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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 Dec 20. 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 March 28, 2013 at 9:40pm

The 12th Anniversary of American Cowardice What You Don’t Know Can ...

"It’s true that, last week, few in Congress cared to discuss, no less memorialize, the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.  Nonetheless, two anniversaries of American disasters and crimes abroad -- the “mission accomplished” debacle of 2003 and the 45th anniversary of the My Lai massacre -- were at least noted in passing in our world.  In my hometown paper, the New York Times, the Iraq anniversary was memorialized with a lead op-ed by a former advisor to General David Petraeus who, amid the rubble, went in search of all-American “silver linings.”

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~ Tom Engelhardt, March 28, 2013

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 9:27pm

"If my soldiers were to begin to  think, not one would remain in the ranks"

~ Frederick The  Great

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 7:57pm

Tom, one thing I have learned is that bullies were bullies because all society thought it was OK for men to bully women and children, and women to bully children, and children to bully other children. If enough people can stand and face the fear of bullying things change, or if people can find ways to evict bullies from their lives, things get better. It is a very lonely thing if bullying is tolerated and met with silence. One standing alone is dangerous. Joining with others and persuading others to reject the bully, change can occur. 

Bullying in families, schools and society can be brought down with awareness and then courage to confront it. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on March 27, 2013 at 3:10pm

Ever since I read of Sapolsky's finding that the aggressive monkeys' greed had resulted in their poisoning themselves, I've wondered if we humans can get rid ourselves of the most aggressive among us.

I've seen democracy to work, but it requires larger-than-normal numbers of us to cooperate.

Thanks for the google search info.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 10:01am

Tom, Robert Sapolsky is brilliant. There are may videos and articles on the internet by him and about him. 

Here is a Google search 

https://www.google.com/search?q=Robert+Sapolsky&aq=f&oq=Rob...

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on March 27, 2013 at 4:36am

Yes, Joan, I recalled only that his name began with "S".

Do you know anything of his work?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 1:07am

Tom, when you mentioned a Stanford professor with long hair and with a troop of monkeys, causes me to think immediately of Robert Sapolsky, Stanford neuroscientist. Could this be the fellow? 

Robert Sapolsky, Stanford neuroscientist 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on March 22, 2013 at 2:07am

Lies and class won't go away; too many people find them useful.

Nor will truth and fairness go away; too many people find them useful.

The struggle continues. (In my not-at-all humble opinion.)

There is hope but it requires unlikely circumstances.

There was a troop of vertebrates (maybe chimps) a Stanford professor (whose name I don't recall) studied for 15-20 years.

He reported that a few dominant males pigged out on every stash of food they found. Their hunger sated, they left the remaining food to the less dominant males and the rest of the troop.

One day a stash of food was found that was contaminated. The dominant males, as usual, pigged out...and died.

The troop became more cooperative and shared food they found.

This isn't a socialist fairy tale set in the jungle.

The Stanford professor told the story in a Teaching Company course. I saw him on TV once and all I remember about him is that he probably hadn't had his hair cut in years.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2013 at 7:21pm

If "Lies, and class, serve too many purposes" then truth and fairness serve too few purposes? 

I wonder if good, solid, evidence based education would change anything?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on March 21, 2013 at 7:22am

Good luck to folk who act on Jean Paul Sartre's words (about eradicating class).

Lies, and class, serve too many purposes.

For instance, people use lies to get them some time they need.

Maybe, if I read Sartre's Dirty Hands, I'll see his context and opine differently.

 
 
 

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