7/30/2011

Mark Salzman, o poveste cu epifanie



Author Mark Salzman, Iron and Silk, The Soloist, Lying Awake, became a stay-at-home parent in 2001.

Eight years and three failed book manuscripts later, he had a nervous breakdown. He joins LIVE to tell a sad story with a happy ending and to explore:

What kind of person gets panic attacks when he meditates?

Can an atheist have a mystical experience?

Is free will a necessary illusion?

Do dogs bark on purpose?

Where does faith fit in?


bullshit free :)

Privilege... (comic)



7/29/2011

Importanța rugaciunii înainte de culcare, la copii




Clip cu subtitrari puse de Zergu

7/27/2011

Agenda Libertatii si primavara arabica. Politica si religie in timp de revolutie


O discutie cu niste experti in domeniu, explorand caracterul revolutiilor si potentialul democratic vs. teocratic/despotic al miscarilor.




It's been dubbed the "Arab Spring", a remarkable period of our recent history where citizens across the Middle East took to the streets demanding the overthrow of despotic regimes, and democratic reform. However, months later the future is still uncertain and the pathways to democracy are proving to be complex.

The US Studies Centre brought together government decision-makers past and present, thought leaders and academic experts from the US, Australia and around the world to take stock of the first epoch of the new millennium, what they've dubbed "The 9/11 Decade".

Three experts debate the past, present and future of the freedom agenda, from the ongoing war in Afghanistan to the more recent events of The Arab Spring. They include former speechwriter for both of George W Bush's Secretaries of State, Adam Garfinkle, former State Department policy director Stephen Krasner, and ANU politics professor Amin Saikal.

Problema raului - o discutie la o emisiune americana


The Atheist Experience TV Show Atheist Experience #719: Greg Paul and the Problem of Evil



Unul din detaliile interesante este ca estimarile privind numarul de oameni care au trait pe planeta produc suma de 50 de miliarde de copii morti.

Discutia se opreste pe la 50% din inregistrare. Se poate asculta/salva mp3

7/24/2011

Teoria informatiei si problema sufletului


Unul din argumentele noi pe care le-am auzit impotriva existentei sufletului (il aveam deja in minte intr-o forma, dar nu asa clar):


Energia se conserva.

Informatia nu se conserva, ci este afectata de fortele entropice (sageata timpului).

Daca spiritul/sufletul ar trebui sa contina informatie, ar disparea, la fel cum dispare mintea si creierul dupa deces.

Pe lung, despre aceasta teorie, de la Ion Irimie, un profesor batran de filosofie (naturalist, evident):



Ion Irimie 3 la Negustorul de Idei

7/22/2011

Wikileaks arata situatia extremismului islamic in Bulgaria


Link: http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=130230

Citez si subliniez:




...
As Bulgaria's moderate Islamic institutions atrophy, more Muslim Bulgarians have come to rely on unregulated Islamic education promoted by foreign foundations, both in local mosques and abroad.
...


¶26. (S) COMMENT: Islamic extremism in Bulgaria is a very real concern, and the U.S. Mission is engaged in extensive efforts to monitor and combat extremism (Reftel C). Despite this fact, the overwhelming majority of Bulgarian Muslims are moderates who are not receptive to radical ideology. However, among certain sub-groups, Islamic extremism could potentially thrive on the lack of strong, adequately funded moderate Islamic institutions and the alienation of Muslim youth through discrimination and lack of opportunity.

¶27. (S) Numerous USG-financed programs currently promote ethnic integration and opportunity among Bulgaria's Roma minority. Post requests the Department's assistance in supporting these programs and expanding them to address the urgent needs of Pomaks and ghettoized Muslim Roma. The influence of Islamic extremists in Bulgaria will also be curtailed if the GoB can be persuaded to subsidize Islamic education, return disputed "Wakaf" properties, or otherwise lessen the financial dependence of central Islamic institutions on foreign Islamic organizations. END


"Pomaks":




Vechea poveste: minoritatile sarace si discriminate, musulmane in acest caz, (faptul ca "discriminate" e cliseu nu inseamna ca nu e adevarat) sunt momite de organizatii religioase bogate (foarte multe sunt chiar din Arabia Saudita) in grupuri cu ideologie extrem de anti-sociala. Cei mai vulnerabili oameni sunt prada vanatorilor de adepti. Si nu e gluma... chiar daca ei nu ajung sa comita violenta in tara lor, pot ajunge soldati in alte tari unde au loc conflicte religioase.

Practica este populara si la crestini, doar ca ei au fost domesticiti in ultimele secole. In Romania e plin de misionari care convertesc persoane sarace folosind momeala cu bunuri si bani. In randul romilor sunt multi, pentru ca romii nu-s chiar pe placul ortodocsilor romani. Situatia e trista pentru ei ca pentru orice alta minoritate cu probleme. Fix fundamentalismul crestin le mai lipsea... inca o scuza sa nu-si trimita copiii la scoala si sa faca mai putini sau deloc.

Bulgarii sunt vecini, asa ca e probabil ca in viitor sa vedem niste conflicte religioase in sudul Romaniei, chiar daca musulmanii sunt concentrati mai mult in sudul Bulgariei.

7/20/2011

Stewart Lee, comedian



Partea 3 (2 lipseste)

Rick Perry e un potential candidat la presedintia SUA, si e un fundamentalist


Colbert, prezentatorul emisiunii din acest clip, prezinta situatia in mod satiric, pentru a sublinia nebunia...



Video mirror: http://yfrog.com/0c5u7z

7/19/2011

Oreste si monoteismul


Intr-un articol recent, Oreste lauda islamul si zice ca aceasta religie va fi "o salvare" pentru religia occidentala:

Cunoscutul realizator de la Antena 2, Oreste Teodorescu, se declară un mare admirator al popoarelor arabe şi al islamului. Susţine că este un cercetător al Coranului, pe care îl descoperă zilnic ca pe un puzzle. „Am descoperit în Coran sensuri foarte profunde. Cred cu tărie că islamul vine ca o salvare pentru religia occidentală. Dacă nu ar fi fost islamul, nu ar fi existat renaşterea. Sunt mai multe lucrurile care unesc cele două popoare, decât cele care le separă. Simt o similitudine cu sufletul românesc. Ambele culturi ştiu să împrumute bune şi rele, oamenii sunt ospitalieri şi prietenoşi”, a declarat Oreste.


A descoperit in Coran sensuri profunde, si? Pentru gandirea lui superficiala, orice basm trebuie sa fie foarte profund. El se declara fan islamic, dar abia a inceput sa studieze. Asta e ca un copil care se declara mare admirator al fizicii pentru ca a aprins o petarda.

Islamul nu va salva religia occidentala, "Crestinismurile", din simplu fapt ca aceasta religie e deja aproape moarta, e in spasme. Daca Islamul vine in occident, aici va aceasi soarta ca fratele sau mai mare. Mai mult, intruziunea culturala islamica va stimula o reactie seculara mai puternica, dupa plictiseala lasata de decesul lent al crestinismului in occident.

"Fara Islam = fara Renastere" e un argument intalnit des, dar este o bazat pe o confuzie teribila. Cultura araba a fost cea care a mentinut si a crescut bogatiile intelectuale si stiintifice din antichitate, in timp ce Europa era sub dominatia intunecata a autoritatilor crestine. Renasterea a beneficiat de aceasta resursa neatinsa de anti-intelectualismul Bisericii Crestine. Arabii, in schimb, au pierdut ocazia de a construi pe acele comori, tocmai pentru ca au permis islamului sa se cristaleze institutional, sa devina dogmatic si sa faca legea pentru societatile lor - teocratia. In timp ce Europa iesea din secolele de negura crestino-abrahamica, Arabia intra in negura musulmano-abrahamica... totul multumita clericilor care practic au criminalizat cunoasterea stiintifica si libertatea intelectuala vitala progresului.


"Sunt mai multe lucrurile care unesc cele două popoare, decât cele care le separă."

Dogma abrahamica, versiunea 1,2,3. ( patriarhismul, ura de femei, ura de evrei, atitudinea totalitara etc.)


