Health Fascists

Yesterday the government sacked Professor David Nutt, the Head of the government's advisory body on drugs. Why? Alan Johnston, the secretary of state, claims that the professor overstepped the bounds of advice. Professor Nutt counters that the...

Working for others

All wealth comes from nature. This is axiomatic, but it does not take us very far at all when we try to understand value. Nature provides us with value only when we use our ability to labour to transform it in some way. Let us say that I am thirsty....

Respect, Religion, Rant

What is it with the religious? How come their views, ideas, perceptions, sensitivities, beliefs, dogmas, creeds, personnel, objects, rituals, habits, practices and all the rest deserve so much more respect than anyone else? How come these people have...

Object of Desire

Is it not strange how we turn a simple thing into an object of desire? Take a laptop, for instance. An inanimate object. Plastic and metal. A mere machine. A tool designed to perform specific functions by recognising the difference between on and...

Celebrating Halloween

I have noticed a great deal of concern to observe, mark and celebrate halloween on the blogosphere of late. I have to say that I find this desire to celebrate a religious festival of the polytheistic ancient Celts rather weird, to say the least,...

Christian Arithmetic

How many gods make one? According to monotheistic religions, there is only one god and this is an essential article of faith. Indeed, in Islam, for instance, the breaking of this article of faith is the only unpardonable sin. Similarly, the...

Birth of a religion

How do religions begin? How can we tell? If one looks at the world's religions, they all provide explanations. However, to anyone who is not a believer of the particular ideology in question, those explanations merely seem to beg the question....

Scribbles 50th

'Argh.'  The throat clearing noise was ominous. Whenever Herr Scribbles emitted such a sound, I invariably was overwhelmed by a sorrowful, sinking feeling. 'Argh.' I knew what fate had in store. For it is Herr Scribbles' invariant, if...

The Top Bloggers

So, who exactly are the top bloggers? And, how exactly did they win their places in this Hall of Fame? These are the questions I will answer in this blog and I will tell you exactly how I know, so you can check for yourself. First, you need to...

Gnomes: A history

Nowadays you will struggle to find anyone who will admit to a belief in the existence of gnomes. This is merely one example of the modern phenomenon referred to by the renowned sociologist, Max Weber, as the 'disenchantment of the world', which he saw...

A holy man

What does a holy man look like in the contemporary world? Rather than try to answer this question through abstract philosophical reasoning, I will merely select for consideration the leading member of what is perhaps the world's largest religious...

Laughing all the way to the bank

I seem to recall that only a little while ago, we, the taxpayers, had to provide the banks with untold sums of money or the global economy would collapse. Well, our governments gave the bankers all the money they wanted, and promises of more. It cost...

Want to write a novel?

Lots of people want to write a novel. But they make life difficult for themselves and they never achieve their ambition. What happens is, having got the desire to write a novel, suddenly, they up the ante and want to write a great novel. They start,...

the most popular blog - update

So you want to know how to be one of the top bloggers? Here is my update. I have conducted preliminary research and that does show certain relationships. However, it does not provide conclusive proof. In order to move to that level of certainty,...

Evolution

It is one hundred and fifty years since Charles Darwin published his book, The Origin of Species. It is a truly remarkable work, possibly the greatest single contribution to our understanding of life ever made. And yet, Darwin was extremely reluctant...

True and Perfect Faith

For some reason my last couple of posts did not seem to go down too well with the Christian community. It may, perhaps, have been my secular approach. So to make amends I thought I would post a tribute to god's love and compassion for his people, and...

Bethany Project

I do not know if you have heard of the Bethany Project. Here is a brief introduction from the charity: The charity takes in children without family and provides for their physical needs and teaches them about the love of their awesome...

Scribbles 48

2012 + 1 When I read the challenge, I was somewhat perplexed. It was clearly a reference to something specific, but what? I had no idea. So I undertook a little research in popular culture. It was not long before I discovered that the world...

So you want to be the most popular blog?

Want to be one of the top bloggers? Obviously if you are not already one, you will have to change something about the way you blog. But what? I hear you ask. Well, in this post, I do not intend to give you the answer - I think I know, but I want to...

If I were you

If I were you, I would not be I, And so, I would have nothing to say. If you were I, You would not be you, And so, you would have nothing to say. And yet, how often does one Tell another How to feel And think and act? ...

Jesus the Jew

It amazes me that some people appear to believe that the Jesus spoken of in the gospels was a Christian. Now, if the people of whom I speak were not self-avowed Christians, one might understand such a mistake of ignorance. However, that is not the...

Daylight robbery!

Someone has stolen my avatar. This is daylight robbery! I have an emotional attachment to the bird, but I cannot contenance my avatar flying on that other blog. I am therefore going to have to change my avatar. I will miss that tucan. I...

The Trial (story)

In the Great Wood all the talk is of the trial. Pelly has charged Cat with the murder of Mouse. It seems everyone has an opinion and all have taken the day off to watch the magisterial proceedings. Owl had decreed, due to the enormous public...

How curious

Well, well, how curious is that? Someone goes to all the trouble to create a new account apparently for the sole purpose of accusing me of plagarism. They set up the account yesterday, and then presumably searched through my posts until they found...

Facebook-smart

How smart is this? A burglar was quickly caught and arrested by police after attending the scene of the crime. The burglar's simple error: he had been unable to resist the temptation to use his victim's laptop to log on to his Facebook account...