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In Uncategorized on September 4, 2012 at 13:10

The spectacle of what is called religion, or at any rate organised religion, in India and elsewhere, has filled me with horror and I have frequently condemned it and wished to make a clean sweep of it. Almost always it seemed to stand for blind belief and reaction, dogma and bigotry, superstition, exploitation and the preservation of vested interests.



In Uncategorized on November 13, 2011 at 08:08

… a crisis is exactly what is required to shock people out of unaware dependence upon external dogma and to force them to unravel layers of pretense to reveal naked truth about themselves which, however unpleasant, will at least be solid…

… one must have at least a readiness to love the other person, broadly speaking, if one is to be able to understand him…

… a vivid and gripping picture of a man, who is a stranger in his world, a stranger to other people whom he seeks on pretending to love; he moves about in a state of homelessness, vagueness, and haze as though he had no direct sense of connection with his world but were in a foreign country where he does not know the language and has no hope of learning it but is always doomed to wander in quiet despair, incommunicado, homeless and a stranger.

Rollo May “The Discovery of Being”

Schools Told Not to Teach Creationism

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2011 at 05:09


Sir David Attenborough, perhaps the world’s most famous naturalist, has called for the banning of creationism and intelligent design in UK schools.

Sir David, known for his popular nature documentaries, has teamed up with prominent atheist Richard Dawkins and various nobel laureates in calling for more teaching of evolution. They made the statement on their website, evolutionnotcreationism.org.uk.

“Creationism and ‘intelligent design’ are not scientific theories, but they are portrayed as scientific theories by some religious fundamentalists who attempt to have their views promoted in publicly-funded schools,” the site reads.

‘Creationism’ is the idea that life, the universe and everything were made by an omnipotent creator, ie God. ‘Intelligent design’ is the idea that life on Earth is irreducibly complex and could hot have come about through chance. It is seen by most scientists as a faux-scientific cover for creationism.

“We need to stop calling evolution a theory,” says Dawkins. “In the ordinary language sense of the word it is a fact. It is as solidly demonstrated as any fact in science.”

In the UK, schools are instructed not to teach creationism and intelligent design, but it is not against the law to do so. The group says it should be.

“If creationism is discussed, it should be made clear to pupils that it is not accepted by the scientific community,” says science education expert Revd Professor Michael Reiss, one of the signatories.

The campaign is being run by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and is supported by the Association for Science Education, British Science Association, Campaign for Science & Engineering and leading theological think tank Ekklesia; and by 30 leading scientists, including three Nobel laureates.

Schools Told Not to Teach Creationism

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