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Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Greta Christina: Why Being Liberal Really Is Better Than Being Conservative

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat 2 hours ago. 10 Replies

Worth a read! Greta Christina explains philosopher Rebecca Goldstein's observation on a fundamental difference between "liberal" and "conservative" core values, and why things aren't as simple as "agreeing to disagree" between two "equally valid"…Continue

Tags: purity, democracy, loyalty, authority, avoidance of harm

You Can't Educate People Into Believing in Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 1. 4 Replies

"Hill found that religious belief was the strongest determinant of people's views on evolution—much more so than education, socioeconomic status, age, political views, or region of the country. More importantly, "Creationists are substantially more…Continue

Tags: confront, evolution, creationism, beliefs

Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sheeva Nov 25. 17 Replies

"Karen Armstrong is dangerous. She’s dangerous because her blanket of tedious verbiage hides the truth that she wants us to completely ignore the dangers of religious dogma.  It appears that for her, there is no harmful dogma that can be pinned on…Continue

Tags: oppression, nihilism, politics, religious dogma, Karen Armstrong

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 5:47pm

via Ruth Anthony-Gardner 

Just as Henrik Ibsen wrote in "An Enemy of the People" the town didn't want to hear what doctor Stockmann had to say because it would destroy their tourist trade. Townspeople didn't understand dangers of pollution, he is denounced and called, "an enemy of the people". 

"...the strongest man in the world is the man who stands most alone." "A minority may be right; a majority is always wrong."

~  Dr. Stockmann
 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2012 at 12:01am

Child sacrifice and other atrocities ignored by believers who consi...

Any god that would ask for such an atrocity is not worthy of considering. The task of mothers and fathers is to raise their children to flourish. To ask them to sacrifice their child is disgusting. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2012 at 11:51pm

Bible Atrocities, by Donald Morgan

I wonder why the Bible does not instruct the slave on how to end slavery? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2012 at 6:12pm

Science in an Age of Scrutiny

With so much false information floating around, and chaos growing as conditions deteriorate, we need to get valid and reliable information. I am not suggesting to take Union of Concerned Scientists as perfect, but it is more trustworthy than political and corporate information. Remember tobacco? Or nuclear power? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2012 at 6:01pm

Union of Concerned Scientists
Science in Action

Level the playing field for wind power

It is way past time to go gung-ho on renewable, sustainable energy, and don't forget wave power. It would create jobs, use resources freely available, unless someone comes along and puts a price on the wind or sun. How can water be sold? Ca

n air be sold? or sun? Of course the technology that makes them usable makes sense, but not the element itself. We have nothing to do with its production. We don't manufacture air or sun or potable water (well we do make potable water). But you get my drift.
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 10, 2012 at 5:45pm

I agree, take out the magic and supernatural, take the rest with a grain of salt and spend time reading something more enlightening. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2012 at 10:45am

Brooksley Born and the Power of an Opposing Idea

"If she just would have gotten to know us…maybe it would have gone a different way" said Arthur Levitt, former chairman of the SEC, in an excellent 2009 Frontline episode titled The WarningThe 'she' Levitt refers to is Brooksley Born, former Chair of the Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), who waged an unsuccessful campaign to regulate the multitrillion dollar derivatives market, whose crash helped trigger the recent financial collapse.

Ms. Born, the first female president of the Law Review at Stanford, the first female to finish at the top of the class, and an expert in commodities and futures, was brought in by the Clinton Administration to run the (CFTC), a little known regulatory backwater. Soon after assuming the reins, she became aware of the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market, a rapidly expanding and opaque market, which she attempted to regulate. According to Frontline, "Her attempts to regulate derivatives ran into fierce resistance from then-Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, then-Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and then-Deputy Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, who prevailed upon Congress to stop Born and limit future regulation." Put more directly by NY Times reporter Timothy O'Brien, "they...shut her up and shut her down."

Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan, Larry Summers

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2012 at 10:34am

The Bill Black Financial and Fraud Report

“Brooksley Born, one of the great heroes of this whole crisis, the one who tried to protect us from some of these financial derivatives and got squashed by Alan Greenspan. What she had to say that was particularly interesting … is the race to the bottom, the competition in laxity in regulation.”

Brooksley Born reported, “Treasury and Geithner are way too close to the biggest banks, particularly Citicorp, that they ran the bailout completely for the largest banks, not for the public, even though the public was frequently innocent and the banks had the great culpability. So this is just an absolute blast at Geithner. And again I would remind people: Geithner was a registered Republican until he was going to be head of Treasury and, as a fig leaf became an Independent. So this is a fight within at least fairly conservative Republican mindsets, saying, you sold out to the big banks.”

~ The Bill Black Financial and Fraud Report 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2012 at 2:51am

The Peril of Obama's "Man Crush" on Geithner Is Exposed by the Debate

"Obama developed a "man crush" on Geithner and decided to follow Geithner's policies to bail out the banksters rather than hold them accountable for the frauds that made them wealthy and caused the Great Recession. Obama's "man crush" is particularly odd given the fact that Geithner is a Republican who, as a fig leaf, became an independent."

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2012 at 1:53am

The Fate of Humanity Is at Stake -- Why Are Romney and Obama Too Co...

Education intended to teach children to obey, to follow directions, to give the "right answer", to yield to authority, to look outside oneself for the correct response, to seek from others the meaning of events results in an adult trained to be an obedient laborer, to not cause trouble, to follow the rules, to give up critical thinking and to be a good worker for someone else's enterprise. 


Chomsky said, "The Enlightenment ideal of education was captured in the image of education as laying down a string that students follow in their own ways, developing their creativity and independence of mind.

"The alternative, to be rejected, is the image of pouring water into a vessel – and a very leaky one, as all of us know from experience. The latter approach includes teaching to test and other mechanisms that destroy students' interest and seek to fit them into a mold, easily controlled. All too familiar today."

In subjects of natural laws, a student needs to learn the principles of physics and mathematics, and evolution and these are topics one learns, not through obedience, but through inquiry, through reasoning, through experimentation, through living in the question. 

In matters of beliefs, a student needs to be able to differentiate the difference between attitudes, beliefs, customs, traditions and values that come to us through some external "giver of knowledge". If a belief is invalid, the value is invalid. An educated person can test, question, doubt. That distinction between laws of nature and laws of humans is part of being educated.


 
 
 

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