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Google+9,571,151The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033935  

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Kherlakyan Hanan3,412HERE'S VERSION 91 OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLEUPDATED WEDNESDAY 1/21/2014▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-01-21 23:43:32500215
Brian Mcquillan19,804Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #Gif #Cute #Anime #Animals #Online #Life #CatLovers #Cat #FunnyPics #Quote #Art #CaturdayEveryday #QuoteOfTheDay #Truth #Dog #Dogs #XD #Meme #LOL #Humor #Cute #Anime #Gif #Animals #Cat #CatLovers #Art #Online #Cats #Life #FunnyPics #CaturdayEveryday #Dog #Quote #Dogs #Truth #Manga 2015-01-15 07:18:52498323
John Cleese10,248Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #myseoissocial #besocial #socializethesocial #trust #circles #circleshare #sharedcircle #circlesharing #followers #social #socialnetworking #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #googleplus #communities #topsocialcircle #influencers #influencer #socialnetworking #betrustable #popularitycircle #trustablesharedcircle #cerchiacondivisa #circuloscompartidos #smiletolife2015-01-15 05:26:16493000
Terry Dyke1,332The #CulturalCreatives circle -- a carefully-vetted group of 100 artists, writers, makers, and thinkers on G+.They all have 1000+ followers and post actively. Most tend toward the humanist/progressive/green end of things, and all have a creatively provocative take on this stuff that fills our waking hours.If you are interested in joining the circle and expanding it, please do the following:1. Add this to your circles2. Add yourself to the circle3. Share the expanded circle to Public4. Include comments and #CulturalCreatives tagThanks!Terry Dyke#CulturalCreatives  #circles  #circlesharing   #sharedcircles    #publiccircles2015-01-13 00:56:20100000
Harry Day13,177*If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!4. Publicly share this circle...!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc  #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #share #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #circlethursday #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #frankfurt #germany #hamburg #germany #munich #greece #greece #athens #greece #heraklion #greece #rhodes #portugal #funchal #portugal #lisbon #portugal 2015-01-09 10:32:47496112
Kherlakyan Hanan2,725HERE'S VERSION 89 OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLEUPDATED WEDNESDAY 1/7/2014▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2015-01-08 21:33:53500328
Timothy J. Holloway4,394"Canadians" I'm sharing all my circles publicly. This is one of them. Unfortunately, this circle is really 512 for me but only 500 of you have been shared. Which 12 have been cut is outside my knowledge and awareness....2015-01-03 02:42:44500000
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Brian Harrod10,635Star Wars Circle #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #magnetixcircles   #engagerscircle   #circleoftheday   #addcircle   #addmetoyourcircles   #addpeople   #ripplescircle   #follow4follow   #circlesharing   #googlepluscircles  2014-12-27 03:47:57436100
Kherlakyan Hanan2,011AQUI ESTÁ VERSÃO 86-B ao meu círculo pública compartilhada ATUALIZADO sábado 2014/12/20 ▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔▔ Vamos quebrar 500 partes novamente e manter o ritmo! Estes são os melhores dos melhores Engagers de todas as esferas da vida. Dê a si mesmo um pouco de diversidade e adicionar estas grandes pessoas aos seus círculos. ➤ Para ser adicionado para a próxima ação, siga estes simples passos: 1) Adicionar o círculo 2) Além disso, o post original 3) Compartilhe o círculo publicamente (e com os seus círculos / círculos estendidos) 4) Comente sobre o post original quando completa #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-12-24 03:37:555014210
Ruta a la Patagonia11,603┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊Great Friends v12 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_____________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the Great Friends v12 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of:       De camino al Sur el mejor hotel  para alojarte sobre ruta 5, antes de Santa Rosa La Pampa, esta en Trenque Lauquen: +Howard Johnson Hotel Trenque Lauquen   Sobre ruta, con amplio parque, pileta climatizada, estacionamiento, wifi, restobar y mucho mas. Ya sea que vayas de camino a Bariloche, San Martin de los Andes, Villa la Angostura o cualquier otro destino de la cordillera o de la costa de la patagonia (por ruta 33).Consultanos:  www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #Patagonia   #Bariloche   #SanMartin   #LaAngostura   #SantaRosa   #LaPampa   #TrenqueLauquen   #ruta5   #Hotel   #howardJohnson   #alojamiento  2014-12-21 18:56:42498655495
Natural Remedy for Diabetes1,975Share Circle2014-12-14 18:12:22499111
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche10,286┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊WORLD GEMS v3 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_____________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the WORLD GEMS v3 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of: +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche +Howard Johnson Hotel Trenque Lauquen   www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #circle   #circleshare   #patagonia   #hotel   #HowardJohnson   #TrenqueLauquen  2014-12-12 20:16:07499293450
Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche9,995┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊ ☆ ┊WORLD GEMS v2 CIRCLE  ┊ ☆ ┊☆ ┊☆┊_____________________________________________________●❈●❈●❉●  Please Share From The Original Post! ●❈●❈●❉●▼▼▼▼▼▼▼ CLICK READ MORE FOR FULL CONTENT ▼▼▼▼▼▼▼This is the WORLD GEMS v2 Google Plus CircleIf you want to participate please kindly frollow the following rules::-)1. Add me to your circles if you haven´t done it already2. Share this circle to Public3. Plus or coment this post so we know you wish to participate in upcoming circlesPlease note:● You must be an active Google+ user and shares useful content.● Your posts must be family-friendly. No adult, gambling, controversial, politics, religion blogs.Have a nice day!Your blogging friends of:  +Ruta a la Patagonia - Bariloche +Howard Johnson Hotel Trenque Lauquen   www.hjtrenquelauquen.com.ar #circle   #circleshare   #patagonia   #TrenqueLauquen   #Hotel   #howardJOhnson   #bariloche   #SantaRosa                           2014-12-11 16:35:50499215
michael Addi012/10/2014   #CircleShare  And have a good night/morning!2014-12-11 04:11:524007461105
michael Addi0#CircleShare   12/5/2014Have a good day everyone.2014-12-05 14:44:434329780126
michael Addi0Today's Circle Share - 11/19/2014 #circleshare  Great people and pages in this circle. Have a great day! 2014-11-19 13:55:35429211229
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 19:12:58471216
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 08:12:489515820
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 17:58:02444502236
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 17:15:194947210
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 12:58:24228707
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 23:19:04501101117
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2015-03-07 01:04:28 (31 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

There was a post here earlier, just a few down from this, by a severely mentally ill gentleman.

I did a little digging and quickly found a mountain of information on him. I'm just short an address but have a licence plate.

I'm looking for advice on how I should proceed as the YouTube videos with the account show clear suicidal intent. He's based in Indianapolis and I'm up here in and Canada, and quite honestly, I find it hard to believe someone hasn't reported him yet and now worrying it could just further aggravate an unstable individual.

Yet I also feel ethically inclined to try to help someone so obviously suffering. 

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2015-02-11 13:36:21 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

This is the exact advice I give to young people when they complain about love or lack thereof. Any relationship is most valuable in what it can teach you about yourself rather than what it can confirm. 

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2015-02-11 13:36:21 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

This is the exact advice I give to young people when they complain about love or lack thereof. Any relationship is most valuable in what it can teach you about yourself rather than what it can confirm. 

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2015-03-26 22:40:11 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-03-26 02:19:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Great, thought-provoking article.

Great, thought-provoking article.___

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2015-03-26 02:12:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The article really fails to persuade me. I have no love for Baron Black, but he does make good arguments. A few points:

1. The old atheists were so much better than the new ones—wittier, better writers, more cogent, and less militant. This argument can be made only by those who have never really read Russell, Mencken, Ingersoll, and Mill; the claim is based on pure ignorance.

That's a pretty absurd claim if you know much of anything about Black. He's most certainly read all those writers and I would agree with him that they are much more nuanced in their arguments than anything Hitchens has ever written. Hitchens is entertaining to be sure, but he isn't on par with the names above. Not even close. 

