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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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Will the next generation rewin only lost freedoms or will they win some new freedoms?

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Saturday. 2 Replies

A friend recently wrote me a thought-provoking discussion: ”Decades ago I read that each generation has to win its freedoms. May I, without being charged with donning rose-tinted glasses, ask if America’s next generation will rewin only lost…Continue

Tags: in, prayers, mandated, voters, rights

Suckers for Civility (Steve Shives)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 9. 9 Replies

Anyone here remember that funky old movie with Patrick Swayze, "Road House?" Swayze plays the cooler at a gin joint whose clientele are barely civilized, and he's tasked with bringing the place under control.  There's that one scene where he's…Continue

Tags: Steve Shives, civility, Road House, Donald Trump

A Humanist Statement on Separating Families at the US Border

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Jun 22. 5 Replies

Washington, D.C., June 22, 2018)—The Board of Directors of the American Humanist Association has issued the following statement:The American Humanist Association condemns in the…Continue

Tags: Trump, Donald, immigration, American Humanist

Reps. Huffman, Raskin, McNerney, & Kildee Launch Congressional Freethought Caucus (Congressman Jared Huffman)

Started by Loren Miller May 7. 0 Replies

Washington, D.C.- Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) announced the launch of the Congressional Freethought Caucus to promote sound public policy based on reason, science, and moral…Continue

Tags: Congress, atheism, Congressional Freethought Caucus

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Comment by Grinning Cat on June 28, 2018 at 11:11am

Young man in front of a 'Join the Army' table, thinking 'America's under attack. Gotta sign up...' He walks past and signs up at the next table, revealed to be 'Register to Vote'.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2018 at 2:58am

What are our realities? 

Exponential population growth of Homo sapiens; 

Change of global climate with rising sea levels; 

Loss of sea ice;

Accelerated sea level rise;

Longer and more intense heat waves;

Displaced people from coastal areas creating refugees; 

Change in USDA Growing Zones; 

Shifted plant and animal ranges;

Trees flower earlier;

More frequent wildfires;

Drought for longer periods in some regions;

Increase in rainfall in some areas; 

Increase in the number, duration, and intensity of tropical storms.

Yes, changes occur beyond our ability to control. We feel helpless and hopeless. Given these grim realities, is it possible to live a healthy, full-of-wonder, peaceful life?

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2018 at 1:02am

Grinning Cat, great cartoon! 

Patricia, serious response!

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 28, 2018 at 12:56am

I first saw this film in 1979 while studying for my master's degree. The experiment had as its subjects young, eager college students who were randomly assigned a role of either a guard or a prisoner. The results were shocking, not only to me but to even mental health professionals. What would you do if you participated in an experiment that assigned you a role? 

How do you respond in situations where you face situations of obedience to authority? 

Comment by Patricia on June 26, 2018 at 5:32pm

Or waiting for gawd to extinguish it.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 26, 2018 at 4:25pm

From comments over at Joe.My.God.:

(text over Donald Trump's face) A Trump supporter told me that he just wanted us to 'Give Trump a chance.' I told him that is like seeing a curtain catch fire in your home and thinking: 'No. Wait. Hold on a second. Let's see where this is going.'

Comment by Loren Miller on June 25, 2018 at 8:34pm

It's the same old deal, Bertold: you can say anything you want to say with the bible ... which means it's as good as saying nothing at all.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 25, 2018 at 8:13pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 23, 2018 at 4:04pm

Primatologist Frans de Waal ”explores the privileges and costs of power of the ‘alpha male’ while drawing surprising parallels between how humans and primates choose their leaders.”

De Waal’s research reveals the ”unexpected capacities of alpha males — generosity, empathy, even peacekeeping — and sheds light on the power struggles of human politicians.” 

"Someone who is big and strong and intimidates and insults everyone is not necessarily an alpha male," he is a bully.

~ Frans de Waal, primatologist

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 23, 2018 at 3:06pm

Another interesting aspect of this shock experiment on rats is that the same process was performed on dogs, cats, birds, fish, octopi, and all sentient creatures responded the same way, they began to fight each other! Humans, even though our brain cavity has grown, our understanding of the cause of the pain has not advanced beyond that of the rat. The good news is, Homo sapiens have the capacity to move beyond others of the animal kingdom; we have the ability to STOP, THINK, PLACE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PAIN IN THE CORRECT PLACE, AND TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE REAL CAUSE. 

 
 
 

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