"Ambele culturi ştiu să împrumute bune şi rele, oamenii sunt ospitalieri şi prietenoşi”, a declarat Oreste.

Generalisme irelevante. Evident ca sunt ospitalieri si prietenosi - daca nu esti asa, nu supravietuiesti ca societate, in special cand ai nevoie de comert pentru ca ai resurse putine in tara ta...


„Primăvara arabă este ce a fost decembrie '89 la noi. Chiar dacă oamenii nu ştiu ce îi aşteaptă, vor o schimbare. Există un duh al libertăţii. Tinerii arabi sunt pentru democraţie”


Duh? Adica sunt posedati... interesanta viziune.

Exista o dorinta pentru libertate si o dorinta pentru un trai decent (aka SOCIALISM). Tot vorbim de libertate in sus si jos, dar populatiile respective au inceput protestele pentru ca nu au ce manca sau nu-si permit o educatie. Intr-adevar, nu stiu ce ii asteapta, dar daca o dau in religiozitate si biserica-stat, democratia, libertatea si chiar buna-starea vor zbura pe geam. Vor afla ce inseamna un cuvant vechi, un cuvant traditional... "feudalism".


Amfitironul emisiunii „Codul lui Oreste” lucrează la realizarea unui flm documentar care se va intitula „Trei religii, un singur Dumnezeu”. „Vom pleca la filmări în luna august. Va fi un documentar despre cele trei mari religii, iudaism, creştinism şi islam. Începem de la Bethleem şi terminăm în Siria, unde există un loc în care oamenii trăiesc ca în urmă cu 2.000 de ani”, a mai declarat Oreste.


Am mai vazut asa documentare. Sincer, ma bucur ca face, pentru ca va mai usor sa arati oamenilor ca toate aceste religii sunt fraude, nu doar crestinismul. "Priviti cum frauda incepe cu multe mii de ani in urma si apoi este institutionalizata si devina atractiva pentru orice conducator, ajutand la constructia a tot felul de regimuri totalitare; aceste religii cresc si sa imprastie, ca niste clanuri mafiote, ajungand sa se lupte intre ele pentru teritoriu si hegemonie."



„Eu nu sunt în relaţii foarte bune cu preoţii. Eu îi numesc sutanişti. Din păcate, majoritatea se află în slujba banului. Când banul devine icoana lor, slujitorul cuvântului lui Dumnezeu îşi pierde sensul. Preoţii au ajuns nişte militari în straie bisericeşti, preferă să-l slujească pe Patriarh sau pe Papă. Uită că omul e trecător. Christos e nemuritor, oamenii sunt muritori. Adevăratul spirit al ortodoxiei se mai găseşte doar în anumite mănăstiri izolate”


Ipocrizie, doar ipocrizie stereotipica. El nu este suparat pe viermii in sutane, cum alintam noi preotii, pentru ca preotii mint, inseala si corup mintea oamenilor cu frica si basme. Ore$te e suparat pe preoti pentru ca acestia sunt concurentii lui pe piata de "credinta" si pentru ca e "cool" sa pari mai anarhist; e chiar atat de impresionat pentru tineri incat exista ghiduri de misionarism crestin in care misionarii sunt incurajati sa spuna ca-s anti-biserica, anti-religie, dar sa mentioneze ca-s pro-Jesus...

Din punctul meu de vedere, oamenii ca Oreste sunt mult mai periculosi pentru lume ca preotii, pentru ca el propune un fel de viziune in care toate religiile sunt bune si sunt asemanatoare si necesare, reducandu-le, cu ineptie, la "bunatatea credintei mistice" si spunand implicit ca lipsa religiei este ceva rau. Astfel de viziune e mai periculoasa pentru ca produce o umbrela de toleranta sociala sub care se pot ascunde cele mai sociopate elemente din religii, ceea ce este un privilegiu extraordinar si extrem de toxic.

7/18/2011

Imagini de arhiva: Ceausescu dand mana cu liderii cultelor




Puteti sa vedeti si un fotoreportaj cu Ceausescu mergand la biserica pe TLP.ro

7/17/2011

Cu atatea cearceafuri in zona


parca venereaza Zeul Detergentului.



