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Daniel Voisin has been shared in 43 public circles

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Tarık Bulut238#growthcircle   #circleshare   This is my 21st circle share of this circle and I hope to get over 400+ shares and continue to grow this as time goes on.  This should increase Google Plus comments and plus ones.  This is a circle I created a few months ago and am now sharing with you in hopes that we can all benefit and grow our online presence.  This circle rewards those who take part in interaction as seen below..  #GrowthCircle   For all you SEO and social media marketing needs visit my company  #bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery 2014-07-02 14:40:215015816
Tarık Bulut238Free google Plus FollowersTo be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post______________________________________ #CircleSharing #Circle#Share#CircleOfTheDay#ShareCircle#Google+#ADD#SharedPublicCircles#Google#SharedCircles#Friends#GooglePlusTips#SocialMedia#AddCircle#Marketing#SocialMediaMarketing#Engagers#AddPeople#PublicSharedCircles#teamelitecircle2014-07-02 12:08:3430010712
Tarık Bulut78 #growthcircle   #circleshare   This is my 21st circle share of this circle and I hope to get over 400+ shares and continue to grow this as time goes on.  This should increase Google Plus comments and plus ones.  This is a circle I created a few months ago and am now sharing with you in hopes that we can all benefit and grow our online presence.  This circle rewards those who take part in interaction as seen below..  #GrowthCircle   For all you SEO and social media marketing needs visit my company  #bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery 2014-07-01 19:46:105015510
michael Addi0If you're receiving this notification then you are in this circle!6/27/2014This circle has a great group of active users on G+, they also share some great content as well.  #circleshare  If you'd like to stay included in this circle, then I ask you to please share this original post.If you want to be excluded, please let me know and you will no longer be included.2014-06-27 18:04:52385112
Maria Morisot34,675Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle27 June, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-06-27 10:54:53299106112154
Tessa Schlesinger20,569This is the circle of people I follow. I am not in it (so I'm not promoting myself). I follow them because they are interesting, sincere, have good stuff. Some of them have been here with me from day one.  They don't always interact every day, but I think it really depends on what you're looking for on G+. If you want people to interact with you, well, nobody can interact with everybody who adds them. There just isn't enough time to do that. On the other hand, if you'd like to read someone because they present informative, interesting, entertaining stuff, then this circle is interesting. I think it would appeal to atheists, agnostics, people who love beauty, travel, occasional humor, who are visual, intellectual, thinkers, humanist, and/or liberal. :)2014-05-08 15:31:52186503
Shashi S5,567Circle of Great Engagers________________________There is no doubt this is one of the most powerful group of engager's who will make your time of exploring worthwhile in Google Plus. Share and enjoy...Sorry if I missed anyone. Please comment I'll include you in the next shared circle. :)Also, This is a Great Circle and includes Google+   #TopEngagers : really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.Top Google+ users that share unique and original contents.Follow this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - share the circle (include yourself) *3 - add +1 to the post4 - *Start something new and share with the world of google plusMore you share more you get!__Shashiॐ नमः शिवायOm Namah Shivaya#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles #Friday #sharingcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday   #share   #shared   #followers   #addcircles #publicsharedcircles   #share   #addpeople   #addcircle #addfriends   #circle   #empireavenue   #socialmedia     #influencers   #influencer   #influence   #influencermarketing #sundaycircle  2014-04-11 10:40:52294211430
Ole Olson38,548٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶If you're looking for some of the BEST engagers on Google+, this is it.Top notch commentary, good content support, and some out of this world posts to boot. =========================================I sculpted this circle personally over the last year, and this is it's first full release. The Top Engagers is guaranteed to make your G+ experience better. =========================================    #publicsharedcircles       #publiccircle       #circle         #circles    #thebigcommunity   #kingcircle #topcircleshare   #awesome       #awesomepeople       #shareyourcircle    #circleoftheday         #circleshare       #circlesharing           #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-01-27 09:48:552507711
Nina Pelletier16,409Thought today would be a good day to share my Canadian Circle .  Some of the very best Canucks are right here on G+ with us :)2014-01-25 19:12:58471215
Ole Olson20,256Top Circlers on the GooglesphereI've been sharing one and only one circle per day lately, picking the most interesting ones I've found. My goal is to share a diverse selection of circles, some based on topics like the environment, or interests like scifi, or well designed share circles. Probably about time I share one of my OWN circles for a change!Below is my recently updated Top Circles circle. These folks have a good track record of forging excellent share circles. Add them immediately.  #HashtagZoo  (concept courtesy of +Peter Edenist) #Circles   #Sharedcircles   #PublicCircles   #topcircles   #circlequeen   #circlemaster   #SharingIsCaring  2013-08-15 08:12:489515921
Shawna Mac22,734Canadian Circle Share - Evening EditionHappy Friday!  Last week there were a few Canadian circle shares and I was circled by a bunch of new Canucks, so I'm sharing mine this week as it is brimming with fresh, active Canadians and will help those new to G+ get some great content in their streams.  Slight emphasis on Nova Scotians mebbe.If you are a Canadian or a new circler and want me to add you, please comment below and I shall be happy to do so (but please have your about me filled out with something other than Viagra ads!)I <3 my Canadians (and I'm notifying you so you know where all the new people are coming from)#Canada #Canadiana #NovaScotia #circleshare #circlesharefriday2013-05-11 00:08:5950128920
Ole Olson13,134My Top Circler CircleSpecial thanks to these people on G+ who have shared me in one of their circles. I don't say it very often, but I really do appreciate it.  As I went over the list on +CircleCount last night, I realized some of these folks had vanished from my own circles, which happens on G+ occasionally, but that has been rectified. These are all fine folks with an eclectic mix of quality posts. Add this circle for some outstanding engagers.   And for others, sculpting quality circles and SHARING them is a very important part to G+. Don't share a circle every day, but do it once in a while to help others find who is important to you on here. Dirk TalamascaAndrey MashnichJack C CrawfordCircleCountEuro MaestroSusanne RamharterMark SDaniel HarringtonPaul MeulmanRandy HilarskiJUSTIN MATTHEW (shouting!)Gideon RosenblattTrever McGheeArmando LiossMike ClancyJohn HardyRob SalzmanJason Hurtado DanielsAlister MacintyreTina ValeJohn KelldenBob MulhollandDaniel SandsteinJari HuomoGabriel FitzpatrickGiovanni TotaroRae OuztsDaniele VegaMelissa WalkerKimberly CrawleyShaun WheldenRichard Greenjohn sawyerWes ForsterMarko Shiva PavlovicWataru TengaDavid BeeAtheismJohn DoeMelisa BeliwiczErik BarrettAmy McLeodAaron StanleyJeffrey HarringtonJason MDaniel VoisinBill SewardAndrew HartwellJoys Maclaurinmatt vovakiss #CircleShare   #SharedCircles   #SharedPublicCircles   #CircleOfTheDay   #Engagers  2013-04-23 13:27:015013615
Bob Mulholland12,616Inform | Act | Share | Stay Aware #InformActShareStayAware  #InternetFreedom   #SharedCircle  *Part 1 of 2*With the impending #Anonymous  day of action tomorrow #PM2012 , here's a Circle of people who care about internet freedom.+1 or share to be added.2012-12-20 18:51:28490916
Trever McGhee17,563+Take2seconds to check out this circle of amazing people made up of great Artists and Art lovers that +Nicolas Green has found, along with some other extraordinary people that I've added that share inspiring posts.+Take2seconds today and everyday to click the +1...the share button on positive posts that make you smile, for it's guaranteed to make someone else smile as well when you share it on the public stream.Share circles of people that are making a difference with their posts, with their shares.+Nothing but Circles +CircleCount  #SharedCircles   +Best Shared Circle    #circle   #share   #publiccircle   +Public Circles 2012-12-20 17:58:02444512237
Bob Mulholland12,239#InternetFreedom   #SharedCircle  [Part 1 of 2]+1 to be added. I don't notify anymore, but all #InternetFreedom  related posts have this added:Inform | Act | Share | Stay Aware #InformActShareStayAware 2012-12-04 15:15:2349251011
