12/31/2010

Cristina Rad face o prezentare, pe scurt, referitoare la Evolutie vs Creationism




Are canal pe YouTube si un blog: http://cristinarad.blogspot.com/

Despre religiozitatea negrilor din SUA si miscarea pentru drepturi civile


Rant:


Personal am mult respect pentru ateii din minoritatea african-americana din SUA, pentru ca le e foarte greu sa iasa de sub papucul mentalitatii religioase eferverscente (un fenomen obisnuit in minoritatile care au si religie, cum sunt si imigrantii din tarile islamice).

Negrii din SUA au o relatie istorica arhetipica cu crestinismul... una cu care romanii au multe in comun: idoctrinarea religioasa pentru a conserva sistemul de sclavie ori robie.

Crestinismul le-a dat descendentilor africanilor din SUA o supapa prin care sa elibereze energia din reactia la conditia lor, reflexul natural de rebeliune si lupta cu injustitia. Le-a dat speranta, dar speranta desarta, falsa. In loc sa se revolte fata de clasa de stapani, in loc sa lupte, au fost "domesticiti" (din moment ce erau considerati animale salbatice bune de lucru, acesta e cuvantul potrivit). Mersul la biserica, credinta si cultura crestina au fost spatiile de defulare - insa acestea erau activitati futile, asigurand continuarea sclaviei.

Intotdeauna oamenii saraci si asupriti au fost si cei mai abuzati de religii, fiind cei mai vulnerabili la mita. Sclavii negri, la fel ca robii de pe feudele din tarile romanesti, au fost indoctrinati sa creada ca "asa e viata" (i.e. muncesti de dimineata pana seara, pentru altul, pana mori, fara nicio scapare - nici pentru tine si nici pentru familia ta; sub amenintarea pedepselor pentru orice reactie defensiva sau agresiva la abuzurile constante) si ca dupa ce ei mor si scapa de acest calvar, vor ajunge intr-un paradis ...pentru ca nu exista nicio dovada.

Sper sa vad cat mai multi atei non-albi iesind la lumina in SUA, au mare nevoie.

Se pare ca am deviat de la subiectul de 'miscarea pentru drepturi civile'; am incercat sa subliniez doar contextul precedent acestei miscari din SUA.

12/30/2010

Dezbatere lunga despre moralitate si stiinta











Descriere:

A lively panel discussion between Sam Harris, Patricia Smith Churchland, Peter Singer, Lawrence Krauss, Simon Blackburn, Steven Pinker, and Roger Bingham. If human morality is an evolutionary adaptation and if neuroscientists can identify specific brain circuitry governing moral judgment, can scientists determine what is, in fact, right and wrong?



URMARITI AICI toate inregistrarile:

http://origins.asu.edu/videoarchive.php

Poveste magica: cum a decurs ultimul Craciun


Enjoy :)

12/29/2010

Vor mosteni lumea populatiile religioase? Despre demografia credinciosilor.




Vedeti video direct aici: http://www.twitvid.com/DOOSS in caz ca nu merge bine

Domnul Haufmann incearca sa traga un semnal de alarma pentru secularisti: populatiile seculare (europenii albi) sunt in scadere, in timp ce numarul de musulmani si crestini ortodocsi e in crestere, fenomen ce va duce la schimbari importante in contextul democratiilor seculare occidentale.




Parerea mea:

Dincolo de sfera religioasa, populatia globala a crescut datorita tehnologiei industriale alimentata de carbune, petrol si gaz metan si progresului in domeniul medicinei impreuna cu industrializarea metodelor (fapt ce a dus la ieftinirea lor). Din acest punct de vedere, cresterea populatiei religioase va fi lipisita de fundatie, adica vor aparea crize diverse ce vor reduce dramatic acea populatie.

Datorita naturii irationale a religiilor, tarile "religioase" nu vor reusi sa dezvolte tehnologii alternative si infrastructura potrivita pentru a sustine marea populatiei de credinciosi cu fabrici de copii.

Crize foarte probabile:

- criza alimentara: fara petrol, agricultura industriala devine imposibila, moment in care marii familisti credinciosii, patriarhii cu fabricile de bebelusi acasa, nu vor avea ce manca. Asta se intampla deja in Africa, asa ca puteti studia.

- criza energetica: fara combustibili, comertul va stagana, va paraliza, moment in care orasele in care si pe langa care se aduna familiile numeroase pentru a lucra si a se inmulti vor deveni capcane.

- criza de infrastructura: fara combustibili, infrastructura de canalizare va avea enorm de suferit (pompele), fapt ce va duce la epidemii oribile prin centrele urbane; toata infrastructura e afectata, pentru ca si centralele hidroelectrice si nucleare se "varsa" in reteaua mare in care ajunge si energia de la termocentrale. Fara curent electric orasele devin capacane.

La criza de apa si la incalzire globla nici nu mai are rost sa ajung...

Fundamentalismul nu este compatibil cu progresismul vital pentru o societate mare. Fundamentalismul este compatibil cu "regresism", ceea ce inseamna intoarcerea in gandirea medievala, feudalism, vanatori de vrajitoare, executii cat mai dese si razboaie cat mai multe. Prin urmare, NU, religiosii nu vor mostenii lumea, dar o pot distruge.

"Razboiul de populatie" a functionat datorita ridicarii granitelor, subventiilor de la stat, libelarizarii unor sectoare economice (imigratie++) si a sistemelor socialiste care asigurau ca nu mor saracii. Si in SUA si in Europa e acelasi fenomen.

Este ridicol sa consideram ca e destul sa "tragi cu copii din vagin" pentru a castiga un razboi politic; copiii trebuie sa supravietuiasca la nastere, sa creasca, sa aiba ingrijire medicala, sa aiba o educatie si sa aiba mancare. Aceste necesitati erau usor de asigurat in Occident prin mai multe mijloace... fie prin apelarea la asistenta sociala, fie prin integrarea rapida in piata muncii. Insa viitoarele crize de resurse vor slabii puternic aceste doua surse de ...trai, asa ca femeile religioase nu vor face decat sa umple cimitirele (sau gropile comune) cu infanti.