Cam aici se termina gluma. In rest, femei imbecilizate si convinse sa se comporte ca niste animale de casa, cu obedienta, cu smerenie - sau cum ar spune clerul - "rolul femeii in lume".

7/16/2011

"Darul cel mai pretios"




→ gunoi pe fundul unei fantani arteziene, pe gheata.

7/15/2011

Glume cu betie


O icoana amuzanta


Cam atat pot sa zic.

7/14/2011

"Iisus a fost un terorist", cantecul


Jesus Was a Terrorist - Jello Biafra and NoMeansNo


punk, evident.

7/12/2011

Viata dincolo de planeta Pamant. O explorare stiintifica


7/11/2011

Scandalagiul de pe strada



7/10/2011

Afaceri şi Binefaceri. Un reportaj despre averea BOR si altele...




Eng. subs.

O dezbatere indirectă pe tema relaţiei dintre stat şi biserică în România anului 2011.

7/08/2011

Johann Hari: despre libertatea cuvantului si fundamentalismul religios


Jurnalistul britanic (The Independent) Johann Hari vorbeste despre importanta libertatii de exprimare si lupta cu hegemonia religioasa

7/06/2011

Hope: the biggest problem of society


I wrote this article in 26 oct., 2006, when I was less antitheistic and more anarchistic. I think I still am. This one is for readers who thought I wasn't into "left" politics. :)




Many people in the World see hope as the best means to deal with a though situation:

"... If you're in trouble, just hope to get better. If your son got hit by a car, just hope he'll make it, and maybe even make it out OK. If you voted for a politician, hope he'll do what he promised."

Hope is so common and has so many forms, that it becomes invisible, like the asphalt of the roads, you only notice it when you want it or hate it.

You see hope in movies most of the time, working like magic for the positive characters. These are the great stories of the modern West, specifically designed to fit and promote that archetype.

Hope has been planted in the mindset of society especially with the use of Religion - which has brought a "vehicle" to place your hope in – Faith – and some documented techniques of placing hope: prayers.

Why is it such a problem if it seems so old?

The problem emerges when we look at what goes on in the mind of the one who hopes. Let's take for example prayers, since they seem very positive and well-meaning, even altruistic, one might think.

A prayer is usually a form of hope in which someone wishes for something good to happen (yes, just like to a fairy or to a magic fish), especially to family and friends.

Physically, a prayer does nothing but move air in a room, at most. If you don't believe me, just try it, see if anything more happens...

Mentally, well that's a very different story. Since prayers come in exact words, they don't require much intense thinking, just playback of sets of words from your memory, just like a song, a national anthem. After that, there's the layer of personal matters, the explicit hoping.

The tricky thing to notice is what goes on in the subconscious. During a prayer, the subconscious mind expresses its egocentric concerns over the intended subjects of the wishes. It's like a different language, so let's take some examples:

1. "I hope my father is cured of his cancer" means:

"If only my father was healthy and well so I wouldn't have to worry about him all day long and so he could care for MY needs, like he always did. And the medical bills are killing me and I'm going to have to work three jobs to pay everything. He is not my responsibility!!!"




2. "I hope my brother gets into a good University so he can get a good job!" means:

"If only the University would take my brother and watch over him so I don't have to care about him at home, especially if he gets a job and will be able to support me and I could also be proud of him and make all my friends a bit jealous!"





Let's try a more popular one, at least popular in USA:

3. "I hope my son comes back from the War!" means:

"If he comes in a box, I'll have to take responsibility for letting him go to the war and not teaching him that it's immoral to kill and hurt people for any reason, and my entire ego will crash, because I always thought I was a good parent. If he dies, who will be able to take care of me when I am old? Who will continue my bloodline? And if he comes back broken, I'll have to take great care of him for the rest of my life. My whole life purpose will be destroyed, for all my work as a human parent would be lost and I will not be able to start back again."



All that hope is related directly to your ego and all prayers are the expressions of your egocentric needs and wants. It just comes in the prettiest package ...so you don't feel remorse for being so selfish.

Of course, there's a kind of hope that's clearly selfish and it's installed by means of culture, especially in the West. Consumerism, the main atmosphere generated by Capitalism.