I'll make this point clear with on of my favorite videos from Russell where he summarizes his ideals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8h-xEuLfm8

There isqu... more »

Jerry Coyne tackles Conrad Black's recent "atheist bashing" in the National Post.

Several incensed Canadian atheists sent me a link to a truly execrable piece by Conrad Black in the National Post, “The shabby, shallow world of the militant atheist.” I didn’t really know who Conrad Black was, but many Canadians seem to, for all the readers mentioned his criminal past. Born in Montreal, Black rose to control a chain of newspapers, acquiring titles and huge wealth along the way, but was then extradited to the U.S. to stand charges of fraud and obstruction of justice. He served three years in Federal prison, was deported back to Canada (and can’t re-enter the U.S. for 30 years), but still retains his enormous wealth and his title: “Baron Black of Crossharbour, of Crossharbour in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.”___The article really fails to persuade me. I have no love for Baron Black, but he does make good arguments. A few points:

1. The old atheists were so much better than the new ones—wittier, better writers, more cogent, and less militant. This argument can be made only by those who have never really read Russell, Mencken, Ingersoll, and Mill; the claim is based on pure ignorance.

That's a pretty absurd claim if you know much of anything about Black. He's most certainly read all those writers and I would agree with him that they are much more nuanced in their arguments than anything Hitchens has ever written. Hitchens is entertaining to be sure, but he isn't on par with the names above. Not even close. 

I'll make this point clear with on of my favorite videos from Russell where he summarizes his ideals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8h-xEuLfm8

There is quite a gulf between that message and the one we hear from new atheists.

2. Without religion we wouldn’t have a good source of morality.  Seriously? Is Black ignorant of the long tradition of secular ethics beginning with the ancient Greeks? Or does he think that that morality is dubious if it doesn’t come from God? If that’s the case, does he know about Plato’s Euthyphro argument—to my mind one of the great triumphs of philosophy? Black says this:

. . . without some notion of a divine intelligence and its influence on the culture of the world through the various religions (though the principal religions are not interchangeably benign or influential) there would be no serious ethical conceptions. Communities untouched by religious influences have been unalloyed barbarism, whatever the ethical shortcomings of some of those who carried the evangelizing mission among them. Without God, “good” and “evil” are just pallid formulations of like and dislike. As Professor Lennox reminded me, Dostoyevsky, scarcely a naive and superstitiously credulous adherent to ecclesiastical flimflam, said “without God, everything is permissible.”

Plato's argument couldn't have been made without some notion of a divine intelligence. It is quite literally built on the notion of divine intelligence. While it might do a good job of raising hard questions about it, even dismissing it, the fact remains the idea of God is needed to even make the argument in the first place.

Furthermore, from a historical and sociological perspective, Greek philosophy was the religion of the Greeks for a period of their history. Platonism itself can be defined as a form of theism. So Black's point about having no serious ethical conceptions without religion does hold strong here.

That’s palpably wrong. Atheists are no more immoral than religionists, and we don’t engage in killing other people in the name of our nonbelief, nor do we try to force ridiculous strictures about sex, diet, and genital-cutting on everyone else.  The more atheistic countries like those in Scandinavia and other parts of northern Europe are, if anything, more “moral” (and less socially dysfunctional) than highly religious nations like America, Saudi Arabia, and much of sub-Saharan Africa.

Black isn't saying explicitly that atheists are immoral. A better retort here, instead of pointing out all the bad things religions have done, would be to point out that a society can grow past needing to think of God in a literal sense, and function quite effectively in a secular manner. Just like how the Scandinavian countries grew out of theocracies.

3. Atheism is a “faith.”

You have to acknowledge here that Black is using the definition of atheism as a belief there is no God. I know, in the atheist community atheism is a lack of belief, but that isn't as standard a definition as atheists pretend it to be. Really believing there isn't a God is something that requires faith because even though that's the most probable situation, it isn't something that can be supported with evidence. 

But so what? We all have beliefs in things we can't say have solid evidence. What should matter is how good the evidence we do have is.

4. Science isn’t leading to progress, just to more mysteries.

Agreed. Poor argument.

5. The idea of a multiverse is “diaphanous piffle.”:

Nor can the atheists ever grapple plausibly with the limits of anything, or with the infinite. They rail against “creation” — but something was created somehow at some point to get us all started. They claim evolution debunks Christianity  (though all educated Christians, including Darwin, acknowledge evolution) — but evolution began somewhere. When taxed with the extent of the universe and what is beyond it, most atheists now immerse themselves in diaphanous piffle about a multiverse — but the possible existence of other universes has nothing to do with whether God exists.

Black has a point. Things like evolution and the multiverse are very weak arguments against God. They might do a good job of showing us religious myths and stories are untrue, but that can be done in any number of ways. A good many Christians have given up thinking these stories to be literally true themselves a very long time ago. The only places you see this today are in pockets of the world with low levels of education.

6.  Religion is the repository of right and wrong, and that, rather than the truth of scripture, is its value.

Religious practice can certainly be targeted as a pursuit of the hopeful, the faith-based and the uncertain. But they badly overreach when they attack the intellectual underpinnings of Judeo-Christianity, from the ancient Judaic scholars and the Apostles to Augustine to Aquinas to Newman; deny the existence of any spiritual phenomena at all; debunk the good works and cultural creativity and conservation of the major religion; and deny that the general religious message of trying conscientiously to distinguish right from wrong as a matter of duty and social desirability is the supreme criterion of civilization. The theists defend their basic position fairly easily and only get into heavy weather when they over-invest in the literal truth of all the scriptures — though the evidence for veracity of the New Testament is stronger than the skeptics admit, including of Christ’s citations of God himself: “And God said …” [Black’s ellipses]

Scripture does have value in so much that it contains the philosophical history of our culture if we like it or not. In exactly the same way the works of the Greeks contain the philosophical history of our culture and of Christianity. If more people could understand that value and take it for what it is, instead of taking it literally, we'd all be better off.  

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2015-03-21 19:05:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

What has our country become? Is this what we stand for?

What has our country become? Is this what we stand for?___

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2015-03-21 14:50:45 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I've been watching TOS recently so this is even funnier.

TMW rocks.


http://thismodernworld.com/

"  February 27, 2015
Tom Tomorrow:
Star Trek vs. the Internet
This cartoon won a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators yesterday, which is both a huge honor and now somewhat bittersweet. Rest in peace, Mr. Nimoy.  "___I've been watching TOS recently so this is even funnier.

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2015-03-21 14:31:10 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Stumbled on this whole looking for people to argue with in my what's hot thread.

Fantastic article. Instead of focusing on why objectivism is so wrong, the author looks at the type of person that is drawn to it, splitting people into CSI types and Columbo types. This reminds me very much of the split you often see in atheist communities. Where the CSI types are entirely incapable of understanding how a religious person might need religion or how they tend to divide things into facts and beliefs where facts are the things they believe while everything else is faith.

#AynRand   #Objectivism   #Cult   #Psychopathy  
For Justin Templer, the Objectivist Psycho!
"Objectivism works by describing a certain type of person who is probably not weak minded enough to join a traditional cult or even a supremacist movement. But they probably were born with some of the traits that can lead to Objectivism. They are also less likely to be total social failures than the people who join such movements. A potential Objectivist may well be at the top of general society in some respects, like education or income. But such people have strong deficiencies in other areas, like empathy or imagination. These are people who tend to be emotionally immature and possess low emotional intelligence. More likely than not, they feel separated from other people and/or lack social skills. So it’s easy to sell them on the idea that this is all evidence of their superiority."___Stumbled on this whole looking for people to argue with in my what's hot thread.

Fantastic article. Instead of focusing on why objectivism is so wrong, the author looks at the type of person that is drawn to it, splitting people into CSI types and Columbo types. This reminds me very much of the split you often see in atheist communities. Where the CSI types are entirely incapable of understanding how a religious person might need religion or how they tend to divide things into facts and beliefs where facts are the things they believe while everything else is faith.

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2015-03-20 23:41:23 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This kid is sure going to remember this birthday. Send him a text and remind him the world isn't filled with assholes.

