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Tools to overcome religion. Of the intellectual tools, philosophy and science , science ...
brentan comments on Jun 18, 2019:
Patience is a fine thing too. But I really feel you've shown the value of philosophy over science.
Meldrop - A drop of mucus at the nose whether produced by a cold or otherwise. Last time it appeared...
brentan comments on Jun 18, 2019:
That's a doozie!
“If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities“ — Voltaire (1694-1778) ...
brentan comments on Jun 18, 2019:
I think there is so much good in many religious concepts. They go beyond logic and rationality because they are aspirational. I don't believe the glue that will bring different cultures together will be education. Education quite often does the very opposite. So far, secular humanism only holds traction for a minority. I don't know what to make of Voltaire's saying because the 20th century has shown us the atrocities of alternative absurd secular beliefs. To be fair to Voltaire, he couldn't see what was coming down the pike. Nietzsche and Dostorvsky did.
Cognitive systems that underpin religious belief:
brentan comments on Jun 18, 2019:
It was curious how different tribes used different animals as their totems. It said something about the clan. I can't help but see the same idea in medieval coats of arms. Today, many companies use these icons and presumably they mean something to the founders (I'm thinking of Peugeot's lion emblem). Perhaps this can be viewed as the gradual loss of real meaning from totem to symbol to icon.
It's quite lonely here in the 50+ group, tumbleweed just went passed my screen along with whooshing ...
brentan comments on Jun 17, 2019:
I died in here so I could see what it was like.
Did you know that the thing we call a hashtag actually has another name, which is Octothorpe? ...
brentan comments on Jun 17, 2019:
OK, so it's not eight villages.
Do you have to be a rationalist to be agnostic/ atheist? Is there space for magical thinking?
brentan comments on Jun 17, 2019:
I wonder...
Definition of "The Law of Attraction": The law of attraction suggests that you can attract ...
brentan comments on Jun 17, 2019:
I'm happy-go-lucky (interesting expression in itself) most of the time. I think there is a lot of negativity out there so I'm not surprised when happy does not go down well.
Gandhi: “There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form...
brentan comments on Jun 17, 2019:
A Saviour, baked for your survival.
DragonForce - Cry Thunder [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
I'm all for catharsis but a little talent would help.
Is it too early to tell?
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Would identical wigs help?
Can't say you weren't warned
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
There's more important things than being right. Kick his ass! Or put it down to experience.
Inspirational
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Move your ass! Time's a-wastin'.
That oughta do it.
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
The idea of hearing unpleasant sounds at unearthly hours of the day! Where's Oscar Wilde when you need him?
Thanks Science!
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Science is a good thing. It doesn't do everything and isn't entirely reliable but we should be very grateful for what it does.
SGB: A possible breakthrough treatment for PTSD [cbsnews.com]
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
I don't know what to make of this. For me, PTSD is the enormous cognitive dissonance between how humans know they should behave and how they behave in war. Can you numb that dissonance and if yes, should you?
Metalhead222 is almost a level 8! Let's help him get there!
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Don't encourage him. He needs to get a life.
Why So Irritated By Believers Comments?
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Many of us were those believers.
What is th....Oh, never mind.
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
We need to settle down.
10 characters
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
If he has his side of the story, noone cares.
Being busy can be hard.
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
What's wrong with saying I'm struggling right now? Does the fault lie with the listeners?
Yo mama....
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Distance is changed. Perspective is different.
Quote ...never trade that that you know for that that you don't....Realist9 (In reference to ...
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Oh, all right.
Doctors: Then and Now
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
How can we rely on these guys? I guess we don't anyway, now that we know how many mistakes they make.
They call these Gauffered pages, done with a heated tool. 19th century
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
I didn't know that. I think they're very attractive.
What would you have said? I usually hang out in the park for a while midway through about a 5 ...
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
If I'm not careful, I'll add 'Thank God' myself. Old habits die hard.
This is a feckin' joke, it's both very Jewish and very English, OK?...... During the 2nd world war, ...
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Fit to be killed!
Romans 13:1 (NRSV) - Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no ...
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Here's a bit more: Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed (Romans 2-7).  This is meant to be inspired? I think it was an effort to make Christianity more acceptable to Rome.
Ha ha ha. Popular feature.
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Sacred shadenfreude.
Happy Father's Day!!!
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Toxic but loveable!
Since the weekend is almost over, here ya go
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Guilty conscience or having a quiet weekend?
Pretty much part of the human condition
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
They did, and the level of sophistication of the shit has been awesome.
Even alternate universe Spock is in the background, goatee and all.
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Throw in a few Rodney Dangerfields.
Religion began when the first charlatan met the first fool. - Voltaire
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
I've just started reading Sapiens. Harari explains it as a way to unify a tribe under a banner, such as a lion-spirit or whatever. As societies grew, more universal banners were created to do the job.
I know nothzing...
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
We need a woman in the job. That will bring some sanity into this crazy man's world.
[youtu.be] Mini Ilhan Omar. Is a laugh . Honestly though. The Prediction Christopher Hitchens & ...