It starts when you are young. Ever hear of Santa Claus? It's a Coke-Cola public relations production, a commercial story. Actually, I never believed in him, but I loved the presents when I was a kid.

Since we seldom share in this "goods" culture as children, everyone grows up with a sense of "the need to get some"... some toys, at first, and then some money, cars, houses and other stuff. Some call it The American Dream, but all globalized populations have some version of this. TV doesn't help in this one, since advertising is specifically designed to make you want to get some stuff.

More to the subject – kids can't make or buy toys; they can't do anything really, except make a mess and break toys. Kids have to wish for something and hope to get it. Parents want their kids to smile back at them with great joy and kids always want more if they're not taught to understand that there are many limits and consequences. Parents look at the kids and understand that it's cute to be so greedy with toys, but how many people think their children will grow up to be greedy selfish individuals? corrupt bastards who would do anything for money...

OK, back to hope.

I was showing this scenario because it points out how deep the problem of hope is, especially in the last century. Hope has deep roots in modern minds and it's a big problem because it's a going to take immense effort to remove this "brain tumor".

Still don't undertand why it's such a big problem?

Let me explain what hope does in the brain. As a reminder, the Brain is supposed to figure out things, using its memory so it can run its body and interests better; solving problems and meeting needs, strategically.




Let's suppose there's a huge problem in your life.

Your brain would kick into action to solve the problem. We'll call "A" the point when the brain starts looking for specific solutions to the problem and "B" the point when the brains has found it. It's a timeline, but you can imagine even a treasure map.

In a normal situation, without hope or blind supernatural belief, the brain process would look like this:


A ---------thinking---working---simulating---------- → B


(of course it's not linear or two dimensional even, but for the sake of the argument let's say it is)

During this process, the brain is looking for solutions by searching past experiences (learnings) and constructing scenarios for testing. It loops in this circuit to try out the easy possibilities it has and produces one or more solutions. You may not like the solutions, but it's what your brain can come up with using the learning you've had to that point in your life. The more information (facts) you have about the Universe, the World, Society and the more you understand that information (the relations between facts), the better the solutions will be.

OK, now let's see what happens when we place [hope] after the process has started.


A -------hope-------- C


Notice: "C" will be the solution offered by hope. "C" is not a real solution, it's just a way to calm down your ego.

Hope gives an alternate solution which translates to: "it's not really my problem" (relinquishing of responsibility). The real practical solution, B, is never found, leaving a GAP of thinking, which your brain always tries to ignore, because such mental errors terrify your EGO.

"C" is not really a solution, but a Compromise consisting of "the denying of responsibility" and "the securing of the Ego's integrity". You may also call it "lying to yourself", but let's not scare away your ego into self-defense right now...


This "error generating process" brought by hope builds faulty minds, starting from childhood. It's just like a brick wall full of holes... it can't stand for long, especially under pressure. The collapse of this system, wall, brain, call it whatever you want, brings psychological problems and social problems. Stupidity is a common problem, but the bigger ones are depression and breakdowns and selfish suicide.

At one point in your life, the gaps will cause implosions. It's what people feel like when leaving a cult and they realize that they've been such fools. It may happen after realizing that you've studied for many years in an educational system which is a fraud, because after you've finished the training and go out in society to try to work and live that way, you realize that what you learned is completely useless and you are still dumb and ignorant, but older and with more baggage in your memory).

It may be when you are young, and you get a chance to restart and really learn from it, or it may be when you're old or on your death bed. Many times people are so weak that after such a collapse they seek more and more hope, like a drug. It is by this description pure stupidity.

The extent of this problem in society is enormous. For thousands of years, human administration systems have based their power on this weakness in the minds of people. On the one hand, there has always been Religion – which is the primitive form of mass mind control (it got large numbers of people to kill others, kill themselves, fuck others, eat others, work as slaves, accept dictators etc.) and on the other hand, there is the minority who rules the system, more or less openly.

This is also about politics. Inevitably so.

