PS. Roy, with Pompey being docked points, will this season have the
widest point spread from the top of the table to the bottom in Premier
My thoughts are that in future pub quizzes many will (mistakenly) think that this year, being the first when a side was docked 9 points for going into administration, will have the widest point spread. I, too, suspect differently, and look forward to Roy’s answer next week.
This short excerpt is from AC Grayling‘s speech in an Intelligence Squared debate entitled Atheism is the new fundamentalism. I draw your attention to it because Grayling does an excellent job describing the fundamental pillars of the so-called “new atheist” argument. The three parts are, in short:
atheism as in skepticism of the supernatural
secularism as in removing religion’s privileged position in society
humanism as in denying religious monopoly on morals and ethics
When debating with religious people or even other atheists I often find that they cross between the issues and end up muddling their argument. This short excerpt should clear up some confusion and provide a framework for debate, a good starting point. When debating an atheist, be sure to develop your case relative to the proper issue. Note that these issues correspond to three different fields of philosophy (epistemology, political and ethics).
Oftentimes, I find myself in agreement with religious “opponents” (more to their surprise than to mine). A case in point: though I think Issue 1 gives rise to Issue 2 and Issue 3, it is not a necessary condition. For example, you could be a person of faith and be a staunch supporter of separation of church and state. In these debates it always helps to be clear on the issues.
As @Mutantfroginc can attest, this Rastafarian that drives by my house every Sunday spices up his blaring appeal for broken junk with some down-to-earth reggae loops. This week I was able to capture some of his upfulness on my iPhone.
For those that do not know what a haihin kaishûsha is, it is a truck such as pictured above that is usually driven by an old man blaring a recorded message asking people for their broken appliances and such.