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
Who would have thought having children was a political act? I guess, in a sense, it always was.
Does modern philosophy still make valuable contributions that create new knowledge, or are ...
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2019:
John Vervaeke, a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Toronto, is making YT videos called Awakening From The Meaning Crisis. These lectures trace the search for meaning from shamanism to today. If you would like to see how philosophy has progressed over time, the first is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54l8_ewcOlY&t=3091s
That will be me talking to HR one of these days. Lol
brentan comments on Jun 15, 2019:
I guess it's technically different.
This is nicely put.
brentan comments on Jun 15, 2019:
You would want to be good at dealing with loneliness.
Catholic Priest Claims Autistic Children Are ‘Like Animals’ Caused By Porn, Masturbation, ...
brentan comments on Jun 15, 2019:
An Irish priest recently referred to homosexuals as zombies. Now this guy says this. There is something desperate about this behaviour. Perhaps they want to go down shouting.
Any support organizations for Asperger's Syndrome and forging new relationships? I lost my home and ...
brentan comments on Jun 15, 2019:
I find the functioning autistic life a joy only spoiled by dissenting neurotypicals. I thought I lost something when my marriage ended and quickly found I gained far more than I lost simply by enjoying who I am. Find what you love if you haven't already and enjoy your new life.
Sounds rights
brentan comments on Jun 15, 2019:
I wonder is the meme true that suffering is proof that life isn't an illusion.
long way to go, but worth it. I laughed a little too hard
brentan comments on Jun 15, 2019:
That joke is terrific!
Well , I will like mention , actually not sorry at all .
brentan comments on Jun 15, 2019:
Uppity atheists!
Unbelievable! Tennessee preacher-cop calls execution of LGBTQ people [cnn.com]
brentan comments on Jun 15, 2019:
That boyo needs to read the New Testament. The Mosaic Law has been superseded for Christians. With love, would you believe?
Call them like I see them
brentan comments on Jun 15, 2019:
Fascinating!
"Puritanism: the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." H.L.Mencken
brentan comments on Jun 15, 2019:
Sin and fun in unholy marriage Go together like horse and carriage
I must confess that this is pretty accurate for me:
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
Is it a cop out to just think fuck the world and let it stew in in its own juice?
"The amount of noise that anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportionto his mental ...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
LOL. Maths and psychology. I guess he was a smart man.
Even more savings!
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
Being the accountant in the family is a cross we have to bear.
One way to get out of a traffic ticket.
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
Maybe that's stoicism.
Posting for a friend.
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
You got to the root of it He must not have drilled it into you He was administering local anesthetics That puts a cap on it
The mindfulness conspiracy | Life and style | The Guardian
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
That reminds me of the poem where it says 'God grant me the courage to change the things I can change and accept the things I can't'. I guess there's a fear mindfulness is about accepting everything no matter whether we can change it or not.
I didn't hear nothin'.
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
Bouncers are not the most imaginative people. They can't follow us into the worlds we create to experience our true nature. Especially if we display our privates in public. They truly are the guardians of the matrix.
Experience is that marvelous thing that enables us to recognize a mistake once we make it again.
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
That would be awful if experience was no more than recognising patterns.
Throbbing Hood
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
Lots of wood in Sherwood.
The more I hear about the attacks on those tanker ships in the Straights of Hormuz, why does the ...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
No way - people couldn't be dumb enough to fall for the same spiel again.
WHO NEEDS GOD? -- Does religion appeal primarily to broken people? Could the argument be made ...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
I think rich people see God as the spiritual dimension of Maslow's self-actualisation. I'm told it came in with Protestantism and is now most obvious in the prosperity gospel. They must mean he brought it into relatively recent Western thinking because there must have been people like that since forever.
Once upon a long, long, long, I mean really long, long time ago, well. yesterday, but it felt like a...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
The cost of introductions.
I've been through the desert on a horse with no name... [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
So much for bonding!
STOIC:adj. 1. of or pertaining to a school of thought founded by Zeno a Roman, who taught that ...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
Remember The Cure: Boys Don't Cry.
While it might feel "Draconian", brutal, or possibly "Machiavellian", it's a pretty good solution to...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
Genghis the Eco Warrior.
“I am a bit skeptical about what we call blessings. I believe the ultimate source of blessings is ...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
It sounds good to me. It sure is nice to receive blessings (for want of a better word), especially when we are in need but the very best thing would be to be able to generate our own.
What would you call it? πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜•
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
Rural cool.
Simple advice... but powerful.
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
It's a powerful spirit.
It matters only✌❀
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
That sounds great but a bit puerile.
So if I have a bad hair day, I'll just put one of these bags over my head. [nytimes.com]
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
I've never used plastic bags since Tim Minchin told me to bring my canvas bags to the supermarket.
CPR anyone?
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
I guess IDK isn't worth much in that situation.
Just watched Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder Review on Netflix. Just simply amazing. History of the best ...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
After Joni Mitchell, I say.
Accused Christchurch mosque shooter pleads NOT GUILTY to killing 51 people and trying to murder ...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
That's your anger talking. It's justified, you bet, but can't get in the way of a justice system that replaces lynchings. If that door is opened up, heaven help us.
