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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 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 June 24, 2013 at 2:05am

Is he a traitor? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:04am

Michael Yon 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:00am

"So I watched "Man of Steel" today.

"At one point, when he is fighting the bad guys from his home planet, they tell him "The fact that you possess a sense of morality, and we do not, gives us an evolutionary advantage. And evolution always wins."

"As a biology major who knows that this is absolutely incorrect, I laughed my head off for about four minutes at this blatant Christian attack on evolution. It was so obvious and so funny, I just couldn't help myself laughing. I went into the movie having been warned it had Christian undertones, but this terrible representation of  evolution got me going.

"In fact, altruism, and the morality that stems from it, is an essential aspect of the evolution of social animals. It's about as far from the truth as you can get, to claim that no sense of morality incurs an evolutionary advantage. However, I can see how Christian conservatives would eat it up. It's so sad.

~Andrew~
That is right. An individual standing alone is raw meat for the predator. It is through working together cooperatively that great advances occur in health, productivity, and community. 
Humans who understand this prosper, and so does the group.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:56am

Oh! this is right on target!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:54am

Morgan, you are correct, it is not fear that is the underlying problem, it is sick thinking that generates the fear.

Morgan Freeman, "I hate the word 'Homophobia'"

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:49am

"Fracking refers to the procedure of creating fractures in rocks and rock formations by injecting fluid into cracks to force them further open. The larger fissures allow more oil and gas to flow out of the formation and into the wellbore, from where it can be extracted. 

"Fracking has resulted in many oil and gas wells attaining a state of economic viability, due to the level of extraction that can be reached."

Definition of 'Fracking'

Why would we be trying to get more oil out of the ground, when burning fossil fuels contaminate our air? What causes climate change? Too many volcanos erupting? Yes, it is a factor. Too many cows pooping? Yes, that adds to the pollution. Methane oozing from melting tundra? Yes, that makes things worse. So why do we fracture our rocks, contaminate our aquifers, burn more fossil fuels and expect to be able to reduce CO2?

Somebody is crazy and it is not me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:44am

Of course fracking contaminates groundwater. That is what fracturing means, fracture the rocks so liquids flow more easily. What is so hard to understand about that? It is so simple. It doesn't take a degree in geology to recognize that fact!

EPA Now Won’t Finalize Its Study That Showed Fracking May Have Cont...

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:40am

This heart-wrenching message speaks so loudly about what is wrong with this crazy war, and the only thing that has changed is Daniel Somers is free of pain created by our government. Twenty two soldiers a day commit suicide. What if that many had stood up and refused to do the things demanded of them? That would be over 8,000 soldiers a year resisting orders. How long can our country continue to be a menace to our own soldiers and the people they are ordered to kill and cultures they destroy?

"I Am Sorry That It Has Come to This": A Soldier's Last Words

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:33am

Gender roles? Broverman, Broverman, Clarkson, Rosencrantz and Vogel, and many other researchers found in the 1970s that mental health professionals who interacted with men and women in emotional difficulty were biased toward traditional sex-role stereotypes and provided treatment that maintained and perpetuated the distress. Those stereotypes were based on religious teachings and were the cause of the distress.

Stereotypical sex-roles were definition as a mentally healthy    
male was independent, active, dominant;

A mentally healthy female was defined as dependent, passive and subordinate. 

A mentally healthy adult, sex unspecified was defined as independent, active, and dominant. 

These sex-roles do not lead to flourishing of the individual and thus create stress, anxiety, depression, and anger.  


How are sex-roles working for you?

Sex-role stereotypes and clinical judgments of mental health.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 1:19am

I know, it sounds crazy, but something happens to people when they win elections, they think they can replace medical professionals and require women to submit to their wisdom. Strange how political attainment doesn't have anything to do with good decision making processes in women's health care.

 
 
 

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