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Politics, Economics, and Religion

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 on Saturday. 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 Loren Miller on June 22, 2014 at 9:35am

Toggling between CBS Sunday Morning and ABC News This Week, I caught an interesting commercial - PROMOTING KOCH INDUSTRIES!!!  I'm going to take a guess and say that the Kochs have finally figured out that a healthy portion of the general public have discovered that they exist ... and may not be too happy about that either.  So now Koch Industries is doing some happy-happy / joy-joy feel-good commercials on Sunday morning television.

It should go without saying that I hope they don't work!

Comment by Loren Miller on June 16, 2014 at 1:56pm

A little something which my daily dose of the Daily Kos offered me today:

Harvard Business Review calls bullshit on today's "capitalists"

Comment by Loren Miller on June 16, 2014 at 1:13pm

I think the saving grace here is that:

  1. Elon Musk has enough money that he can pretty much do as he pleases and
  2. He seems to want to do some genuine good with his bread ... unlike the Adelson - Koch jackasses.

As to the business about his patents, I've been discussing that among other topics on a car board for the past week or so, and the overall impression of the participants appears to be largely positive.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 16, 2014 at 11:30am

Re the resistance of some state governments to allow Tesla to sell cars:

It reminds me of the reports I heard in San Francisco of GM's buying up transit systems and closing them in order to sell more automobiles.

American capitalism is so efficient.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 16, 2014 at 7:00am

You recall correctly, Tom ... which is why I don't give the Washington Times a whole lot of cred ... any more than I gave Ronny.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 16, 2014 at 6:55am

Tesla is opening up its patents.  The world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform," Musk said. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/small-business/latest-n...

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 10, 2014 at 5:35am

As I recall, the Wash Times is the Moonies' newspaper.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 10, 2014 at 12:46am

A bit of a tangent:

A Washington Times online poll finds most respondents saying that Ronald Reagan, if he were still alive, would have aligned himself with the Tea Party!

(Of course, Washington Times readers are a decidedly conservative self-selecting sample!)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/polls/2014/may/23/if-ronald-reagan-w...

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on June 8, 2014 at 10:48pm

Much depends on definitions, so until someone demands different definitions, my anger-driven radical is further to the left and my fear-driven reactionary is further to the right.

Which costs more lives, "sustainable" or "self-extermination"?

I see an imbalance there. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 8, 2014 at 10:13pm

Where does radical fit in your dimension? I'm a bit left of progressive, as I think the entire economic/political system needs a drastic overhaul if we're to achieve sustainability instead of self-extermination.

 
 
 

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