Can you spare a moment (and the cost of an SMS) to text a happy birthday wish to a special 13-year-old? He's an Aspie going through some tough times (freakin' bullies), and could use a pick-me-up on his special day.

Apparently, his mom tried to organize a bowling party for him, but nobody has RSVP'd, so she's relying on the power of the internets to flood his phone with birthday texts: 705-808-3086

#HappyBirthdayOdin   #aspergers   #bullying___This kid is sure going to remember this birthday. Send him a text and remind him the world isn't filled with assholes.

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2015-03-19 12:06:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Japan's Ministry of Cool http://trib.al/kGXZlhL

Japan's Ministry of Cool http://trib.al/kGXZlhL___

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2015-03-18 22:34:30 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I'm completely with Sagan here and have ruffled quite a few feathers arguing for what he's saying here.

It used to be the word atheist was a positive denial of God. It meant you held the belief there was no God. It wasn't until Anthony flew came along and wrote an essay that Richard Dawkins later read and repeated in his own book that this idea that the word atheist automatically implies doubt came into being.

Of course after people started pointing out some atheists don't have a single ounce of doubt about their stance on God the solution of attaching the prefix agnostic or gnostic was created. Which is absurd. Instead of having three words we now have at least nine combinations.

And why? So that we can group people into theists and atheists and make atheism a political force. So we can say smugly we are the superior group with real knowledge of reality.... more »

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/achenblog/wp/2014/07/10/carl-sagan-denied-being-an-atheist-so-what-did-he-believe-part-1/___I'm completely with Sagan here and have ruffled quite a few feathers arguing for what he's saying here.

It used to be the word atheist was a positive denial of God. It meant you held the belief there was no God. It wasn't until Anthony flew came along and wrote an essay that Richard Dawkins later read and repeated in his own book that this idea that the word atheist automatically implies doubt came into being.

Of course after people started pointing out some atheists don't have a single ounce of doubt about their stance on God the solution of attaching the prefix agnostic or gnostic was created. Which is absurd. Instead of having three words we now have at least nine combinations.

And why? So that we can group people into theists and atheists and make atheism a political force. So we can say smugly we are the superior group with real knowledge of reality.

Which is exactly what seems to happen in history with nearly every religious movement.

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2015-03-18 22:33:34 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I'm completely with Sagan here and have ruffled quite a few feathers arguing for what he's saying here.

It used to be the word atheist was a positive denial of God. It meant you held the belief there was no God. It wasn't until Anthony flew came along and wrote an essay that Richard Dawkins later read and repeated in his own book that this idea that the word atheist automatically implies doubt came into being.

Of course after people started pointing out some atheists don't have a single ounce of doubt about their stance on God the solution of attaching the prefix agnostic or gnostic was created. Which is absurd. Instead of having three words we now have at least nine combinations.

And why? So that we can group people into theists and atheists and make atheism a political force. So we can say smugly we are the superior group with real knowledge of reality.... more »

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/achenblog/wp/2014/07/10/carl-sagan-denied-being-an-atheist-so-what-did-he-believe-part-1/___I'm completely with Sagan here and have ruffled quite a few feathers arguing for what he's saying here.

It used to be the word atheist was a positive denial of God. It meant you held the belief there was no God. It wasn't until Anthony flew came along and wrote an essay that Richard Dawkins later read and repeated in his own book that this idea that the word atheist automatically implies doubt came into being.

Of course after people started pointing out some atheists don't have a single ounce of doubt about their stance on God the solution of attaching the prefix agnostic or gnostic was created. Which is absurd. Instead of having three words we now have at least nine combinations.

And why? So that we can group people into theists and atheists and make atheism a political force. So we can say smugly we are the superior group with real knowledge of reality.

Which is exactly what seems to happen in history with nearly every religious movement.

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2015-03-18 10:30:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Actually, I wonder where on this planet a real democracy exists … some Scandinavian countries perhaps?

(Thanks, Ed)

Actually, I wonder where on this planet a real democracy exists … some Scandinavian countries perhaps?

(Thanks, Ed)___

2015-03-17 22:42:22 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Was commenting on a post elsewhere that rambled on and on. So I thought I would share it so it doesn't feel wasted.


I just wanted to add my own reasons, besides the demonstrated behavior here on G+ of people who adopt the label, of why anti-theism is stupid.

I'll point to two major events in recent history to make the point: climate change and the Iraq war.

In the first example we have the potential for loss of life that dwarfs just about anything in history. Be it directly caused by flooding in places like Bangladesh, or indirectly from wars caused by the strain on resources, as we have seen in Syria, it could be an event that pushes us near extinction.

In the second example we have seen direct causalities ranging from half a million to a million depending on the source and continuing violence from the insurgency and now from ISIL. I think we are... more »

Was commenting on a post elsewhere that rambled on and on. So I thought I would share it so it doesn't feel wasted.


I just wanted to add my own reasons, besides the demonstrated behavior here on G+ of people who adopt the label, of why anti-theism is stupid.

I'll point to two major events in recent history to make the point: climate change and the Iraq war.

In the first example we have the potential for loss of life that dwarfs just about anything in history. Be it directly caused by flooding in places like Bangladesh, or indirectly from wars caused by the strain on resources, as we have seen in Syria, it could be an event that pushes us near extinction.

In the second example we have seen direct causalities ranging from half a million to a million depending on the source and continuing violence from the insurgency and now from ISIL. I think we are safe to attribute many of the attacks here in the West to that war as well.

In both of these cases we can't say religion doesn't play a role in perpetuating the problem. Creationists certainly make passing policies to battle climate change very difficult and Islam is fashioned in such a way that when it comes to defense of their nations and identity Muslims will die rather than submit to anyone except Allah.

However, as much as these contribute to the problem, it's irrational to say, as anti-theists often do, that religion is the primary problem.

In the case of climate change this can been seen easily by looking at countries other than America (I know it's shocking to think America isn't the world standard) where it is political ideology driving the fight against action. 

In my own country, Canada, our Prime Minster is only nominally Christian. For the majority of his life he was a self-professed agnostic and secularist. It wasn't until he rejected the centrist ideals of our Liberal party for the right wing ideals of American inspired Libertarianism that he publicly adopted an Evangelical Christian label.

In fact, before 2005, our Conservatives deviated from Conservatives south of the border by being strong advocates for action on environmental issues. Hence why Canada had developed a reputation for environmental concern.

But, after 2005, with the help of right-wing think tanks from America and funding from the oil industry, our conservative party was restructured. The payment for the service was future access to our oil sands and aggressive de-regulation of the energy industry to allow American companies more freedom to make profit at the expense of our environment.

It worked fantastically! Canadians can now proudly say we have one of the largest carbon producing oil operations in the world and are one of the most vocal opponents against action to fight climate change.

This had almost nothing to do with a surge in religious sentiment. While it's true part of the restructuring included opening new Evangelical Churches and pushing Creationism, doing so was a conscious effort on the part of political strategists, who understand it is much easier to push against climate change when people believe certain things like God coming to the rescue or the Earth being 6,000 years old.

However the problem here isn't religious. It's political. It's the political ideology. Before that ideology was introduced into our political discourse, as I said, even our Conservatives were committed to evidence based decision making and to protecting our environment. At that time our right wing would be better classified as left wing when compared to American political parties. 

Except for the anti-theist the problem with all of this isn't politics at all. It's the religion. Instead of looking at the root cause of the problem, which I would say is building policy on ideology instead of evidence, they think the issue is the religious people. They think if those religious people left everything would be fine, the ideology would be fine, and things would just be peachy. 

Since I've already written too much I won't go into detail about Iraq except to say anti-theism does the same in that case: it shifts the blame from American foreign policy or political ideology to religion when it shouldn't. Any population in the world would react pretty much the same way if subjected to the injustice the people have the middle east have been, but in the same way a rapist will blame the woman for dressing a certain way, the victim is blamed.

That's why anti-theism is stupid. Because it thinks the solution to the world's problems is everyone thinking and acting and believing exactly like the anti-theist. It is, in almost every aspect, the same as a Christian saying all the worlds problems are the result of people falling away from God and not being Christian___

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2015-03-14 14:44:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Damn right!

