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Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

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Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

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Comment by Ian Mason on March 9, 2013 at 3:05pm

Joan, thanks for the Symphony of Science and Beauty of Science videos. Great stuff.

I agree with you whole-heartedly in your view of the world situation. I wonder what kind of society my daughter will live in when she's my age in 30 years time and I'm not sure it will be a better one.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 9, 2013 at 2:35pm

Yes, I've seen several documentaries with the Amazing Randi including one where he and a scientist went to France (?) to observe an experiment that claimed to prove that homeopathic water is different from other water. When observed by outsiders, the experiment failed. It's hard to trick a trickster :-)

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 2:34pm
I am happier now, too, than I was as a child and have access to many more comforts and labor saving devices than former generations. Of course, my parent's generation went from the Great Depression and didn't live long enough to see this recent decline in economics and the take over of politics by money people. Their generation observed the break-up of vast wealth and empire, and the growth of the middle class. They grew older knowing life was getting better for them and I had a brighter start in life and a promising future for me.
We live in different times now. We must scale back, there are not enough jobs for all the people needing paid labor, we have to unlink from consumerism and big banks, even as power lies with BIG. Tax rules and laws that do not provide the kinds of protections to small businesses of my parent's day make entrepreneurial effort very risky today. Protections for wage earners decline because of heavy taxes on their efforts while wealth can legally get away with not paying their share. Education for wealthy people is not at risk. Working class families find it very difficult if not impossible to fund education. Grants and loans become more difficult to find and cost more. With the growth of science and technology, formal training costs more than growing up on a farm and learning from former generations. Amazing things happen every day that require math and science education. The clever will find a way to be educated. What about those who are not clever? Will they be confined to low paying service industry jobs? Will they have opportunity to advance economically? It depends on their ability and willingness to work hard, think hard, and to be persistant. Even if they do all that, there are still not enough jobs for all those families that need jobs.
Comment by Idaho Spud on March 9, 2013 at 2:11pm

Joan, thanks for the Beauty of Science.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 2:10pm

We need to talk!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 9, 2013 at 2:03pm

I raise my cup of tea to join your toast to progress, Ian. Despite the degradation of democracy, Climate Destabilization, and takeover by the super rich, overall I'm happier with the world today than when I was a child. My mom had a wringer washer and hung everything out to dry too. At least our washing machine had hot water, though I seem to remember her filling the tub from a hose.

Hellfire and Dalmations, hahaha. Thanks Idaho Spud!

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 9, 2013 at 1:29pm

Comment by Patricia on March 9, 2013 at 12:43pm

I don't need explanations Ian, magicians bore the crap out of me so seldom watch unless my husband wants to. Even then, I'll usually find something else to do.

Thanks for the Beauty of Science Joan.....enjoyed it & makes complete sense to me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 9, 2013 at 12:42pm

Ian, are you familiar with The Amazing Randi? He is a skeptic, challenger of paranormal science and pseudoscience. He is known as a debunker and he says "there is a lot of bunk".

http://www.randi.org/site/

Comment by Ian Mason on March 9, 2013 at 6:21am

Great post, Joan. There are always more questions than answers - that's one of the things that make life exciting. If that wasn't the case we would stagnate and decay.

There's one exception for me. I can't watch magicians. I'm impressed by the trick but always want to know how it's done. If there's no explanation to be had, I don't want to see the trick.

 

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