In my years on the ‘net, I’ve seen any number of people want to interview others or get them to take surveys for everything from a short high school or undergraduate paper through to graduate research projects and books. And they so seldom manage to meet basic ethical guidelines for making sure they aren’t wasting their participants’ time at best or endangering them at worst.
An 11 year old put FN in his place.
NSW Shooters and Fishers Party throw their support behind Fred Nile on ethics classes.
The NSW Coalition has said they will not attempt to reverse the introduction of ethics classes in Special Religious Education time this year. Classes begin this term.
Ethics classes in special religious education time (SRE) are almost certainly going ahead in NSW, in 2011 at least. What do you think? If you have a child will you or would you have them attend the ethics option in SRE time? Will you or would you volunteer to be an instructor?
He’s at it again: Faithless are coarse, uncaring and without purpose, says Cardinal Pell. Most of it’s typical tosh. We’re all utterly miserable hedonists, apparently. He even goes Godwin on us:
Gack, if it’s possible for me to be less and less impressed with organised Christian churches and their attempts at changing the way the State runs, it’s happening. They’ve been appearing to be increasingly panicked about the prospect of schools offering humanist/ethics courses alongside dogmatic Scripture classes (Special Religious Education (SRE), which is not to be confused with the non-dogmatic,… Read more →
The article linked to below attacks the idea of teaching ethics in NSW Public Schools “at the expense of scripture”. As a parent who is also an atheist, I quite like the idea of ethics classes that have nothing to do with religion. This is one thing that really burns me about some Christians. The huge assumption that values are… Read more →
Do I tell the rest of the family* about the big box of chocolate I just got in the post, or do I squirrel it away as a stash to be raided at will for the next few months?
A US blogger, Ed Whelan, who blogs under his own name so that his legal CV bolsters his credibility has outed a pseudonymous blogger, publius, who lets his arguments stand purely on his writing. He attempts to justify his act on the basis that publius has been criticising Whelan’s blog posts and that he didn’t deserve the “shield of anonymity”… Read more →
Those who’ve been following some of my recent discussions about breastfeeding and civil liberties might be interested to note this symposium poster. Parenting, Gender, and the Law is a symposium sponsored by the Stanford Journal for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. The poster icons are a feeding bottle, a gavel, balance scales (of justice, presumably), and several groups of people… Read more →
Carrying on from Lauredhel’s idea of showcasing some memorable posts for visitors arriving via the Weblog Awards, I’ve chosen the Ethics and Philosophy category as my first showcase post because in so many ways it sums up a lot of what inspires me to write. I find it distressing that so much of our public discourse relies on laziness in terms of examining the ethics of proposed courses of action, and that so little attention is paid to the underlying logic and consistency (or lack thereof) contained in the philosophies that inform ideologies. Also, that so many people use the faceless nature of the Web to behave unethically.
The Book of Leviticus has many many more verses (indeed chapters) about redistributing wealth to the poor (via tithes, the prohibition against gleaning, etc) and preserving the fertility of the land through compulsory fallow periods, as well as rules preventing any slide into feudalism/indentured labour (the laws of Sabbatical and Jubilee years) than verses which mention sexual behaviour at all,… Read more →
Just thought I’d revisit Big Brother UK with a little “Oh no he didn’t!” post.
As clip one begins, Mikey, the blind cross-dressing Scotsman radio dude, has just had his hair shaved off as part of a task. The task involved the housemates cutting or clipping their hair such that the combined hair filled a flask to the top.
[Transcripts/summaries of clips are at the bottom of the post.]
I’m guessing Mo would justify this action, outside the house, as being just him, paragon of equalism, treating everyone equally badly. You can sure tell that he’s been in that hot chair before, and knows exactly the script to follow, though he still stumbles over it. It grates.