RPE Christmas Meal Pictures

The Christmas Meal Pictures are now in the RPE Photo Album. (more photos please if you have them)
(see the ‘Links’ section) – enjoy – Dave.

Or click: http://www.flickr.com/photos/58244916@N00/

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Sorry about this – should only take you a moment…

While on the subject of Christmas, you may think there is little of philosophical interest in the holiday…
Well, not everyone agrees – I wish I had found it earlier, but see http://www.amazon.co.uk/Xmas-Files-Philosophy-Christmas/dp/0297847228 for details of a book about ‘The Philosophy of Christmas’ – I am not sure how serious it is – but hope to have read it by next Christmas…

Flickr, etc

Hi – quick post: I am in the process of organising a Flickr book for the course: this is an on-line photo album for pics from various events, trips, etc..

I will put the images into folders, etc – once I have time. For now, you can see some pictures from the Hindu Temple visit at http://www.flickr.com/photos/58244916@N00/

Also after last night’s student Christmas meal – I expect an influx of images from those with digital cameras – which I shall also upload..

Cheers, Dave

Argument Panic?

As some of you are still frantic looking for examples of bad arguments – I thought a bit of compassion may be in order: take a look at http://www.fallacyfiles.org/examples.html for help: but be sure to properly reference any examples you use.

If people want to add to the comments sections (esp after today once the RPE101 notebook task is complete & handed in) any bad arguments they have either used in that task – or just come across and would like to share – that would be interesting…


Christmas banned?

As the tabloid press starts its usual festive hysteria over the “PC brigade” banning Christmas (see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=421213&in_page_id=1770 ) – is this accurate?

– the Guardian offers another view – that this is a ‘phoney war’: http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,,1967368,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=11

The National Secular Scoiety says that: Claims That Christmas Has Been Banned by Employers are Exaggerated and Misleading.

How do you feel about this: do you feel that xmas is under pressure?

Or is there something else going on?

Looking forward to a festive response…

Peter Singer / Animal Testing & Utilitarianism

Philosopher Peter Singer has been in the news again. While most well-known for his advocacy of animal rights, he has surprised many by claming that some animal testing may be justified. While some animals rights campaigners may be shocked – students may recongise the view that, as he is a utilitarian (of some kind), he would not have an in principle, objection – if the benefit can be said to outweigh the harm. Read here: http://news.independent.co.uk/people/profiles/article2035119.ece about Singer’s recent statements – and his seeming ability to upset just about everyone…

What is your view of animal testing? Is it justified in a consequentialist manner? On some other grounds? Or not at all?