Brian Buckley0Sharing my first group of awesome Canadians. I had to cap it at <500 so I could share. My next post will be the second smaller circle that has grown out of folks who connected after I shared the first one. Are you a Canadian want to be to be added? Send me a comment, +1, or circle me.2012-10-28 17:16:3449110111
Brian Buckley0Here is my circle of amazing Canadian plussers. I actually have 521 but G+ has limited the share to 500. I'll meed to split it into 2 groups. If you're not in this circle and would like to be comment and I'll add you into one of my two circles - If you are in fact Canadian. Be awesome if you want to re-share. You may be one of the 21 G+ cut out.2012-10-13 17:20:45500736
Anna Mannino2,231Whether you have told me you write, or you participated in #NaNoWriMo last year, this is my circle of writers. Strangely only 500 people can be shared at a time, so this is only most of you.If you'd like to be in my writers circle, let me know. I mostly post around and about NaNoWriMo stuff. I try to also do a lot of hangouts to help those who need the support of a local meetup but can't make their local meetups for whatever reason, or just prefer talking to strangers on the internet as opposed to strangers in a coffee house. (Whatever, I don't judge).2012-10-02 04:30:31501501
Bob Mulholland9,885#InternetFreedom #CircleShare #SharedCircles  Part 1 of 2+1 the post to be included, +1 my first comment to also be notified (although these types of posts are becoming less and less common)2012-10-01 02:46:474983213
Alister Macintyre9,520Here is my circle of people who like to (and have demonstrated capability of) having a civilized conversation about Current Events from a Progressive point of view.2012-09-11 06:05:57252533
Zachary Roovenback1,335Sharing my Atheist and Fellow Freethinkers circle again.  Almost 1,800 strong.  You can only add 500 a day, so let me know if you need it shared again.Stay thinking, my friends.2012-08-10 04:29:445016310
David Waddington2,256An updated Canadian's on Google+ circle.Feel free to share.If you are a Canadian and would like to be added to this circle just make a comment. When I plus 1 your comment you have been added.These are not just photographers. This is a mix of many interests.2012-07-27 23:54:124301015
Bob Mulholland7,562Sorry it's been a couple weeks, but Melissa is going to have the baby any day now and my focus now needs to be offline most of the time.After Zane has been born, my posts will become regular again.#InternetFreedom   #CircleShare  [part 1 of 2]Inform | Act | Share | Stay Aware+1 if you want in+1 my first comment if you also want notifications. #InformActShareStayAware  2012-07-17 17:15:194947211
David Waddington2,233I am sharing my circle for Canadians that are on Google+I try to add as many as I can. If you are not in this circle and wish to be added just make a comment. If your comment gets plus 1'd by me then you have been added. I will share this circle again at a later date with new additions.I also have a circle for users in Edmonton. If you are in Edmonton and wish to be added just note in your comment that you are in Edmonton.  I have added quite a few users from Edmonton in the last while. One thing I have noticed is many haven't filled out their profile. If you wish to have people follow you it's a good idea to fill out a profile and put it in why people might be interested in following you.Lets grow our circles!  :) #circleshare #circles #circlesharing #circleshared  2012-07-16 00:35:063512004
Bob Mulholland5,392Do you want to #StopCISPA ?So do these people. This is my Internet Freedom Circle. If you aren't in this Circle but should be, click +1 and I'll add you to it.If you also want to be notified when important posts regarding Internet Freedom are shared, click +1 on my first comment. (no more than 5 per day, usually only one or two)Edit: Sorry, I got distracted by something shiny and forgot to comment. Look for comment number 6 or 7.2012-04-20 13:46:4424021626
Bob Mulholland5,230Inform | Act | Share | Stay AwareIt's a little late this week, but here's this week's share of my Internet Freedom Circle. You know the drill by now, folks:If you're not already here and you want to be added to this Circle, click +1 on either of the first two comments. UPDATED: Oopsie! I got distracted by a funny picture and forgot to make the comments, so look for comments 6 and 7[clicking +1 on the main post does not automatically get you included in the Circle]2012-04-17 12:58:24228709
Mike Norton2,517SWTOR Circle ShareWe are a bit overdue for a SWTOR Circle share. So here it is :)Please be sure to mention in your profile somewhere you play SWTOR to help others circle you back.Please reshare.2012-04-13 14:35:23500312
Mark Gesswein3,076Maybe this #sharedcircle already came across your way. Otherwise I recommend to take a closer look at it, cause you will find some inspiring people. Of course you can also simply follow the whole circle :-)Happy Easter!#sharedcircles #HighQualitySharingPeopleOfG+2012-04-09 14:56:14164223
Marc Jansen17,871Sharing the LoveI freely admit that +Bearman Cartoons came up with this idea first (Hell, I'd better own up to that, considering that I publicly proclaimed my desire to steal borrow this idea on his thread!)This circle is made up of all of the people who've included me in very nearly 150 publicly-shared circles, as captured by +CircleCount.com.There are, or course, a lot of the Usual Suspects here, people like +Peter G McDermott , +Michael Anderson, +stephanie wanamaker , and +Eoghann Irving.What I found most enlightening is that fact that I actually found a handful of names that I didn't recognize here. People who have apparently taken some level interest in me without me even realizing it. People like +Fred Wierda, +Nate Smith, +tam frager, and +Zach Harper, to name a few.I just wanted to follow +Bearman Cartoons lead and thank each of these people and to repay the favor. THIS JUST IN: It seems that I missed +Shay Dougan and +Kevin Medeiros when I put this together - my apologies to both of you for the oversight!(Oh, and lest anyone cares to give me a hard time for adding myself, +CircleCount tells me that I somehow managed to share myself out at least once... ;-) )2012-03-24 03:37:2075717
Shane Pitre2,308Canadian 1 - is now full!Starting a Canadian 2 Circle.If you're Canadian, and you're awesome, and you want to be hooped; +1, comment, share, kick me, whatever.My goal is to see how many Canadians we can get in shared circles.Please make sure your profile is filled out+Shared Circles on G+ #sharedcircles #circleshare #canada #canadian2012-03-13 23:19:04501101118
Shane Pitre2,172CanadiansIf you're Canadian, and you're awesome, and you want to be hooped; +1, comment, share, kick me, whatever.My goal is to see how many Canadians we can get in shared circles.Please make sure your profile is filled out+Shared Circles on G+ #canada #canadian #sharedcircles2012-03-11 16:30:414399910
Mike Norton2,353SWTOR Circle Share 2 of 2Please share these circles of awesome people who play or follow Star Wars the Old Republic. Also please help others who discover you by putting somewhere in your profile that you are interested in SWTOR.2012-02-01 02:47:09376003
Mike Norton2,227SWTOR Circle Share 2 of 2Please put somewhere on your profile that you are interested in SWTOR so everyone knows what circle to put you in.2012-01-17 15:01:13364000
Mike Norton2,060SWTOR Circle Share Circle 2 of 2 of the main circle.Please add SWTOR somewhere to your profile so others will know where to add you when they come looking :)2011-12-29 15:14:05319000
Mike Norton1,943SWTOR Circle Share 2 of 2This is the main SWTOR Circle.Please put somewhere in your profile that you are interested about SWTOR or TOR so people will know where to put you.2011-12-13 18:09:00284410
Daniel Voisin45This is half my atheist circle. Enjoy the conversation and share about!2011-12-10 14:50:335011712
Mike Norton1,896SWTOR Circle Share 2 of 2Please be kind and add SWTOR or TOR somewhere on your profile so others know to add you.2011-12-09 14:29:38240100
Mike Norton1,871SWTOR Circle Share 2 of 2Please help others re-circle you by putting SWTOR somewhere in your profile.2011-12-06 18:08:04215001
Wataru Tenga0Latest Progressive Politics circle2011-11-12 11:51:482281132
Anna Mannino (GoNoAMMo)213This is my current count of the NaNoWriMo challengers this year. I know there are more of you!Remember, there will be an ongoing Google+ hangout the entire month, as well as live streaming, you can pop in and out as needed and get a support group for your Novel no matter what you're writing about!Let me know if you would like to be added in. ^_^Anna Mannino shared a circle with you.2011-10-30 20:54:004541843
Michael Jacobs0Mike Norton's "Starwars circle"Michael Jacobs shared a circle with you.2011-10-27 21:14:434541317
Wataru Tenga0Progressive PoliticsWataru Tenga shared a circle with you.2011-10-27 11:34:351761439
Mike Norton1,079Updated SWTOR Circle share. Pass it on and update it with your SWTOR circle.Mike Norton shared a circle with you.2011-10-20 14:09:38455201

