Ipse Dixit


  • Ipse Dixit posted a new activity comment 4 years, 1 month ago

    As ghosts (‘spirits’ of the deceased) don’t exist taking money for exorcisms or cleansings is taking money under false pretences. In my opinion offering or receiving payment for such services, whether it be in money or in kind, should be illegal, as should anything else to do with the occult or the supernatural such as tarot card reading, palm…[Read more]

  • Ipse Dixit posted a new activity comment 4 years, 1 month ago

    The two basic concepts behind religious freedom in an otherwise secular state are:

    Freedom of religion
    Freedom from religion

    The right of an individual to practice a given religion and live by its moral codes (where these are not shared by society in general) is conditional on the same right being extended equally to all, which in practice…[Read more]

  • Ipse Dixit posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    Discoveries like this hint at life or proto-life originating elsewhere in the universe (panspermia) rather than on Earth and if that’s the case then there is the possibility of life existing on other planets too.

  • Ipse Dixit posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    I find it paradoxical how anyone can accept the theory of evolution, a theory based on scientific evidence, and yet still retain overall belief in the Christian credo. If you’re going to accept science at all then surely you must accept the scientific method of enquiry that lies behind it and from this draw the necessary logical conclusions that…[Read more]

  • Ipse Dixit posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    Meet the new leader of the Afghan resistance movement, resisting foreign invaders of his ancestral lands (assuming the so-called Taliban are authentic and unlike the Islamic State and its offshoots, pseudo-Muslim paramilitary groups sponsored by, if not themselves in actual fact, the military-intelligence apparatus of certain Western…[Read more]

  • Ipse Dixit posted a new activity comment 4 years, 7 months ago

    Information and knowledge should be free. Copyright in such cases is itself a form of theft, indeed the real theft. The whole concept of ‘intellectual property’ is nothing but the privatisation of the public realm of ideas for the benefit of the few. And in there public face these few are not even human individuals being fairly rewarded for their…[Read more]

  • Ipse Dixit posted a new activity comment 4 years, 8 months ago

    Ever since the fall of the officially atheist Soviet Union the Russian federation has been seeking something to unify the nation and the traditional religion of Russia, Eastern Orthodoxy, was the logical choice. For a society that has undergone the profound changes and loss of confidence that Russia has, reverting to the ideas and traditions of…[Read more]

  • They probably saw the robot as a surrogate figure of authority. Considering that in a real emergency otherwise independent minded people tend to place implicit trust in such figures and that fear and panic can […]

  • Interesting article. What gets me is why people would think octopuses wouldn’t have some sort of social interaction with their own species. People keep underestimating the intelligence of animals.

  • Our entire economic system in its current form is, in my opinion, unsustainable in the long term because it relies on methods of energy generation which are inefficient, wasteful and polluting and predicated on […]

  • While I can understand why some people might consider this a slippery slope and an attack on Turkey’s staunchly secular state I nevertheless think these fears are unfounded. What the government is doing is merely […]