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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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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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New New Atheism?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 11 Replies

Chris Hall published an interesting essay in Alternet, picked up by Raw Story:Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris are old news — a totally different Atheism is on the riseCHRIS HALL, ALTERNET25 MAY 2016 AT 00:18 ET…Continue

Tags: Social, Justice, Atheism, New, Hitchens

An Extraordinary Discussion with Ibrahim Al-Buleihi

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Wednesday. 2 Replies

I sometimes amaze myself with the discoveries I make in my wanderings about the internet, especially YouTube.  I just came upon the following video, which is a conversation between two Arabs, one of them being Ibrahim Al-Buleihi, a liberal writer…Continue

Tags: progress, Islam, East, West, Arab

Real (inflation-adjusted) market performance & all recessions since 1871 defined by National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 4. 1 Reply

Just look at how unstable our economy is and has been the past 145 years! Yes, there are fewer recessions now than 100 or even 50 years ago. The people harmed by these fluctuations are people who work for a living. Their earning power and consumer…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 19, 2013 at 5:40pm

OK, all gloves off! I am embarked on an adventure of great importance to me and I hope to others. The non-believing groups, and there are many,  each with a different and important messages, provide a lifesaver way of thinking that empowers and enriches people's lives. We are not the devil, and we need to realize that, not just wish and dream and silently hide in closets hoping no one will see us. We live out in the fresh air and sunlight, enjoying being alive and joining with others in celebration of freedom and shared responsibility to create a better, safer, more stable and secure Earth. 

We stand with pride, self-respect, courage and determination to be who we are and get on with life. 

Join us if you want, peek in if you are afraid, or turn your back on our experiences and maintain and perpetuate the status quo. 

Just look at the evidence: USA, a war-mongering nation wanting to make the whole Earth a slave, including all humans, all flora and fauna, and all minerals and other elements.  

According to Ask, "Approximately, 34 major wars and conflicts are being fought today, causing a number of deaths, leaving many homeless and causing people to escape from their countries and seek refuge in other countries. These conflicts include: the Afghan civil war, Somali civil war, Iraq war, war in North West Pakistan, Arab-Israeli conflict, conflict in the Niger Delta, Côte d'Ivoire crisis, etc."

We exist as a community of many varied histories, we doubt and question, experiment and explore, fail and pick ourselves up again to try new ways of thinking. The old ways get us unto the most awful, terrible troubles.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 18, 2013 at 3:55pm

Hate is hate, even if wrapped in religious rhetoric.

Nurse Emily Lyons, Victim of a 1998 Abortion Clinic Bombing, Speaks...


Silence in the face of bigotry, implies agreement 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 22, 2013 at 7:57pm

Tea Party Logic

With the courage to shut down the government ...

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2013 at 12:41pm

Loren, I very much like your addition of Consequentialism. That is an important part of problem solving: look at the consequences of the action before making a decision about its value. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 17, 2013 at 10:06am

Thanks, Joan and Loren!

Last month Kacie Tsao told us about the Flash game "Socrates Jones: Pro Philosopher", where you, playing an accountant, have to try to rescue yourself and your daughter by rebutting many flawed arguments about the sources of morality.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 17, 2013 at 8:21am

And one more, Joan: Consequentialism.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 16, 2013 at 10:02pm

Here are some links to information about soures of morality 

Major Moral Theories

(1) Utilitarianism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_utilitarianism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act_utilitarianism

(2) Kantianism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kantianism

(3) Social Contract Theory

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_contract

(4) Virtue Ethics

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ethics-virtue/

(5) Care Ethics/Ethics of Care/Feminist Ethics (Esp. Carol Gilligan)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethics_of_care 

(6) One Concern: Moral Relativism - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_relativism

Thanks:

Jonathan Figdor

 16 October 17:33

AHA!@Stanford: Sources of Morality Discussion

Comment by Daniel W on October 15, 2013 at 7:51pm
I think just about the only people who are not disgusted by the behavior of those politicians, is the peope who voted them into office. Narcissistic backward foolish selfish bullying arrogant asses.
Comment by Grinning Cat on October 15, 2013 at 7:15pm

Apropos "This Baby Bargains Like the Tea Party":

jaredbrain commented on the HuffPost page:

When I was a kid I would always get in trouble when my mom baked cookies. There'd be this big sheet of hot delicious fresh from the oven, and I would be given one or two. But I wanted ALL the cookies, and if I couldn't have them all then I didn't want any! Cue me kicking and screaming and flailing around like a spoiled self interested brat.

I had no idea at the time, but apparently I was coming up with the GOP's legislative strategy. If they can't have their way then they don't want any stupid gov't cookies anyway!

[And they want to take away the cookies AND sandwiches and broccoli etc. from the rest of us!]

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/baby-bargains-like-the-tea...

Comment by Grinning Cat on October 15, 2013 at 3:11pm

I do have some humor to pass along, about the current insanity in the U.S. Congress:

This Baby Bargains Like the Tea Party (video by CollegeHumor, via HuffPost. I'm not getting the embed to work.)

"OK, kiddo, eat your peas."

"I don't want my peas!"

"We agreed to, remember? I wanted you to eat peas and carrots, but we compromised on just peas."

"Either you throw out the peas or I burn the house down."

"Whoa! That's not a fair deal, sweetheart. You're saying either you get your way or nobody does?"

"Why are you being so unreasonable?"

"I'm not. What do you think?"

[brandishing lit match] "Trash the peas or watch this baby burn."

"OK, wait, whoa, whoa, this is your house too."

[curtains on fire] "This is your fire! You started this fire!"

"(God!) Little brat! Psycho!"

"I'm ready to negotiate when you are."

"We already did! We agreed on peas!"

"But this whole time I wanted ice cream!
Buh-bye credit cards!" [throws wallet into the fire]

"No! We need those to buy things! Please, just listen to Daddy."

"You're not my real daddy! You'll never be my real daddy!"
[steps on detonator, blows up house]

 
 
 

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