Despite good intentions, people’s prescriptions on how not to be prejudiced can often be misfires.
I’m sure that the reader has heard several religious people arguing over differing interpretations of the book to which all subscribe. Yet, this discussion represents only the partition of territory after the region has been occupied and conquered.
I feel that I too often encounter a positive reaction to a pronouncement by the brilliant Dawkins alongside an admonition of his character and his method of operation.
In the last Saturday’s Guardian Magazine, the boldly titled ‘This Column Will Change Your Life’ referred to a very interesting study on the nature of the human mind. The column discussed the way in which people perceive the constitution of the human mind and even the dreaded soul, and whether… Continue Reading The Constitution of the Mind
‘That’s your opinion and you have a right to it.’ or some other such statement (usually preceding the speaker’s disagreement with said opinion) is one which provides me with an acute combination of offense and irritation.
There has been a concentrated number of references to human rights recently, with the benighted suburb of Homs at one end and some people claiming they were being infringed by a cross in the window of a crematorium at the other.
On Thursday I went to a public debate in Birmingham University, on whether or not Britain should renew the Trident nuclear weapons system. I already knew the motion, and had established that — given the opportunity which exists in debates of this type for audience members to make a three… Continue Reading General Secretary of the CND: Short Interview
A short time ago, Alex Salmond called a Ric Bailey, the political advisor to the BBC, a Gauleiter. The name calling was in response to the fact it was because of this poor BBC chap that Salmond’s place as a pundit during a certain Rugby match had been withdrawn, supposedly because… Continue Reading Gauleiter — Alex Salmond’s Bland Failure
When I was in school I was functionally clever, but I was not as smart as some of my classmates for whom passing exams was a passtime. This meant that, in order to avoid replicating the slow-motion train-wreck which was my AS levels, I had to take some pretty extreme… Continue Reading A Mediocre Student’s Guide to Not Failing Exams
Birmingham – I strolled down from the Paradise Forum along the walkway to the War Memorial, a central structure encircled by a pavement; directly ahead a huge building site completely obscures the peace garden adjacent to it, so my first visit to the Occupation was also my first visit to… Continue Reading Occupy Birmingham – Interview and Discussion