Today is the shortest day of the year in the UK and so we shall be celebrating the Winter Solstice. It gets pretty dark in Scotland so it’s a great relief to everyone when the daylight hours start getting longer and we can feel the sun once more. This solstice can also be considered the Southern Solstice as the sun is directly over the Southern Hemisphere and elsewhere people are celebrating their longest day. For those of us in the north, it’s a good excuse to make some warming or spicy foods and look forward to the longer days to come.
I blogged a while ago about a debate on the topics of Intelligent Design and Evolution, and mentioned how the Intelligent Design speakers opened by showing 15 minutes of a DVD presenting their viewpoint. Well, it turns out that the same film‘Unlocking the Mystery of Life’ was shown by the Edinburgh Creation Group at a meeting last night. The Not Quite So Friendly Humanist went along and has a few things to say about it on his blog. Despite the title, he is a nice, friendly person with a good sense of humour and he’s also a fellow Edinburgh student humanist so do go over and read his posts.
Happy Human Rights Day everyone!
On 10th December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950 the General Assembly invited all states and interested organisations to celebrate this day, and the International Humanist and Ethical Union endorses it as an official day of Humanist celebration. It’s probably a bit late to start organising if you don’t have something planned already, but if you can, maybe treat yourself and a friend, colleague or family member to some cake or something in honour of both the rights and the way that people can work together to create something good and meaningful for all of us. There’s also a poster of the Human Rights Declaration available from the Amnesty International UK shop which is really attractive and stylish.
Best wishes to everyone!
Yesterday, the university Humanist Society and friends went to see ‘The Golden Compass‘ on the big screen. ‘The Golden Compass’ is the film adaptation of ‘The Northern Lights’, the first book of Phillip Pullman‘s ‘His Dark Materials’ series. The books really are excellent, so we were quite excited and nervous about how the film would compare.
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