___Damn right!

2015-03-07 01:04:28 (31 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

There was a post here earlier, just a few down from this, by a severely mentally ill gentleman.

I did a little digging and quickly found a mountain of information on him. I'm just short an address but have a licence plate.

I'm looking for advice on how I should proceed as the YouTube videos with the account show clear suicidal intent. He's based in Indianapolis and I'm up here in and Canada, and quite honestly, I find it hard to believe someone hasn't reported him yet and now worrying it could just further aggravate an unstable individual.

Yet I also feel ethically inclined to try to help someone so obviously suffering. 

There was a post here earlier, just a few down from this, by a severely mentally ill gentleman.

I did a little digging and quickly found a mountain of information on him. I'm just short an address but have a licence plate.

I'm looking for advice on how I should proceed as the YouTube videos with the account show clear suicidal intent. He's based in Indianapolis and I'm up here in and Canada, and quite honestly, I find it hard to believe someone hasn't reported him yet and now worrying it could just further aggravate an unstable individual.

Yet I also feel ethically inclined to try to help someone so obviously suffering. ___

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2015-02-20 17:48:21 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A former candidate for the U.S. presidency has come down hard on the Canadian government's new anti-terrorism bill, calling it a crass effort to "sell the politics of fear."

Ralph Nader says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is exaggerating the threat of Islamic terrorism and his paranoia has now exceeded Dick Cheney's.

A former candidate for the U.S. presidency has come down hard on the Canadian government's new anti-terrorism bill, calling it a crass effort to "sell the politics of fear."

Ralph Nader says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is exaggerating the threat of Islamic terrorism and his paranoia has now exceeded Dick Cheney's.___

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2015-02-18 23:05:30 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Is your brain smarter and faster than a video gamer's? Try the simple tests in this talk:

Is your brain smarter and faster than a video gamer's? Try the simple tests in this talk:___

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2015-02-17 22:33:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

We asked the +United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) team in Sweden why they chose to use images from Google Search in their latest video, “The Search for Syria.” Here’s what they had to say:

"The violent conflict in Syria has been going on for almost 4 years forcing almost 4 million people to flee their home and seek protection with UNHCR in the neighbouring countries. We saw a risk of people losing focus on the humanitarian emergency and wanted to get people's attention.

Google is an everyday tool for people and can transport us to other places in a microsecond. By using Google search we were able to cut the mental distance between us in Sweden and emergency in Syria. It made it real."

Watch the video and see what you think: http://youtu.be/O0ndziagqtQ

We asked the +United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) team in Sweden why they chose to use images from Google Search in their latest video, “The Search for Syria.” Here’s what they had to say:

"The violent conflict in Syria has been going on for almost 4 years forcing almost 4 million people to flee their home and seek protection with UNHCR in the neighbouring countries. We saw a risk of people losing focus on the humanitarian emergency and wanted to get people's attention.

Google is an everyday tool for people and can transport us to other places in a microsecond. By using Google search we were able to cut the mental distance between us in Sweden and emergency in Syria. It made it real."

Watch the video and see what you think: http://youtu.be/O0ndziagqtQ___

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2015-02-15 15:44:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

1:09 "religion at one time was considered a mental illness"
http://www.baylorisr.org/wp-content/uploads/levin_religion_mental_health.pdf

Starting off right from the start you are wrong.  There was a diagnoses of extreme cases that included symptoms of  cases exemplifying cognitive incoherence, catatonia, delusion, magical thinking, hallucinations, or schizotypal disorders.  This only applied to extreme cases not all religious people and these ideas were later reformed after further research.  Now the following is all taken from the same article FF is referencing.

"In the early 1980s, literature reviews began summarizing this work, by then consisting of about 200 empirical studies of  various outcomes (e.g. Gartner, Larson, & Allen, 1981; Larson, Pattison, Blazer, Omran, & Kaplan, 1986). The verdict was consistent. According to one authoritativerevi... more »

1:09 "religion at one time was considered a mental illness"
http://www.baylorisr.org/wp-content/uploads/levin_religion_mental_health.pdf

Starting off right from the start you are wrong.  There was a diagnoses of extreme cases that included symptoms of  cases exemplifying cognitive incoherence, catatonia, delusion, magical thinking, hallucinations, or schizotypal disorders.  This only applied to extreme cases not all religious people and these ideas were later reformed after further research.  Now the following is all taken from the same article FF is referencing.

"In the early 1980s, literature reviews began summarizing this work, by then consisting of about 200 empirical studies of  various outcomes (e.g. Gartner, Larson, & Allen, 1981; Larson, Pattison, Blazer, Omran, & Kaplan, 1986). The verdict was consistent. According to one authoritative review, “The mental health influence of religious beliefs and practices – particularly when embedded within a long-standing, well-integrated faith tradition – is largely a positive one” (Koenig, 1998b, p. 392)"

"Medical sociologists, health psychologists, and gerontologists have done a more sophisticated job at identifying impacts of religious life on mental health indicators. Studies of dimensions of psychological distress and well-being, many of them large- cale probability surveys, consistently find a protective effect of religious participation (see Levin & Chatters, 1998). Within the gerontological literature, especially, features of institutional religious involvement (e.g. attendance at worship services) and non-institutional involvement (e.g. private prayer, embeddedness in religious support networks) have been associated with positive mental health outcomes and high scores on scales and indices assessing psychosocial constructs such as self-esteem, mastery (self-efficacy), optimism, hope, and dimensions of well-being. This overall finding has been replicated across age cohorts, in both sexes, and regardless of social class, race or ethnicity, religious affiliation, and specific diagnosis or outcome measure (see Levin, 1997). Much of the literature focuses on symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression or anxiety, and many studies have found a health-promoting effect of religion on overall and domain-specific life satisfaction, happiness, and positive affect."

Now not sure why FF would link an article that seems to be promoting religion as a way to prevent mental illness, but I can only assume he didn't read the whole article.

3:02 "Religious delusions in patients admitted to hospital with schizophrenia."
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11990010

You said it yourself and it's something I have been saying since we started these discussions.  People that suffer from pre-existing mental illnesses will see their religous beliefs manifest through their disorders, but like you said, that does not mean religion causes or is mental illness which is the point we are addressing.

4:44 "Frequency and severity of religious delusions in Christian patients with psychosis."
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11472793

You said "that people who are protestant are more likely to suffer from religious delusions"

Now this study you are referring to was conducted on 131 patients in Cincinnati that first off were already diagnosed with separate mental illnesses UNRELATED to their religious beliefs.  The study went on to show that involvement in religious activities did often lead to higher ratings of religious delusions but unclear in this study is how the investigators were able to even distinguish between "“normal” religious activity from religious delusions or other pathological expressions of religious activity."  Again, I want to point out that these studies were done on patients diagnosed already with psychotic disorders, so again no tie between religion causing or being a mental illness.

6:16 "The persuasive language in both of these studies and all the studies you can find out there, is the term religious delusions.  They are viewing these different then other kinds of delusions, so they are saying there are delusions inherent to religion"

No Mike, that's not what they are saying.  These studies are done to see if they can find ties between being religious and how it effects their delusions, not that there are inherent delusions to being religious.  In these studies of patients already diagnosed with psychotic disorders they find that in some cases there may be more frequent cases of delusion. Also to note is that only 39% of patients showed religious delusions, a number less then those who recognized themselves as religious meaning that belief in religion was not guaranteed to garner religious delusions.

6:38 "Religion, spirituality and psychotic disorders"
http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S0101-60832007000700013&script=sci_arttext&tlng=en


8:33 "So Clearly it's indicated that religiosity is rampant in america and if we know from the research studies that the more religious a people are the more likely they are to present with serious mental illnesses including religious delusions"

Okay, so you are basing this off the previous two abstracts you have read from, the one thing you are completely wrong about is the fact that as I explained earlier, the study on "Frequency and severity of religious delusions in Christian patients with psychosis" was done by p[patients with preexisting mental disorders, in fact in the article by Koenig it actually mentions this study on page 3.  It is you at this point asserting that the more religious a person is the more likely they are to have mental illness, you have yet to actually bring forth an article that validates this claim.