When people are raised to believe in miracles, invisible spirits and invisible worlds, their brains leave "logical back-doors" (due to those gaps made by hope) which are used and abused by religious leaders or anyone who has knowhow of psychology and sociology to influence the mind of the individual, or anyone who just has a natural talent for pushing the right buttons.

In modern culture, religion plays a smaller role, so the rulers, the ones with most of the wealth and power, brought other systems of dumbing up the crowds.

The primitive and superficial culture of consumerism and the institution of the large mass-media channels play a big role in this. It's only in the past 4 centuries that Western Society has started to evolve on the individual scale and religion has started to lose its grip. However, mass-media has basically turned into another religion, with the same role, and with a purpose. Capitalism and consumerism are the ultimate expression of a system which causes and encourages people to be weak-minded, dumb, insecure, selfish and ego-maniacal - and they, the upper "crust", are the owners of the media religion.

I'm not saying not to read fantasy book and watch movies, but books and movies are supposed to teach your new information about how the World works, new patterns which you can practically use in the World. Drowning yourself in drama movies is not a solution. Actually, if I were you, I'd recycle the TV sets in your home and never watch TV again.

Even worse, I've noticed a new trend in pseudoscience: the invention of the domain of "scientific hope", ..."Quantum Theory". Not the science of it, but the semi-religious philosophy with a similar name.

2+2=4 is how our brains work. Humans are not evolved to work in a quantum environment... since it's far too small for life forms. To any scientists who supports the "The Secret" philosophy I'd say: stop acting like silly kids and make something to save the biosphere you "reality creating" selfish dicks!

It gets worse.

*Caution, prophecy ahead*

The "gaps" have become so wide that this century will witness the biggest fall of humanity, because of the global extent of this problem and because of the billions of people on Earth. I'm sorry if this fact saddens you, by all means – go back to hoping... These porous-minded people will seek more hope, so religions will get a boost, instead of going the other way to abolish it completely and start to improve our world. The new Dark Ages are coming, but not with fire, swords, popes and kings, but with nukes, white-phosphorus, anthrax, obsessive consumption of goods, top-models, movie stars, stock-markets booms and busts, bird flu, cancer and the death of large parts of the biosphere. These ones will be the "Dim, Dark, but Sparkly Ages".




by dumnezero | written in 2006, edited in 2011

7/05/2011

Rudele oamenilor


Ca fapt divers, pentru cine nu avea o perceptie destul de clara...

7/04/2011

De ce crede lumea in zei. O explicatie mai stiintifica




O prezentare de Andy Thomson ( 2009 )

7/03/2011

Evolutia fericirii





Joining primatologist Jane Goodall at this illuminating panel at the "Happiness & Its Causes" conference is the French monk Matthieu Ricard, Philosophy Professor Paul Griffiths and moderator Scott Stephens from ABC Religion & Ethics.

Dr Jane Goodall is an internationally-acclaimed primatologist, environmentalist and UN Messenger of Peace. She is also the best-selling author of "Hope for Animals and Their World" and "Reasons for Hope: A Spiritual Journey". Goodall began studying the social organization of chimpanzees in 1960, in what is now Tanzania, under the mentorship of famed anthropologist and palaeontologist, Dr Louis Leakey. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is considered a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats.

Matthieu Ricard is a French monk, acclaimed photographer and Co-ordinator of the Karuna-Shechen Humanitarian Projects. He is also the best-selling author of "Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill". Ricard is a Buddhist monk who went from a scientific career in France to the study of Buddhism in the Himalayas nearly 40 years ago. His other books include "Happiness, The Monk and the Philosopher", "The Quantum and the Lotus", "The Art of Meditation" and, as a photographer, "Motionless Journey".

Professor Paul Griffiths is University Professorial Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney and Professor of Philosophy of Science, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, University of Exeter in the UK. He is also author of "Sex and Death: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Biology and What Emotions Really Are".

Jesus, prietenul suspect al copiilor


7/01/2011

Alice Dreger: destinul anatomic - real sau imaginar?




Alice Dreger e o experta in istoria anatomiei si anatomie sexuala. Ea prezinta problema categoriilor sau arhetipurilor sexuale anatomice care sunt demolate prin progresul stiintific.

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