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2014-10-16 13:59:21 (108 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This is a survey about Muslims has been making its rounds lately. Many people have been using it as evidence for how terrible Islam is, how irreconcilable it is with our own values, and solid proof that Islam is the main problem, not politics, culture, or other external forces.

Except after reading the entire thing it just doesn't seem that way. 

First let's talk about the problem of Muslim immigrants overwhelmingly wanting Sharia law. That their faith demands this: http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-2.png

Here we see high support for Sharia law is predominate only in countries already under Sharia law or with very high Muslim majorities. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia it drops below twenty percent. As well let's consider:

Conversely, in some countries where Muslims make up more than 90% of the population, relatively few want... more »

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2014-09-29 18:30:17 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-03 11:53:26 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-21 21:03:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is very powerful. It's the final words of the most well known (there are tens of thousands more) young black men who were murdered by the police who were supposed to protect them.

This is very powerful. It's the final words of the most well known (there are tens of thousands more) young black men who were murdered by the police who were supposed to protect them.___

2014-10-21 03:21:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Thoughts on the content? 

Thoughts on the content? ___

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2014-10-20 07:12:02 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I've been collecting notoriety lately for not admiring the courage of Sam Harris in saying something that's been said incessantly for the last thirteen years. That's really beside the point though.

When I was reading this tonight a paragraph jumped out:

Mythic versions of religious traditions, and in this case, mythic version of Islam, tend to be deeply ethnocentric. This means that there is a very strong emphasis on "in group and out group"/ "people of the book and infidels", etc.. Also at this stage there is often an over dependence on black and white meaning making. Absolutistic stances are taken on topics, almost always based on external authority, without much room for rational inquiry.

This is a pretty good description of quite a few of my fans. They also tend to think at one point in history there was a time of no religion, pure... more »

I've been collecting notoriety lately for not admiring the courage of Sam Harris in saying something that's been said incessantly for the last thirteen years. That's really beside the point though.

When I was reading this tonight a paragraph jumped out:

Mythic versions of religious traditions, and in this case, mythic version of Islam, tend to be deeply ethnocentric. This means that there is a very strong emphasis on "in group and out group"/ "people of the book and infidels", etc.. Also at this stage there is often an over dependence on black and white meaning making. Absolutistic stances are taken on topics, almost always based on external authority, without much room for rational inquiry.

This is a pretty good description of quite a few of my fans. They also tend to think at one point in history there was a time of no religion, pure atheism, that they want to return to in the future. At which point all the problems of the world will be solved.

Thoughts? ___

2014-10-19 15:51:51 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

What do people think? Is this guy just full of crap, perhaps being a religious apologist like I've been told I am myself, or can we trust some of what he says? Generally this is a pretty good website for dealing with all sorts of woo and irrationality that outside of the directly religious stuff, but it could just be an invention of people trying to hide the truth, establish sharia law in America, and kill everyone with ebola. That's a possibility. 

What do people think? Is this guy just full of crap, perhaps being a religious apologist like I've been told I am myself, or can we trust some of what he says? Generally this is a pretty good website for dealing with all sorts of woo and irrationality that outside of the directly religious stuff, but it could just be an invention of people trying to hide the truth, establish sharia law in America, and kill everyone with ebola. That's a possibility. ___

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2014-10-18 23:01:58 (22 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

What are people's opinions on this? Good rational stuff we should all consider or just another brain disease? 

What are people's opinions on this? Good rational stuff we should all consider or just another brain disease? ___

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2014-10-18 19:39:02 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

What are people's opinions on this? Good rational stuff we should all consider or just another brain disease? 

What are people's opinions on this? Good rational stuff we should all consider or just another brain disease? ___

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2014-10-18 06:08:03 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Hey Atheists, what do you think of this? 

Hey Atheists, what do you think of this? ___

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2014-10-17 18:57:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

perspectives on learning

perspectives on learning___

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2014-10-17 13:03:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

He also thinks the earth is six thousand years old. So....

#ebola  ___He also thinks the earth is six thousand years old. So....

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2014-10-17 13:02:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"In the wrong hands, 'A Path Appears' is a dangerous book...If you want to carry on with your life just as it is, best give it a miss." A glowing review of A Path Appears in the New York Times Sunday Book Review by Paul Collier, best-selling author and former chief economist of the World Bank. Check it out!

"In the wrong hands, 'A Path Appears' is a dangerous book...If you want to carry on with your life just as it is, best give it a miss." A glowing review of A Path Appears in the New York Times Sunday Book Review by Paul Collier, best-selling author and former chief economist of the World Bank. Check it out!___

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2014-10-16 13:59:21 (108 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This is a survey about Muslims has been making its rounds lately. Many people have been using it as evidence for how terrible Islam is, how irreconcilable it is with our own values, and solid proof that Islam is the main problem, not politics, culture, or other external forces.

Except after reading the entire thing it just doesn't seem that way. 

First let's talk about the problem of Muslim immigrants overwhelmingly wanting Sharia law. That their faith demands this: http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-2.png

Here we see high support for Sharia law is predominate only in countries already under Sharia law or with very high Muslim majorities. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia it drops below twenty percent. As well let's consider:

Conversely, in some countries where Muslims make up more than 90% of the population, relatively few want... more »

This is a survey about Muslims has been making its rounds lately. Many people have been using it as evidence for how terrible Islam is, how irreconcilable it is with our own values, and solid proof that Islam is the main problem, not politics, culture, or other external forces.

Except after reading the entire thing it just doesn't seem that way. 

First let's talk about the problem of Muslim immigrants overwhelmingly wanting Sharia law. That their faith demands this: http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-2.png

Here we see high support for Sharia law is predominate only in countries already under Sharia law or with very high Muslim majorities. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia it drops below twenty percent. As well let's consider:

Conversely, in some countries where Muslims make up more than 90% of the population, relatively few want their government to codify Islamic law; this is the case in Tajikistan (27%), Turkey (12%) and Azerbaijan (8%).

The article goes on to provide some explanation: Indeed, the survey finds that support for making sharia the law of the land is often higher in countries where the constitution or basic laws already favor Islam over other religions.

http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-3.png

We can also glean some insight into the idea that Muslims want to impose Sharia law onto non-Muslims. The poll suggests a majority think  Sharia should only apply to Muslims: http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-6.png

Now to get to the real scary part. Death of apostates and the cutting off of hands and other such barbaric fun. It's true in South Asia and the Middle East / North Africa these views are supported at a very high level. However, again in those cases we are dealing with culture as much as anything else, because those views do not transfer when the people leave those cultures. In Central Asia and Eastern Europe the rate is below twenty percent: 
http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-7.png

However, this isn't to say beliefs don't transfer, as we can see with this: http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-9.png

What is or isn't morally wrong is clearly being established by their religion. Prostitution, homosexuality, and suicide being three areas where it seems there is consensus. As this is pretty much the same as many religious folk I don't see this as being uniquely Islamic.

