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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 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 James M. Martin on August 11, 2014 at 10:18pm
Comment by James M. Martin on August 11, 2014 at 10:12pm

The only purpose of life is to do something worthwhile in it even if it doesn't directly help people, as with inventing an ebola vaccination. Poets contribute as much as epidemiologists, as do artists, composers, &c. All art is magic. All of our origins are chance events. What free will there is will always be helped or hindered by that one aleatory operation.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 11, 2014 at 9:13pm

What Joan says about parents and children in different socio-economic classes is so very true. The consequences for the less advantaged children are tragically true.

And so:

1) the political conservatives' bootstrap talk, and

2) the religious rewarding-the-deserving talk,

are both euphemisms for social Darwinism.

They are correct in that giving effect to either or both will improve the gene pool.

The means they choose for that end horrifies liberals and perhaps progressives.

Do the opposing parties sit down and talk about issues that are not easy to talk about, or do they continue to attack each other?

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 11, 2014 at 5:35pm

Ruth, thanks for those very true cartoons and pictures!

On another note: people here might be interested in reading Joan's blog post "Not Everyone Has the Tools to Become Rich: How Our Childhood Shapes Our Ability to Succeed".

She discusses research with monkeys, and her own observations in teaching and counseling humans:

"Parents with resources, enough food, shelter, health care, education and discretionary money may have time to spend with their children, teaching them how to communicate, solve problems, resolve conflicts, they teach how to explore options, examine ideas, experiment with processes and take action that makes a difference. 

Parents without money resources, working several jobs, not spending time with their children, have difficulty learning these skills themselves and are unable to pass them on to their children. Some parents are so depressed and anxious that they may not work outside the home, and may not have the initiative to learn the skills themselves."

That's an important part of the conversation, with many political conservatives maintaining that everyone can and should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. (And there are the religious overtones too, god rewarding the deserving and all that....)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 7, 2014 at 8:06pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 30, 2014 at 9:58pm
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 29, 2014 at 7:05pm

Delaying Climate Policies Could Cost U.S. Economy $150 Billion Each...

The White House’s Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) released a sweeping report Tuesday on the monetary costs of delaying action on climate change, and it had one glaring conclusion: the longer America waits to act, the more money will be stripped from the U.S. economy.
As with insurance, the report found that paying money over time to mitigate the risks of sea level rise, severe weather, drought, and other potential impacts of global warming would be far less expensive if done sooner rather than paying for the aftereffects later, and absolutely less expensive than waiting to deal with more catastrophic climate-related events.
Comment by Loren Miller on July 23, 2014 at 6:40am

Tom, like it or not, bad news outweighs good news.  It always has, and I suspect it always will.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on July 23, 2014 at 2:57am

That major success for Obama had competition: an airliner shot down over Ukrania and a flare up in the war between Israel and Hamas.

In politics shit sometimes happens. Don't get conspiratorial about it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2014 at 1:16am

Loren, I like the Major success in Obama's Iran Policy;
"This is a big deal.  A major foreign policy success.  Iran is ending its nuclear program.  All without a shot being fired.

"And that is the problem.  And why you won't read about this.

"Because if we aren't dropping bombs on someone it just isn't possible for a policy to succeed to the "smart" people in Washington."

 
 
 

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