Recognising patterns of dehumanisation

The UK’s Independent has a great interview with David Eagleman, and that opening remark of mine just might be your cue for the “Who?” comment. OK, fair enough, so first a quick intro. He is a neuroscientist and writer at Baylor College of Medicine. Now on to the Interview in the Independent. I’m going to pluck one specific bit out of … Read more

fair admissions to schools in UK? Nope.

I once worked in a situation where various companies provided services to a large corporate client that I worked with, and one of those service providing companies was in the habit of issuing a weekly email that highlighted all the wonderful things they had done the previous week Being a curious person, I checked and discovered that … Read more

Is “No Religion” the rising inevitable trend in the UK?

Quite clearly we in the UK are undergoing a huge shift in our cultural thinking. A recent YouGov poll carried out by Lancaster University has revealed that “No Religion” is very much the rising demographic … Of the adult population as a whole, 46% now identify as having no religion (nones) and 44% with Christianity.  The … Read more

Number of under 25s in Iceland who think “God did it” = 0%

News has been popping up about a new poll that reveals just how non-religious Iceland is .. Less than half of Icelanders claim they are religious and more than 40% of young Icelanders identify as atheist. Remarkably the poll failed to find young Icelanders who accept the creation story of the Bible. 93.9% of Icelanders younger … Read more

A New President has been appointed for @BHAhumanists

We have a new president, no not of the US, but instead for something far more important, the British Humanist Association (@BHAhumanists) The previous president, Jim Al-Khalili, the theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster, will reach the end of his term as President of the British Humanist Association at the end of this year, and so it was time to announce who will … Read more

The Rising tide of Brutality and Intolerance

Yesterday, 10th December, was Human Rights Day and so it was appropriately the day that the fourth edition of the Freedom of Thought Report was published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). OK, yes, first a few side notes … Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, … Read more