Internet is a global system that has taken communication to another level. Its periodic evolution has benefited equally consumers, businesses, and hackers. Threats to your security and privacy are found in every corner today. The following are the few important steps you should do to stay safe online.…
Life does many things to an individual. There are things we overlook most of our waking moments until something happens to shake our sense of self. For me, I’ve found it and find it nearly every day. Maybe it is because I have become more self-aware, more sensitive or, maybe, I’m just old.…
“The more you want people to have creative ideas and solve problems, the less you can afford to manage them with terror.”
Chairman, Electro Rent Corp.
“American management, in the two decades after world War II, was universally admired for its strikingly effective performance. But times change. An approach shaped and refined during stable decades may be ill suited…Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on April 29, 2014 at 4:16pm — No Comments
Kondratieff was correct when he wrote that communism, socialism and capitalism will all fail because they are designed to fail. The basic underlying principles have flaws.
Communism fails because it doesn't value creativity, encourages collectivism, doesn't value individual rights, doesn't provide incentives to work, has a militant attitude toward imperialism, reveals indifference to environment, it has a basic lack of ability to distribute commodities in a fair manner, it too easily…Continue
Freud was keen on the influence of early experiences on personality development. Recently, I explored memories of my own solitary, fantasy, play themes from…
The first college course I taught was a section on General Psychology in Charleston, SC. The demographics of my class was about half white kids and…Continue
Throughout my time as an undergraduate in college I have given various informative speeches on the benefits of a full legalization of cannabis. Note, I am not a regular user of the product, but I have tried it here and there. In my research, I have seen the benefits cannabis can provide, it is a renewable resource and it has potential for medicinal purposes. Colorado had an intake of over $14 million in revenue for cannabis in just its first month of legality with a tax collection of just…Continue
The topic is one that I didn’t think I would grapple with so much in my lifetime. Being born and raised in a family where dysfunction is the norm has its benefits. One of those benefits is being blissful in your ignorance, and if there’s one thing my family was, it was ignorant and unwilling to question the important topics in life such as God and religion…Continue
Added by Mike Mitchell on April 25, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments
David Boreanaz is one of my favorite actors. So when my wife recently discovered the TV series Bones, my interest was peaked. I was also intrigued by the concept of two leading characters with an interesting dichotomy: one is a theist and one is an atheist. Toss in some reasonably gruesome (and good) props, a dose of science, a bit of super-tech make-believe, and FBI murder drama, and you should have a pretty awesome show. In fact, it has been renewed for a 10th season. So by most…Continue
According to Christopher Hitchens, religion is the one true poison of humanity and sticking to Iron Age humbug will ensure our destruction. When you really think about it most of the men and women in charge of our country are all some kind of Christian or faith based denomination, yet we are steering the course for progress in the opposite direction. We need more logic based men and women in congress, in the courthouses, in the schools, and in the white house.
So lets see if I can come up with a conception of God that will irritate the hell out of everyone. OK. Assuming God exists what do I think It/Him/She/They is/are? I think that God is the 99%. By that I mean the 99% of you that is actually running your body and mind right up from creating new red blood cells to most of your "higher" brain functions. Another way to think of it is whenever you refer to yourself as "I" you are referring to less than 1% of the total of what "you" actually are.…Continue
Review of Christopher Boehm, Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame (Basic Books, 2012)
Humanism asserts that human beings are naturally capable of caring about others and taking action to help others, even those who are not like themselves. One only has to notice the worldwide response after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines to be convinced of the truth of that assertion. But despite humanists’ celebration of Charles Darwin…Continue
This is an interesting point. I was raised Roman Catholic and went to Catholic schools right up until college. Religion is a community builder, I'll give it that. We knew who we were, why we were, and where we were and there was no questioning any of these things. I think that is a good place to start for way more children than not given the gargantuan uncertainties built into the world of even the most secure child. My sense of it is that…
Added by Vincent on April 23, 2014 at 1:21pm — No Comments
Last night, I had a vivid dream. It was an emotional dream, and I could feel the effects of the dream when I woke up in the morning. My dream was about the attractiveness, the longing even, to believe in God. It is an incredibly emotional response, and something I know to be the result of so many years of indoctrination that my mind and body still react to.
In my dream, I was attending a funeral for someone — I’m not sure who — and my friends and family were surrounding me at the…Continue
"An elderly Missouri man dialed 911 and asked for an ambulance to come and help his ailing wife. Instead, the police showed up, threw him to the ground, sat on his head and handcuffed him.
He later received…Continue
Note the following in the online Huffington Post:
My friends and I have a Teamspeak 3 Voice Server. I'm usually there if you would like to talk rather than type.We have an atheist/secularist channel called Freethinkers and Philosophers.
Typing sucks. Email me an essay if you want to type and I'll type you a reply. But I want to hear your voice.
If you don't have the software here is where to download it. It is simple to use. And I mean its simple enough so that I have no problem and that's…Continue
Added by Vincent on April 22, 2014 at 6:58am — No Comments
Hello everyone. I'm an artist and writer and someone who is interested in community. I've been listening to a lot of Dan Dennett on youtube and find his argument that if secularists want to end the more harmful excesses of religion we have to provide institutions that do the things that religion is good at.
My view of religion is that God created me to not believe in Him, and in my conversations with Him,…
I find it amazing that so many people are content in their lives having accepted certain things as true and refusing to re-examine their beliefs out of pride or stubbornness. It has been my experience that, at some point, many people simply stop questioning the things they have come to accept as fact/truth. I would argue that this is where engaging in philosophical discussions becomes most important of all. It either solidifies the truth, rationality, and reason of important matters, or…Continue
Added by Mike Mitchell on April 21, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments