• Is it better to be gay, straight or bi (and why)?

    I asked this before, but decided to remove it as I forgot to add a request for reasons why. So please add arguments to support your answer. But more importantly: this is intended as a FUN question:) Please think of it like a debating society, where the debate is more important than what you necessarily believe. Don't take it too seriously!
    I asked this before, but decided to remove it as I forgot to add a request for reasons why. So please add arguments to support your answer. But more importantly: this is intended as a FUN question:) Please think of it like a debating society, where the debate is more important than what you necessarily believe. Don't take it too seriously!
    33 answers · Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered · 9 years ago
  • Any suggestions as to how to save money on a wedding?

    So I'm getting married in a year's time, and we want to invite 200 people. It'll be a humanist wedding, and the venue has been chosen. The bride and groom's clothes are also more or less decided, so we're not looking for advice on those especially. But if any of you have any nice ideas or tips, please let us know. Any advice... show more
    So I'm getting married in a year's time, and we want to invite 200 people. It'll be a humanist wedding, and the venue has been chosen. The bride and groom's clothes are also more or less decided, so we're not looking for advice on those especially. But if any of you have any nice ideas or tips, please let us know. Any advice on photographers is especially welcome!
    21 answers · Engagements & Weddings · 9 years ago
  • If being gay was a choice, would it make a difference?

    I don't think people do choose to be gay, but it seems to me that the issue is kind of irrelevant anyway, and that we should move past it. Imagine a world where being gay was a choice: would people then be justified in persecuting people for making such a choice?
    I don't think people do choose to be gay, but it seems to me that the issue is kind of irrelevant anyway, and that we should move past it. Imagine a world where being gay was a choice: would people then be justified in persecuting people for making such a choice?
    19 answers · Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered · 9 years ago
  • Do you feel the phrase "common sense" is quite a dangerous one?

    I've long had a feeling that it's actually quite dangerous. It sounds so innocuous, but if you say that something's "common sense" you imply that disagreeing with it is foolish, and it implies that actually doing further research into the issue would be wrong-headed too. And that helps people get away with making statements... show more
    I've long had a feeling that it's actually quite dangerous. It sounds so innocuous, but if you say that something's "common sense" you imply that disagreeing with it is foolish, and it implies that actually doing further research into the issue would be wrong-headed too. And that helps people get away with making statements that are based on little evidence, and discourages others from questioning them. And that can help give power to racists and religious zealots. What do you think? Am I wrong to worry about the phrase? Am I right about the dangers? Is it misused?
    10 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 9 years ago
  • Should people be allowed to walk around naked wherever they want?

    Excluding places where this might be dangerous, obviously. I'm thinking of shops, streets, and so on. And I'm interested in public spaces rather than private homes, or even specific naturist areas. I asked a similar question here recently, but that was more general. If anyone also answered that, this question is more focused on... show more
    Excluding places where this might be dangerous, obviously. I'm thinking of shops, streets, and so on. And I'm interested in public spaces rather than private homes, or even specific naturist areas. I asked a similar question here recently, but that was more general. If anyone also answered that, this question is more focused on nakedness in public places that are not specific nudist areas. Oh, and please also comment on where you're from, and what things are like there. Thanks!
    10 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 9 years ago
  • Should people be allowed to walk round naked?

    Please say where you're from, and if people in your country/area are allowed to do so! What are your feelings about it and why? How about in specific areas like public naturist beaches and saunas? How do you feel about these?
    Please say where you're from, and if people in your country/area are allowed to do so! What are your feelings about it and why? How about in specific areas like public naturist beaches and saunas? How do you feel about these?
    13 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 9 years ago
  • Do you think British people's attitude to nudity is silly or unnecessarily prudish?

