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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 Joan Denoo 20 hours ago. 9 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 September 21, 2012 at 11:40am

Chris Martenson's presentation at the Gold & Silver Meeting in ..., recorded on November 16, 2011, at the Gold & Silver Meeting in Madrid.

Author of 'The Crash Course' explains the coming 20 years look completely different than the last 20 years. He focuses on three "Es": Economy, Energy and Environment. It is no longer possible to view any one of those topics separately from one another. He later adds Exponential growth.

All our money is loaned onto existence, our economy has to grow exponentially. He proves this point empirically by showing a 99.9% fit of the actual growth curve of the last 40 years to an exponential curve. By continually increasing our debt relative to GDP we are making the assumption that our future will always be wealthier than our past; this assumption is flawed and the debt loads are already unmanageable.

Our economy is based on exponential growth. He illustrates how unimaginably fast things speed up towards the end of an exponential curve. Due to natural limitations on resources, Martenson concludes we face a serious energy crisis.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2012 at 1:54am

Clifford Stoll: 18 minutes with an agile mind

Sometimes politicians sound as goofy as this character; sometimes economists talk a lot of gibberish; sometimes religious people make no sense at all; "All truth is one. In this light, may science and religion endeavor here for the steady evolution of mankind, from darkness to light, from narrowness to broad-mindedness, from prejudice to tolerance. It is the voice of life, which calls us to come and learn."

All truth is one.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 21, 2012 at 1:09am

I had to laugh.  I mean I know he was trying to pander to Hispanic voters, but it reminded me of something from my short career on ice.

One of the principal men always used makeup that was a ghastly shade of almost-red. (Stage makeup comes in 20 or more shades, from Clown White to Blackface) I was standing near him backstage one night when one of the chorus boys came right out and asked him what color makeup he used.  He said, in a very snotty voice, "Sh*t Brindle!"  I had to stuff my hand in my mouth to keep from hooting.

That's the first thing that came to mind when I saw that photo of Romney the Red.

Comment by Daniel W on September 20, 2012 at 9:47pm

Re:  "Orange Mittens".  What a creepy shade of orange!  Several sites did note, they thought this was either an inept attempt to pander to Hispanics, or he caught the Snooki virus.  It's really strange!  I'll be interested in what he does to pander to other ethnic groups.....

Comment by sk8eycat on September 20, 2012 at 9:29pm

Joan, that's a fun web site!  Thanks for posting that!  And the link.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2012 at 5:57pm

Epilepsy and the origins of monotheism

"There has long been a recognized association between monotheism and the desert’s all-powerful sun, as there is between polytheism and the lush diversity of sun-shaded forests. And it seems that epilepsy is another component of the development and spread of the idea of the One God.

"If only they’d had shades in those days, think how much grief we could have avoided!"
~ Robin Helweg-Larsen

Comment by sk8eycat on September 20, 2012 at 3:01pm
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2012 at 1:09pm

Plundering-class criminals

"Romney's ruling class contempt for his economic inferiors views us as a clutch of parasitic layabouts.

"Obama's policies manifested Romney’s privileged class view of the world when he "bailed out the true parasites of the present order, and has all but turned his back on the so-called 47 percent." 
~ Phil Rockstroh

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2012 at 12:59pm

Origins - Moving Art™

Over eons of time, birthed from deep sea waters, evolved into splendid diversity, we enjoy the gifts of participating in many wonders of what time and space does in its natural flow of life and living. Each day creates a new opportunity to
use all our senses to soak in the universe, full of wonder. Sitting in my garden with all the wildlife scampering and flittering around me, I feel profound gratitude to be alive and a part of all of this.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 20, 2012 at 12:55pm

Louie Schwartzberg at Bioneers Conference 2011 - Moving Art™ -

Determination: Watching salmon struggling to master falling water to get to its spawning gravels, the tiny seeds sprouting to become massive trees, slime mold growing betwen cracks and over rocks, wood and vegetation, all attest to the determination to live and become part of this magnificent universe. 


Evolution: Knowing life, evolving from single cell organisms into vast varieties we know today, creating life as we know it. 

Vision: Understanding human beings, developing into bodies and minds for good and ill, have the capacity to protect and care for our planet, or to destroy life as we know it.
 
 
 

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