The last two areas I'll touch on are women's rights and terrorism. These two areas are the ones we most often hear about. The argument has been that Islam is completely opposed to the first and completely for the second.

Again we see culture and geography having an effect. Everywhere except Africa we see majority support for the veil being a choice. In the top three it's over seventy percent.

http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-11.png

On the topic of if a woman should obey her husband, it's not quite as resounding, however linking this to Islam alone is tenuous. Knowing how Christians and Jews and Buddhists view women, and knowing how recently our own cultures have been in giving equality to women, I don't think it can be said Islam is the first cause. Nor can we clearly say it's religion. Our countries adopted rights for women at a time when religiosity was well over ninety five percent.

Finally suicide bombing. Here we see the same trend. In Southern Eastern Europe and Central Asia the practice is rejected by over eighty percent of the populations (except Turkey at 78%). The rest of the world shows a majority rejecting it, except in Palestine, where is rests at 49% rejection. 

To me all of this clear shows the worst parts of Islam not only can be rejected by adherents, when they move to more diverse countries they are. It's showing culture, geography, and politics are playing a very big role in shaping the beliefs of Muslims. And it's showing Islam isn't, as much as the mullahs will say otherwise, a monolithic unchanging faith. ___

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2014-10-16 13:58:39 (26 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is a survey about Muslims has been making its rounds lately. Many people have been using it as evidence for how terrible Islam is, how irreconcilable it is with our own values, and solid proof that Islam is the main problem, not politics, culture, or other external forces.

Except after reading the entire thing it just doesn't seem that way. 

First let's talk about the problem of Muslim immigrants overwhelmingly wanting Sharia law. That their faith demands this: http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-2.png

Here we see high support for Sharia law is predominate only in countries already under Sharia law or with very high Muslim majorities. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia it drops below twenty percent. As well let's consider:

Conversely, in some countries where Muslims make up more than 90% of the population, relatively few want... more »

This is a survey about Muslims has been making its rounds lately. Many people have been using it as evidence for how terrible Islam is, how irreconcilable it is with our own values, and solid proof that Islam is the main problem, not politics, culture, or other external forces.

Except after reading the entire thing it just doesn't seem that way. 

First let's talk about the problem of Muslim immigrants overwhelmingly wanting Sharia law. That their faith demands this: http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-2.png

Here we see high support for Sharia law is predominate only in countries already under Sharia law or with very high Muslim majorities. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia it drops below twenty percent. As well let's consider:

Conversely, in some countries where Muslims make up more than 90% of the population, relatively few want their government to codify Islamic law; this is the case in Tajikistan (27%), Turkey (12%) and Azerbaijan (8%).

The article goes on to provide some explanation: Indeed, the survey finds that support for making sharia the law of the land is often higher in countries where the constitution or basic laws already favor Islam over other religions.

http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-3.png

We can also glean some insight into the idea that Muslims want to impose Sharia law onto non-Muslims. The poll suggests a majority think  Sharia should only apply to Muslims: http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-6.png

Now to get to the real scary part. Death of apostates and the cutting off of hands and other such barbaric fun. It's true in South Asia and the Middle East / North Africa these views are supported at a very high level. However, again in those cases we are dealing with culture as much as anything else, because those views do not transfer when the people leave those cultures. In Central Asia and Eastern Europe the rate is below twenty percent: 
http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-7.png

However, this isn't to say beliefs don't transfer, as we can see with this: http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-9.png

What is or isn't morally wrong is clearly being established by their religion. Prostitution, homosexuality, and suicide being three areas where it seems there is consensus. As this is pretty much the same as many religious folk I don't see this as being uniquely Islamic.

The last two areas I'll touch on are women's rights and terrorism. These two areas are the ones we most often hear about. The argument has been that Islam is completely opposed to the first and completely for the second.

Again we see culture and geography having an effect. Everywhere except Africa we see majority support for the veil being a choice. In the top three it's over seventy percent.

http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-11.png

On the topic of if a woman should obey her husband, it's not quite as resounding, however linking this to Islam alone is tenuous. Knowing how Christians and Jews and Buddhists view women, and knowing how recently our own cultures have been in giving equality to women, I don't think it can be said Islam is the first cause. Nor can we clearly say it's religion. Our countries adopted rights for women at a time when religiosity was well over ninety five percent.

Finally suicide bombing. Here we see the same trend. In Southern Eastern Europe and Central Asia the practice is rejected by over eighty percent of the populations (except Turkey at 78%). The rest of the world shows a majority rejecting it, except in Palestine, where is rests at 49% rejection. 

To me all of this clear shows the worst parts of Islam not only can be rejected by adherents, when they move to more diverse countries they are. It's showing culture, geography, and politics are playing a very big role in shaping the beliefs of Muslims. And it's showing Islam isn't, as much as the mullahs will say otherwise, a monolithic unchanging faith. ___

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2014-10-16 13:58:14 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This is a survey about Muslims has been making its rounds lately. Many people have been using it as evidence for how terrible Islam is, how irreconcilable it is with our own values, and solid proof that Islam is the main problem, not politics, culture, or other external forces.

Except after reading the entire thing it just doesn't seem that way. 

First let's talk about the problem of Muslim immigrants overwhelmingly wanting Sharia law. That their faith demands this: http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-2.png

Here we see high support for Sharia law is predominate only in countries already under Sharia law or with very high Muslim majorities. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia it drops below twenty percent. As well let's consider:

Conversely, in some countries where Muslims make up more than 90% of the population, relatively few want... more »

This is a survey about Muslims has been making its rounds lately. Many people have been using it as evidence for how terrible Islam is, how irreconcilable it is with our own values, and solid proof that Islam is the main problem, not politics, culture, or other external forces.

Except after reading the entire thing it just doesn't seem that way. 

First let's talk about the problem of Muslim immigrants overwhelmingly wanting Sharia law. That their faith demands this: http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-2.png

Here we see high support for Sharia law is predominate only in countries already under Sharia law or with very high Muslim majorities. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia it drops below twenty percent. As well let's consider:

Conversely, in some countries where Muslims make up more than 90% of the population, relatively few want their government to codify Islamic law; this is the case in Tajikistan (27%), Turkey (12%) and Azerbaijan (8%).

The article goes on to provide some explanation: Indeed, the survey finds that support for making sharia the law of the land is often higher in countries where the constitution or basic laws already favor Islam over other religions.

http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-3.png

We can also glean some insight into the idea that Muslims want to impose Sharia law onto non-Muslims. The poll suggests a majority think  Sharia should only apply to Muslims: http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-6.png

Now to get to the real scary part. Death of apostates and the cutting off of hands and other such barbaric fun. It's true in South Asia and the Middle East / North Africa these views are supported at a very high level. However, again in those cases we are dealing with culture as much as anything else, because those views do not transfer when the people leave those cultures. In Central Asia and Eastern Europe the rate is below twenty percent: 
http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-7.png

However, this isn't to say beliefs don't transfer, as we can see with this: http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-9.png

What is or isn't morally wrong is clearly being established by their religion. Prostitution, homosexuality, and suicide being three areas where it seems there is consensus. As this is pretty much the same as many religious folk I don't see this as being uniquely Islamic.

The last two areas I'll touch on are women's rights and terrorism. These two areas are the ones we most often hear about. The argument has been that Islam is completely opposed to the first and completely for the second.