De citit despre cum sa digeri studiile din domeniu medical


http://www.thehealthcareblog.com/the_health_care_blog/2010/12/the-difficult-science.html#more

12/27/2010

Crucificare mai diferita.


E blasfemie oare?



Mai multe poze aici:

http://www.winkler-noah.it/wn/index.php?/project/les-femmes-heretiques/

Dragi romani, follow @ateism


Cine vrea sa urmareasca fluxul:

http://twitter.com/ateism

DA. Am inregistrat userul ateism ;)

Pe acest cont se vor publica automat toate articolele noi de pe blogurile ateilor, secularistilor, umanistilor... pe care ii gasesc/gasim. Am inclus si feedul de la /r/secularism, ca e bun.

Fara reclama, fara redirect (cel putin nu de la mine) si fara stres


Daca aveti propuneri de siteuri pentru feed, trimiteti aici:

ateism.romania@gmail.com

(preferabil doar linkul de feed).

Cine nu are twitter si vrea sa urmareasca tot, aici e rss:

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/231077863.rss

P.S. motivul pentru care fac asta este ca foarte multe persoane din domeniul acesta nu folosesc twitter... si cum nu are rost sa-i fortez, e mai simplu asa.

PPS. momentan acum e liniste, ca sunt mai putini oameni pe net; asa ca inca urmaresc atent sa vad cum merge treaba. Anunturile intra cam la 30 de minute dupa postare.

Ateism ascuns


Stiinta proasta. Pseudostiinta. O prezentare facuta de Ben Goldacre




Author of the Guardian’s weekly ”Bad Science” column and Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks, British physician Ben Goldacre dismantles the questionable science behind an assortment of drug trials, court cases, and events of our time.

Se poate automatiza inventivitatea? Despre matematica ca institutie in istoria umana si altele...


O prezentare a unei idei foarte interesante. Nu e vorba de ateism sau ceva asemanator, ci de logica si matematica. Recomand sa ascultati de mai multe ori.



Urmeaza descrierea si transcrierea subiectului. Am facut copy/paste cu nesimtire :)

Question: What role does human creativity play in our understanding of formal scientific truths?

Stephen Wolfram: We routinely go out into the computational universe to find algorithms which when we as humans look at them we say that is really clever, that is you know it’s a really neat thing and it’s something where if there had been a human creating them we would have been very impressed by that human’s creativity, but actually these things were just found by searching this sort of formal abstract universe of possible programs.

So I think it’s sort of an interesting question when we look at different areas of sort of human endeavor to what extent what we have found, what we create, is something that is a feature of kind of us as humans and to what it sort of... to what extent it sort of... what is necessarily out there.

One area I’ve thought about quite a bit is mathematics and the question is, is the mathematics that we have today sort of a necessary kind of formal structure, or is it something that really is more a reflection of the particular history of human mathematics. And so one thing that we can think about is this: if we look at sort of all the mathematics that has been done—mathematics is a field of inquiry where on thinks one is starting from a collection of axioms and then deriving all these theorems of what is true about mathematics. The complete axioms for all the mathematics that has been done in the last however many years fit on a page or two of something therein the "New Kind of Science" book for example actually displayed on a couple of pages. So that is sort of the raw material for all of mathematics is a couple of pages of axioms. From those axioms about three million or so theorems have been derived in the history of mathematics. And the question though is: why those axioms? Why not other axioms?

Well we can sort of think about the universe of all possible axioms. We can just imagine kind of enumerating possible axiom systems that one can formally consider and we do that and we can say out of this universe of all possible axiom systems where do the axioms that correspond to our particular mathematics lie? And so I know the answer to that for things like logic for example. I know that logic, if you were to enumerate all possible axiom systems, logic is about 50,000th axiom system that you’d find in that enumeration, so realizing that it makes one think about sort of why this mathematics and not some other? And what realizes is really the mathematics we have today is something that is a direct historical consequence of ideas that existed in ancient Babylon, arithmetic and geometry and so on, that got sort of generalized to give us the mathematics we have today and that is the mathematics that we use to kind of make our descriptions in physics and do our engineering and so on.

What one realizes is that there is this whole sort of universe of other possible mathematics that is out there, that in fact in many cases can be much more powerful in describing things that we see in the natural world and so on, and that form sort of the basis for a lot of new directions in science and technology and elsewhere. So in a sense the mathematics that we have today is very much it’s a great historical artifact. It’s probably, if one looks at the history of civilization, mathematics as it exists today is probably the single largest artifact in the sense that more hands have been involved in sort of molding the particular intellectual thing that has been created than anything else in history, but we have to realize that it is very much a human artifact created from its history, not something that is sort of a necessary feature of the way that sort of formal systems of the universe work.

12/25/2010

Cea mai frumoasa colinda romaneasca, de la Truda




Vizitati siteul formatiei Truda, daca nu ati auzit de ei:

www.truda.ro

Merrry FSMas !


12/24/2010

Publicitate pentru religie. Spot video





Link direct: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8vp7ku47Qs&feature=player_embedded

Observatii despre religia 'Statului', etatism. Video




Pentru mine, faptul ca sunt ateu nu se rezuma doar la o atitudine fata de culte. De fapt, primele mele forme de necredinta intr-o institutie sociala au fost legate de religia banilor (cum valoarea banului este creata prin credinta si nu exista in realitate) si religia statului, in special la nivel de sistem educational cu mitul diplomei ce-ti asigura o viata buna. Asta se intampla cand aveam 14-15 ani.

Cand am realizat ca Statul este o creatie abstracta care nu exista in realitate, practic am devenit anarhist, fara sa stiu ce inseamna cuvantul.

Toate aceste religii au la baza niste hartii: Biblia, bancnotele si titlurile, constitutia si diverse declaratii, iar aceste hartii au putere si valoare doar cand lumea crede in ele, in rest... sunt doar hartii. De atunci am ales sa ma joc constient jocul societatii cu stat, pana apare o alternativa buna.