Do you think having a best friend is important?
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
I can't remember ever having a friend I could trust. I'm sure it must be a great thing psychologically so I hope it actually is a thing.
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2019:
The cake makers have a conscience issue with dealing with homosexuality as if it were OK in their eyes. I think some gay people who have the chance to order from a baker who has no problem with it would rather try to force a Christian baker to go against their beliefs. This attitude is counter-productive for gay liberation because people can see the victims have now become the bullies.
Mosquito season is upon us
brentan comments on Jun 13, 2019:
Jesus wouldn't hurt a fly.....at least not til Judgment Day.
Would you?
brentan comments on Jun 13, 2019:
You'd have to be mad to kill a cow that can talk.
And it looks like the right one...
brentan comments on Jun 13, 2019:
I can relate to that after a tough day.
A little political and economics lesson
brentan comments on Jun 13, 2019:
A bit of balance is nice. We have a socialist element in our democracy that is good. We could use some more of it because the hospital situation and the homeless problem are really bad.
One way to find out if you’re old.
brentan comments on Jun 13, 2019:
I would hate to invade anyone's private space when they are in trouble.
Something like that.
brentan comments on Jun 13, 2019:
Jordan Peterson's 'clean up your room' comes to mind.
Lucky indeed
brentan comments on Jun 12, 2019:
It's true. Sex is fine but you can't beat the real thing.
😍 Nice and true.
brentan comments on Jun 12, 2019:
Nice but not true.
Yeah, I stole it but you know it is funny 🀣🀣🀣
brentan comments on Jun 12, 2019:
A man wood never make a joke about his wooden genitalia. Woody?
Is this a Dogerpillar or a DogLimo?
brentan comments on Jun 12, 2019:
Experiments on animals are a disgrace.
What is the main difference between Social Democracy and Social Liberalism?
brentan comments on Jun 12, 2019:
I never heard of the latter. I'll look it up.
As an agnostic I feel bad about telling religious types that there is no God, seeing their reaction,...
brentan comments on Jun 12, 2019:
I wouldn't tell people there is no god. I just think there is no evidence. We could be wrong. A lot of people believe the universe itself is evidence of a god on the basis of the apostle Paul's verse about 'every house is built by someone', so they say this universe must have had a creator. I have a feeling that if and when we get to know the reality of our universe, we will look on past beliefs, both agnostic and religious, as very childish.
Raises hand “Do you swear?”
brentan comments on Jun 12, 2019:
So honest there's no need for a Bible.
Donald Trump said today. "I like people who are weak mentally." He certainly does like people who ...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Did he say why?
I just found out that my oldest son's wife left him. Took the girls, moved out. I assume it was ...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Yes, it makes sense but it still a sad thing all round.
I think I have finally discovered what my aversion to math is.
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Thank goodness for non-Euclidian geometry! No, that didn't help at all.
A British comic on religion. Hilarious. [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Jimmy's a bad egg.
A most beautiful melody : NIGHT OF BEIJING. Best for relax and calm... [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
I blame Riverdance.
When everything reminds you of a song...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Let us all strut in our own way.
Islamophobia Refuted:: [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
I despair for the language. It's being turned inside out. Phobia of Islam means fear of Islam. The fear is that they will become a victim of Islam. Now the meaning of the word is changed to hate of Islam and the Muslims are the supposed victims. I think the Greek word for hate is something like 'apexthia' and it doesn't seem too much to ask that hatred of Islam be called Islamapexthia. I think the Muslims got the idea of twisting the concept of fear into hatred from the Jews but I'm not sure.
I would take my car here! lol
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Discipline has its rewards. Car wash employee. No. That's not a reward.
Its a choice...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
All or nothing, I think.
Jon Stewart 911 - Hard to watch... [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
John must be a communist.
Nothing to serious anyways!
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
Good luck with that! Fuck with biology and it will fuck you back.
Here's a great reason to smile today. Did you see one? [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
I didn't and that's not like me. I'm in a kind of funk so maybe this bit of funky music will help.
Just try it...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
It's a mad idea that just might keep us sane.
As individuals, we store very little detailed information about the world in our heads. In that ...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
This is interesting. I would like to know where this idea came from. I would go further by saying that the collective mind is not even located in human brains but out there in the 'ether'. Rupert Sheldrake teaches that the individual's mind resides in morphic fields located on the super-natural plane. That would make collective consciousness the amalgamation of those fields. This is not to take away the processing power of the mind which he says draws our thoughts into the brain to real-ise them, something like a computer operating system drawing data into RAM to be worked on and then returned in its modified form to the morphic field. This harmonises in one way (processing) with Iain McGilchrist's teaching of how the left brain analyses data from the right brain, modifies the content and (ideally) returns the new data to the right brain.
Nothing...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2019:
I love Tolle. He really can help people find peace, I think. I'm never sure about these generalisations, though, knowing many people are so damaged they can never be their old selves again. To be fair, he might not mean being cured at all and is just talking about being present as you are now.

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