Again we see culture and geography having an effect. Everywhere except Africa we see majority support for the veil being a choice. In the top three it's over seventy percent.

http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/gsi2-overview-11.png

On the topic of if a woman should obey her husband, it's not quite as resounding, however linking this to Islam alone is tenuous. Knowing how Christians and Jews and Buddhists view women, and knowing how recently our own cultures have been in giving equality to women, I don't think it can be said Islam is the first cause. Nor can we clearly say it's religion. Our countries adopted rights for women at a time when religiosity was well over ninety five percent.

Finally suicide bombing. Here we see the same trend. In Southern Eastern Europe and Central Asia the practice is rejected by over eighty percent of the populations (except Turkey at 78%). The rest of the world shows a majority rejecting it, except in Palestine, where is rests at 49% rejection. 

To me all of this clear shows the worst parts of Islam not only can be rejected by adherents, when they move to more diverse countries they are. It's showing culture, geography, and politics are playing a very big role in shaping the beliefs of Muslims. And it's showing Islam isn't, as much as the mullahs will say otherwise, a monolithic unchanging faith. ___

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2014-10-15 19:26:17 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Is this racism or is this criticism?

More generally is this an acceptable thing for enlightened open minded people to do? Would you say this is a good thing for atheists to engage in? And finally does race play no role in this at all? 

Is this racism or is this criticism?

More generally is this an acceptable thing for enlightened open minded people to do? Would you say this is a good thing for atheists to engage in? And finally does race play no role in this at all? ___

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2014-10-15 17:59:59 (90 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-15 17:44:05 (28 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Indeed, I would argue that people who line up on opposing sides of the Harris-Aslan feud over religion and Islam represent fundamentally different worldviews, in ways they themselves may not recognize. I’m not talking about East vs. West or Muslim vs. Christian, and still less about lily-livered p.c. “progressives” vs. courageous contrarian truth-tellers, or however Bill Maher would like to phrase it. And I don’t precisely mean the difference between people of faith and the atheistic or irreligious. Those are facets of the dispute that are largely obvious. In a conversation between Richard Dawkins and Pope Francis (and I’d definitely pay to watch that), both would politely acknowledge that they hold divergent views about the fundamental nature of reality. What I really mean is the difference between humanities majors and science majors.

Indeed, I would argue that people who line up on opposing sides of the Harris-Aslan feud over religion and Islam represent fundamentally different worldviews, in ways they themselves may not recognize. I’m not talking about East vs. West or Muslim vs. Christian, and still less about lily-livered p.c. “progressives” vs. courageous contrarian truth-tellers, or however Bill Maher would like to phrase it. And I don’t precisely mean the difference between people of faith and the atheistic or irreligious. Those are facets of the dispute that are largely obvious. In a conversation between Richard Dawkins and Pope Francis (and I’d definitely pay to watch that), both would politely acknowledge that they hold divergent views about the fundamental nature of reality. What I really mean is the difference between humanities majors and science majors.___

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2014-10-13 14:39:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The Role of Christianity in the Promotion of Individualism
This post is part of my ongoing effort to understand the origins of Western society and its fundamental tenets. I have already discussed the contributions of Judaism (See The Gifts of the Jews: Why Jews Are Loathed or Loved http://www.joabcohenauthor.com/2014/07/the-gifts-of-jews-why-jews-are-loathed-and-loved.html
 and The Meaning, Origins, and Evolution of the Jewish Concept of Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World  http://www.joabcohenauthor.com/2014/03/the-meaning-origins-and-evolution-of.html), and now I am wondering about the contributions of Christianity.

For now, I have come up with what seem to me three major contributions: individualism, love, and the equality of all men. This post will discuss the first item. This post is also part of the book I am writing about How to Repair the World. For previous chaptersb... more »

The Role of Christianity in the Promotion of Individualism
This post is part of my ongoing effort to understand the origins of Western society and its fundamental tenets. I have already discussed the contributions of Judaism (See The Gifts of the Jews: Why Jews Are Loathed or Loved http://www.joabcohenauthor.com/2014/07/the-gifts-of-jews-why-jews-are-loathed-and-loved.html
 and The Meaning, Origins, and Evolution of the Jewish Concept of Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World  http://www.joabcohenauthor.com/2014/03/the-meaning-origins-and-evolution-of.html), and now I am wondering about the contributions of Christianity.

For now, I have come up with what seem to me three major contributions: individualism, love, and the equality of all men. This post will discuss the first item. This post is also part of the book I am writing about How to Repair the World. For previous chapters browse this label: World Repair - The Book http://www.joabcohenauthor.com/search/label/World-Repair-The-Book
You can read this post with the footnotes and references intact here:
http://www.joabcohenauthor.com/2014/10/the-role-of-christianity-in-promotion-of-individualism.html

Although it is true that the Old Testament introduced individuals to the stage of history, a subject I discussed previously (see  The Gifts of the Jews: Why Jews Are Loathed or Loved ),  the individualism that we encounter in the Bible is a very far cry from what we consider individualism today, and it seems to me that the process of transformation from the initial understanding of this concept to our current one, is an important legacy of Christianity, perhaps even its most important one. This certainly is the stance taken by Jung in his discussion of the psychological role of Jesus.[1]

In this view, Jesus is both a symbol and a model of the ultimate individual, the human being that has become all a human being can be – one with the Divinity. In other words, a human being that has integrated the contents of the unconscious and is now identified with the Self, which is God, which is Jesus. Needless to say, the fact that the psychological meaning of the appearance of the man-god Jesus was not articulated in such terms is of no consequence. What is and remains important is that Jesus was seen as a role model, as someone that every Christian should imitate. Indeed Jesus himself articulates this idea numerous times as did Paul, St. Augustine, and others throughout the entire history of the Church.[2] In fact, the very existence of St Augustine's confession is seen as a new stage in the development of the individual, since it establishes the individual as an author in general and as "the author of his life in particular.[3] In any case, the question in Christianity was never "should Jesus be imitated and followed?", but rather how exactly this should be carried out.

In short, a good Christian desires to become an individual like Jesus, a person that has a direct and personal relationship with God/Jesus and is thus answerable first and foremost to God/Jesus and not to man or the laws of man. This idea of the autonomous individual, one who is capable of making moral decisions for himself and by himself and is responsible for the results of his actions is the seed that eventually formed the basis for Western individualistic society.

As others of have noted, the appearance of Jesus and the consolidation of the individual was the culmination of a previous, lengthy process of individuation. For instance, Jayne traces the emergence of an individualistic lexicon in Hebrew and Greek texts, noting the increasing frequency of references to the future, abstract nouns, and personal character, which become more detailed and complex with time, until the people speaking or being described are entirely "subjects".  Jaynes points to the difference between the direct unmediated prophecies of Amos, "who does not consciously think before he speaks, in fact he does not think at all" and the deep reflections of Ecclesiastes.[4]
Similarly, Butterfield[5] mentions Jeremiah 31:33 as a significant turning point in the development of individuality:  "But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: After those days,” saith the Lord, “I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and will be their God, and they shall be My people". This idea definitely seems to foreshadow the Christian concept of obedience to the law by way of the heart, and points to an increase in the responsibility that the individual has for his own moral behavior. In other words, individuals are conceived of as able to stand before God as individuals and without the need for a collectively mediated experience, such as a temple sacrifice. The imminent shift to a more individual moral code is also evident in another verse from the same chapter: "In those days they shall say no more: ‘The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’ But everyone shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge."[6] For Butterfield, this shift is in preparation for the establishment of the individual as an authority that can confront the State, the church and even God Himself. He also points out that this shift did not occur within Judaism, which "appears to have hardened and caked into a rigid corporate system".[7]

Thus it was left to Christianity to further the psychological cause of individualism by codifying, consolidating, and spreading the message of Jesus. In doing so, Christianity created a large geographic and demographic basis for the individualistic society  - a feat Judaism was incapable of performing - while also preserving the individual's place firmly within the confines of the Church. In other words, the individual was free to develop within the religious tenets and institutional structure the Church, and indeed it did so. Following Morris[8] and Burckhardt[9], Shanahan describes the developments that occurred in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In the Middle Ages we see increasing references to the self, to one's emotions, an emphasis on autobiography, self-discovery, the use of personal experience in sermons, and increasing moral authority of the individual. In the Renaissance we have a great enhancement of the interior life of the self, manifest in the rise of the individual as an object of interest in itself, not as a vehicle of confession and religious transformation. Biographies, detailed, personalized portraits, more emotionally specific poetry, and the veneration of the human body, which Shanahan views as part of the increase in individualism, mark this period. However, as Bynum[10] notes, the advances in individualism in the Middle Ages occurred within the context of the Church itself, and were actually accompanied by an increase in different forms of collective Christian activity. The Renaissance did not fundamentally alter this situation; this happened with the Reformation.