    I'm thinking mainly of people's reactions to non-sexual nudity, not about attitudes to pornography or glamour photography, although the latter may well be relevant. How does it fit in? And are British people very different from other Europeans? How about from Americans, Australasians, Asians and Africans? If so, why do you think this... show more
    I'm thinking mainly of people's reactions to non-sexual nudity, not about attitudes to pornography or glamour photography, although the latter may well be relevant. How does it fit in? And are British people very different from other Europeans? How about from Americans, Australasians, Asians and Africans? If so, why do you think this is? What are your own attitudes? Do you think you're too prudish yourself? Where are you from? Thanks!
    20 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 9 years ago
  • Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

    Please explain why, if you can! 1) People who say they went to the "University of Life" are likely to be annoying. 2) Films with lots of action are less likely to be good. 3) Using lots of long words makes you sound less intelligent. 4) Some accents sound more trustworthy than others. 5) Religious people are nicer than non-religious... show more
    Please explain why, if you can! 1) People who say they went to the "University of Life" are likely to be annoying. 2) Films with lots of action are less likely to be good. 3) Using lots of long words makes you sound less intelligent. 4) Some accents sound more trustworthy than others. 5) Religious people are nicer than non-religious people. 6) People who know several languages tend to be more intelligent than people who don't. 7) Saunas should be done completely naked. 8) It's more likely that people are nostalgic than that things are generally getting worse. 9) Incompetence is more common than malice. 10) New-world people tend to be more optimistic and less cynical than old-world people. (These aren't necessarily my opinions by the way!)
    12 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 9 years ago
  • Which of the following is most important in a film...?

    Please put in order or preference (and explain why, if you like, and can): ---- Action Story Dialogue Special effects Cast Music Characterisation --- Please also say what your favourite film is (you can list several, if you like), and also your least favourite. Thanks!
    Please put in order or preference (and explain why, if you like, and can): ---- Action Story Dialogue Special effects Cast Music Characterisation --- Please also say what your favourite film is (you can list several, if you like), and also your least favourite. Thanks!
    10 answers · Movies · 9 years ago
  • What newspapers do you read?

    The more time I spend in this section, the more I suspect that the Daily Mail will be a popular answer (along with the Sun and the Daily Express, perhaps...)
    The more time I spend in this section, the more I suspect that the Daily Mail will be a popular answer (along with the Sun and the Daily Express, perhaps...)
    15 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 9 years ago
  • Does anyone listen to "Down the Line" on Radio 4?

    And doesn't it remind you of this site (and perhaps this section in particular)?
    And doesn't it remind you of this site (and perhaps this section in particular)?
    2 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 9 years ago
  • What do you think is the most dangerous myth?

    And why do you think so? What makes it so dangerous?
    And why do you think so? What makes it so dangerous?
    3 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 9 years ago
  • If something is claimed to be more "natural", are you more likely to use it?

    And what do you consider "natural" to mean?
    And what do you consider "natural" to mean?
    12 answers · Other - Environment · 9 years ago
  • Why do so many people think language is deteriorating?

    It's really not, by the way! But why do people think it is?
    It's really not, by the way! But why do people think it is?
    8 answers · Languages · 9 years ago
  • Should we respect people's beliefs?

    When you answer, please say what you think respecting people's beliefs means. What limits are there (and should there be) on respect for other people's beliefs? Should this ever be a matter for the law?
    When you answer, please say what you think respecting people's beliefs means. What limits are there (and should there be) on respect for other people's beliefs? Should this ever be a matter for the law?
    15 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 9 years ago
  • What do you imagine doing linguistics involves? Please answer even if you don't know!?

    I'm a linguist, and I'm very interested in how people perceive the discipline. Obviously linguistics varies, but please just tell me, as fully as possible, what you think linguistics is about, and what the average linguist does every day. If you don't know, I'm very happy for you to guess! Please also say what it is you do, and... show more
    I'm a linguist, and I'm very interested in how people perceive the discipline. Obviously linguistics varies, but please just tell me, as fully as possible, what you think linguistics is about, and what the average linguist does every day. If you don't know, I'm very happy for you to guess! Please also say what it is you do, and whether you've done any linguistics. Thanks!
    2 answers · Other - Society & Culture · 9 years ago
  • Do creationists have worse spelling than non-creationists?

    So obviously some creationists spell very well, and some non-creationists spell very badly, but I think I've noticed an interesting correlation. What do you think? Is there such a trend or is it all an illusion?
    So obviously some creationists spell very well, and some non-creationists spell very badly, but I think I've noticed an interesting correlation. What do you think? Is there such a trend or is it all an illusion?
    8 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 9 years ago
  • Would a candidate's atheism matter to you in an election?

    In what way? Why? Has this issue ever actually affected your voting? And finally: where are you from?
    In what way? Why? Has this issue ever actually affected your voting? And finally: where are you from?
    24 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 9 years ago