This was an amazing discussion and an opportunity to talk about an area that I don't get to talk about much - the trans community and problems and issues related to shame that creates such a hostile environment for those with a non-binary view of themselves and the world. This discussion may not sound relevant to you, but the issues are not unique to trans people. They pervade our culture and are a direct result of religious influence. My…Continue
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Originally written for Society of Epicurus, the following piece delves into the relationship between architecture and ideology, experience, identity and worldview. It also evaluates the Epicurean model of the Garden as a place of human flourishing. Epicurus' philosophical (hedonistic) schools were known as 'Gardens' and were oases of reason, serenity and pleasure.
Notice, on the other hand and by way of contrast, how Stoicism derives its name from the stoas, the places that face the…Continue
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I've just finished up on the latest installment of my "Religious Wrong" series on "Grumbles From an Old Grouch" [http://grumblesfromanoldgrouch.com/the-religious-wrong-pt-3/]
This episode begins the coverage of the 19th century and mostly deals with "The 2nd Great Awakening" and its effects on today. A lot of "what is" is because of "what was". I tossed in a few Utopias, a riot or two, a few snarks here…Continue
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How Islam spreads
Here is an interesting reader post on Times of India
Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges.
When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious…Continue
The Pathfinders Project team are currently serving at KHPS where they are volunteering to teach children subjects Mathematics, English, Science, Computer skills and Humanist values. An article about them appeared on the Friendly Atheist Blog . Read out the article on the link…Continue
In the current era: Intelligence Quotient or IQ is no longer considered as a measure of Intelligence.
IQ is hereditary and an Indoctrinated high IQ individual religious devotee, can be just as hooked and Irrational as any normal to low IQ devotee.
The difference is that high IQ devotees can be more clever in creating their Apologies (Porkies) for their belief system. Thomas Aquinas is an excellent example here, very high IQ, very indoctrinated into…Continue
I just finished up my "Mormonism: The Big Con (pt: 1)" post on "Grumbles From an Old Grouch" grumblesfromanoldgrouch.com
This 1st post covers Joseph Smith from birth to finishing the "translation" of the Book of Mormon.
Check it out and you'll find out a lot of things they forgot to tell me back in my 4 years of Mormon church seminary.
Things like Joe getting busted for fraud before he even started "translating" the BoM. (Btw, he "translated" it by staring into…
As a sociologist, I can not rely on naturalism or materialism (especially methodological naturalism).
The study of social life would be impossible from any of those positions.
Thus it is important to understand the epistemological and ontological basis of all worldviews, even if they do not lead to truth. It is enough that people believe them to be true (because sociology is not about truth, but about how people make sense of the world.
Having said that:…
Having recently spent quite a bit of time looking closely at the doctrines of a wide range of religions, I have come to the conclusion that most follow the same pattern:
1. An authority figure makes a claim that the individual is in some way flawed or dependent on a supernatural entity;
2. The authority figure make the claim that only they have special access to that supernatural entity;
3. The individual is thus convinced they are incomplete without the authority…
"...if not for the women of this church, it would be poorer. So we acknowledge the role of these women who serve us with enthusiasm.” Different man in many layers
Again I let go of my skepticism about gods and let the power of the ritual of the Catholic Mass surround me.
I meet a skinny man who had been going to this church since 1961. Not this exact building, but the same precinct. The building in which we chat now has been a school chapel, a school house and…Continue
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I have to say I profoundly disagree with this piece, but it's worth a read. And he gets it wrong when he claims the pope is not homophobic: he carried out an anti gay campaign in Argentina, which recently was the first country in Latin America to approve gay marriage, but these things are swept under the rug when other more pressing issues come to…Continue
I Read “Out of America " when it was published several years ago, but I felt it was time to bring it out of the closet with the human rights problems currently going on around the world to show that this phase is nothing new and represents a part of Africa most African-Americans know nothing about or try hard to…Continue
I went to a local atheist meetup group for awhile. I didn't have a good time there, partly because there was a dogmatic pathologist there who gave me grief with his derogatory comments.
I was chronically somewhat sick and I didn't know why, and I spent a lot of time online trying to figure out how to make myself better.
This pathologist basically informed me that I was foolish to try to understand or solve my own medical problems, since I don't have medical…Continue