The translation of the Bible into languages other than Latin and then into the vernacular was the first step in breaking the monopoly of the Church on mediating between man and God. This occurred gradually throughout the 15th century and was one of the important events that preceded and caused the Reformation itself. The availability of the Church's fundamental texts, made possible due to the newly invented printing press, meant that people could read and think about these texts if they wished to and also interpret them as they saw fit, and when people begin to think for themselves, anything can happen…and in this case what happened was the Reformation.

The effect of the Reformation on the development of individualism was profound. The split in the Church marked the first time in over a thousand years that its authority was challenged by an equally legitimate religious interpretation, which quickly developed into many interpretations; the floodgates had been opened and new sects arose almost daily. Some succeeded and are still with us today, some died out quickly. But the point was made: educated men were able and willing and perhaps even obligated to read the holy texts for themselves and interpret them as they saw fit. This saw an unprecedented increase in the freedom of the individual and in the responsibility placed on the individual, a trend that reached its logical, radical conclusion in the Calvinist doctrine.

Weber[11] famously pointed out the connection between Protestantism and capitalism, remarking that the Lutheran concept of a "calling" or vocation for each individual was merged with the Calvinist doctrine of predestination and justification by works to form the ethical basis for the accumulation of wealth, which became a clear sign of being one of the "elected". Calvinist doctrine is seen as forming an image of God that is so remote and so uninterested in human affairs as to leave the individual believer to make the connection with the Divine on his own. This loneliness produces great uncertainty, because how is one to know if one is elected? Previously, believers could confess and be reassured of God's interest and forgiveness through the ministrations of the Church, but for Protestants this type of mediation was no longer available. Calvinism solved this problem through justification by works, thus forming the basis for capitalism, but the problem of certainty did not go away.

Individualism after Christianity
The next steps in the development of individualism were to free the individual completely from the constraints of religion altogether. At this stage the Church and Christianity became an obstacle in the way of the establishment of the autonomous individual. Gradually it turned into a nuisance and, finally, became a much maligned part of history. With the removal of the Church and God, the individual found himself on very flimsy ground. Previously people were assured that the world was a rational and basically benevolent place, and in any case all iniquities in this life would be corrected in the next. But what if there is no "next" and what if the world is not rational? How can the individual be certain of his own judgments if he was not born in the image of God and does not inhabit God's rational, well-ordered world? Protestantism turned the individual into an independent moral agent and seeker of truth, responsible for making good use of his time on earth. But all of these are most difficult problems for the secular person, and in fact much of Western philosophy has been occupied with them ever since. What is the truth in a secular world and what is the basis for morality? How can one know for certain the difference between right and wrong?

British philosopher David Hume[12] took the first step in articulating the loneliness of the individual and his dependence upon himself and his perceptions. This led to an attempt to understand the workings of the individual mind, the instrument of perception, which eventually led to the scientific study of the mind – psychology. Psychology represents, perhaps, the apex of Western individualism: a complete and utter preoccupation with the individual and his inner machinations. Unfortunately, secular psychology has been unable to resolve the most basic problems caused by the removal of God from the human equation. In other words, our society has still not been able to raise an individual that can successfully stand on his own, an individual that is psychologically self-sufficient. This, I believe, is at the heart of Western society's current crisis: a prevalence of individuals whose loneliness and anxiety is only attenuated by historically unprecedented wealth.

From a Jungian point of view, the matter is clear: if God is the Self, no amount of money, medication, alcohol, sex, drugs or even philosophy will solve the most basic problem of the modern, autonomous individual: how to remain connected to the Self while preserving one's autonomy. Once a stable connection is established with the Self, the questions of truth, meaning, morality, and the validity of our perceptions are solved, because the Self is the truth. This is the psychological meaning of that fundamental Christian verse: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." [13]

In summary, the development of individualism was a necessary step in the evolution of man, initiated and developed through Judaism and Christianity, but it is by no means the final one. The next step will be discussed in detail in part three of this book.

#individualism  ___

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2014-10-13 14:34:09 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Since Waterloo has one of the highest concentrations of educated people in the country can I say I live in the most educated place on the planet?

___Since Waterloo has one of the highest concentrations of educated people in the country can I say I live in the most educated place on the planet?

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2014-10-11 18:36:01 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The Harris and Affleck row over Islam that happened recently was an argument this conference will be expanding on. How much of the extremism in the middle east is due to Islam being especially violent?

Harris and Maher project a position that seems to say Islam is problem number one. It's a very stark conclusion. If that's the case the only real solution is to either convert them somehow or kill them all. Which is part of their solution. We are dropping not bombs, but the seeds of democracy, and the civilian dead are like martyrs for freedom.

The organisers of the conference want to offer an alternative thesis. They say Islam isn't the problem, it's politics, and that is something that can be changed or influenced by something other than violence. From the article:

Hélie-Lucas, one of the organisers of the event, said: “This century is not, as manyst... more »

The Harris and Affleck row over Islam that happened recently was an argument this conference will be expanding on. How much of the extremism in the middle east is due to Islam being especially violent?

Harris and Maher project a position that seems to say Islam is problem number one. It's a very stark conclusion. If that's the case the only real solution is to either convert them somehow or kill them all. Which is part of their solution. We are dropping not bombs, but the seeds of democracy, and the civilian dead are like martyrs for freedom.

The organisers of the conference want to offer an alternative thesis. They say Islam isn't the problem, it's politics, and that is something that can be changed or influenced by something other than violence. From the article:

Hélie-Lucas, one of the organisers of the event, said: “This century is not, as many still think, marked by a religious or spiritual revival. What we are actually witnessing is the rise of extreme right political movements, working under the cover of religion.”

This is a direct challenge to Maher and Harris. Here we are being told extreme right politics are the issue. Politics that tend to emerge because of something else like economic instability or foreign occupation. Here we are inevitably going to be asked to question our own system, our own role in creating the extremism that threatens us, and our own concept of the world. No one likes doing that. Atheist or not. ___

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2014-10-11 18:35:44 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Harris and Affleck row over Islam that happened recently was an argument this conference will be expanding on. How much of the extremism in the middle east is due to Islam being especially violent?

Harris and Maher project a position that seems to say Islam is problem number one. It's a very stark conclusion. If that's the case the only real solution is to either convert them somehow or kill them all. Which is part of their solution. We are dropping not bombs, but the seeds of democracy, and the civilian dead are like martyrs for freedom.

The organisers of the conference want to offer an alternative thesis. They say Islam isn't the problem, it's politics, and that is something that can be changed or influenced by something other than violence. From the article:

Hélie-Lucas, one of the organisers of the event, said: “This century is not, as manyst... more »

The Harris and Affleck row over Islam that happened recently was an argument this conference will be expanding on. How much of the extremism in the middle east is due to Islam being especially violent?