11:22 "Most scientifically trained psychiatrists and other mental health professionals believe in a scientific, secular worldview."

One of the reasons why Freud has almost completely fallen out of favor with modern academia is for one of the reasons the article listed and you read. "This negative perspective regarding religion, however, was not based on systematic research or careful objective observation. Rather, it was based on the personal opinions and clinical experience of powerful and influential persons within the psychiatric academia, who had little experience with healthy religion."

As covered in the very first article you reviewed and within the article by Koenig, the reason these ideas were changed was because they were not based on any real empirical facts and new studies had shown positive gains from religious beliefs. "These investigators report positive correlation between religious delusions and religious activity in 193 inpatients with schizophrenia. Patients with religious delusions scored significantly higher on self-assessed religiosity and doctrinal orthodoxy than those without religious delusions"

These are the studies being done by the same secular sources.  *Use of religion has been recognized as an actual beneficial tool in aiding those people with mental illness so how do you even think that it is also the cause?*

12:05 "So we had a period of time, once again, where religious delusions were considered a mental illness"

Yeah, and you go on to explain how peer review and a better understanding of religion through real studies illustrated that like homosexuality which was also once classified as a mental illness, better understanding of how the mind works eliminated the labeling of religion as a cause of mental illness.  So again those secular sources disagree with you once they applied real science and not baseless assertions.

12:49 "religious communities have developed negative attitudes toward psychologists and psychiatrists, who are often seen as either unhelpful or evening threatening to deeply held beliefs that are central to their worldviews"

Yeah, I actually probably agree with you on this point.  While I have demonstrated quite clearly in these posts that religion is not a mental illness, but people can still hold misinformed or just plain bad information, this would be an example of that here.

The fallout as described by this mistrust in the psychiatric fields demonstrates why real science should always be done and not just based on personal opinion like Freud.  Note again that these people that did not refer members with severe mental illness, are cases where these people had mental illnesses unrelated to their religion.

15:00  Now this is around the time that I agree with you wholeheartedly.  This stigma that people have against mental illness especially on part by these pastors is disgusting and has lead to people commit unspeakable acts.  This is where your argument should start about why religion is extremely damaging to society.  Again, religion is not a mental illness but the fact that people can hide away from proper treatment of mental illnesses that they may have and be encouraged to do so by their religion is a disgrace.  Another example of why religion is dangerous.  This is why I don't like labeling religion as a mental illness, because honestly, even if you could label them this way, who cares?  It accomplishes nothing.  The fact that these people with mental illnesses refuse treatment because of religious pressure is a real threat.

20:24 "Across the board, religion is a mental illness"

Well you misunderstood this part of the article.  It talks about the difference in diagnosing a psychosis (A symptom of mental illness) with deep settled beliefs (not a mental illness).  As I have explained so many times it is getting tiresome, someone with beliefs based on developmental or social pressures may be misguided, but does not fit the definition of a mental illness.

21:12 "Thus, distinguishing religious beliefs and experiences from those that are psychotic becomes an urgent dilemma for the clinician."

Yup, because again as I stated earlier, a person with beliefs based on bad information, reinforced through their societal pressures, is indistinguishable sometimes with someone with a real mental illness.  I think you are unclear on what the difference between pathological and non-pathological means.

26:00 In conclusion Mike, you have failed to prove religion as a mental illness.  You have taken out of context or misrepresented the data in these articles and while I don't think it was intentional, it is clear that you have a strong bias here.

Religion is a dangerous concept that has negative effects on our society, but you are incorrect as labeling it as a mental illness.  Sure, it might be a blight on our species that will eventually lead to our destruction, but it's not a mental illness.___

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2015-02-11 13:36:21 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

This is the exact advice I give to young people when they complain about love or lack thereof. Any relationship is most valuable in what it can teach you about yourself rather than what it can confirm. 

This is the exact advice I give to young people when they complain about love or lack thereof. Any relationship is most valuable in what it can teach you about yourself rather than what it can confirm. ___

2015-02-11 11:58:36 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

If you take a look at the attached Facebook profile you'll see it's a petty standard atheist profile. Except in this case the owner just killed three Muslim students at chapel hill university.

Should we blame his anti theism for the murders? If not why? If this had of been three Christian, Jewish, or atheists dead and the Facebook profile was filled with Islamic content wouldn't we see the words extremist or terrorist invoked almost immediately? 

If you take a look at the attached Facebook profile you'll see it's a petty standard atheist profile. Except in this case the owner just killed three Muslim students at chapel hill university.

Should we blame his anti theism for the murders? If not why? If this had of been three Christian, Jewish, or atheists dead and the Facebook profile was filled with Islamic content wouldn't we see the words extremist or terrorist invoked almost immediately? ___

2015-02-11 11:57:35 (24 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

If you take a look at the attached Facebook profile you'll see it's a petty standard atheist profile. Except in this case the owner just killed three Muslim students at chapel hill university.

Should we blame his anti theism for the murders? If not why? If this had of been three Christian, Jewish, or atheists dead and the Facebook profile was filled with Islamic content wouldn't we see the words extremist or terrorist invoked almost immediately? 

If you take a look at the attached Facebook profile you'll see it's a petty standard atheist profile. Except in this case the owner just killed three Muslim students at chapel hill university.

Should we blame his anti theism for the murders? If not why? If this had of been three Christian, Jewish, or atheists dead and the Facebook profile was filled with Islamic content wouldn't we see the words extremist or terrorist invoked almost immediately? ___

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2015-02-09 23:16:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

When they can't attack the underlying science, they go after the scientists. Personally.
#globalwarming  

When they can't attack the underlying science, they go after the scientists. Personally.
#globalwarming  ___

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2015-02-09 22:51:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is from the comments section on the article. Wanted to share it because it's so well said. Essentially he's pointing out the problem with many criticisms of Islam are that they rely on Islam being one big monolithic definable thing.

In this long comment, I'm focused mainly on the LOGIC and LANGUAGE of “blaming Islam,” rather than events and interpretations. Unlike some Salon readers, I think religionusually deserves blame when violence is committed in some religion's name. I also think the Quran has a lot of wickedness in it, but this doesn't lead me to “blame Islam” like Jeffrey Tayler does. It's not misguided tolerance that keeps me from blaming Islam. It's precision, and the precision problem goes beyond the fact that Muslims simply vary in their beliefs. Here's something Tayler says that bugs me: 

“No doubt, some commentatorscontort them... more »

This is from the comments section on the article. Wanted to share it because it's so well said. Essentially he's pointing out the problem with many criticisms of Islam are that they rely on Islam being one big monolithic definable thing.

In this long comment, I'm focused mainly on the LOGIC and LANGUAGE of “blaming Islam,” rather than events and interpretations. Unlike some Salon readers, I think religionusually deserves blame when violence is committed in some religion's name. I also think the Quran has a lot of wickedness in it, but this doesn't lead me to “blame Islam” like Jeffrey Tayler does. It's not misguided tolerance that keeps me from blaming Islam. It's precision, and the precision problem goes beyond the fact that Muslims simply vary in their beliefs. Here's something Tayler says that bugs me: 

“No doubt, some commentators contort themselves to avoid blaming Islam because they personally know Muslims who would do no harm to anyone. But as regards the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Islam’s innocuous votaries are irrelevant.”

Those “innocuous votaries” are relevant to the question of whether Islam itself is to blame, and this is because their beliefs illustrate the difficulty in defining Islam. After the above quote, Tayler goes on to talk about the dangers of the “Islamic canon,” as though Islam can be defined by the Quran. But, like Christians, Muslims commonly dismiss parts of their holy book while simultaneously defending the book as the ultimate and flawless authority on their religion. I'll call this (contradictory) view the “mixed view.” IF we were to trust only the “book as authority” part of the Muslim mixed view, then we'll find it fair to blame Islam for anything that theQuran can be blamed for. We''ll also say that any “Muslims” who disagree with the Quran about something don't really represent Muslims on that subject. It's a tidy approach, and if anybody doesn't like it, we can just point to a statistic showing how many Muslims agree that the Quran is Islam's ultimate authority (almost all of them). Adult Muslims deserve to be taken at their word about what they claim to believe, right? Actually, no, they don't always deserve that. Here's why:

(1) For many of the world's Muslims who claim that the Quran is Islam's ultimate authority, it wouldn't be safe to say otherwise. So, taking such people “at their word” is like believing a confession made under duress.

