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by jack stowaway
Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What it means to be a Conservative
Replies: 6
Views: 1209

Re: What it means to be a Conservative

Barry, I've long recognized a conservative/temperamental affinity between our worldviews, not least in the acknowledgement that ambiguity/doubt plays a vital role in influencing political knowledge and action. I'm also a huge fan of American diner food and have eaten it from coast to coast. I've no...
by jack stowaway
Sat Apr 10, 2010 2:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What it means to be a Conservative
Replies: 6
Views: 1209

Re: What it means to be a Conservative

Barry, I've long recognized a conservative/temperamental affinity between our worldviews, not least in the acknowledgement that ambiguity/doubt plays a vital role in influencing political knowledge and action. I'm also a huge fan of American diner food and have eaten it from coast to coast. I've no ...
by jack stowaway
Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: YouTube Videos
Replies: 0
Views: 436

YouTube Videos

YouTube videos can be so inventive. For a beguiling mix of music and painting, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmACB3QFhKc


And, for a complete contrast!
http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=kJYtXAG ... re=related
by jack stowaway
Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What it means to be a Conservative
Replies: 6
Views: 1209

Re: What it means to be a Conservative

John, I suspect 'conservative' (in the 'small c' sense, at least) is the default temperament of humankind. All of us cling to a sense of the past ('the good old days' -- encompassing tradition, custom, culture) whether fondly imagined or real. It takes a real effort of self-creation to become 'non-c...
by jack stowaway
Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What it means to be a Conservative
Replies: 6
Views: 1209

What it means to be a Conservative

This forum is frequently characterised as a battleground between liberalism and conservatism or between Left-wingers and Right-wingers. It is true that there is a certain predictability of response from posters on several issues, but the situation is more complicated than a simple dichotmony of righ...
by jack stowaway
Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder
Replies: 163
Views: 50070

Re: Jokes So Awful They Could Provoke You To Murder

This one is making the rounds on the internet.... Two golfers were playing a game when one steps up to putt the ball. As he does so a funeral courtege passes on the nearby street. He stops, takes off his hat and stands respectfully until the courtege has passed before shaping up to take the putt. Hi...
by jack stowaway
Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting Interview re. god and the afterlife
Replies: 3
Views: 646

Re: Interesting Interview re. god and the afterlife

It seems to me that Eagleman adopts an eminently sane position based on his world-view as a scientist and thinker. As he points out, certainty --in the sense of belief in the literalist position as, for instance, exemplified by Saul, is no longer available to us as we know too much; while atheism is...
by jack stowaway
Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting Interview re. god and the afterlife
Replies: 3
Views: 646

Interesting Interview re. god and the afterlife

David Eagleman: 'We won't die – our consciousness will live forever on the internet' Seeing God as a microbe is just one way the neuroscientist's debut novel gets to grips with the afterlife In one of the stories in David Eagleman's first work of fiction, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives (Canon...
by jack stowaway
Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Age of the Universe
Replies: 62
Views: 6621

Re: The Age of the Universe

Bravo, Teresa. Great post. I'll be interested to see how Saul theologises his way out of this one.
by jack stowaway
Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stupid or Kidding: You Be the Judge
Replies: 10
Views: 2427

Re: Stupid or Kidding: You Be the Judge

I was impressed by the Admiral's calm response.

If the learned Congressman had made that remark in the UK/Austalia it would be front page news for days. The media and comedians --even his fellow politicians -- would skewer him. I'm amazed that the remark has received so little attention.
by jack stowaway
Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Age of the Universe
Replies: 62
Views: 6621

Re: The Age of the Universe

(I refuse to use modern Biblical commentary because it already knows modern science, and is always influenced by that knowledge. The trend becomes to bend the Bible to match the science ) As in.... Perhaps time is different from the perspective of King David, than it is from the perspective of the ...
by jack stowaway
Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Inquiry into racist announcement at Glouco Wal-Mart
Replies: 28
Views: 13451

Re: Inquiry into racist announcement at Glouco Wal-Mart

Hilarious clips. Something to offend everybody. "What do you say to a cup?" Feck off, cup!" I fear that such wonderfully anarchic humour is going to be next on the PC hit list -- especially as so many people are determined to find something to be offended about. A public that can find the humour in ...
by jack stowaway
Sun Mar 21, 2010 1:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Inquiry into racist announcement at Glouco Wal-Mart
Replies: 28
Views: 13451

