Comments for Field Lines http://fieldlines.org The writings of James Sheils Tue, 14 Feb 2012 02:47:45 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.com/ Comment on Atheism: Two Point… Oh No. – A critique of Alain de Botton’s ‘Constructive Atheism’ by jamesthenabignumber http://fieldlines.org/2012/02/10/atheism-two-point-oh-no-a-critique-of-alain-de-bottons-constructive-atheism/#comment-362 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 02:47:45 +0000 http://fieldlinesdotorg.wordpress.com/?p=2949#comment-362 I don’t know what de Botton is advocating that we don’t already do. I think the difference is an education stance. He would have us ‘be didactic’ in order to enhance our secular structure so to rival religious institutions.

However, I think it is immoral to suggest or coerce with propaganda, no matter how correct you might think you are.

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Comment on Atheism: Two Point… Oh No. – A critique of Alain de Botton’s ‘Constructive Atheism’ by Peter Mayhew http://fieldlines.org/2012/02/10/atheism-two-point-oh-no-a-critique-of-alain-de-bottons-constructive-atheism/#comment-354 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 11:42:39 +0000 http://fieldlinesdotorg.wordpress.com/?p=2949#comment-354 I have some sympathy for de Botton’s view, and it comes from the general positive associations many religious liberals have with church. Once you cut yourself off from that, there’s a hole there. I’ve joined a humanist group, but they don’t do the things I used to enjoy in church: music, quiet reflection, encouraging charitable work. It’s not as if they are things I don’t do, but I do wish that the opportunity for a shared context was used. I do totally abhor the idea that humans are morally flawed and need authoritarian corrective.

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Comment on A Critique of the “Quantum Consciousness” Hypothesis (Part 1 of 2) by James D. http://fieldlines.org/2012/02/03/a-critique-of-the-quantum-consciousness-hypothesis/#comment-345 Sat, 11 Feb 2012 22:46:54 +0000 http://fieldlinesdotorg.wordpress.com/?p=2964#comment-345 or not inserted as I thought.

http://electricbreakdown.blogspot.com/ if you’re interested.

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Comment on A Critique of the “Quantum Consciousness” Hypothesis (Part 1 of 2) by James D. http://fieldlines.org/2012/02/03/a-critique-of-the-quantum-consciousness-hypothesis/#comment-344 Sat, 11 Feb 2012 22:42:39 +0000 http://fieldlinesdotorg.wordpress.com/?p=2964#comment-344 haha interesting read, and interesting comments. Frankly I have difficulty using quantum theory to describe one electron in an idealised potential well. If you can go beyond a Helium atom you’re striding out into ‘beyond the impossible’ territory, the idea it could work perfectly on the scale of a whole brain is… mental. (pun intended)

*sigh*

back to the lab report then…

“note cheeky blog link inserted :D

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Comment on What Christmas is Really About by Haruyo http://fieldlines.org/2011/12/01/what-christmas-is-really-about/#comment-343 Sat, 11 Feb 2012 20:47:05 +0000 http://fieldlines.org/?p=1750#comment-343 I psleonarly don’t want anything. I have my family, my health and my job. That is all that I need.

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Comment on God of the Mathematicians by Asher http://fieldlines.org/2012/01/21/god-of-the-mathematicians/#comment-340 Sat, 11 Feb 2012 18:41:10 +0000 http://fieldlines.org/?p=2716#comment-340 I found this fsinacating and watched it all the way through even though I have only a tenuous grasp of most mathematic concepts! But I feel I could give a high-level explanation of these now … and the music was quite delightful.

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Comment on In Conversation with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar (Part 2) by Eli http://fieldlines.org/2011/11/18/in-conversation-with-faisal-saeed-al-mutar-part-2/#comment-334 Sat, 11 Feb 2012 13:45:28 +0000 http://fieldlines.org/?p=1816#comment-334 I found out about The Rational Polemicist via your blog, which I lneeard about from Dale. Keep it coming Jim. Pat

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Comment on God of the Mathematicians by Anonymous http://fieldlines.org/2012/01/21/god-of-the-mathematicians/#comment-323 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 17:31:45 +0000 http://fieldlines.org/?p=2716#comment-323 I tend to agree with you James: mathematicians are more detached from empirical evidence than other scientists.

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Comment on Why is ‘science’ valuable? by Anonymous http://fieldlines.org/2012/02/09/why-is-science-valuable/#comment-322 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 16:02:18 +0000 http://fieldlines.org/?p=3087#comment-322 Enjoyed that James. These are things none of my science teachers ever said: and I wish they had.

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Comment on Why is ‘science’ valuable? by Jonny Hargreaves http://fieldlines.org/2012/02/09/why-is-science-valuable/#comment-321 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 22:13:04 +0000 http://fieldlines.org/?p=3087#comment-321 I’m glad you were able to justify your teaching role as a physics teacher to your pupils James with such aplomb, I’d like to see R.E teachers do the same. You’re an inspirational teacher and as close to a genuine polymath as I’m ever likely to meet. Almost as inspiring in fact as the random popup Groupon restaurant discount voucher advert for steak and donuts which was at the end of this instalment of your blog. 60% off!

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