Harris and Maher project a position that seems to say Islam is problem number one. It's a very stark conclusion. If that's the case the only real solution is to either convert them somehow or kill them all. Which is part of their solution. We are dropping not bombs, but the seeds of democracy, and the civilian dead are like martyrs for freedom.

The organisers of the conference want to offer an alternative thesis. They say Islam isn't the problem, it's politics, and that is something that can be changed or influenced by something other than violence. From the article:

Hélie-Lucas, one of the organisers of the event, said: “This century is not, as many still think, marked by a religious or spiritual revival. What we are actually witnessing is the rise of extreme right political movements, working under the cover of religion.”

This is a direct challenge to Maher and Harris. Here we are being told extreme right politics are the issue. Politics that tend to emerge because of something else like economic instability or foreign occupation. Here we are inevitably going to be asked to question our own system, our own role in creating the extremism that threatens us, and our own concept of the world. No one likes doing that. Atheist or not. ___

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2014-10-11 18:34:20 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Harris and Affleck row over Islam that happened recently was an argument this conference will be expanding on. How much of the extremism in the middle east is due to Islam being especially violent?

Harris and Maher project a position that seems to say Islam is problem number one. It's a very stark conclusion. If that's the case the only real solution is to either convert them somehow or kill them all. Which is part of their solution. We are dropping not bombs, but the seeds of democracy, and the civilian dead are like martyrs for freedom.

The organisers of the conference want to offer an alternative thesis. They say Islam isn't the problem, it's politics, and that is something that can be changed or influenced by something other than violence. From the article:

Hélie-Lucas, one of the organisers of the event, said: “This century is not, as manyst... more »

The Harris and Affleck row over Islam that happened recently was an argument this conference will be expanding on. How much of the extremism in the middle east is due to Islam being especially violent?

Harris and Maher project a position that seems to say Islam is problem number one. It's a very stark conclusion. If that's the case the only real solution is to either convert them somehow or kill them all. Which is part of their solution. We are dropping not bombs, but the seeds of democracy, and the civilian dead are like martyrs for freedom.

The organisers of the conference want to offer an alternative thesis. They say Islam isn't the problem, it's politics, and that is something that can be changed or influenced by something other than violence. From the article:

Hélie-Lucas, one of the organisers of the event, said: “This century is not, as many still think, marked by a religious or spiritual revival. What we are actually witnessing is the rise of extreme right political movements, working under the cover of religion.”

This is a direct challenge to Maher and Harris. Here we are being told extreme right politics are the issue. Politics that tend to emerge because of something else like economic instability or foreign occupation. Here we are inevitably going to be asked to question our own system, our own role in creating the extremism that threatens us, and our own concept of the world. No one likes doing that. Atheist or not. ___

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2014-10-11 01:39:40 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

My Brontosaurus colony is growing rapidly.

My Brontosaurus colony is growing rapidly.___

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2014-10-09 13:22:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A simple yet revolutionary idea to upgrade democracy.
The young Argentinian politician Pia Mancini reveals the agenda of her fledgling youth party. Their representative would vote in Parliament only according to the result of the online survey conducted among the voters. In other words the representative will truly represent the people.
    With some modifications --- such as allowing the representative to veto the people's decision on rare cases where national interest overrides local interest --- this plan looks great. This is something which young people in countries such as India could emulate. 

A simple yet revolutionary idea to upgrade democracy.
The young Argentinian politician Pia Mancini reveals the agenda of her fledgling youth party. Their representative would vote in Parliament only according to the result of the online survey conducted among the voters. In other words the representative will truly represent the people.
    With some modifications --- such as allowing the representative to veto the people's decision on rare cases where national interest overrides local interest --- this plan looks great. This is something which young people in countries such as India could emulate. ___

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2014-10-07 22:09:27 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

In the end-notes from Sam Harris' "Waking Up"

In the end-notes from Sam Harris' "Waking Up"___

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2014-10-06 12:39:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

For your consideration. This is not fringe crazy talk, it deserves our attention. Several super smart people are genuinely concerned about the threat from very VERY advanced AI coupled, with big data, and the vanishingly low cost of compute cycles, storage and network bandwidth. 

#ai  #existential-risk

For your consideration. This is not fringe crazy talk, it deserves our attention. Several super smart people are genuinely concerned about the threat from very VERY advanced AI coupled, with big data, and the vanishingly low cost of compute cycles, storage and network bandwidth. 

#ai  #existential-risk___

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2014-10-06 12:30:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Why Hong Kong will not get a Western democracy - Tom Doctoroff

When democracy movements emerge, like the recent one on Hong Kong, Western observers mostly fail to understand what kind of democracy people are asking for. In Hong Kong it´s not a Western edition, writes China veteran Tom Doctoroff from Hong Kong in the Huffington Post.
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Why Hong Kong will not get a Western democracy - Tom Doctoroff

When democracy movements emerge, like the recent one on Hong Kong, Western observers mostly fail to understand what kind of democracy people are asking for. In Hong Kong it´s not a Western edition, writes China veteran Tom Doctoroff from Hong Kong in the Huffington Post.
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2014-10-06 12:01:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I was working in a restaurant, absolutely swamped with orders, running around, trying to direct a team of sloths. My next customer, who had a bit to wait while I was trying to get things together, was a cop.

He commented it looked like I was under a lot of stress. I laughed. Policing had to be a level of stress far beyond anything I'd ever run into.

He shook his head. He told me the body doesn't know if you're a police officer or not. It just knows there is more going on than it can handle. Stress is stress.

Best tip you could ever get.

Stress Around the World
http://www.bestpsychologydegrees.org/stress-and-your-health/

Interesting ...___I was working in a restaurant, absolutely swamped with orders, running around, trying to direct a team of sloths. My next customer, who had a bit to wait while I was trying to get things together, was a cop.

He commented it looked like I was under a lot of stress. I laughed. Policing had to be a level of stress far beyond anything I'd ever run into.

He shook his head. He told me the body doesn't know if you're a police officer or not. It just knows there is more going on than it can handle. Stress is stress.

Best tip you could ever get.

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2014-10-05 11:51:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

One step closer to a universal translator...

One step closer to a universal translator...___

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2014-10-04 14:12:01 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

If you live in America in the 21st century you've probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It's become the default response when you ask anyone how they're doing: "Busy!" "Sobusy." "Crazy busy." It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint. And the stock response is a kind of congratulation: "That's a good problem to have," or "Better than the opposite."

Notice it isn't generally people pulling back-to-back shifts in the I.C.U. or commuting by bus to three minimum-wage jobs who tell you how busy they are; what those people are is not busy but tired. Exhausted. Dead on their feet. It's almost always people whose lamented busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations they've taken on voluntarily, classes and activities they've "encouraged" their kids top... more »

If you live in America in the 21st century you've probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It's become the default response when you ask anyone how they're doing: "Busy!" "Sobusy." "Crazy busy." It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint. And the stock response is a kind of congratulation: "That's a good problem to have," or "Better than the opposite."

Notice it isn't generally people pulling back-to-back shifts in the I.C.U. or commuting by bus to three minimum-wage jobs who tell you how busy they are; what those people are is not busy but tired. Exhausted. Dead on their feet. It's almost always people whose lamented busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations they've taken on voluntarily, classes and activities they've "encouraged" their kids to participate in. They're busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, because they're addicted to busyness and dread what they might have to face in its absence.

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2014-10-03 19:08:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

When asked if police had anyone in custody, Valiquette said the situation is under control, and that RCMP are not looking for any suspects at this time. No officers were involved in the shooting.

Mexican standoff?

BREAKING NEWS: ___When asked if police had anyone in custody, Valiquette said the situation is under control, and that RCMP are not looking for any suspects at this time. No officers were involved in the shooting.

Mexican standoff?

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2014-10-03 19:06:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Well if her and her papa are subject to the same laws around corruption they have on the mainland she might be hanging from that necklace soon.