Re: Inquiry into racist announcement at Glouco Wal-Mart

To each according to their taste. I will say that the British, Irish and Australian public, generally, seems far more robust and adept at finding the ridiculously funny in a situation than its mainstream US counterpart. The Anglo-Irish sense of humour can be compared to laughter at a funeral. It's a...
by jack stowaway
Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:12 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Inquiry into racist announcement at Glouco Wal-Mart
Replies: 28
Views: 13451

Re: Inquiry into racist announcement at Glouco Wal-Mart

Arrest Made in Wal-Mart Intercom Case http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local-beat/Arrest-Made-in-Wal-Mart-Intercom-Case-88704842.html The above newspaper story is indicative of the American media's hyperbolic reporting of such incidents -- reporting which contributes to the general hypersensitiv...
by jack stowaway
Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Alex Chilton, of The Letter fame, dead at 59
Replies: 12
Views: 3414

Re: Alex Chilton, of The Letter fame, dead at 59

'The Letter' is a great pop song --made great by the voice of Alex Chilton, aptly characterized in the article as "rasping yet honeyed." I've always thought the song had a mesmeric quality and its on my self-compiled CD of favourite hits of the 60's. Here's another song from my CD -- one I wager nob...
by jack stowaway
Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Interesting clips on Evolution
Replies: 12
Views: 1794

Re: Interesting clips on Evolution

Hi, First of all, my goal here is not to create anymore controversies although I am afraid that it may very well happen... In fact, I am sure that several of you saw the title and said to yourself: "Oh no, not again". Anyways, yesterday I downloaded free podcasts for my ipod since this is something...
by jack stowaway
Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Robins Abound!
Replies: 21
Views: 5952

Re: Robins Abound!

>Got cardinals and blue jays and mocking birds? I really miss them out here. I have magpies to compensate.< Yep, we have the first three--they've been here for sometime now--I've never seen a magpie live in this country but we saw them in europe--superb! We try to get down to the Delmarva peninsula...
by jack stowaway
Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:16 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus the Jew
Replies: 94
Views: 12956

Re: Jesus the Jew

You may not care about the site but the (deceased) Rabbi Avigdor Miller of whom you speak so highly is clearly its guiding luminary and inspiration: About this Blog The head of of this blog is me, Rabbi Raphael Bearmant, 46, born in Boston, educated in Brisk, lives in Jerusalem. I am not associated ...
by jack stowaway
Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus the Jew
Replies: 94
Views: 12956

Re: Jesus the Jew

Here Rabbi Avigdor Miller the Great speaks about the Holocaust: Click Play , its a very short excerpt. http://blog.authenticjudaism.org/rabbi-avigdor-miller-speeks/?sermon_id=7 I accepted your invitation and visited the above site. As far as I can see its a hate blog, little different from jihadist...
by jack stowaway
Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus the Jew
Replies: 94
Views: 12956

Re: Jesus the Jew

Jack Stowaway wrote: "Again, the interest of his posts, for me, lies in their representation of a branch of Judaism I was not previously familiar with. If Saul is in fact misrepresenting Orthodox belief I would be pleased if other posters could point this out." Please remember that Saul speaks for ...
by jack stowaway
Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus the Jew
Replies: 94
Views: 12956

Re: Jesus the Jew

Actually, I didn't mean just his religious posts but his general behaviour and tone. But within the religious posts, it is his disregard and disrespect of all other points of view that rankle. As well as his total inventions, distortions and outright lies concerning Chirstianity (and science . . .)...
by jack stowaway
Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: He's at again...father protests "in God we trust" and loses
Replies: 8
Views: 1676

Re: He's at again...father protests "in God we trust" and loses

n.
A diagram using circles to represent sets, with the position and overlap of the circles indicating the relationships between the sets.

[After John Venn (1834-1923), British logician.]

Ah. Knew it had something to do with logic! :)
by jack stowaway
Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: He's at again...father protests "in God we trust" and loses
Replies: 8
Views: 1676

Re: He's at again...father protests "in God we trust" and loses

Situated in the hills of Sans Soucis on the east side of Mahe, the main island (151 sq km) of the Seychelles archipelago, the institution was named after Henry Venn, an Anglican missionary, who in 1799, together with William Wilberforce, the English abolitionist, co-founded the Church Missionary Soc...
by jack stowaway
Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: He's at again...father protests "in God we trust" and loses
Replies: 8
Views: 1676

Re: He's at again...father protests "in God we trust" and loses

DavidRoss wrote:Religion and faith ("trust in God") are not coincident, but overlapping Venn circles.
Okay. Now I'm gonna google 'venn circles' :(
by jack stowaway
Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus the Jew
Replies: 94
Views: 12956

