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Director, writer and head of acting at a conservatory in the UK.
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Theatre, History, The Arts, Education, Literature, Music, Reading, Writing.
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Marriage Is An Outdated, Outmoded And Impractical Idea
on 31 Dec 2007 16:07:04
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This seems like very fluffy liberal logic to me. Saying that animals do it too, is hardly evidence for the behaviour of socialized human beings. Animals also eat their young. Is marriage an 'equal...  read more...
on 26 Dec 2007 23:00:43
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I think Dog clothing is a little sick and ridiculous. Animals were given fur or whatever for the specific reason of keeping...  read more...
on 31 Dec 2007 23:23:36
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There are lots of interesting issues in the debate about Shakespeare’s authorship. My main argument would rest of the education of the man (or men) named Shakespeare. The man named Shakespeare who...  read more...
on 11 Dec 2007 13:14:42
1. Marriage Is An Outdated, Outmoded And Impractical Idea
  31 Dec 2007 16:07:04  
2. Teenage Pregnancy Is A Good Thing
  31 Dec 2007 16:05:24  
3. It Is Pointless To Celebrate New Year / Hogmanay.
  31 Dec 2007 15:48:20  
4. Child Labour Could Be A Good Thing In Developing Countries
  30 Dec 2007 23:59:41  
5. Same Sex Couples Do Not Make Good Child Rearers
  30 Dec 2007 23:15:09  
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1. I think Dog clothing is a little sick and ridiculous. Animals were given fur or whatever for the specific reason of keeping them warm or call when required. People who dress up their pets are making them into pseudo-children which is frankly scary in the least! Treating an animal like a member of the family is all very cute but not good psychologically I think, after all, the dog is its masters child and pretending it is, is ignoring a clear sign that the human is lacking or longing for a child of their own. It is not cute for the animal and if the animal is cold, then you should take the animal somewhere warm. It is almost fetishising animals and clothing, making them little people and treating them like people, I imagine that they have strange friendships with real people, because they cannot control all aspects like they can with their animal. Personally, I think they need to get a life. read more...
  31 Dec 2007 23:23:36  
2. There is a barely a couple that make it through marriage happily. The problem is that it is a useless and functionless societal requirement. Marriage is a set of rules by which we have had to live our lives with another person of the opposite sex and I can't see the value of it. Marriage is very expensive, it gives the couple nothing more than a legally binding agreement and how was love ever about legally binding two people together, I can't think of a more horrific thing to do to a couple but to lash them together using the law as the bind. In many relationships, the fuss around the binding together of two people places immense strain on the couple. In traditional marriages, it allows the couple to live together and to have sexual intercourse to have children together. But neither of these things require marriage, they are just more socially accepted if they are done within the ancient framework of marriage but if you are not a religious person, who cares about marriage, I can't think of any positive benefits to marriage beyond the simplest legal issues of ownership of joint possessions. Perhaps marriages should last for five years and then have an option to renew them if required. Surely that would allow unhappy people to dissolve their nonsense relationships easily enough. Or perhaps they could have L' plate marriages, only valid for a year. I don't believe marriage needs to be part of a modern society, I think people would be much happier being freer and less restrained by social convention. read more...
  31 Dec 2007 16:18:38  
3. I think teenage pregnancy is a good thing. I don't think we always give young people the benefit of the doubt when it comes to being responsible. Our society expects you to be quite a lot older before you get a partner and have kids whereas only 40 - 50 years ago people were happily settling down at 16. There is a lot of pressure on being properly educated and getting a good job. What happened to women just populating the earth? Young people know what sex is anyway. It is stupid of us to remain ignorant to that. By the time they are in their teens young people are capable of reproducing - its what we're programmed to do. Ok, so society is probably a lot more promiscuous than it used to be and we're likely to have 7+ sexual partners then surely if a teenage girl gets pregnant after her first sexual encounter she's less likely to do it again. When a teenage girl gets pregnant she has to learn to be responsible very quickly. She probably has all the tools but has been so smothered it will take her a while to get in gear. She will learn to make proper life decisions and get to grips with money, accommodation and cleaning etc very quickly. For any other person they probably won't master this for another 7 - 8 years! They won't be distracted by careers either. Women are waiting longer and longer to have children so they can focus on their careers. Fine. But what does that mean for their child when they finally have one? Their parents will be so much older and probably not as capable or as in touch to do fun activities with their child. Having a child young means that they get to have all the fun with their baby while they have the energy and playfulness and work on a career when their child begins school. There are plenty of evening and open university courses they can follow! Young mums should have healthier babies too. A teenager has a much lower risk of having a baby with complications. The young person will be fit and healthy and so their child is likely to be. They will also have plenty of family including young parents to help with caring and babysitting. And the grandparents have the advantage of being more agile than they would be in 10 to 15 years time when they would otherwise be grandparents. So yes, teenage pregnancy is a good thing for the baby, mother and grandparents. And even society!! read more...
