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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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Atheists: In godlessness we trust (CBS News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Sunday. 4 Replies

A Sunday morning in church is not in the cards for those who say they're "beyond belief" -- beyond belief in the God of Scripture, anyway. And for some, the abandonment of their faith wasn't easy. Our Cover Story now from Mo Rocca:Visit Jackson,…Continue

Tags: CBS, atheism, Sunday Morning, Openly Secular, CBS News

Worker's Compensation Disappearing Fast

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Thursday. 3 Replies

Employers who kill their employees on the job used to at least have to pay into Worker's Comp, which would pay some small compensation to families and for the funeral. Not anymore.…Continue

Tags: corporate depraved indifference, Workman's Compensation

Richard Dawkins - Intelligence Squared debate: "Atheism is the New Fundamentalism."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Alan Perlman on Thursday. 4 Replies

We've all heard the argument: "Atheism is just another religion," "Atheists are strident / angry / whatever," "Atheism is just another form of fundamentalism," and doubtless you are as sick of these vacuous assertions as I am.  Allow me, then, to…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Intelligence Squared, debate, fundamentalism, atheism

Violence in Defense of Christian Privilege - Ed Brayton - Reasonfest 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Apr 11. 3 Replies

One of the first things I wrote as a member of Atheist Nexus was a blog entry I called Easy Rider Redux, wherein I mused about the possibility of the…Continue

Tags: Jessica Ahlquist, christians, Reasonfest, violence, Ed Brayton

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2012 at 10:46pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Intelligent Design

Are we seeing a trend? First Bill Nye, now Tyson.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2012 at 10:39pm

Buffoon Award Winner — The Intelligent Designer

1.  Teeth are troublesome, they decay, they don’t replace themselves, and there are too many of them for the size of our jaws.

2.  spines seem to cause trouble for half of humanity.

3.  hearts are inadequate, 

4.  knees cause trouble, 

5.  eyes go bad, and even when our vision is “good” we’re blind to most of the spectrum. Were we able to see infra-red radiation we’d be much better equipped for night vision. Ultra violet vision might have informed us about the universe long before we had to fashion instruments to augment our senses.

6.  sensory equipment is inadequate compared to “lower” animals. that have far superior senses of taste, smell, and hearing.

7.  control system for the disposal of solid waste defective.

8.  lost limbs or organs cannot be regenerate.

9.  In human males, the urethra passes through the prostate gland that is very prone to infection and subsequent enlargement.

10. intake for air, water, and food all goes through our throat, one all-purpose intake orifice, making choking a high probability. 

11. output system for waste water is entwined with our reproductive system. Our system for the output of waste product (urine) and our system for the output of real products (reproduction) are scrambled together. They use the same duct-work.

Even a dog food factory would be better designed than we are. If we were designed, that is.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 22, 2012 at 10:12pm

Denial and delusion: beliefs that involve denial of reality and delusions of some magic or mystical power will come and rescue us from our faulty thinking. Our bodies give us clues if we are victims of such coping strategies. When we deny our reality, our bodies give off symptom such as headaches, upset digestive systems, depression, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Denial becomes compounded when delusions take the place of effective and efficient action. We may wish or hope or dream or wait and if these work, the physical symptoms go away. If they don't go away, search for something else to try. Of course there may be something physical that is not yet diagnosed, so that is a good place to start. Faulty thinking, such as trying to survive in a high conflict, or unhealthy situation, or a situation over which you have no control creates internal stress and our bodies send out signals in the form of pain, anger, fear, guilt, shame and avoids seeing what is really happening.  

Comment by Steph S. on September 22, 2012 at 12:54am
Hey Joan! I got behind on the posts here - lots to read so I better get started. Thanks for all the links to the articles.
Comment by Plinius on September 22, 2012 at 12:39am

Poor child!, But this one escaped!

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2012 at 10:46pm

Sins of a "Good Mormon Boy"

How many times have I heard stories from men and women whose minds were bound by traditions that not only brought on depression and thoughts of suicide, but also were sick. Denial of one's own body and its processes is the easiest way to create a neurotic adult. It is almost like making a chocolate cake, follow the recipe and you get a chocolate cake, and a neurotic adult. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 21, 2012 at 10:25pm

Shocking Report Explodes 5 Myths About American Education

http://www.alternet.org/education/shocking-report-explodes-5-myths-...

Myth #1: Our educational system provides more upward mobility than any other in the world.

Fact: "Of the 28 countries listed, USA is third from the bottom."

 

Myth #2: Our teachers (protected by their greedy unions) work less and get paid more.

Fact: "Teachers in the USA spend between 1050 and 1100 hours a year teaching, much more than in almost every country. Of the 38 countries surveyed Argentina and Chile had teachers who worked more hours. Hours worked per years by our primary school teachers, USA are number one!"

 

Myth #3: Big government (via our tax dollars) funds higher education.

Fact: “In the USA 38 percent of higher education expenditures come from public sources, and 62 percent are from private sources. Across all OECD countries, 70 percent of expenditures on higher education come from public sources, and 30 percent are from private sources.”

 

Myth #4: We provide excellent early childhood education

Fact: “On average across OECD countries, 84 percent of pupils in early childhood education attend programmes in public schools or government-dependent private institutions, while in the USA, 55 percent of early childhood pupils attend programmes in public schools, and 45 percent attend independent private programmes. In the USA, the typical starting age for early childhood education is 4 years old, while in 21 other OECD countries, it is 3 years old or younger.”

 

Myth #5: We have the highest percentage of college grads in the world.

Fact: “The USA ranks 14th in the world in the percentage of 25-34 year-olds with higher education (42 percent).”

 

“during the post-WWII era the United States invested in its people. The GI Bill of Rights provided free higher education to more than 3 million returning GIs. Enormous investments in education helped us catch up with Sputnik and win the race to the moon. The super-rich faced high tax rates so that we could pay for education, a national highway system, and the defense budget. Unions were supported by the federal government and moved wages up across the board. And the burgeoning civil rights movement began to bring the promise of America to African Americans. The middle class was rising. We went to school. And we created the fairest income distribution in our history.”

 

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.

 
 
 

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