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Anti-Spiritual. Do Atheists Exist? A new “godless” church makes you wonder.

Do Atheists Exist?

For people who like church except for the parts about God, a British couple have bodied forth a new denomination that cheerfully excludes him, raising the volume on the question “What is atheism?” Several decibels overnight. The Sunday Assembly, a “godless congregation” founded in East London last January by standup comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, now boasts affiliates in Brighton, Bristol, Oxford, Canberra, Melbourne, New York, and Portland, Ore. On September 21, it announced a “global missionary tour”: This past fall, interested individuals in 22 cities across the Anglosphere held Sunday Assembly meet-ups.

Mindfulness is the Essential Psychology of the Star Wars Universe — Brain Knows Better. To understand the dark side of The Force, we need to get back to the Skywalkers.

Mindfulness is the Essential Psychology of the Star Wars Universe — Brain Knows Better

Both Anakin and Luke go through similar experiences. They’re raised away from their parents, are blocked from doing the things they want to do, experience traumatic events like the murder of family members, and are thrust into galactic war without completing their training. Why does Anakin become a Sith while Luke remains a Jedi? How imageboard culture shaped Gamergate. Image: Yotsuba&!

How imageboard culture shaped Gamergate

Vol 7, by Kiyohiko Azuma Anonymous image boards are a continuous froth of simultaneously earnest and ironic hostility. What the anonymous denizens of these boards consider polite discourse is indistinguishable from open attack. This works in their own subculture, but when exported elsewhere, their hostility and antipathy for personal identity creates problems. This clash of anonymous imageboard culture with the parts of social media where people live and work created the divide underlying GamerGate, making it difficult for outsiders to understand. Understanding chan culture, the birthplace of GamerGate.


Hosting the Conversation on Faith. How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations. One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents. Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. You're a Criminal in a Mass Surveillance World – How to Not Get Caught. Sometimes you just get lucky.

You're a Criminal in a Mass Surveillance World – How to Not Get Caught

I was in Amsterdam when the Snowden story broke. CNN was non-stop asking politicians and pundits, “Is Edward Snowden a traitor?” Those who said he betrayed America also said something else: Mass surveillance is only an issue if you’re a criminal. If you’ve got nothing to hide then you’ve got nothing to fear. The Snowden story hit me upon my return from – of all places on earth – the Secret Annex of the Anne Frank House. The Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use To Change The World. A more beautiful, just and sustainable world is possible.

The Top 100 Documentaries We Can Use To Change The World

Take this library and use it to inspire global change! Originally featured on Films For Action Documentaries have an incredible power to raise awareness and create transformative changes in consciousness both at the personal and global levels. Project Worldview. How does spacetime get bent? Scientism. Scientism is belief in the universal applicability of the scientific method and approach, and the view that empirical science constitutes the most authoritative worldview or most valuable part of human learning to the exclusion of other viewpoints.[1] It has been defined as "the view that the characteristic inductive methods of the natural sciences are the only source of genuine factual knowledge and, in particular, that they alone can yield true knowledge about man and society.


Scientism may refer to science applied "in excess". The term scientism can apply in either of two senses: To indicate the improper usage of science or scientific claims. This usage applies equally in contexts where science might not apply,[12] such as when the topic is perceived to be beyond the scope of scientific inquiry, and in contexts where there is insufficient empirical evidence to justify a scientific conclusion.

Overview[edit] E. Relevance to science/religion debates[edit] Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine. Objectivism101. There are two basic ways of understanding the relationship between individuals in a group. The first way is individualism, which states that each individual is acting on his or her own, making their own choices, and to the extent they interact with the rest of the group, it's as individuals. Collectivism is the second way, and it views the group as the primary entity, with the individuals lost along the way. Objectivism supports individualism in this sense. In a different sense, individualism is meant to be whether the individual is different from everyone else, or whether he makes up his own mind about things, or what-not.

Washington, Jefferson & Slavery. It is ironic that two prominent Founding Fathers who owned slaves (Thomas Jefferson and George Washington) were both early, albeit unsuccessful, pioneers in the movement to end slavery in their State and in the nation. Both Washington and Jefferson were raised in Virginia, a geographic part of the country in which slavery had been an entrenched cultural institution. International Business Cultures. Individualism is “the opposite of collectivism; together they form on of the dimensions of national cultures. Individualism stands for a society in which the ties between individuals are loose: everyone is expected to look after himself or herself and his or her immediate family only.” *10. Cambrian explosion.

The Cambrian explosion has generated extensive scientific debate.

Cambrian explosion

The seemingly rapid appearance of fossils in the “Primordial Strata” was noted as early as the 1840s,[14] and in 1859 Charles Darwin discussed it as one of the main objections that could be made against the theory of evolution by natural selection.[15] The long-running puzzlement about the appearance of the Cambrian fauna, seemingly abruptly and from nowhere, centers on three key points: whether there really was a mass diversification of complex organisms over a relatively short period of time during the early Cambrian; what might have caused such rapid change; and what it would imply about the origin of animal life. Interpretation is difficult due to a limited supply of evidence, based mainly on an incomplete fossil record and chemical signatures remaining in Cambrian rocks.

Key Cambrian explosion events. Online Diagram Software - Gliffy. LucidChart - Online Diagramming, Flowchart and Drawing Software. Top 10 Schools of Philosophy - Top 10 Lists. Miscellaneous Through history, various forms of philosophy have developed.

Top 10 Schools of Philosophy - Top 10 Lists

Peter Marchand. Contact Peter Marchand through this mailform.

Peter Marchand

I was born 8 march 1963 in Belgium and studied philosophy, communication sciences, and environmental engineering. At the age of 20, I became a student of Harish Johari, after which I started traveling to India more and more frequently, while also living quite a normal life in Belgium. I organized the Rasa Sadhana workshop by Harish Johari in 1997. When Harish Johari left his body in 1999, I became one of the founding members of Sanatan Society. Philosophy since the Enlightenment, by Roger Jones. Information counterfeits. Home > Research Help > General Research Help Topics > Evaluating Internet Information > Information counterfeits Information and Its Counterfeits: Propaganda, Misinformation and Disinformation If counterfeiters put pictures of their family members on their handiwork, nobody would be fooled.

Information counterfeits

List of cognitive biases. Cognitive biases are tendencies to think in certain ways that can lead to systematic deviations from a standard of rationality or good judgment, and are often studied in psychology and behavioral economics. There are also controversies over some of these biases as to whether they count as useless or irrational, or whether they result in useful attitudes or behavior. For example, when getting to know others, people tend to ask leading questions which seem biased towards confirming their assumptions about the person. However, this kind of confirmation bias has also been argued to be an example of social skill: a way to establish a connection with the other person.[7] Taxonomy of the Logical Fallacies.

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