So what are my plans for 2010? First of I will focus on school, due to my back I have a low attendence and this is causing me problems with the school work. I am catching up and I don’t feel that I will not be able to pass the subject. I really hate factors that you can’t do anything about. As of now I am still waiting for the x-ray answers from my doctor.
Hopefully my back will be back in action soon (After I get some 40 kilo small thai girls to jump on it barefoot).
My plans on youtube is to continue my “Atheist Parent” series, which is at this moment in two parts. About being an atheist and a parent, is it even a problem? You might not think so, but a lot of people out there think that I am condeming my son to their imiginary hell for all of eternity. The latest video about labeling your child after the parent’s religion or non-religion gave a good debate. Here is the link for the debate and here is the video. In short is a child born atheist? Don’t debate on this thread, but do it on the youtube debate.
People have said that I might be giving my self some negative attention by focusing this much on my atheism, but I say to them why shouldn’t there be a counter-argument to these religious fundamentalists that still believe in a creation myth, or even geocentrism. When it has no hold in the real world.
Any way, take care and have a happy new year.
Tylzen out for the rest of 2009.
So this is Christmas, well sort of. I am looking forward to all the family stuff. Not really for my own sake, but to observe my son’s reaction about it all. Being 2 years old this is his first “proper” Christmas. Last year he was more focused on the paper, rather than on the presents. Not that it also was not cute, but I am looking forward to his reaction when he gets my gift. A toy laptop that can do stuff.
Being a parent is magical, and you truly don’t appreciate the love of your parents until you are a parent yourself. Watching your child growing up and exploring the world around it.
It is also a lot of responsability since you got the complete trust of an other human being in your hands. Your child trust your judgement the first couple of years, you are the pillars of trust and comfort. Your child feels safe around you. This is a feeling that one should never abuse.
So for all of you out there, Merry Christmas, and stay safe.
Very interresting debate.
1:39:52 long. Click the link:
For the first time, this Intelligence Squared debate was live-streamed over the internet, allowing people to watch, and participate, from anywhere in the world. The online audience’s vote is included below.
Initial Vote: For 333, Against 675, Undecided 389
Final Vote: For 363, Against 1070, Undecided 85
Final Online Vote: For 37, Against 889, Undecided 12
The motion proposes that "atheism is the new fundamentalism", i.e., atheism has replaced religion as the new faith of the secular age, exploring the notion that modern atheism is itself guilty of the very dogma and belief in its own infallibility which it scorns in the religious community.
Speaking for the motion are Richard Harries and Charles Moore.
Richard Harries outlines the features and the history of fundamentalism, arguing that many of the criteria required for it are in fact apparent in today’s atheists. He portrays a set of people with narrow views, arguing against a specific view of God, who forget that some of the greatest philosophy, art, poetry and music has been inspired and supported by Christianity – the very belief system that is accused of restricting the creative process by its refusal to allow for ‘the grand perhaps’ (Browning).
Charles Moore insists that his opponents cannot see the true complexity of the argument, and that they emphasise the physical and the scientific aspect of humanity at the cost of any spiritual understanding. He criticises Richard Dawkins for embodying this crude and narrow pursuit of literal truth above all else.
Opposing the motion are A.C. Grayling and Richard Dawkins.
Professor Grayling maintains that since 9/11, the nature of the debate on religious commitment has become far more serious. He distinguishes between atheism, secularism and humanism. He refutes Moore’s suggestion that atheists cannot fully understand the complexity of the religious experience, insisting that many atheists understand it all too well, having been brought up in a religious family or community.
Richard Dawkins defines fundamentalism as the following: blind obedience to scripture regardless of evidence, allied to extremism. He argues that far from being entrenched fundamentalists, atheists have a commitment to exploring evidence, and a readiness to embrace change, and that we should not mistake the passion of their arguments or their refusal to remain silent for fundamentalism.
This event was the first in a new partnership between Intelligence Squared and Wellington College. To find out more, visit Wellington College
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