De dragul argumentului - Daniel H. Cohen: For argument's sake (TED)

Why do we argue? To out-reason our opponents, prove them wrong, and, most of all, to win! ... Right? Philosopher Daniel H. Cohen shows how our most common form of argument -- a war in which one person must win and the other must lose -- misses out on the real benefits of engaging in active disagreement. (Filmed at TEDxColbyCollege.)


8-19 August 2013 News and stuff

Posted: 17 Aug 2013 01:41 PM PDT

Posted: 17 Aug 2013 04:13 AM PDT
Leak from a pro-Morsy (and Muslim Brotherhood) "street theater" and photo-op for western media, faking drama and violence; strange, funny and disturbing. 

Posted: 17 Aug 2013 03:18 AM PDT
Original Post from Mike Fountain:
The more I acknowledge that much of what 'I know to be true' is in fact just an expression of how I believe the world to be the greater my capacity for understanding that my attention was in the wrong place.

Yep, morality right here...

Posted: 15 Aug 2013 12:27 PM PDT

Scientists Just Grew Human Heart Tissue That Beats With Total Autonomy
Posted: 14 Aug 2013 05:16 AM PDT

Posted: 13 Aug 2013 02:48 PM PDT
Original Post from Ashley Wilson:
The reason I try to be a vegetarian.

"For most of human history, we ate what was local, because there were no airplanes, steamships, or refrigerated trucks to bring us "exotic" or non-local foods. Plants that were found to be poisonous were added to the arsenal of "things we don't eat." Over time, however, culture took over, and man began to form customs for what food — mostly animals — was for eating, and what was not. Generally, all bets are off in times of starvation, but our ideas about food are deeply ingrained in our communities, and we haven't bothered to examine them very closely."

"[In US law,] factory farms are called concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs for short). In practice, factory farms are very large — four farms in the United States produce 80 percent of the cattle raised for slaughter and half of the chickens. They're operations that raise livestock in highly confined, high-density conditions with more than 125,000 animals under one roof. "

"To produce 1 pound of beef, the friendly neighbourhood farmer (or Tyson foods [the largest grower of meat in the US] ) will need 13 pounds of grain and 2,500 gallons of water. If a 1,000-pound cow yields 600 pounds of beef, that cow consumed 1.5 million gallons of water and 7,800 pounds of grain. So, on a basic level, farming at this scale is pretty inefficient, when you could effectively feed thousands of people with just the grain and water it takes to produce that one cow. It's not that inefficient if you're one farmer with a few cows and chickens (though it's more expensive to raise animals that actually graze) and just your family to feed. But even when you're as good as Tyson Foods is at maximizing profits, it's a mathematically unsustainable equation."

Via +Brendan Costeloe

#ArtificialMeat #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming

Posted: 07 Aug 2013 05:01 PM PDT

  AE: #827: Interview with Rob Poole

Posted: 18 Aug 2013 07:00 PM PDT
Russell Glasser and Tracie Harris with guest Rob Poole. Interview with Rob Poole. Tracie interviews Rob Poole, Professor of Social Psychiatry, Bangor University, North Wales
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Preoţi ortodocşi, angajaţi în spitalele clujene - WTF? 1600 lei net?


Slujitorii Bisericii Ortodoxe Române fac vizite bolnavilor, ţin slujbe în fiecare zi şi oficiază ultimele împărtăşanii, la cerere. Ei au un salariu net lunar de 1.600 de lei. Potrivit Mitropoliei Ortodoxe a Clujului, Maramureşului şi Sălajului, în Cluj-Napoca sunt 16 preoţi misionari care îşi desfăşoară activitatea în spitale. „E un foarte bun impact printre credincioşi. Preoţii umanizează un spital şi oferă încredere şi sprijin celor aflaţi în nevoie. Spitalele care îşi permit au în schema lor de personal posturi pentru preoţii ortodocşi. La nivelul judeţului, jumătate din preoţii misionari sunt plătiţi din fondurile spitalelor", a spus purtătorul de cuvânt al Mitropoliei, Bogdan Ivanov.

Aproape fiecare unitate medicală din Cluj-Napoca are o capelă în care credincioşii se pot ruga, iar preoţii oficiază slujbe. „Am fost angajat aici în 2012, pe un post administrativ. Fac vizite bolnavilor, împărtăşesc, ajut rudele şi oficiez slujbe", a spus părintele Ştefan Toadere, de la capela Sf. Dimitrie Izvorâtorul de Mir, care aparţine Institutului Oncologic Ion Chiricuţă. Preoţii greco-catolici clujeni sunt plătiţi de către Episcopia de Cluj-Gherla pentru aceleaşi servicii oferite credincioşilor, în spitale.

De ce sa tina buget pentru preoti cand au nevoie de bani pentru medici si asistente si RESURSE?

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