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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 3. 2 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

CBS News Treats Uri Geller as Actual ESP Talent?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Aug 25. 1 Reply

CBS Sunday Morning is beginning to piss me off.  This morning they presented a story on the US governments foray into…Continue

Tags: espionage, fraud, ESP, Uri Geller, Sunday Morning

Is Christianity Persecuted? (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Aug 10. 7 Replies

Okay, gang ... when is the last time you saw Seth Andrews do an animated video on his YouTube channel?  Seems like donkey's years ago, don't it?  Well, apparently Jeff Sessions and his "religious liberty task force" got Seth's nelly up enough that…Continue

Tags: religious liberty task force, Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 4. 2 Replies

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Christina Scribner on April 26, 2018 at 11:32am
Sitting at my local small town coffee shop without my headphones. Sigh. Having to listen to religious b.s. behind me. I need a jacket with the FSM on the back...
Comment by Ian Mason on April 26, 2018 at 9:24am

Have fun in the woods, Randall. Is it the mosquito season yet? Stay well covered if it is.

Joan, I remember talking to economics students during my time at university. Some were barely literate but knew all the right equations. They told me that anyone who could come up with a mathematical model of the economy that was correct 50% of the time won the Nobel prize. That means that 'our' best people are only right half the time. Political economy, the kind of things Adam Smith, Ricardo, Bentham, Marx etc discussed with words was seen as out of date.

Comment by Ian Mason on April 26, 2018 at 9:17am

There are a lot of good teachers out there but they don't get the support they need and deserve any more. Those I know have become disheartened over the last few years. At university level there are many who know their stuff but are not always good at teaching others. The important thing for them is getting published in the right journals.

Comment by Plinius on April 26, 2018 at 8:51am

The best teacher I had watched me with a pleasant sort of surprise in her face - the message was clearly; "Wow, what else can you do?" After that - I was twelve at the time - I taught myself. I always considered it a great gift that she helped me take hurdles, and I never forgot to pay it forward to my own students. At the end of this season I'm going to quit teaching, the firm I worked for is going to close and after almost 30 years of teaching it's about enough. I only keep one group in another place for now.

Comment by Loren Miller on April 26, 2018 at 8:11am

Seconded, Randall, regarding teachers.  I've had my share of great teachers over the years, even at Case Tech, where education techniques were far less valued than expertise in the specific field.

For myself, I taught maintenance and troubleshooting on the systems I worked on, and the feedback I got from my students was almost universally positive.  The thing is, I taught less out of any book (which I probably wrote anyway!) than from my own experience with those systems.  My goal was to empower those customers who attended my courses so that our communication could be better and more efficient when I couldn't travel to their sites to solve their problems.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 26, 2018 at 7:55am

Now for an FYI: I'll be gone for a week. I'm doing a Wilderness Volunteer service trip, camping and working in the Buffalo National River (park) in Arkansas.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 26, 2018 at 7:51am

Tom, I couldn't disagree more with the old saying about teachers. And I really take offense to it.

I was a science teacher. I never wanted to do anything else. My mother, grandmother, and great grandmother were teachers. I was born to teach and loved it. 

Yes, I know there are poor teachers, but from my years of association with educators, I'd say 90% were good teachers--certainly dedicated to the profession.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 26, 2018 at 1:40am

If you include teachers of economics, I agree with you. I had to unlearn much of what I learned in those courses. It becomes clear to me that citizens and politicians do not know how to develop fiscal policy in a way that benefits those who produce goods and services. The widening gap between rich and poor occurs as a result of the deliberate fiscal policies written by and for the wealthy. 

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 26, 2018 at 12:46am

Joan, I'm not so sure that fear breeds hate, unless there's something else that's either present or absent.

Around 1980, in a book on hormones I read that:

1) exposure to a danger results in the body's producing epinephrine, which energizes the body for flight, while

2) repeated exposures to that danger results in the body's producing nor-epinehrine, which energizes the body to fight.

It explained well my experience while doing some dangerous politics, but much has been learned in neuroscience since 1980 and that relationship may now be less certain.

Is there a hormone, or a region in the brain, that's associated with responses such as hatred?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on April 26, 2018 at 12:09am

Regarding the last resorts of those who can't do anything else, while in college I heard the following:

Those who can, do.

Those who can't, teach.

Those who can't teach, teach teachers.

 

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