  31 Dec 2007 16:18:33  
4. Does the human being not have the right to end their own life. Is it not one of the only choices that they wield over this brief and painful existence? I think listening to a student of psychology's sophomoric pondering about suicide based on a religious perspective on psychology is terminally flawed an begins where it ends in the conflict of interest between religion and psychology which is a pseudo-psychology at best. Life is not a gift from God, it is an accident of nature. Two people got together and had unprotected sexual intercourse and the result was that an egg got fertilised. That's not a gift, that's not the miracle of birth, it's the nature of human biology. Surely the human being has the right to end it all if they feel that their life is over in many other ways. People who are deeply depressed and life is just too painful to drag themselves through should surely have the right to put themselves out of their quite excruciating misery. Surely someone with a painful and terminal illness should also have the right to terminate their own suffering. I suppose that's getting closer to euthanasia rather than straight suicide, but I suppose it amounts to to the same thing, taking your own life - or having someone assist you - assisted suicide. Surely the individual has the right to live and die how they choose. If someone no longer wishes to live, why should others keep them alive for their own self righteous beliefs to be affirmed. You would rather someone suffer through each day in terrible mental or physical pain than allow them the dignity to end it? Simple suggests that it is against all major religions, well yes, but if one is not religious, what care I that they object? Simple also suggests that suicide is a symbol of cowardice. Says who? Simple? I think it can be a very brave thing to do for someone. I'm not quite sure what to make about the negative effect that it is supposed to have on society, society isn't a tangible construct, so I don't see how a single person's single action can negatively affect the collective? Simple draws shallow conclusions from a highly biased and doctrinaire perspective. It is not totally wrong under any circumstances, because you do not get to make that call. Cancer11's moralistic 'cowardice and foolishness' seems high minded and heavy handed. The suicide victim is not going to hell because there is no hell. If there is, prove it to me and I'll believe you or is this another one of those things that you have to believe before it can be proven, like the rest of religion's shaky logic? How could suicide ever be the easy way out, I just find it thoughtless that someone should think that it would be 'easy', someone in so much pain that they need to take their own life is making a terrible decision but why should we not respect that decision. We are the masters of our fate. There is no giant compass in the sky. read more...
  31 Dec 2007 16:01:47  
5. I think its great to celebrate New Year (or Hogmanay)!! It is the marker to send out the old year and welcome in the New Year. Regardless of whether you've had a terrible year or a great year it is a god way to celebrate its end and look forward to better things. Its also one of the times of year where everyone seems united. Whether you are just with family, at a small gathering or at a huge party in a city like Glasgow or New York City everyone is united by the excitement. For one or two moments everyone forgets that they are different, hug, kiss and offer good wishes and a Happy New Year. What could be nicer? It was tradition in my house to open the front door to let the new year in and open the back door to let the old year out after the stroke of midnight. Sure it may be a little silly but it really marked a fresh start. In many countries you also have 'first footing'. In Scotland its especially lucky for a tall dark man to be the first to cross your door in the New Year, but really any friend will do - as long as they bear gifts. Traditionally you would bring coal, salt and whisky. I prefer to take whisky, a candle and some party food. Its more practical these days! I don't think there is anything wrong in celebrating it. Yes it is 'just another day' but by making it something special you can really set yourself on a positive path. People who don't celebrate are generally grumps anyway! You don't have to go out and get trollied, but just sit at home with your loved ones and watch Big Ben strike away. Its not about brooding over what you haven't achieved but celebrating what you have and focusing on even better things! read more...
  31 Dec 2007 16:01:38  
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1. This seems like very fluffy liberal logic to me. Saying that animals do it too, is hardly evidence for the behaviour of socialized human beings. Animals...  read more...
  26 Dec 2007 23:00:43  
2. feeling your part? LOL.
  20 Dec 2007 19:21:24  
3. What's curfew time?
  17 Dec 2007 21:27:19  
4. Just a good debate, I don't believe it myself! read more...
  17 Dec 2007 18:59:01  
5. What kind of argument is that? Acting is both an art form and a craft. Isn't your current line of argument 'it's an art because I say so?' read more...
  14 Dec 2007 01:09:58  
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do you believe in god? some one is pretty angry at you...(answer question please)
by catzcanfly on 08 Nov 2012 02:23:43
you are very controversial in your comments.
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the debate you posted about ghosts made me really upset. Not what you said, but what other people said about it and you.
by DdAWg on 06 Jan 2010 01:02:21
The one you did about not believing in God made me mad.
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by XieXie on 03 Aug 2008 23:49:01
Spartan76 I was very interested in what you wrote about Shakespeare. If you come back to this site could you possibly take a look at 'The Great Debate' you can find it under catergories, then in the history section. Anything you may wish to say will be very much appreciated.
by joe9 on 19 Jul 2008 20:34:41
Just saying you might not want to make another message about god, you maybe aa athiest like me but there are a lot of thiests... so yeah...
by arman1013 on 22 Jun 2008 06:38:23
Your a director, writer and head of acting at a conservatory in the UK? Every debate topic you have posted is absolutely stupid. Maybe you need to get out and experience "real life".
by scorpioCH on 11 Jun 2008 08:37:12
What or who is Stanislavski?
by green15 on 21 Feb 2008 19:39:29
You can shout at him/her, if you log in/register.
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