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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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The Corporate Power Deadlock and Anthropogenic Climate Disruption

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Will Denayer's article thrusts us into startling clarity, by summing up our climate/economic/political situation.How climate change…Continue

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Pew: Nonbelievers Make Up Largest "Religious" Bloc (Washington Post)

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I have a theory

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Jul 16. 1 Reply

I have a theory and I have had it for a long time. It started when I realized that religion was nothing more than myths and fables turned into sacraments and scriptures, that they were created by human beings, and they did not tell the truth. From…Continue

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Comment by tom sarbeck on March 27, 2013 at 3:10pm

Ever since I read of Sapolsky's finding that the aggressive monkeys' greed had resulted in their poisoning themselves, I've wondered if we humans can get rid ourselves of the most aggressive among us.

I've seen democracy to work, but it requires larger-than-normal numbers of us to cooperate.

Thanks for the google search info.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 10:01am

Tom, Robert Sapolsky is brilliant. There are may videos and articles on the internet by him and about him. 

Here is a Google search 

https://www.google.com/search?q=Robert+Sapolsky&aq=f&oq=Rob...

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 27, 2013 at 4:36am

Yes, Joan, I recalled only that his name began with "S".

Do you know anything of his work?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 27, 2013 at 1:07am

Tom, when you mentioned a Stanford professor with long hair and with a troop of monkeys, causes me to think immediately of Robert Sapolsky, Stanford neuroscientist. Could this be the fellow? 

Robert Sapolsky, Stanford neuroscientist 

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 22, 2013 at 2:07am

Lies and class won't go away; too many people find them useful.

Nor will truth and fairness go away; too many people find them useful.

The struggle continues. (In my not-at-all humble opinion.)

There is hope but it requires unlikely circumstances.

There was a troop of vertebrates (maybe chimps) a Stanford professor (whose name I don't recall) studied for 15-20 years.

He reported that a few dominant males pigged out on every stash of food they found. Their hunger sated, they left the remaining food to the less dominant males and the rest of the troop.

One day a stash of food was found that was contaminated. The dominant males, as usual, pigged out...and died.

The troop became more cooperative and shared food they found.

This isn't a socialist fairy tale set in the jungle.

The Stanford professor told the story in a Teaching Company course. I saw him on TV once and all I remember about him is that he probably hadn't had his hair cut in years.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2013 at 7:21pm

If "Lies, and class, serve too many purposes" then truth and fairness serve too few purposes? 

I wonder if good, solid, evidence based education would change anything?

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 21, 2013 at 7:22am

Good luck to folk who act on Jean Paul Sartre's words (about eradicating class).

Lies, and class, serve too many purposes.

For instance, people use lies to get them some time they need.

Maybe, if I read Sartre's Dirty Hands, I'll see his context and opine differently.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 21, 2013 at 2:11am

Christopher Weyant on Republican strategy:

'March Madness' election strategy 'tournament bracket', Republican side filled with 'old white men', Democrats' side with 'Latinos', 'women', 'gays', 'youth', 'minorities', 'Asians', 'Blacks', 'diversity', 'moderates', etc.; two Republican elephant-men read headline: 'PRIEBUS: GOP WEAK MESSAGE NEEDS DIVERSITY'; one comments, 'I still think it just needs a few more OLD WHITE GUYS...'

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 19, 2013 at 2:58pm

"I was not the one to invent lies: they were created in a society divided by class and each of us inherited lies when we were born. It is not by refusing to lie that we will abolish lies: it is by eradicating class by any means necessary."

~ Jean Paul Sartre, Dirty Hands: act 5, scene 3. 1963
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 2, 2013 at 1:09pm
Myths prevail! Facts: Temporary jobs, dirty oil, more CO2 if burned, probable leaks, Canadian don't want pipeline on their lands, game over for climate, and cost of clean-up very high.
Van Jones Reacts to Keystone XL Report
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAsr9d1kGZU&feature=youtu.be
 
 
 

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