drive Articles, luckyme0.groups. Teach your Teachers. (“To know nothing about our great men is one of the necessary elements of English education” OscaWilde – And – “We spend our days, each one of us, in looking for the secret of life. Well, the secret of life is in art” – And – “The majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism.”)
First family, second marriage, bringing up my 11 year old twins, a boy and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old hand written 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’, or ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better than to do this to our very young and 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 (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 own! Don’t believe or be led by someone else’s, inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past / not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’. Only some interest in the ‘big questions’ keeps life above the ‘level of a farce’, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the ‘articles’ may need 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, TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Prehistory, 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 a ‘against us’, mentality”. Professor Richard Dawkins FRS. “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” a 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’ of Richard Brodie, book – ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie, a designer of Microsoft Word). Following on, J.Bronowski and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and book, with the last DVD in this series ‘The Long Childhood’, is especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’; and Nigel Spivey, TV series, and book, ‘How Art Made The World’ offer some further explanations. Greatest fear or nightmare: to play a part in, and in something like, a Milgram Experiment http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment – with regards to something in our mundane and part of everyday life, giving my support, inadvertently to, or towards; a cultural / social group, and to some ‘political affiliation’ – ref, the, ‘Nasty Party’, UK, and the/our, or part of : the Coalition Gov, UK’s, Silly-Billie’s. “Why the RNIB is worried about changes to Incapacity Benefit. The charity’s Parliamentary and Campaigns Manager, Dan Scorer, explains the changes and why he’s concerned they might put people off going back into work.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00xppmp & BBC Radio4 ‘In Touch’ Peter White @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qxww
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‘Lying To Children’ @ http://stephenlaw.blogspot.com/2007/11/lying-to-children.html Stephen Law ‘The War for Children’s Minds’. What Have We Got? What Are We Doing To Our Children? Where Are We Now? What Shall We Tell The Children? http://www.salisburyanglican.org.uk/resources-library/schools/religious-education/dorset-agreed-syllabus-for-religious-education-re-search & http://www.saled.org/what-we-offer/Schools/religious-education (Thanks to all the schools and teachers who gave up their time to attend twilight sessions as part of the consultation process of developing this document)
“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 license 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://www.mindmeister.com/13207398 Why we have ‘nothing’ to be proud about in the UK, although we may be very proud of some of our (own) Schools http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6359363.stm That and our morbid obsession with the (boredom) of the, so called – ‘Dependent Mind’, ref, ‘The Second Plane’ Martin Amis. And, Sadness, ref, “Jerusalem Sadness” ‘Bricks to Babel’ Koestler and his – ‘The Poison Of Holiness’. The Parable Of The Tower “And they said one to another, Go to, let us make bricks, and burn them hard. And they had brick for stone, and slime they had for mortar. And they said, Go to, let us build a city and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven… The higher the tower grew, the more violent the disputes between the builders became, until all communication between them broke down, and even the purpose of their brave endeavour was forgotten, and vanished in the mist.” The parable of the Tower sounds in some respect like the sequel to the parable of the Fall, the latter representing man’s moral, the former his intellectual predicament. We seem compelled to shape facts and data, as we know them, into hard bricks, and stick them together with the slime of our theories and beliefs. And thus we continue to Go to, and carry bricks to Babel, although we know that the tower will never be completed, and that even its existing parts might be smitten by lightning and destroyed at any time. Extracted from the Epilogue of Bricks to Babel (back cover). “Whatever my native modesty may be it will never condescend to seek help for my imagination within those vain imaginings common to all ages and that in themselves are enough to fill all lovers of mankind with unutterable sadness”. Joseph Conrad 1920, the Observer, Martin Amis. Amartya Sen ‘Identity and Violence’ – A friend thought you’d like this streaming media. Play it now with your RealPlayer -Amartya Sen ‘Today Programme’ Radio 4 –http://switchboard.real.com/player/email.html?PV=6.0.12&&title=Today&link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.co.uk%2Fradio4%2Ftoday%2Flistenagain%2Fram%2Ftoday5%5Fsen%5F20060816.ram Note: This content may require the latest RealPlayer, which is not available on Windows 95, Mac OS9 or Linux systems. ‘Power of the Guardians’ Church, and unelected power (secret sessions – ‘schools and teachers’ – above), medieval-ism and its ownership of Schools, UK, GB, “Never has so much power been in the hands of so few” Prof Amartya Sen (Nobel Prize), which is appalling, phantasmagorical, tribal: resulting in strangulation (of any progress and new ideas and cultural change = enlightenment: fertile ground for economic wellbeing, scientific, and industrial progress*) – Education and indoctrination – ‘fear and terror’ into the hearts and minds of some adults and children (when books are very real), bad for the ‘autistic’, where a ‘structural approach’ is beneficial (and not muddle), and can be bad for self-downing that can lead to self-harming in many children – see, Poole General Hospital and ‘self-downing’, or in young adults: classified by my 10-year-old son, as ‘mental bullying’, children, very often: ‘very close to the truth’ http://www.saled.org/what-we-offer/Schools/governors/resources/inspection/statutory-inspection-of-anglican-schools
‘Knowledge Is Power’ ‘The Boy Scientist 1917’. *In the first of two programmes, ‘In Our Time’, Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Industrial Revolution. Between the middle of the eighteenth century and the early years of the nineteenth, Britain was transformed. This was a revolution, but not a political one: over the course of a few generations industrialisation swept the nation. Inventions such as the machine loom and the steam engine changed the face of manufacturing; cheap iron and steel became widely available; and vast new cities grew up around factory towns. All this had profound effects – not all of them positive – as an agrarian and primitive society was turned into an industrial empire, the richest nation on Earth. But why did this revolution take place here rather than abroad? And why did it begin in the first place? With: Jeremy Black Professor of History at the University of Exeter. Pat Hudson
Professor Emerita of History at Cardiff University. William Ashworth
Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Liverpool. Producer: Thomas Morris. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wqdc7