Re: Jesus the Jew

Regarding Brendan's comments about Saul's 'get out of jail free card' [above].... This is perhaps not the ideal thread to say it in but I would like to say, in defence of Saul, that I find his posts both interesting and intellectually informative. I realise he is upsetting to some/many posters here ...
by jack stowaway
Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Homeschooling & Creationism v Evolution
Replies: 39
Views: 6377

Re: Homeschooling & Creationism v Evolution

:lol: Yeah, but you're one of the exceptions in that you did pick a career in sciences. As a verbal gen popper(!), I would have been ruined by calculus, like I almost was by physics. My problem was I didn't want to hear about the theories until I knew the history of how the ideas embodied in physic...
by jack stowaway
Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus the Jew
Replies: 94
Views: 12956

Re: Jesus the Jew

An approach that does not examine the Old Testament (or the New) first as an historical document, applying the standards and techniques of rigorous scholarship, isn't worth spit--except perhaps as indoctrination rather than understanding The difficulty is that once any text is approached critically...
by jack stowaway
Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus the Jew
Replies: 94
Views: 12956

Re: Jesus the Jew

Agnes, Thanks for the recommendation. I made a note to read the book when it first came out but, in the way of these things, it slipped from my thoughts. Brendan, Thanks also. I really would like to do more reading in this area. At Uni one of the most informative courses I took was on the Old Testam...
by jack stowaway
Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus the Jew
Replies: 94
Views: 12956

Re: Jesus the Jew

I don't know how much serious scholarship goes into these programs, but I remember a series on Christianity screened on the History Channel which included interviews with Elaine Pagels and other reputable academics. I particularly liked the one episode on the many 'Jesuses' that were apparantly runn...
by jack stowaway
Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jesus the Jew
Replies: 94
Views: 12956

Jesus the Jew

ABC Australia screened this interesting BBC program the other night. The creator of the program, Howard Jacobson, is a British writer and Jew --or should that be 'British Jew and writer?' No matter. His intention in the program is to take back Jesus as a Jewish thinker and teacher. 'Take back' means...
by jack stowaway
Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: World Atheism Conference Starts in Melbourne
Replies: 51
Views: 11893

World Atheism Conference Starts in Melbourne

The 2010 World Atheism Conference will be held in Melbourne Australia starting next Friday, 12 March. Theme of the conference is the rise in global atheism. The Conference, the biggest atheist event in Australia's history, has been sold out for six weeks. Speakers include Richard Dawkins, Taslima Na...
by jack stowaway
Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Music and the family of man
Replies: 5
Views: 1060

Re: Music and the family of man

Thanks for posting those, Henry. They did indeed put a Sunday morning smile upon my face. I'd seen the 'Stand By Me' one previously, but the Dancing Matt was new to me. I love the wild and anarchic energy and creativity of YouTube. The labour that went into creating Dancing Matt must have been incre...
by jack stowaway
Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Can you stump the Great Akinator?
Replies: 19
Views: 2226

Re: Can you stump the Great Akinator?

Highly amusing.

It guessed, correctly, a wide assortment of characters from popular fiction to 19th century literature.

I don't see how it can spam you as it doesn't ask for any personal details. I simply entered a fake name and hit "Play".
by jack stowaway
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: This doesn't excuse cutting plot-essential scenes
Replies: 3
Views: 868

Re: This doesn't excuse cutting plot-essential scenes

pul·sa·tile (pls-tl, -tl) adj. Undergoing pulsation; vibrating :) A very interesting article. -- although I'm not quite sure I understand 1/f frequency as it relates to 'Pink Noise'. Now I have the latter to think about, as well as 'White Noise'. As an illustrative example of what the article is dis...
by jack stowaway
Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Genius and Autism
Replies: 56
Views: 7200

Re: Genius and Autism

I came across this link quite serendipitiously while checking the 'Liberalism and IQ' link posted by NancyElla. It's a video of Temple Grandin discussing autism on CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/03/01/t ... index.html
by jack stowaway
Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is it ever OK to be a snob?
Replies: 44
Views: 7331

Re: Is it ever OK to be a snob?

