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Britain Uncovered survey results: the attitudes and beliefs of Britons in 2015 | Society | The Guardian
The Graun surveyed about 1000 people and weighted the results according to the UK's demographics. Among other things, the bit about religion was interesting to me: their survey said "A majority of Britons (82%) do not actively practise a religion and a clear majority of the population (61%) agree with that “These days religion is a negative influence in the world rather than a force for good.” Unsurprisingly, those who associate with a religion are less likely to hold this view."
survey  britain  secularism  religion  belief  attitudes  politics  guardian 
april 2015 by pw201
The science and magic of Lindy Hop | Andy Connelly | Science | theguardian.com
"Great partner dancers may not know it but they are masters of space, time and Newton's laws of motion." Of course we know it: for example, I've decided my "dance name" is "The Oncoming Storm". (I also suspect I know who the Alistair credited at the end is, as he's a Cambridge person).
lindy  physics  dancing  lindyhop  guardian  newton  mechanics 
december 2013 by pw201
Ken Auletta: Can the Guardian Take Its Aggressive Investigations Global? : The New Yorker
The NYT looks at the history of the Graun and its recent scoops (the NSA files). Apparently the paper is running out of money. :-(
journalism  nsa  surveillance  guardian  edward-snowden  internet  gchq  newspaper 
october 2013 by pw201
A Much More Exotic - The bad kind of murder
"A call to restrict porn is, in effect, a call for more women to be murdered. It's a good thing we have a government that's not afraid to take tough decisions.

Starting next week, this LJ account will be syndicated on Comment is Free and Feministing."
porn  rape  murder  jo-yeates  media  guardian  satire 
october 2011 by pw201
David Cameron tells Muslim Britain: stop tolerating extremists | Politics | The Guardian
"David Cameron will today signal a sea-change in the government fight against home-grown terrorism, saying the state must confront, and not consort with, the non-violent Muslim groups that are ambiguous about British values such as equality between sexes, democracy and integration." I agree with Dave.
islam  multiculturalism  uk  europe  guardian  religion  politics 
february 2011 by pw201
Furious backlash from Simon Singh libel case puts chiropractors on ropes | Martin Robbins | Science | guardian.co.uk
"A staggering one in four chiropractors in Britain are now under investigation for allegedly making misleading claims in advertisements, according to figures from the General Chiropractic Council." Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.
science  simon-singh  chiropractor  guardian  health  pseudoscience  quackery  woo-woo  libel  legal  law 
march 2010 by pw201
Good God?
Peter Singer deals with varies defences against the Problem of Evil, quite well for a small article. The point about animal suffering is interesting, not come across that before.
atheism  evil  guardian  philosophy  religion  peter-singer  singer  theology  theodicy 
may 2008 by pw201
Saint Mencken? « The Cedar Lounge Revolution
HL Mencken wasn't an advocate of "respect" for religion. Quotes an entertaining passage from Mencken.
religion  mencken  guardian 
february 2007 by pw201

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