Inchei mentiunea cu un citat potrivit:

Government is an illusion the governed should not encourage.
-- John Updike, "Couples"

12/23/2010

Lectura: drogurile psihotropice si natura realitatii prin perceptia umana


Michael Persinger Psychotropic Drugs And The Nature Of Reality




O lectie despre droguri psihotropice, revelatii si alte experiente miraculoase...

12/22/2010

In defense of atheist as5holes and d1cks


Am scris un articol mic pe reddit dupa un mic scandal ce a luat foc dupa multe comentarii inflamatoare si urate...


Eu am luat pozitia de "avocat al diavolului" fiindca am observat ca nimeni altcineva nu a intervenit. Adica, in apararea ateilor "ofensivi", atei "noi", atei "jignitori" s.a.m.d. Este trist cand vad ca comunitatea de atei se aliaza vocal cu credinciosi impotriva altor atei; trebuie sa existe spatiu gri, non-binar, unde nu se intampla asa cacaturi.






Since the What the fuck, guys has exploded with bullshit and hate, I feel the need to offer something in defense of those "atheist assholes" everyone loves to hate.

The first thing to point out is that I don't appreciate the call to conformity: don't be a dick. This kind of call is what enables the creation of censorship laws and their acceptance by the citizenry. IT gets very close to blasphemy laws and no atheist can be in favour of such laws.

Being a dick, being an asshole, falls under a right, one which must be always protected. I'm not going to argue for the right of free speech here, since that would be an insult to most of you.

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.

My second point is that there is too little sympathy and empathy for assholes and dicks. It's easy to think they don't need it, but let's try to think about it.

On the internet, many experienced users become jaded and cynical, due to reaching a level of saturation when it comes to bullshit, scams, ponzy scheems, trolls, propaganda etc. You might not be saturated with such stuff; you might have little experience on the Internet or you've had some, but it was with people you knew and it was fine. Few people are so lucky.

Some day, you too could become and asshole.

People who've been surfing the web for many years tend to experience a lot of bad shit, and if you haven't yet, you will, because it is inevitable. So let's not be so harsh on people who have turned skeptical and jaded and leave mean and insensitive comments; they're not monsters, but people who have themselves been traumatised to the point where they have little trust to give and little tolerance for bullshit.

The assholes are actually so allergic to bullshit that they are of great use for detecting it, which is why every society needs them because they also bear the risk of finding the bullshit first, which is almost like finding a mine (bomb) first.






Bonus, raspunsuri la comentarii:




Sympathy for people that shove their bullshit down other people's throats?

nobody's shoving anything; it's a website, if you don't like what you see, there's a downvote button or even an [X] button somewhere in the upper corners of the screen

So we're talking about people that have witnessed the ugly of mankind and instead of becoming compassionate and seeing that man is oft corrupted by itself, they become a part of that festering shithole that contributes to the cyclical, endless gangbang of hatred and rudeness? And we're supposed to feel bad for these guys?

Yes, empathy. It's also a humanist value.

What, you thought the World was so simple ? just black and white?

You've got to be fucking kidding.


Not kidding.

Here. For your first point, an analogy. Racists. Ku Klux Klan. Neo-Nazis. You will agree that they deserve the right to free speech, yes? They should be allowed to say what they will. Right? I mean, there were Jews fighting for Neo-Nazi groups in the 60's, defending their right to protest. But that doesn't fucking mean we should say it's okay.

Yes, they have free speech too. When crimes happen, that shouldn't go unpunished. I'm not asking to say it's OK, I'm just asking for more understanding, beyond the black-and-white view of stuff.

You're like Laura Schlessinger when she went on air saying "niggerniggernigger!" and when companies stopped paying her for advertisement time, she started bitching to Larry King about her 1st amendment rights getting trampled. The government should let us say what we want, but it's up to the people to decide what's right and what's wrong.

Radio and TV frequencies are regulated because they have to be reserved; a company must own a frequency to have reliable signal. The state is the only one who can protect those frequencies from other signals, from pirate radios and pirate tv channels - that is why it can also claim to regulate what's actually broadcasting.

Everything else run on cables and satellites with digitally encoded signals is not an interference with the public "air", so it should not be regulated in any way (this includes internet and telephones). All the other rules should come through democratic-constitutional process, as you said, but then you get into politics. I'm a liberal, "live and let live", so I'm not a fan of censorship of any kind, even tough I might not like it.

To put it simply: I will tolerate all kinds of speech, including hateful, racist and otherwise, but I will react to it in some way, usually ridicule, since ridicule is the best way to point out absurd and outrageous ideas, not self-righteousness.

These are bitter, lonely old fools in their basement with the lights off so they can't get enough vitamin D to feel at peace with their lives. These people should be shunned and hated.

I see you're quite the fan of hate-speech and hate in general.

I'll spend my time being compassionate to people who have actually seen hard times, rather than people who can't even control themselves enough to be civil on an internet forum.

Funny how hate itself doesn't seem to bother you or doesn't stand for anything in your moral high-ground fortress.

Well, you've just made their ranks... congratulations, asshole :)




Un schimb mai lung: despre "being a dick" si daca ajuta sau nu

Parerea mea despre Facebook.


Facebook este continuarea portalelor sociale gen hi5, avantajul sau a fost doar ca a venit la un moment in care crestea conectivitatea la net si tehnologia mobila.

Portalele mai vechi erau oribile, motiv pentru care le evitam. Niste stupi de mediocritate dominati de adolescenti excitati cu ego deformat...

Sunt un fan la psihologiei, amator chiar, si am stat mult sa observ ce se intampla pe acele retele... si nu am putut decat sa plec, oripilat si deprimat de observatii.

...Un motiv important este mediocritatea; nu doresc sa ma inconjur cu asa ceva. Eu traiesc dupa o zicala destul de veche: pentru a fi mai inteligent, inconjoara-te cu oameni mai destepti ca tine (sau ceva asemanator). Pe Facebook si alte retele de socializare asemanatoare, situatia tinde sa se inverseze. Prostia, ignoranta, mediocritatea si imbecilitatea de pe aceste retele este atat de profunda, incat poate fi folosita in scopuri didactice. Ferme de prostie.