(2) In the West, we don't hold Christian claims about their book's authority to the same rigid standard. For example, we don'tsay that somebody isn't a representative of Christianity just because he/she dismisses many “harsh” passages in the Old Testament. Christians typically pretend to believe that the Bible's word is absolute, but we know the “mixed view” prevails here. We define Christianity according to that view, not the pretense of Biblical inerrancy.

If you think about it, the only reason anyone trusts the Quran as the definitive authority on Islam is that this is what Muslims have said that they believe. Thus, the Quran is hardly analternative to trusting Muslim beliefs. So why, when trying to pinpoint what defines Islam, would we acknowledge this belief and ignore other prevalent “Muslim” beliefs that are contrary to the Quran? It must be because we insist that Islam be definable in some way, but why are we ruling out the possibility that it's not? If we ignore this possibility, it would be only for the sake of convenience not truth. For example, Muslims may want the Quran to permanently define Islam so that the religion won't dissolve amid doctrinal uncertainty, and atheists may want the same thing simply so that Islam can be tidily criticized. We should be more concerned with accuracy than convenience.

I honestly think that the prevailing “mixed view” among Muslims makes Islam undefinable. We must know what Islam isbefore we can say “Islam is to blame,” but we don't, so we can't. Again, feelings of “tolerance” don't lead me to this conclusion. I'll criticize the Quran for being wicked, and I'll criticize religion in general for being stupid and dangerous, but criticizing “Islam” requires me to reason sloppily. I feel I owe it to the majority of the world's self-described Muslims not to do that, because they seem to be decent people.

I do disagree with Jeffrey Tayler's approach, but I don't think he's a bigot. In part, I think limitations in our arbitrary concepts and arbitrary language are getting in his way. Itdoes seem reasonable to say that the Quran is permanently linked with Islam. But this doesn't mean that the ideas that constitute Islam are coterminous with those of the Quran. If “Islam” can be said to have a criticism-worthy problem, it's that the official book that its followers cherry-pick ideas from makes bad ideas available to them. It's this availability that Jeffrey Tayler wants to blame an appropriate party for, but there's no word for that party. Blaming the religion is off the mark because a religion is an ideology - composed of ideas - and Islam's defining ideas can't be pinpointed.


Or maybe I'm wrong. I was getting groggy writing all this, so criticisms are welcome.


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2015-02-07 01:10:34 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-02-06 03:14:05 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I was going to include this in another discussion, but think I want to hear some feedback from a broader audience.

I'm more with the caller that with Matt. Specifically on the idea of how a question can be answered.

Matt uses a gumball analogy. Imagining a jar, does it have an even amount or odd amount? 

Matt argues that if you reject the idea there is an even number of gumballs you are not therefore saying there is an odd number. I don't agree.

If I say, there is not an even number of gumballs, I am implying there is an odd number.

On the other hand if I say, I don't know if there is an even number of gumballs, I am not implying there is an odd number because I have not outright rejected the idea there could be an even number.

While some might say, well, that's just semantics, honestly if thew... more »

I was going to include this in another discussion, but think I want to hear some feedback from a broader audience.

I'm more with the caller that with Matt. Specifically on the idea of how a question can be answered.

Matt uses a gumball analogy. Imagining a jar, does it have an even amount or odd amount? 

Matt argues that if you reject the idea there is an even number of gumballs you are not therefore saying there is an odd number. I don't agree.

If I say, there is not an even number of gumballs, I am implying there is an odd number.

On the other hand if I say, I don't know if there is an even number of gumballs, I am not implying there is an odd number because I have not outright rejected the idea there could be an even number.

While some might say, well, that's just semantics, honestly if the words are available and we are interested in communicating something there is no reason whatsoever to say there is not an even number when we really mean we don't know if there is or is not.

When comparing this to the dichotomy Matt sets our in regards to the question of God, that you can either be a theist or an atheist, the flaws in his thinking become more pronounced. Can a theist simply say they are rejecting the idea there isn't a God and therefore avoid the burden of proof? 

To me any question can be answered in three ways, not just two: yes, no, or I don't know.

A criticism I've always had against American culture specifically is that it seems a good amount of people are stuck thinking that everything is binary. That no matter the question and no matter their expertise or knowledge they must answer it with either yes or no. The must have an opinion. 

And this is exactly the type of thinking I see happening here with +Matt Dillahunty and I think it has a lot to do with the culture he's grown up in. I also think this type of thinking is exactly the type that leads to dogma and blind faith. ___

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2015-02-01 14:19:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Roald Dahl's Letter To Anti-Vaccination Parents

http://www.ovg.ox.ac.uk/blogs/ojohn/how-dangerous-measles

Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old.

As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.

“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.

“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.

In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.

I encounter a lot of anti-vaxxer parents in playgroups, homeschool groups,etc.  The... more »

Roald Dahl's Letter To Anti-Vaccination Parents

http://www.ovg.ox.ac.uk/blogs/ojohn/how-dangerous-measles

Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old.

As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.

“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.

“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.

In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.

I encounter a lot of anti-vaxxer parents in playgroups, homeschool groups, etc.  The ignorance is astounding.  The privilege this generation has to not have seen so many friends and family die off has resulted in the same sorts of blinders that any privilege carries, but in this case it's not just passively harming others but actively.

These diseases can cause lasting harm and kill.  If you won't vaccinate for the good of others, at least smarten up and do it for your own kids to protect them.

#vaccineswork   #vaccinessavelives  

Via +Cindy Brown ___

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2015-01-27 23:38:51 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Please spread this around.   We need to stop the anti-vaccine bullshit that people believe!!


http://themetapicture.com/angry-scientist-finds-uneducated-internet-comment-and-delivers-badass-response/

Please spread this around.   We need to stop the anti-vaccine bullshit that people believe!!


http://themetapicture.com/angry-scientist-finds-uneducated-internet-comment-and-delivers-badass-response/___

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2015-01-25 06:18:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Pass it on to another community if you want to live. (Sorry, i just want to live)

Pass it on to another community if you want to live. (Sorry, i just want to live)___

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2015-01-24 19:17:01 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Typical dumb reality show fare. Two people hump inside a box and then we get to hear "experts" talk about their relationship. Porno lite for bored housewife types who get to watch something naughty without feeling too guilty. Reminds me of Fifty Shades of Grey.

For real fun contrast this fairly sterile British and American show to how the Japanese did a Fuck in a Box show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlGWOBpZObg

I want to see that re--made over here. I'd pay to see a cow wrangling tough guy cover his face with his Stetson as he blows into the hungry maw of a male hooker from San Francisco.  

Typical dumb reality show fare. Two people hump inside a box and then we get to hear "experts" talk about their relationship. Porno lite for bored housewife types who get to watch something naughty without feeling too guilty. Reminds me of Fifty Shades of Grey.

For real fun contrast this fairly sterile British and American show to how the Japanese did a Fuck in a Box show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlGWOBpZObg

I want to see that re--made over here. I'd pay to see a cow wrangling tough guy cover his face with his Stetson as he blows into the hungry maw of a male hooker from San Francisco.  ___

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2015-01-24 00:11:01 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

So, it makes me feel a bit old, but this is the first time I've seen this guy in my life.

At first, it's pretty damn funny, but then there is a growing feeling of admiration for the type of determination it takes to finish a marathon with a bad case of the shits. Particularly when you have to be mindful not to slip on it.

And really, even if you haven't shit your pants a single time in your entire adult life, at some point you will. So you really can't help but empathise. 

So, it makes me feel a bit old, but this is the first time I've seen this guy in my life.

