Stuart Grimshaw

Jazzakademie Dortmund
Auckland, New Zealand

About Stuart

Languages

English, German

Areas of Expertise

Music Theory, Composition (Music), Improvisation (Music)

I'm passionate about

Music, language, history.

Talk to me about

Music. Maths. Patterns. Logic. Improvisation and composition. Language. Anglo Saxon history and culture.

People don't know I'm good at

Improvised Baroque two part counterpoint

Comments & conversations

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Stuart Grimshaw
Posted over 3 years ago
Religion and Atheism
Addressing a few points scattered around this thread: Which god: All of them. And not only gods but all variations of rebirth, godheads and life after death promises. Big fancy church religions or prostrating oneself before a volcano and avoiding black cats, it's all the same. It is superstition. Convincing those (at least, adults) of faith: This isn't going to happen, but I would say that this thread is primarily a discussion between people with no religious beliefs. The contradictions inherent in belief in the supernatural are plain to see if one is willing to see. Therefore I have nothing to offer the religiously inclined. Why discuss it then?: Well, our entire history has been accompanied by religious belief. It is everywhere we look. The need to establish a strong body of opposition to superstition in education, governance and public life in general is paramount. Atheism's "bad" track record: Hardly. With increased knowledge has come a reduction in the proportion of people able to hold the beliefs of those who explained the world in primitive terms derived from a primitive existence. Detailed knowledge of the world around us is, historically speaking, a new phenomenon. Knowledge has an excellent track record. Atheism as offensive term: I address myself here to those who have no religious beliefs and therefore feel no need to look for placative terms. However, I do not wish to offend those who are religious. I'm not even sure that I'm doing someone a favour by undermining their beliefs. Doesn't change the facts, though, does it? Agnostic/atheist/whatever: We do not need to waste our time and energy playing with these words. The concept of gods and ghosts was made up by primitive peoples. I will happily explain to someone who doesn't understand that there is no need to prove the nonexistence of fairy tale x, but among ourselves let us not mess around with 99.99% anything. Those of faith will misunderstand it and many will abuse it.
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Stuart Grimshaw
Posted over 3 years ago
Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism
But do we need to place the mechanics of evolution at the centre of all our arguments? When debating such issues with people who rely on faith, is it not more appropriate to compare belief in Yahweh with belief in Zeus? It doesn't take a Phd to understand "everything you say about your god and religion applies equally well to the gods and religions of Rome". I have little hope that truly religious people will be convinced by anything, but I at least hope to make clear why I cannot believe in supernatural entities. Even if evolution were to be disproved, I would still have no reason to believe what the bible or any other holy book tells me.
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Stuart Grimshaw
Posted over 3 years ago
Religion and Atheism
Dawkins argues here for the use of "non theist": http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_dawkins_on_militant_atheism.html (last quarter of the lecture)
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Stuart Grimshaw
Posted over 3 years ago
Religion and Atheism
Ethan, you are right. Sloppy thinking on my part. The term "atheist" implies that belief in a god is some sort of default setting. Which i would dispute.
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Stuart Grimshaw
Posted over 3 years ago
Religion and Atheism
The term "atheist" is certainly one that I find objectionable. Not because I shy away from any stigma that some may attach to it, but because its very existence implies that belief in a god is somehow the norm. There is no word for people who do not believe in the tooth fairy.