Al doilea motiv este ca e prea multa socializare si prea putina seriozitate. Pe FB e plin de jocuri, teste, horoscoape (imagineaza-ti ce dezamagire cand vorbim de comunitatea de atei) si jocuri de prost gust. Divertisment cat vrei, dar e divertisment, distrage atentia. Daca vreau sa fiu distras, ma uit la tembelizor.

Socializarea trebuie sa fie un mijloc, nu un obiectiv. Lumea intra automat intr-un concurs cinic (din punct de vedere al creatorului FB): cine aduna mai multi friends. Nu sunt prieteni, nu sunt nici macar persoane cunoscute; e doar ceva ce se practica pentru a umfla egoul si a creste statutul social (aparent) ... adica o forma de masturbare, in care simulezi actul real, dar in final nu ai niciun rezultat, fiindca e doar o simulare (desi, parca masturbarea e mai distractiva).

Al treila motiv important este ca FB este un gigant care domina piata de comunicatii pe internet si ar vrea ca tot Web-ul sa se "intample" in cadrul Facebook (vezi ca din ce in ce mai multe siteuri integreaza soft FB... pana nu mai ramane nimic din siteul original). Eu detest, din principiu, orice monopol, orice forma de concentrare a puterii, deci FB intra lejer pe "lista".

Ultimul motiv este ca am fost dezamagit de oameni in privinta felului in care trateaza informatiile particulare. Foarte putini oameni inteleg ce inseamna sa-ti dezvalui identitatea pe internet si consecintele pe termen lung. Nu e vorba de transparenta, ci de imaturitate.

Cei din generatia mea au inceput cu emailuri dragute si copilaroase ..gen "pisicuta19xx", "danielbatman12" si in timp, dupa ce s-au maturizat, s-au prins ca trebuie sa-si faca conturi noi, fiindca se fac de ras in fata altor oameni. Utilizatorii de acum se inscriu cu numele real, direct, pe Facebook, dar au aceeasi imaturitate pentru care vor plati, scump, cand va fi vorba sa fie verificati pentru diverse ocazii... gen locuri de munca sau functii importante. (Eu nu mi-am schimbat emailul, fiindca am ales ceva neutru si practic, din start.) Informatiile pe care le bagam pe net se sterg FOARTE greu, iar uneori devin imposibil de sters, iar Facebook incurajeaza oamenii sa dea si mai multe informatii...

Facebook este cu atat mai grav cu cat aduna o groaza de informatii personale, nu doar nume, fiind un loc excelent unde sa cauti oameni de la care sa furi (gasesti bunuri in poze, adrese, orar, prieteni din zona etc.)... si fiind un paradis pentru orice serviciu de informatii (si pe alea le urasc, tot din principiu). Este deja o institutie care cenzureaza comentarii, colaboreaza cu organele de securitate si vinde informatiile la licitatii, ca de asta este un serviciu gratuit.


Ca fapt divers, eu nu-mi folosesc numele real pentru ca nu vreau sa se faca niste corelari automate (motoare de cautare) intre ceea ce scriu si ceea ce lucrez si nici nu vreau sa ma intalnesc cu persoane pe care le-am cunoscut in scoala si liceu, fosti colegi si profesori, pentru ca... haideti sa recunoastem, CATI dintre noi am avut colegi foarte interesanti, de treaba si placuti? Ai mei au fost proto-manelisti/maneliste; motiv pentru care nu m-ar bucura nicio forma de socializare cu ei.

Referitor la Facebook, mentionez si ca nu ma impresioneaza "tehnologia". Toate platformele de socializare au "furat" functii si facilitati de vechile forumuri phpbb... de acolo vine si moda cu profilul, avatarul, retele de prieteni, scor, reputatie si restul, diferenta mai mare fiind ca acele forumuri erau concentrate pe comunitate si nu stimulau asa de tare superficialitatea "profilului virtual".

P.S. ma gasiti pe Twitter, unde urmaresc si dau mai departe stiri proaspete din domeniu si nu sunt invadat de bullshit...

12/21/2010

Reportaj mai vechi despre o adolescenta atee agresata de colegi




Evenimente desfasurate in Oklahoma.

P.S. naratorul este, ca de obicei, crestin

12/19/2010

Documentar dragut: Zeul care nu a fost acolo


EDIT: a fost sters clipul de pe twitvid :(



Un fost crestin fundamentalist a produs un mic documentar bazat pe procesul de deconvertire, plus informatii si opinii din diverse unghiuri.

Prezentare draguta, interviuri bune (unul este chiar cu Sam Harris), coloana sonora atractiva.

Playlist youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/dumnezero#p/c/760122C0BECF7809

Snapshot:

Orangutanii practica pantomima


12/18/2010

Primatele si laptele. Darwin avea hipolactazie (intoleranta la lapte)



Traduc si editez un articol scris de "Notmilk Man", Robert Cohen, jurnalist pe domeniul comercial, stiintific si cultural al laptelui si mare dusman a industriei de lactate.



"Intotdeauna este mai bine sa ne percepem clar propria ignoranta."


- Charles Darwin

In decembrie 1831, nava "HMS Beagle" a pornit din portul Plymouth, Anglia, si a transportat un barbat pe nume Charles Darwin in arhipelagul Galapagos unde el avea de descoperit scopul si pasiunea vietii sale .

Desi Charles Darwin a evitat utilizarea frazei "Survival of the fittest" in editia originala a lucrarii, din 1859 ("The Origin of Species by Means of Natural
Selection"), expresia "survival of the fittest" a fost adaugata in editiile urmatoare datorita controversei pe Evolutie.

Istoria ne arata ca Darwin nu era chiar asa de puternic. Adevarul este ca Charles Darwin abia a supravietuit dependentei sale de lapte si produse din lapte, iar dragostea sa pentru lactate aproape ca i-a incheiat viata. Unde am fi azi fara teoria evolutiei?

