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 half black kids. We were covering the chapter on Abnormal…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
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
"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
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,…
What do collateral damage, friendly fire, special rendition and disposition matrix have in common? They are euphemisms for distasteful operations done by the military. For instance, collateral damage refers to civilians killed in a…Continue
Don’t Christians ever wonder why the Apostles struggled so long in recognizing Jesus as God? Hmmm. In Mark, Matthew, and Luke, they never do. They keep falling down, saying things like, “Jeez, we’re gonna get caught!” or “How in the world did you do that, man?”
Either they were the dumbest people on the planet at the time, or they were really good…Continue
Thousands of years ago — in times we are fond of calling ‘primitive’ (since this renders us ‘modern’ without having to exert ourselves further to earn this qualification) — religion and medicine were united in an undifferentiated enterprise; and both were closely allied with government and politics — all being concerned with maintaining the integrity of the community and of the individuals who were its members. How did ancient societies and their priest-physicians protect people from…Continue
My name is Vincent and I'm an artist, part time rationalist, and a believer in Dan Dennett's idea that secularists have a responsibility to create communities and institutions that provide the things that religion religion provides. In the face of the real possibility that religion as it exists is, as Sam Harris would say "incompatible with a global civilization," I can imagine few projects and possibilities more urgently in need of exploration than this as the fit between bronze age ideas…Continue
“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade…
On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue, photographers will snap us
And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure…”
“They tried to nail him down, but he got away.”
Marquee outside church in Massachusetts
Well, it’s that day again, and our Greek Orthodox friends, as well as our Roman…Continue