At first, it's pretty damn funny, but then there is a growing feeling of admiration for the type of determination it takes to finish a marathon with a bad case of the shits. Particularly when you have to be mindful not to slip on it.

And really, even if you haven't shit your pants a single time in your entire adult life, at some point you will. So you really can't help but empathise. ___

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2015-01-22 13:12:07 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

When I first read about this story I was absolutely behind the guy. He challenged the practice of Gideon Bible thumpers coming into classes to give a presentation and offer free Bibles. They stopped the practice.

However now I think he's going to far. His complaint seems to be around an after school Christian youth group and the school associating with Habitat for Humanity. He thinks secular humanist orginizations should be given equal time.

That's great! Except there are no secular humanist groups doing much of anything in the country. Moreover I've known plenty of atheists and secular humanists who have worked with habitat with no problem. They don't push Christianity, they build houses.

That's how it tends to be in Canada. Religion is, for a good many people, about as important as heritage. It's a personal family thing that helps define... more »

When I first read about this story I was absolutely behind the guy. He challenged the practice of Gideon Bible thumpers coming into classes to give a presentation and offer free Bibles. They stopped the practice.

However now I think he's going to far. His complaint seems to be around an after school Christian youth group and the school associating with Habitat for Humanity. He thinks secular humanist orginizations should be given equal time.

That's great! Except there are no secular humanist groups doing much of anything in the country. Moreover I've known plenty of atheists and secular humanists who have worked with habitat with no problem. They don't push Christianity, they build houses.

That's how it tends to be in Canada. Religion is, for a good many people, about as important as heritage. It's a personal family thing that helps define identity. ___

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2015-01-22 01:35:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Nah. America just has entertainment and information media. If it was propaganda it would say so. 

Nah. America just has entertainment and information media. If it was propaganda it would say so. ___

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2015-01-22 00:32:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I just really like this picture of Steve trying to act excited.

Are you on our email list yet? Sign up to get info about local events, and news in your riding: http://cpcp.cc/gGKhAy___I just really like this picture of Steve trying to act excited.

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2015-01-21 02:02:23 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-01-20 13:08:48 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

This is certainly snowballing into a very big thing. When it comes to their freedoms the French are certainly not the type to back down. It really seems like a turning point this time around and feels like we are putting out foot down.

#jesuischarlie

This is certainly snowballing into a very big thing. When it comes to their freedoms the French are certainly not the type to back down. It really seems like a turning point this time around and feels like we are putting out foot down.

#jesuischarlie___

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2015-01-20 13:07:49 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This is certainly snowballing into a very big thing. When it comes to their freedoms the French are certainly not the type to back down. It really seems like a turning point this time around and feels like we are putting out foot down.

#jesuischarlie

This is certainly snowballing into a very big thing. When it comes to their freedoms the French are certainly not the type to back down. It really seems like a turning point this time around and feels like we are putting out foot down.

#jesuischarlie___

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2015-01-19 12:58:25 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Interesting article that brings up many points I agree with. Of particular interest is his mention of the clash of civilisations narrative. That's something I've personally identified as being at the core of the new atheist belief system.

It's also something I think will continue to cause misery for both the East and the West with the possibility of causing world war. Ultimately it demands one side dominates the other and I think that won't be acceptable to any parties.

I'd also say communities such as this represent the alternative.

Needless to say this article should ruffle some feathers.

But I like what he's saying and I think it's pretty much spot on. ___Interesting article that brings up many points I agree with. Of particular interest is his mention of the clash of civilisations narrative. That's something I've personally identified as being at the core of the new atheist belief system.

It's also something I think will continue to cause misery for both the East and the West with the possibility of causing world war. Ultimately it demands one side dominates the other and I think that won't be acceptable to any parties.

I'd also say communities such as this represent the alternative.

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2015-01-19 04:18:25 (24 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Needless to say this article should ruffle some feathers.

But I like what he's saying and I think it's pretty much spot on. 

Needless to say this article should ruffle some feathers.

But I like what he's saying and I think it's pretty much spot on. ___

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2015-01-18 15:07:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

How many people have learned about Jesus from this perspective? Does it fit with what you've been taught? And if not what do you think? 

How many people have learned about Jesus from this perspective? Does it fit with what you've been taught? And if not what do you think? ___

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2015-01-18 14:31:16 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

With Islam dominating the news yet again I keep running into people who, honestly, have a very superficial understanding of Islam. They see it as the thing cable news networks like Fox or CNN try to make it out to be. A big monolithic ideology that every last person who is a Muslim adheres to and those who say they don't are lying.

That's a really stupid way to think. It's so stupid it can be hard to get people to understand why it's so stupid. When you try it usually goes back to how some person, many times a comedian or politician or professional public speaker, said such and such so, like, they're totally right because the person they were talking to was an idiot.

Which makes me ask: why should I believe a public speaker or pundit or comedian about the history of Islam over John Green on Crash Course?

I know history isn't filled with hard facts... more »

With Islam dominating the news yet again I keep running into people who, honestly, have a very superficial understanding of Islam. They see it as the thing cable news networks like Fox or CNN try to make it out to be. A big monolithic ideology that every last person who is a Muslim adheres to and those who say they don't are lying.

That's a really stupid way to think. It's so stupid it can be hard to get people to understand why it's so stupid. When you try it usually goes back to how some person, many times a comedian or politician or professional public speaker, said such and such so, like, they're totally right because the person they were talking to was an idiot.

Which makes me ask: why should I believe a public speaker or pundit or comedian about the history of Islam over John Green on Crash Course?

I know history isn't filled with hard facts like science or binary like computer studies. There is some room for interpretation.

But it isn't so elastic as people think. There are reasonable limits to what could logically be said about history and what couldn't. It's the same with literature. It's up to you what a book means to you, but there is a point where an interpretation becomes stupidity.

Maybe part of the problem is on a daily basis we see people saying really stupid things about current affairs in television which are then talked about as if they are intelligent thoughts. Maybe it's a little bit of conditioning to think this way so the country keeps running.

Whatever it is I think people identifying as atheists and genuinely interested in being rational people who use evidence to form their belief should learn not to think like that.

So watch the video. Learn a bit about history from the history books instead of cable news.

And make sure to note the legitimacy of the virgin meme. How often have you heard that one repeated? (Enjoy some Sunday morning cognitive dissonance too!) ___

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2015-01-18 14:30:36 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

With Islam dominating the news yet again I keep running into people who, honestly, have a very superficial understanding of Islam. They see it as the thing cable news networks like Fox or CNN try to make it out to be. A big monolithic ideology that every last person who is a Muslim adheres to and those who say they don't are lying.

That's a really stupid way to think. It's so stupid it can be hard to get people to understand why it's so stupid. When you try it usually goes back to how some person, many times a comedian or politician or professional public speaker, said such and such so, like, they're totally right because the person they were talking to was an idiot.

Which makes me ask: why should I believe a public speaker or pundit or comedian about the history of Islam over John Green on Crash Course?

I know history isn't filled with hard facts... more »

With Islam dominating the news yet again I keep running into people who, honestly, have a very superficial understanding of Islam. They see it as the thing cable news networks like Fox or CNN try to make it out to be. A big monolithic ideology that every last person who is a Muslim adheres to and those who say they don't are lying.

That's a really stupid way to think. It's so stupid it can be hard to get people to understand why it's so stupid. When you try it usually goes back to how some person, many times a comedian or politician or professional public speaker, said such and such so, like, they're totally right because the person they were talking to was an idiot.

Which makes me ask: why should I believe a public speaker or pundit or comedian about the history of Islam over John Green on Crash Course?

I know history isn't filled with hard facts like science or binary like computer studies. There is some room for interpretation.

But it isn't so elastic as people think. There are reasonable limits to what could logically be said about history and what couldn't. It's the same with literature. It's up to you what a book means to you, but there is a point where an interpretation becomes stupidity.

Maybe part of the problem is on a daily basis we see people saying really stupid things about current affairs in television which are then talked about as if they are intelligent thoughts. Maybe it's a little bit of conditioning to think this way so the country keeps running.