Desi medicina moderna se mandreste cu progresul facut in ultimii 150 de ani, cand subiectul laptelui ajunge pe "masa de diagnostic", se poate observa putin spre zero evolutie intelectuala si progres.

In acest secol ai putea vizita cateva zeci de medici prost informati avand simptome variate, gen vomat repetat, dureri de stomac, dureri de cap, oboseala puternica, probleme de piele si depresie. Darwin a avut aceste simptome timp de 40 de ani si a fost tratat de 20 de medici, insa doar atunci a incetat consumul de lapte si branzeturi au disparut simptomele.

Charles Darwin a fost ...o primata bolnava, si s-a facut bine dupa multi ani de boala doar dupa ce a eliminat laptele din dieta sa.

O investigatie fascinanta in problemele lui Darwin a fost publicata in Journal of Postgraduate Medicine (2005 Apr;81(954):248-51).


Dupa ce s-a intors cu nava Beagle in 1836, Charles Darwin a suferit timp de 40 de ani de crize de voma, dureri de stomac, dureri de cap, oboseala cronica, probleme de piele si depresie.

Doua zeci de medici au esuat in tratarea conditiei sale. Multe carti si articole au explicat boala misterioasa a lui Darwin drept psihosomatica, otravire cu arsenic, boala lui Chagas, alergie multipla, ipohondrie sau sindromul doliului. Nicio explicatie nu a rezitat verificarii. Istoria sa medicala arata ca are o probleme organica, exacerbata prin depresie.

Aici aratam ca toate simptomele lui Darwin se potrivesc cu intoleranta sistemica la lactoza. Vomitarea si probleme la stomac aparea la doua-trei ore dupa o masa, durata necesara pentru ca lactoza sa ajunga in intestinul gros. Istoria sa din familie arata un factor de mostenire, cum este la hipolactazia predispusa genetic. Darwin s-a simtit mai bine doar atunci cand, prin noroc, inceta sa consume lapte si creme.

Boala lui Darwin subliniaza un alt fapt omis din teoriile sale - importanta lactozei in evolutia mamiferelor si oamenilor."

Original: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15811889

Dragostea de lapte "a facut maimuta" din Charles Darwin si medicii care au incercat sa-l trateze, si cu 175 de ani mai tarziu, medicina moderna este la fel de neinformata.

Cu aproximativ 380 de ani in urma, in timp ce Pelerinii colonizau America si vindeau americani bastinasi din Massachusetts in sclavie, o carte blasfemica intitulata "Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo" a fost publicata si condamanata pentru afirmatii contrare invataturilor biblice.

Autorul sau a sugerat ca Pamantul se invarte in jurul soarelui. A fost ridiculizat, arestat, torturat si aproape executat pentru ca afirmatiile sale. La 225 de ani dupa publicarea acelei carti, o alta controversa a fost creata atunci cand un om a sugerat ca oamenii au evoluat din creaturi "asemanatoare cu maimutele" (ape-like). Cu 80 de ani in urma, un invatator dintr-o scoala din Tennessee a incercat sa predea teoria evolutiei elevilor, si a fost pedepsit si dus la tribunal, iar in 2004, conducerea unei scoli din Kansas a votat introducerea "designului inteligent" ca parte din programa, pe acelasi nivel cu blasfemica teorie a evolutiei.

Exista farse considerabile in aceste tragicomedii. Persecutia lui Galileo si ridiculizarea lui Darwin reprezinta o lume in care a fost foarte putina evolutie intelectuala.

Considerati faptul ca in fiecare secunda, a fiecarui minut, in fiecare zi, o stea explodeaza, creand o supernova cu temperaturi in exces de 100 de milioane de grade. Aceste explozii masive cauzeaza atomii de helium sa se uneasca si sa creeze carbon, iar mai tarziu, in timpul exploziei, fier. Fiecare atom de fier si carbon din corpurile noastre are originile in centrul unei stele. Eu vad asta ca ceva profund.


P.S. dezambiguizare mica privind laptele de vaca si alte animale din ferme:

- lactoza este zaharul din lapte, intoleranta la lactoza se manifesta foarte vizibil si neplacut

- caseina este proteina principala din lapte, la care foarte multi oameni sunt alergici (are multe alte simptome, gen exces de mucus, inflamare, care sunt mai greu recunoscut)

Lectura. Slavoj Zizek: Dumnezeu fara sacralitate




The three religions of the Book each help us to differentiate the divine from the sacred. This liberating concept culminates in Paul's claim, from Ephesians, that "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against leaders, against authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual wickedness in the heavens." Can religious fundamentalism be overcome only with the help of an emancipatory political theology? Philosopher Slavoj Zizek debates this and other incendiary questions on the LIVE stage.

Intrebari bune la sfarsit, merita o vizionare. Ca sa fac un sumar ar trebui sa ma mai uit de cateva ori, fiind vorba de teme diverse si complexe, asa ca e mai simplu sa vizionati direct :)

Sam Harris: Can Science Determine Human Values?
Poate stiinta sa descopere valori umane?


Se pare ca da. Vizionati lectura:



Sumar:

In this highly anticipated, explosive new book, the author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation calls for an end to religion's monopoly on morality and human values. In The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values to dismantle the most common justification for religious faith -- that a moral system cannot be based on science.

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Bringing a fresh, secular perspective to age-old questions of right and wrong, and good and evil, Harris shows that we know enough about the human brain and its relationship to events in the world to say that there are right and wrong answers to the most pressing questions of human life. Because such answers exist, cultural relativism is simply false -- and comes at increasing cost to humanity. And just as there is no such thing as Christian physics or Muslim algebra, there can be no Christian or Muslim morality. Using his expertise in philosophy and neuroscience, along with his experience on the front lines of our "culture wars," Sam Harris delivers a game-changing argument about the future of science and about the real basis of human cooperation.



Despre Sam Harris, pentru cine nu a mai vazut articole cu el:


Sam Harris is an American non-fiction author, and CEO of Project Reason. He received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA, and is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University. He has studied both Eastern and Western religious traditions, along with a variety of contemplative disciplines, for twenty years. He is a proponent of scientific skepticism and is the author of The End of Faith (2004), which won the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award, Letter to a Christian Nation (2006), a rejoinder to criticism of his first book, and The Moral Landscape (2010).

