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5 Popular Beliefs That Are Holding Humanity Back

Humans believe in a lot of stupid shit, and we do something stupid as a result of those beliefs about, oh, once every five seconds. And sure, most of you reading this are educated types who don't believe in Bigfoot or psychic readings, but there are a whole bunch of equally stupid/harmful superstitions out there that are so commonly held that we don't even think of them as such. Very few of us don't fall victim to at least a few of them. In fact, I'm something of an expert on this because I believe literally hundreds of idiotic things, and also because I wrote a ridiculous best-seller about an apocalypse brought about by people believing in apocalypses. And I say that, in order to keep humanity from imploding, we have to give up believing ... #5. Jupiterimages/ Images Every decision they make, and every vote they cast, is done with this in mind. And this affects your life. At this point my young atheist readers are saying, "Exactly! And I think it's bullshit. #4. #3. Related:  The Human PsychePriorities, Disorganization, and a Talent for Self-Deception

What Multitasking Does To Our Brains I can definitely understand how focusing on one task at a time allows you to be more productive. However, I also believe that you can benefit from taking a break after ~an hour of working on something, and then doing something else. Making progress on multiple different tasks in this way provides a similar feeling of high productivity, but also allows you to get a feel for exactly how much work you have on your plate. Obviously, not every task can be broken up into hour-long work sessions, but if I can diversify what I'm working on, I won't get bored of my work.In terms of making to-do lists, I've found that just making the old-fashioned, linear lists don't quite cut it for me anymore.

Post-tribulation rapture In Christian eschatology, the post-tribulation rapture doctrine is the belief in a combined resurrection and rapture (e.g., resurrection-rapture) of all believers coming after the Great Tribulation. Doctrine and implications[edit] This doctrine holds that there is a resurrection of dead believers and rapture or translation (or a taking-up/catching-away) of living believers in Jesus Christ at the end of the age (or the "End time"). For additional references, see also the parallel passages from Mark 13:24-27 and Luke 21:20-28. Paul's statement "the dead in Christ will rise first" (1 Thessalonians 4:16) can be seen as having its fulfillment (according to a literalist reading of the letter of the biblical text) only after the end of the tribulation (Revelation chapters 6–19) after Satan has been bound (Revelation 20:1-3), and at the beginning of the millennial reign, when They came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Biblical sources[edit] It seems[original research?]

Think Again: War - By Joshua S. Goldstein "The World Is a More Violent Place Than It Used to Be." No way. The early 21st century seems awash in wars: the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, street battles in Somalia, Islamist insurgencies in Pakistan, massacres in the Congo, genocidal campaigns in Sudan. All in all, regular fighting is taking place in 18 wars around the globe today. Public opinion reflects this sense of an ever more dangerous world: One survey a few years ago found that 60 percent of Americans considered a third world war likely. Expectations for the new century were bleak even before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and their bloody aftermath: Political scientist James G. So far they haven't even been close. Armed conflict has declined in large part because armed conflict has fundamentally changed. If the world feels like a more violent place than it actually is, that's because there's more information about wars -- not more wars themselves. Getty Images "America Is Fighting More Wars Than Ever." Yes and no.

The Egg Author's Note: The Egg is also available in the following languages: The Egg By: Andy Weir You were on your way home when you died. It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. And that’s when you met me. “What… what happened?” “You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. “There was a… a truck and it was skidding…” “Yup,” I said. “I… I died?” “Yup. You looked around. “More or less,” I said. “Are you god?” “Yup,” I replied. “My kids… my wife,” you said. “What about them?” “Will they be all right?” “That’s what I like to see,” I said. You looked at me with fascination. “Don’t worry,” I said. “Oh,” you said. “Neither,” I said. “Ah,” you said. “All religions are right in their own way,” I said. You followed along as we strode through the void. “Nowhere in particular,” I said. “So what’s the point, then?” “Not so!” I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. “How many times have I been reincarnated, then?” “Oh lots. “Wait, what?” “Well, I guess technically. “Sure. “Wait.

One statistic that tells you more about the world than a million could Facebook completed its $22bn acquisition of WhatsApp this week - prompting this observation from former foreign secretary David Miliband. Facebook raised $19b to buy Whatsapp,more than the total spend around the world on the humanitarian effort in 1 year: David Miliband (@DMiliband) October 8, 2014 The elder Miliband is now the CEO of the International Rescue Committee which “responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild”. While improved mobile communications and interconnectivity is beneficial to everyone in the world, the fact that one company in Silicon Valley can buy another company in Silicon Valley for more money than is spent to combat some of the planet’s gravest crises is a sobering thought. According to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), just 49 per cent ($8.46bn) of the minimum required amount needed ($17.23bn) for humanitarian aid in 2014 has been raised, as of 9 October.

A Cold War Fought by Women Tracy Vaillancourt One of these outfits worn in Dr. Tracy Vaillancourt's study on female aggression provoked a sort of "mean girl" form of indirect aggression. The other attracted little notice at all. Science has come a long way since then, as Dr. The existence of female competition may seem obvious to anyone who has been in a high-school cafeteria or a singles bar, but analyzing it has been difficult because it tends be more subtle and indirect (and a lot less violent) than the male variety. The old doubts about female competitiveness derived partly from an evolutionary analysis of the reproductive odds in ancient polygynous societies in which some men were left single because dominant males had multiple wives. But even in those societies, women were not passive trophies for victorious males. To see how female students react to a rival, researchers brought pairs of them into a laboratory at McMaster University for what was ostensibly a discussion about female friendships.

Americas | Evangelical Christians plead for Israel A week into one of the most severe crises the Middle East has seen in years, Israel is getting an influx of support from an unusual source. More than 3,400 evangelical Christians have arrived in Washington to lobby lawmakers as part of the first annual summit of Christians United for Israel. Delegates have come from all 50 states and have 280 meetings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Pastor John Hagee said. Pastor Hagee, the main organiser, said the event was the first of its kind. "For the first time in the history of Christianity in America, Christians will go to the Hill to support Israel as Christians," he said. The event was planned months ago, and is not a direct response to the ongoing violence in the region. But the military conflict "certainly makes our meeting more significant," Pastor Hagee said. "We want our Congress to make sure that not one dime of American money goes to support Hamas and Hezbollah or the enemies of Israel." Gift from God 'Huge influence' Backing irredentists

What If the 21st Century Begins in 2014? As if you didn’t already have enough to be nervous about, here’s something creepy to ponder as the new year opens. This what-if isn’t technological, social, political or even science-fictional. Rather, it’s a bit of wholly unscientific, superstitious pattern-recognition. The last two centuries (and possibly more) didn’t “start” at their official point, the turning of a calendar from 00 to 01. That wasn’t when they began in essence, nor when they first bent the arc of history. No. Think about it. Consider the world of 1913, when regular middle-class folks in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and so on were acquiring unexpected wonders: clothes-washing machines, gas stoves, gas and then electric lighting, indoor plumbing, refrigeration, vaccinations, telephones, radios, motor cars. Science was pouring forth what seemed unalloyed goodness. Think our era is similarly fast-changing? Yes, all of those techno-advances continued after World War I. All right, that’s just one data point. If only.

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