Archive for July, 2009

And here comes another one

Today I was pleased to discover the appearance of the new humanist blog ‘Time Out of Mind‘. This latest offering comes from Stuart, former president of the Edinburgh University Humanist Society and Penicuik’s finest rock’n’roll skeptic. Stuart promises to apply his sparkling wit and skills of reasoning to any preposterous and mighty claims which come his way. Should be a good read.

Welcome Stuart!

Why the pope is wrong about men and women

Last December, Pope Benedict XVI caused great controversy when he gave an address stating that homosexuality and modern theories of gender were as great a threat to mankind as the destruction of the rainforests. I would like to talk about the comments on gender. He said that it is not “out-of-date metaphysics” to “speak of human nature as ‘man’ or woman'” and appealed to the “language of creation”. I’m presuming that the Pope is in part referring to the common assumption that, biologically speaking, the differences between the sexes are clear cut and binary. It turns out that this assumption is completely wrong and biological sex is much more complex than that.

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