Dr. Michio Kaku despre nemurire, biblia, creationism si dovezile stiintifice pentru timpul geologic.




Un fragment dintr-un documentar la care nu stiu titlu ...

12/17/2010

Performance, feedback, revision - rap evolutionist...




Rapper Baba Brinkman, who is currently appearing each night at Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People, has asked us to let you know about a special show he's doing in London on Monday 20 December, when he will be recording a DVD of his Edinburgh shows from this year, The Rap Guide to Human Nature and Rapconteur

...NU suna rau.


http://babasword.com/

12/16/2010

Islam - o religie a pacii? Dezbatere interesanta


Intelligence Squared U.S. brings together the world’s leading authorities for an exciting contest of ideas, wit and persuasion in a series of provocative and timely debates.  Think twice as opposing panels challenge your convictions on some of the most critical issues facing our nation today.  Best of all, your vote decides who carries the day.  Attend the debates live in New York City, watch on Bloomberg TV, or listen on NPR.



Invitati: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Douglas Murray vs. Zeba Khan, Maajid Nawaz

Pedobear-ul urias din Polonia




Statuia e acel mega-isus din Polonia, construit anul acesta, pentru a atrage "poporul" inapoi la religie (catolicism).

Backup link: http://yfrog.com/h29m7pj

Ce te invata Isus




Ignoranta: tot un fel de arma...

12/14/2010

Sharia in Sudan: o femeie a fost biciuita in publica pentru ca a purtat pantaloni




...Nu e atat de mare act de rebeliune; pantalonii erau purtati pe sub halatul islamic obisnuit.

Asa arata Sharia, legea ortodoxa islamica. Femeia a comis un act de "indecenta", iar politia a pedepsit-o conform legilor islamice adoptate in cadrul legislativ oficial al Sudanului.

Am o rugaminte pentru cine citeste:

Nu fiti respectuosi/respectuoase.

Exista o diferenta intre toleranta si respect. Respectul pentru nebunie si violenta incurajeaza aceste comportamente. Este nevoie de o ridiculizare a comportamentelor ortodoxe. Ratiunea nu functioneaza destul de bine pe oamenii care gandesc asa.

“If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people”
House MD


Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
Mark Twain

12/13/2010

Religia, parintele prost. O ilustratie video


12/12/2010

Lectura: Isaac Newton si Alchimia




Prof. William R. Newman, answers the question Why Did Isaac Newton Believe in Alchemy

Despre perceptia timpului si jocuri pe calculator...


Doi vorbitori: Jane McGonigal, Philip Zimbardo.

O lectura interesanta. Zimbardo are o problema cu jocurile (nu toate) si cu era informatiei rapide; el este fanul societatii traditionale, cu ierarhie si unilateralism puternic (i.e. patriarhal "light"). McGonigal sustine ca jocurile pot fi folosite foarte constructiv, ajutand toata societatea.



02. Philip Zimbardo: Perspectives on Time

03. Marshmallow Study Experiment

04. Time Perspective

05. The Secret Powers of Time

06. Jane McGonigal: Pro-Social Games

07. Negative Impact on Videogames for Males

08. Introversion vs. Extroversion

09. Schools Changing Curriculum to Engage Children

10. Redefining the Hero


Jane McGonigal
Jane McGonigal is the Director of Games Research & Development at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California.

She has created and deployed games and missions in more than 30 countries on six continents. She specializes in games that help gamers enjoy their real lives more -- and games that challenge players to tackle real-world problems, through planetary-scale collaboration.
Philip Zimbardo
Philip Zimbardo is internationally recognized as a leading "voice and face of contemporary psychology" through his widely seen PBS-TV series, "Discovering Psychology," his media appearances, best-selling trade books on shyness, and his classic research, The Stanford Prison Experiment.

Zimbardo has been a Stanford University professor since 1968 (now an Emeritus Professor), having taught previously at Yale, NYU, and Columbia University. He continues teaching graduate students at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and at the Naval Post Graduate School (Monterey). He has been given numerous awards and honors as an educator, researcher, writer, and service to the profession. Recently, he was awarded the Havel Foundation Prize for his lifetime of research on the human condition. Among his more than 300 professional publications and 50 books is the oldest current textbook in psychology, Psychology and Life, now in its 18th Edition, and Core Concepts in Psychology in its 5th Edition.

His current research interests continue in the domain of social psychology, with a broad emphasis on everything interesting to study from shyness to time perspective, madness, cults, vandalism, political psychology, torture, terrorism, and evil. Noted for his personal and professional efforts to actually "give psychology away to the public," Zimbardo has also been a social-political activist, challenging the Government's wars in Vietnam and Iraq, as well as the American Correctional System.

Zimbardo has served as elected President of the Western Psychological Association (twice), President of the American Psychological Association, the Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) representing 63 scientific, math and technical associations (with 1.5 million members), and now is Chair of the Western Psychological Foundation.

He heads a philanthropic foundation in his name to promote education in his ancestral Sicilian towns. Zimbardo adds to his retirement list activities: serving as the new executive director of a center on terrorism, the Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education, and Research on Terrorism (CIPERT).

12/11/2010

Investigand dezinformarea privind 'Incalzirea globala' - de unde vine




Titlul lecturii: "The American Denial of Global Warming".

Polls show that between one-third and one-half of Americans still believe that there is "no solid" evidence of global warming, or that if warming is happening it can be attributed to natural variability. Others believe that scientists are still debating the point. Join scientist and renowned historian Naomi Oreskes as she describes her investigation into the reasons for such widespread mistrust and misunderstanding of scientific consensus and probes the history of organized campaigns designed to create public doubt and confusion about science.

John Cleese, despre extremism




John Cleese explica, in 2 minute, extremismul si jingoismul, in tonul sau satiric (cine nu a auzit de Monty Python, sa caute pe Google, acum.)

Cel mai mare avantaj al extremismului: te face sa te simti bun fiindca iti asigura dusmani.