Well said, John. Snobbery is being self-defensively conflated with the right to an opinion when it is actually an offensive social attitude based on disregard for the feelings of others. Here's a web-definition: 1.One who tends to patronize, rebuff, or ignore people regarded as social inferiors and ...
by jack stowaway
Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Danish Newspaper Apologises for Cartoons
Replies: 4
Views: 759

Danish Newspaper Apologises for Cartoons

I was sorry to read the following. Another blow for freedom of speech? Danish newspaper apologises in Muhammad cartoons row Politiken widely condemned for agreeing to publish apology in return for Muslim organisations dropping legal action Lars Eriksen in Copenhagen guardian.co.uk, Friday 26 Februar...
by jack stowaway
Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:42 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Is it ever OK to be a snob?
Replies: 44
Views: 7331

Re: Is it ever OK to be a snob?

I was thinking about this today. Usually people don't like to be called snobs...because there are certain negative connotations. But does it always have to be a bad thing? I've been called a music snob for a long time. HOWEVER...I think that I've kind of "earned that right" because of all of my tra...
by jack stowaway
Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dali y Domenech
Replies: 4
Views: 989

Re: Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dali y Domenech

I prefer the life to the work.
by jack stowaway
Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 18
Views: 3173

Re: Ayn Rand

I saw Rand interviewed on Phil Donohoe(?) years ago. It was striking how effortlessly she brushed aside his liberal bromides. The utterly bemused look on Phil's face as Rand dismissed his pleas for a more 'feeling' philosophy has lingered long in memory. I recall one line of questioning about oil pr...
by jack stowaway
Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Islam and Darwinian Evolution
Replies: 9
Views: 1628

Re: Islam and Darwinian Evolution

I guess that caps it.
by jack stowaway
Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Islam and Darwinian Evolution
Replies: 9
Views: 1628

Islam and Darwinian Evolution

We've had many threads dealing with Christian and Judaic responses to Darwin and evolution. Here's an excellent article from the Australian Rationalist magazine which explores the relationship of the third of the Abrahamic faiths, Islam, to Darwinian evolution. Although the author specificially disc...
by jack stowaway
Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Why Arabs fear nuclear Iran.
Replies: 11
Views: 1149

Re: Why Arabs fear nuclear Iran.

Perhaps the US should start referring to Iranians as "Persians" in order to exploit Arab feelings and prevent Iran wrapping itself in the 'pan-Arab' cloak whenever convenient.
by jack stowaway
Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Assassination in Dubai?
Replies: 30
Views: 2068

Re: Assassination in Dubai?

We’re all thrilled by Mossad the movie Of course we should condemn extrajudicial murder, but I still can’t help admiring Israel’s nerve Melanie Reid UK Times Feb 18 2010 Steven Soderbergh, evidently, was only kidding when he said that there would be no Ocean’s 14. He’s plainly been hard at work fil...
by jack stowaway
Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:53 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Assassination in Dubai?
Replies: 30
Views: 2068

Re: Assassination in Dubai?

A security expert discussed the case on ABC (Australia) News this morning. He made the point that the victims of the Mossad identity theft will be on a UN 'Watchlist' for the remainder of their lives, in spite of the fact that their identities were stolen. He explained that, once on the list, it is ...
by jack stowaway
Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Church of England votes religion and science are compatible
Replies: 49
Views: 3937

Re: Church of England votes religion and science are compatible

The Wikipedia article was posted as a specific response to Saul's "plastic cup" argument for intelligent design.
by jack stowaway
Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Church of England votes religion and science are compatible
Replies: 49
Views: 3937

Re: Church of England votes religion and science are compatible

Watchmaker analogy From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The watchmaker analogy, or watchmaker argument, is a teleological argument for the existence of God. By way of an analogy, the argument states that design implies a designer. The analogy has played a prominent role in natural theology and the...
by jack stowaway
Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Genius and Autism
Replies: 56
Views: 7200

Re: Genius and Autism

Teresa B wrote:It was on TV. I'm sorry, I neglected to notice what channel, but was shown with no commercials, and is being repeated periodically.

Teresa
Thanks. I hope it makes its way to Australian television soon.
by jack stowaway
Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Genius and Autism
Replies: 56
Views: 7200

Re: Genius and Autism

Just caught the Temple Grandin film with Claire Danes. Excellent! I thought Danes did a remarkable acting job, and the film was put together well--the flashes of Temple's view of ostensibly mundane objects, doors, etc, allowed the viewer some great insight into how fear can be an instant response t...
by jack stowaway
Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Genius and Autism
Replies: 56
Views: 7200

Re: Genius and Autism

NPR Broadcast: "For some jobs Asperger's Syndrome Can be an Asset":

http://www.npr.org/templates/player/med ... &m=3615834