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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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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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America - A Second-amendment Death Cult?

Started by Bertold Brautigan. Last reply by tom sarbeck yesterday. 13 Replies

This is a column by the Rude Pundit, in which he compares the NRA to Aztec high priests demanding death sacrifices.His conclusion:If we…Continue

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Biblical Family Values (AronRa)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Jul 13. 7 Replies

One of the most absurd and self-contradictory phrases out in the ether these days is that of "Family Values," usually thrown about by christians who challenge those who would attempt to make changes to usages and practices which they feel were…Continue

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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
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 1, 2013 at 2:53pm

Women make abortion decision based on many factors, economic, political, religious, and others. Taking her right of choice away from her is to turn her into property to be managed by others. 

Thanks booklover

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 28, 2013 at 2:38pm
Siberian Caves Reveal Advancing Permafrost Thaw
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=siberian-caves-rev...
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 27, 2013 at 4:36pm
 
 
 

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