Marele avantajului in a avea dusmani este ca poti sa crezi ca toata rautatea din lume este in dusmanii tai, iar toata bunatatea este in tine. Atractiv, nu?

Daca oricum ai ura si resentimente in tine si te bucuri cand abuzezi oameni, atunci poti sa-ti spui ca o faci doar pentru ca acesti dusmani ai tai sunt oameni foarte rai, si ca daca nu ar exista ei, tu ai fi o persoana cu buna si politicoasa si rationala. Deci daca vrei sa te simti bun (si bine), adopta extremismul.


...

Odata ce esti inarmat cu o super lista de dusmani, poti sa te comporti cat de antisocial vrei si sa te simti justificat din punct de vedere moral; poti abuza oameni dupa cum ai chef si, in acelasi timp, poti sa te consideri un campion al Adevarului, un luptator pentru Binele Mare, in loc de ...un individ trist, schiofrenic-paranoid.

Disperare pentru femei gravide: vor sa-si grabeasca sarcina


Titlul parca e de la trombon.ro:

Mamele îşi grăbesc naşterea pentru a beneficia de vechea formă a concediului maternal


link

Sureal:

Speriate de schimbarea legii concediului maternal, mai multe mame aflate în ultima lună de sarcină se gândesc să îşi grăbească naşterea pentru a putea beneficia de vechile reglementări.

La doar câteva ore după ce Guvernul a schimbat forma de acordare a îndemnizaţiei, medicii au fost asaltaţi de rugăminiţi. În funcţie de ce le convine mai mult, mamele care sunt în ultima lună de sarcină se gândesc dacă să nască după 1 ianuarie sau înainte.

Copiii care se nasc premator pot dezvolta probleme cronice de sanatate si mentale, fapt ce va inseamna ca in timpul vietii lor, vor continua sa aiba nevoie de ajutor de la stat, daca se depisteaza. Unii vor ajunge cu boli psihice, gen schizofrenie, cauzate de infectii avute in primele saptamani de viata. Aceasta nu este o practica inteligenta, si doar dovedeste o politica de handicapare a populatiei - fenomen ce este intotdeauna in detrimentul societatii.


Aici e buna propunerea acestei campanii:
Campania: Nu de la mame si copii, ci de la popi

Am facut si o imagine sugestiva:

12/10/2010

Reclama la Redbull interzisa de CNA




Mediafax anunta ca CNA a interzis acest spot pentru Redbull datorita faptului ca poate fi ofensator pentru "telespectatori", i.e. blasfemie.



Clipul publicitar a fost difuzat pe Prima TV, Pro TV, MTV, Kiss TV, UTV, AXN şi National Geographic Channel.



International Advertising Association Romania a transmis CNA că respectivul spot este "jignitor la adresa poporului român", foloseşte "un limbaj licenţios, vulgar" şi "simboluri creştine în context nepotrivit", fiind difuzat în apropierea Crăciunului.

International Advertising Association Romania Assholes

Care e problema, in afara de existenta CNA:

Patriarhii AudioVizualului fac niste presupuneri eronate, pentru a-si masca orgoliul politic si religios. Chiar daca nu ei au afirmat "jignitor la adresa poporului român", au sustinut-o.

Primul nivel de eroare este ca "poporul roman" este uniform crestin. O afirmatie din arsenalul de imbecilitate al nationalistilor.

A doua eroare este ca crestinii ar fi ofensati de reclama, sugerand ca CNA-ul are niste metode misterioase de informare: face sondaje? poate citii mintile oamenilor prin aparatele TV? revelatie divina? . Cel mai probabil este o revelatie "din burta", o inventie primitiva din mintea patriarhala ortodoxa.

Sa nu uitam, e vorba de publicitate, deci daca CNA-ul ar avea dreptate, inseamna ca ar face un favor companiei Redbull pentru interzicerea clipului.

12/08/2010

Interviu cu Michael Shermer despre scepticism, ateism nou, liberali, incalzire globala si altele




Whether they're intelligent design advocates, psychics, or 9/11 truthers, Skeptic Magazine's Founding Publisher Michael Shermer says the world is full of people who believe weird things.

Shermer sat down with Reason.tv's Tim Cavanaugh at Libertopia 2010 in Hollywood to discuss why self-help gurus aren't the key to happiness, what the New Atheist movement hopes to accomplish, why liberals accept evolution but not free markets, and why he switched from global warming skepticism to acceptance.

Approximately 9 minutes. Camera by Adam Hawk Jensen and Zach Weissmueller. Edited by Weissmueller.

Lectura: Richard Dawkins, 3 oct 2010, Duke Univ.


12/07/2010

Lectura pentru tehnofili: alegerea intre dezvoltarea prin design si cea prin capacitate de evolutie


O lectura mai densa despre tehnologie si principii de dezvoltare.




Presented by Steve Jurvetson.

ABSTRACT

Many of the interesting challenges in computer science, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology entail the construction of complex systems. As these systems transcend human comprehension, will we continue to design them or will we increasingly evolve them? As we design for evolvability, the locus of learning shifts from the artifacts themselves to the process that created them. There is no mathematical shortcut for the decomposition of a neural network or genetic program, no way to "reverse evolve" with the ease that we can reverse engineer the artifacts of purposeful design. The beauty of compounding iterative algorithms (evolution, fractals, organic growth, art) derives from their irreducibility.

Google itself is a complex system that seeks to perpetually innovate. Leadership in complex organizations shifts from direction setting to a wisdom of crowds. The role of upper management is to tune the parameters of communication. Leaders can embrace a process that promotes innovation with emergent predictability more than they can hope to dictate the product of innovation itself.

Innovation is critical to economic growth, progress, and the fate of the planet, yet it seems so random. While innovation may appear inscrutable at the atomic level, patterns emerge in the aggregate nonetheless. A critical pattern, spanning centuries, is that the pace of innovation is perpetually accelerating, and it is exogenous to the economy. Rather, it is the combinatorial explosion of possible innovation-pairings that creates economic growth.