I know a Chinese woman whose father is director of a national petrol company. Right now he, like everyone in a government position, is under scrutiny. Luckily he's honest, except for giving a position to his nephew that his nephew was qualified for anyways, so he should be fine. Had he of taken bribes or embezzled on the other hand, he would likely be joining her here in Canada, to avoid the whole death or life in prison thing.

Not going to lie I kind of like that approach over what seems like a slap on the wrist and stern scolding over here. 

A top post today: Daughter of Hong Kong leader thanks "taxpayers" for her diamonds on Facebook http://boingboing.net/2014/10/02/daughter-of-hong-kong-leader-t.html___Well if her and her papa are subject to the same laws around corruption they have on the mainland she might be hanging from that necklace soon.

I know a Chinese woman whose father is director of a national petrol company. Right now he, like everyone in a government position, is under scrutiny. Luckily he's honest, except for giving a position to his nephew that his nephew was qualified for anyways, so he should be fine. Had he of taken bribes or embezzled on the other hand, he would likely be joining her here in Canada, to avoid the whole death or life in prison thing.

Not going to lie I kind of like that approach over what seems like a slap on the wrist and stern scolding over here. 

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2014-10-03 18:05:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Great article on Deadmau5 and the selling out of electronic music. 

Great article on Deadmau5 and the selling out of electronic music. ___

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2014-10-03 17:28:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

What do people think of this?

To me all this talk of soldiers, regimes, and fights for the truth is frankly getting pretty close to being religious in nature. I can't help but think of the phrase "onward Christian solider" that is so popular in some circles.

Not to mention the idea of atheists needing leaders. Why? Isn't it religions that do the leading and atheism that does the thinking? 

What do people think of this?

To me all this talk of soldiers, regimes, and fights for the truth is frankly getting pretty close to being religious in nature. I can't help but think of the phrase "onward Christian solider" that is so popular in some circles.

Not to mention the idea of atheists needing leaders. Why? Isn't it religions that do the leading and atheism that does the thinking? ___

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2014-10-03 16:52:43 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Onward atheists soliders! It's time to stand up for atheism and fight for truth!

Seriously this has got to be one of the most absurd things I've ever seen. A fundraiser for an atheist army to fight the big A regime and restore freedom to atheists to enjoy an atheism community by, for, and of atheists only.

I get this is the Internet. But in real life we atheists need to work with people of all beliefs.

Instead of taking atheism to be a religion we need to spread, defend, or learn. 

Onward atheists soliders! It's time to stand up for atheism and fight for truth!

Seriously this has got to be one of the most absurd things I've ever seen. A fundraiser for an atheist army to fight the big A regime and restore freedom to atheists to enjoy an atheism community by, for, and of atheists only.

I get this is the Internet. But in real life we atheists need to work with people of all beliefs.

Instead of taking atheism to be a religion we need to spread, defend, or learn. ___

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2014-10-03 11:53:26 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

It's what sold me on Google.

___It's what sold me on Google.

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2014-10-02 10:46:18 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Truth

Truth___

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2014-09-29 18:30:17 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-29 14:55:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Via Reddit, Cosplay level Grandmaster. 

Via Reddit, Cosplay level Grandmaster. ___

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2014-09-28 23:55:00 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Interesting perspective. I've no love for the idea of atheist churches with sing alongs, speakers, and Christianity without the Christ.

The article makes a good point about taking over churches in inner city areas where the poor are being pushed to the fringe to make way for hip trendy young people looking for meaning to their terrible lives of expensive clothes and air conditioned jobs.

If anyone needs a release from God it's the poor. I don't think this is a very effective way to go about it. 

Interesting perspective. I've no love for the idea of atheist churches with sing alongs, speakers, and Christianity without the Christ.

The article makes a good point about taking over churches in inner city areas where the poor are being pushed to the fringe to make way for hip trendy young people looking for meaning to their terrible lives of expensive clothes and air conditioned jobs.

If anyone needs a release from God it's the poor. I don't think this is a very effective way to go about it. ___

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2014-09-28 23:07:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

But then how would you deal with unwanted pregnancies? Abortions and birth control? Immoral. 

But then how would you deal with unwanted pregnancies? Abortions and birth control? Immoral. ___

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2014-09-28 17:23:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-28 16:54:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-27 23:09:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I've never actually watched the movie, only read the book, but its been sitting on my hard drive for months so I'm thinking of getting around to it tonight.

The book always struck me as what it would feel like to live in the American south. Everything the protagonist does seems to be entirely rational and understandable. Meanwhile everyone around him looks for deeper meaning in his actions, generally religious, that just aren't there.

The first video has a good example of this. Almost everything he does will later be used against him, to great effect, to assassinate his character.

Great stuff and a great piece of atheist history. 

I've never actually watched the movie, only read the book, but its been sitting on my hard drive for months so I'm thinking of getting around to it tonight.

The book always struck me as what it would feel like to live in the American south. Everything the protagonist does seems to be entirely rational and understandable. Meanwhile everyone around him looks for deeper meaning in his actions, generally religious, that just aren't there.

The first video has a good example of this. Almost everything he does will later be used against him, to great effect, to assassinate his character.

Great stuff and a great piece of atheist history. ___

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2014-09-27 21:34:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-26 23:28:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

These are amazing works of art. 

These are amazing works of art. ___

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2014-09-26 22:13:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Ayn Rand’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer: "BUFFY: Surely this kind of specialized labor merits compensation, if my skills are so highly valued on the free market." http://the-toast.net/2014/09/26/ayn-rands-buffy-vampire-slayer/ 

Ayn Rand’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer: "BUFFY: Surely this kind of specialized labor merits compensation, if my skills are so highly valued on the free market." http://the-toast.net/2014/09/26/ayn-rands-buffy-vampire-slayer/ ___

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2014-09-26 21:22:27 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I think he had a talk with his boss. 

I think he had a talk with his boss. ___

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2014-09-26 21:21:31 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

What's really startling, is honestly, this is pretty much routine in America. In Canada this seems overtly stupid. 

What's really startling, is honestly, this is pretty much routine in America. In Canada this seems overtly stupid. ___

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2014-09-26 21:18:52 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

That was, honestly, pretty fucking awesome.

I hope a lot of Canadians see this just to get an idea of what type of representation you hire when you vote Conservative. 

That was, honestly, pretty fucking awesome.

I hope a lot of Canadians see this just to get an idea of what type of representation you hire when you vote Conservative. ___

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2014-09-24 11:29:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

"In spite of its 'apparent actuality', the world of daily life is a culturally, symbolically constructed world, not the world as it actually is. As such, it varies in terms of time and space, with much in common across the historical and cultural landscape, but with occasional sharp differences."

As an atheist it can be vexing when people just don't get how the world really is. Watching religious folk it can sometimes seem as if they're living in another world. That's because they quite literally are.

What we need to remember is that even though the world we live in is based on the science we've learned through our lives, it's constructed by our minds the same as anyone inhabiting this planet. The mind has no way of fact checking or special access to objective reality.

That also means our minds will give meaning and purpose to our... more »

"In spite of its 'apparent actuality', the world of daily life is a culturally, symbolically constructed world, not the world as it actually is. As such, it varies in terms of time and space, with much in common across the historical and cultural landscape, but with occasional sharp differences."

As an atheist it can be vexing when people just don't get how the world really is. Watching religious folk it can sometimes seem as if they're living in another world. That's because they quite literally are.

What we need to remember is that even though the world we live in is based on the science we've learned through our lives, it's constructed by our minds the same as anyone inhabiting this planet. The mind has no way of fact checking or special access to objective reality.

That also means our minds will give meaning and purpose to our worlds, just like in the case of religious folk, if we like it or not. So we should be careful not to start thinking our own spin on things is somehow the only. ___

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