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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 Joan Denoo on August 22, 2013 at 9:54pm

Lightweighting Autos with Carbon Fiber Composite

To reduce our dependence on oil for transportation make them more lightweight and efficient. Carbon fiber composite today can empower breakthrough efficiency from automobiles, trucks, and planes. Exciting prospects that may get us off carbon fuels. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 22, 2013 at 9:42pm

“Keystone Clones”

"The Keystone XL pipeline is not the only game in town. There are other dirty tar sands pipelines in the works, with one close to becoming a reality. See Tar Sands Timmy’s take on the Keystone pipeline and others."

Comment by D R Hosie on August 20, 2013 at 6:00pm

Childhood religious indoctrination is Child Abuse.

Suffer not the little children

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 9, 2013 at 9:49pm

"If you want to be awe inspired.." (Christopher Hitchens)

It is in the natural world, in the questions, doubts, inquiry, that we find wonder. This awe-ful experience sends shivers up and down my spine and inspires me to value uncertainty. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2013 at 12:11pm

World Food Prize 2013 - Vandana Shiva and Frances Moore Lappe conde...

Published on Jun 26, 2013

"Vandana Shiva and Frances Moore Lappé, members of the World Future Council and laureates of the Right Livelihood Award, voice their outrage."

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2013 at 12:25pm

Thanks to Angelika via growtest.org. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 18, 2013 at 8:39am

Teaching obedience to my children did not work the ways I wanted it to. They, as small children, would try to figure out what the authority figure thought and then follow that example. Some of the authority figures in their lives were not worthy of being followed; I hunted for a better way of raising a critical thinker. I ran across some excellent ideas, started experimenting with different parenting styles, came up with what I think are not only better parenting styles for children and for parents as well. All those old education, psychology and sociology foreparents are dead now; they are replaced with a strong and lively group of people who make good sense. Their processes yield the kinds of adults that are healthier, more compassionate, and better critical thinkers than children raised to be obedient.


FREEOK 2013 - Dale McGowan: "Raising (Actual) Freethinkers"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LGu0gfbB7Y

Dale McGowan: Parenting Beyond Belief
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgDb_IMoKyQ

Influence without indoctrination (Parenting Beyond Belief #4)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YgM-A8A1ck

My grown children now have children and grandchildren. Watching them raise their children gives me so much pleasure; they participate with their children in healthier ways, they require critical thinking of their children, even as they parent with loving care. Even now my children express love in ways that empower their children to flourish, to become all they can be. I don't think they will experience the kinds of dysfunction into which they were born. They learned more effective and efficient ways to be with their children that encourages communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, and they will be prepared to take on the messes that my generation leaves behind, with our notions of obedience, submission, and self-crucifixion.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 17, 2013 at 3:42am

We can confront challenges facing us.

We can defy those who say something can’t be done.

We can question assumptions.

We can object to irrational thinking and behaviors.

We can protest injustices 

We can provoke thinking in face of foolishness.

We can test our assumptions for validity and reliability.

We can relish life or we can squander it. 

We can value the chaos of daily life or we can get caught in helplessness.

We can refuse to give in to negativity and reframe it into possibilities.

We can see problems and explore options,

We can pay attention to the factors keeping those messes boiling as on a stove, and we can turn that chaos into cosmos.

We can stand up to stupidity, call it by its right name, and then challenge people to think.

We can confront people who perpetuate lies and challenge them face truth.

We can make mistakes and be corrected by people who know more than we do, and be grateful for the corrections. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2013 at 11:52pm
Catching up 2013-07-15
A rough patch came and went and now I sit in my garden with birds and squirrels all around me. Raspberries hang from branches inviting me to even more pleasure, year after year, always tasting better. The hummingbirds gather to quarrel over billions and billions of blossoms, sometimes spiraling into the air, one after another, then diving down with the sound of bird jet engines, swooping so close to my bald head I think they will collide with my skull and die. “Death by collision with skull” their death notice will read.

I have never seen my garden so beautiful, weeds and all. Cary took out a weed that was well over six feet tall before it went to seed and in another week or so we will have to cut the seed heads off the 12-foot tall mullein or they will reseed the south hill.

I have an old lilac that I dug, probably 20 years ago, part of a root from my great-grandmother’s grave in a pine forest near an old lumbering town in northern Idaho. It is a spindly thing, not very pretty, even as it is precious to me. It is totally draped in purple clematis … a lovely sight.

I just ate my second ½ cup of raspberries out of my garden. To buy a ½ cup is between two-for-$5 or $5 each … you know, those little plastic containers berries come in.

My son, Craig, and his two boys left for home in Littleton, Colorado last Friday after a five day visit with my daughter and her family in the woods of north-east Washington state. Luckily, I was well enough to join them, even though I had to remain near the bathroom at all times. I had so much fun with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Life is too precious to miss such a treat. They all like story telling, and that was about all the strength I had … to tell mine and listen to their stories. My great-grandchildren range in age from four years old to 14. My grandchildren from 8 to 28.

I have my sixth chemo treatment this week and have 10 more to go. My body rejects beef, pork and chicken. I love fish while Cary does not. He or I fix my dinners and when I am down, he makes me a breakfast tray. I breakfast in the garden if the weather is 57 degrees or above. This has been such a cold spring, and early summer, it often does not get warm enough to breakfast outside. We also have had lots of rain.

Well, dear friends, I hope each one of you is healthy, happy, at peace and filled with joy. Savor every breath you take and realize what a short period of time we have on Earth. Make it a good one.
Comment by Grinning Cat on July 11, 2013 at 7:10pm

Muslim Brotherhood guy: 'What good is a democracy if you can't use it to ignore the will of the people, circumvent the courts and impose radical religious rule?!!' American GOP Religious Right guy: 'I've been asking that for decades!'

 
 
 

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