Steve Jurvetson is a Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ.com), a leading venture capital firm with affiliate offices around the world and one of the most active early-stage investors. Internationally, DFJ was the main investor in Baidu and Skype. Steve's current board positions include Tesla Motors, Synthetic Genomics, D-Wave (quantum computers), NeoPhotonics, SpaceX, Boxbe, and Wowd. Steve was the founding VC investor in Hotmail, Interwoven, and Kana, and led DFJ's investments in various other companies acquired for $8B. Previously, he was an R&D Engineer at HP, where seven of his communications chip designs were fabricated. His prior technical experience also includes programming, materials science research and computer design at HP, the Center for Materials Research, and Mostek. At Stanford, he finished his BSEE in 2.5 years and graduated #1 in his class. He also received an MSEE and MBA from Stanford.

12/06/2010

Lectura: Copiii lui Dumnezeu si conspiratia "Cristos"





Lecture: The sons of god and the christ conspiracy, with S. Acharya. About the history of the myths of Christ and how it evolved.


EDITED

Zergu a ridicat o problema la discutia de aici. Se pare ca teoria dansei este non stiinfica. Ma uit acum dupa argumente.



12/05/2010

Masoneria in Transilvania. O vizita la muzeu


Masoneria din Romania, o alta clasa de cetateni persecutati de regimul ceausist. Oare de ce? ...










Masoneria in Transilvania

Pentru cei care nu sunt familiari cu masoneria, ca "institutie", aici este un articol interesant: The Intersection of Modern Free-Masonry, Humanism, and Secularism


Mai multe imagini si informatii despre expozitie:

La rindul sau, directorul Muzeului National de Istorie a Transilvaniei, prof. univ. dr. Ioan Piso a precizat: „Despre masonerie putini sint cei care stiu suficient de multe lucruri. Or necunoasterea este adesea izvorul suspiciunii si al nedreptatii. Masoneria a jucat un rol important in istoria moderna a Europei si a Romaniei, a Transilvaniei. Chiar daca privim lojile masonice ca pe niste centre elitiste, si tot este ceva foarte bun! In vremea comunismului, masoneria a fost puternic nedreptatita si urmarita, astfel incit aceste societati masonice au constituit si elemente ale rezistentei anticomuniste. Cu totii, si eu si dvs. trebuie sa fim foarte bine informati in legatura cu activitatea trecuta si actuala a masoneriei, care este un element important, intelectual, politic si social, un element pozitiv, indraznesc sa spun".


- http://old.clujeanul.ro/cotidian/nocache/articol/Cluj/Masonerie_la_expozitie.html

12/03/2010

Video: the Center of all Things. O eroare umana foarte urata




O scurt clip ce incearca sa arate evolutia mentalitatii prin societatea umana, de la frica si ignoranta triburilor mici si primitive, la civilizatia stiintifica naturalista in care traim acum (macar partial).

Problema mea... viitoarea criza de resurse




Link la pagina: http://www.twitvid.com/XCLYU

Acest documentar este cu caracter moderat; e vorba de varfurile de productie/exploatare care ne asteapta in acest secol, cu accent pe doua foarte importante: petrol si apa dulce.

Imi place acest documenar pentru ca nu contine sentimentalismul si misticismul asociat deseori cu media ecologista (pe mine nu ma deranjeaza, dar apreciez seriozitatea mai mult ca sentimentalitatea - in documentare).

Mult prea putina lume vorbeste de aceste chestiuni. Eu sunt interesat de multa vreme, defapt sunt chiar ingrijorat. Motivul pentru care pun acest video pe blog este fiindca tine de realism, civilizatie si stiinta.

NU vizionati daca incercati sa evitati "pesimismul", nu exista "good news" aici.

Diagrama Venn pentru a intelege relatiile dintre ateism, teism si agnosticism













via proddit

O colinda americana faina (NSFW)


12/02/2010

Atila Nyerges la un podcast de sceptici din UK, despre vaccinuri


Eram curios sa vad cum vad englezii Romania, asa ca am ascultat tot. Check it out:

Podcastul in format mp3: download/stream

La inceput sa discuta niste stiri, iar pe la jumatate intra domnul Nyerges, de la ASUR, in engleza cu accent transilvanean.

Atila Nyerges is president of the Romanian Secular-Humanist Association and a leading skeptic in his home country. He joins Marsh to discuss the low uptake of the HPV vaccine across Romania and the superstition that underpins this.

Linkul la mp3 va aparea si in rss feed, pentru cine foloseste asa ceva.

Sursa: http://parafort.com/ri/?p=1342

Christmas is Pain




"Craciunul este durere"

Un cantec frumos, de Roy Zimmerman

12/01/2010

Clarificari: Microevolutie versus Macroevolutie - un microdocumentar


E 1 decembrie. Ziua Nationala a romanilor.


E ziua nationala a Romaniei. Azi se incing dezbateri nationaliste, se critica unguri si evrei, se scriu elogii pentru mari patrioti, se pregatesc artificii in marile orase romanesti, se hranesc maidanezii mai bine (microgluma), se atinge o coarda care ar trebui sa vibreze prin aproape toata populatia. Degeaba. Nu ma intereseaza; inca astept Ziua Rationala a Romaniei - atunci ies pe strada sa celebrez.

Nationalismul nu este diferit fata de alte culte, atat doar ca minciunile si miturile sunt mai mici si mai putin supranaturale. Sunt naturalist si sceptic in privinta existentei unui taram virtual, cu o istorie plina de mituri; existenta unor linii trase de oameni pe harti nu ma impresioneaza cu nimic. ...Dupa cum zicea maestrul George Carlin: "The national bullshit story".



Intre timp, las vizitatorii cu un citat micut de la maretul, incredibilul, fabulosul, extraordinarilor, eroicul "poet national", Mihai Eminescu:

„Nu i-ar mai putrezi oasele cui au dat fiinţă acestor ţări în care cuvântul nu-i cuvânt, amorul nu-i amor şi frumuseţea e inscripţia unui... otel”. (Referire la Tarile Romanesti)





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