Whatever it is I think people identifying as atheists and genuinely interested in being rational people who use evidence to form their belief should learn not to think like that.

So watch the video. Learn a bit about history from the history books instead of cable news.

And make sure to note the legitimacy of the virgin meme. How often have you heard that one repeated? (Enjoy some Sunday morning cognitive dissonance too!) ___

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2015-01-18 14:22:14 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

With Islam dominating the news yet again I keep running into people who, honestly, have a very superficial understanding of Islam. They see it as the thing cable news networks like Fox or CNN try to make it out to be. A big monolithic ideology that every last person who is a Muslim adheres to and those who say they don't are lying.

That's a really stupid way to think. It's so stupid it can be hard to get people to understand why it's so stupid. When you try it usually goes back to how some person, many times a comedian or politician or professional public speaker, said such and such so, like, they're totally right because the person they were talking to was an idiot.

Which makes me ask: why should I believe a public speaker or pundit or comedian about the history of Islam over John Green on Crash Course?

I know history isn't filled with hard facts... more »

With Islam dominating the news yet again I keep running into people who, honestly, have a very superficial understanding of Islam. They see it as the thing cable news networks like Fox or CNN try to make it out to be. A big monolithic ideology that every last person who is a Muslim adheres to and those who say they don't are lying.

That's a really stupid way to think. It's so stupid it can be hard to get people to understand why it's so stupid. When you try it usually goes back to how some person, many times a comedian or politician or professional public speaker, said such and such so, like, they're totally right because the person they were talking to was an idiot.

Which makes me ask: why should I believe a public speaker or pundit or comedian about the history of Islam over John Green on Crash Course?

I know history isn't filled with hard facts like science or binary like computer studies. There is some room for interpretation.

But it isn't so elastic as people think. There are reasonable limits to what could logically be said about history and what couldn't. It's the same with literature. It's up to you what a book means to you, but there is a point where an interpretation becomes stupidity.

Maybe part of the problem is on a daily basis we see people saying really stupid things about current affairs in television which are then talked about as if they are intelligent thoughts. Maybe it's a little bit of conditioning to think this way so the country keeps running.

Whatever it is I think people identifying as atheists and genuinely interested in being rational people who use evidence to form their belief should learn not to think like that.

So watch the video. Learn a bit about history from the history books instead of cable news.

And make sure to note the legitimacy of the virgin meme. How often have you heard that one repeated? (Enjoy some Sunday morning cognitive dissonance too!) ___

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2015-01-11 04:49:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

How many can they kill? And when is the next Draw Muhammad Day?

#JeSuisCharlie #Islam #Terrorism

How many can they kill? And when is the next Draw Muhammad Day?

#JeSuisCharlie #Islam #Terrorism___

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2015-01-10 19:47:17 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Good old #billcosby  came to our little Center in the Square the other day. In protest people camped outside, but more importantly they held the event captured below. You could even drop your tickets from Bill's show in a bucket for free entry.

This is a quality I love about my region and my country. Instead of focusing on the negative and defining ourselves by what we are not, we focus on what we stand for and do things to nourish those values.

New post: Voices Carry.___Good old #billcosby  came to our little Center in the Square the other day. In protest people camped outside, but more importantly they held the event captured below. You could even drop your tickets from Bill's show in a bucket for free entry.

This is a quality I love about my region and my country. Instead of focusing on the negative and defining ourselves by what we are not, we focus on what we stand for and do things to nourish those values.

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2015-01-09 17:21:36 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Editor's Note: Many Americans view their country and its soldiers as the "good guys" spreading "democracy" and "liberty" around the world. When the United States inflicts unnecessary death and destruction, it's viewed as a mistake or an aberration.

In the following article, Peter Dale Scott and Robert Parry examine the long history of these acts of brutality, a record that suggests they are neither a "mistake" nor an "aberration" but rather conscious counterinsurgency doctrine on the "dark side."

It's Not All About Democracy: The Very Dark Side of American History

___Editor's Note: Many Americans view their country and its soldiers as the "good guys" spreading "democracy" and "liberty" around the world. When the United States inflicts unnecessary death and destruction, it's viewed as a mistake or an aberration.

In the following article, Peter Dale Scott and Robert Parry examine the long history of these acts of brutality, a record that suggests they are neither a "mistake" nor an "aberration" but rather conscious counterinsurgency doctrine on the "dark side."

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2015-01-09 15:54:25 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Love this. Pussy nation. So very adult.

American fascism at its finest. Real men versus pussy girlie fag men. Made religion free so American atheists can join in the fun of being macho men like the Christians.

___Love this. Pussy nation. So very adult.

American fascism at its finest. Real men versus pussy girlie fag men. Made religion free so American atheists can join in the fun of being macho men like the Christians.

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2015-01-09 15:34:54 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Great video. It captures exactly the worry I have and the reason I'm so quick to criticise how some people talk about Islam.

The proper definition of islamaphobia is resentment and fear toward the Muslim population. It was coined to describe a specific type of xenophobia. What he's talking about in this video is essentially the increase of islamaphobia.

This needs to be said because in American, and by extension all Western, popular media the right has taken pains to associate islamaphobia with racism and frame it as something someone does. As a verb. This just isn't a useful way to think of it all and it does a good job of shutting down reasonable conversation about an extremely important subject. One that atheists play a bigger role in them they may appreciate.

We have to understand that radicalization isn't a magic thing that happens when someone reads the Quran.... more »

FWIW: ~ "Motives behind the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris" ~ [Caspian Report] :: [Excerpt:] Yesterday morning, three masked gunmen stormed the headquarters of the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo. The attackers forced one of the cartoonists to open the door with a security code. And then headed straight towards the paper’s editor, Stephane Charbonnier better known as Charb, who was in an editorial staff meeting. In the encounter the gunmen killed Charb, his bodyguard and many more journalists. Minutes later the attackers left the building and shot a police officer and escaped with a vehicle. Ten journalists and two police officers were killed, it was the deadliest terrorist attack on French soil in fifty years. Representatives of ISIS quickly praised the massacre as an act of revenge for the magazine’s insults against Islam and the Prophet Muhammed. But a closer look at the long term implications reveals a more complex and a profound motive that is meant to shake Europe and radicalize European Muslims. [More at the link.] ::  ___Great video. It captures exactly the worry I have and the reason I'm so quick to criticise how some people talk about Islam.

The proper definition of islamaphobia is resentment and fear toward the Muslim population. It was coined to describe a specific type of xenophobia. What he's talking about in this video is essentially the increase of islamaphobia.

This needs to be said because in American, and by extension all Western, popular media the right has taken pains to associate islamaphobia with racism and frame it as something someone does. As a verb. This just isn't a useful way to think of it all and it does a good job of shutting down reasonable conversation about an extremely important subject. One that atheists play a bigger role in them they may appreciate.

We have to understand that radicalization isn't a magic thing that happens when someone reads the Quran. It's a process that happens when a human animal is isolated from their larger social group. It can happen in schools, on families, and on societies.

Yet, how do we talk about this, an idea backed by solid evidence, when people would rather hear rhetoric about how it's just the religion, how it's just what those people are like, and think people who say otherwise are pussies, apologists, or fearful fools. 

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2015-01-09 15:34:28 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Interesting video that does a good job of explaining one of my main concerns around how people have been reacting in the wake of the attack in Paris. And more broadly about the rhetoric coming from many notable atheist.

FWIW: ~ "Motives behind the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris" ~ [Caspian Report] :: [Excerpt:] Yesterday morning, three masked gunmen stormed the headquarters of the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo. The attackers forced one of the cartoonists to open the door with a security code. And then headed straight towards the paper’s editor, Stephane Charbonnier better known as Charb, who was in an editorial staff meeting. In the encounter the gunmen killed Charb, his bodyguard and many more journalists. Minutes later the attackers left the building and shot a police officer and escaped with a vehicle. Ten journalists and two police officers were killed, it was the deadliest terrorist attack on French soil in fifty years. Representatives of ISIS quickly praised the massacre as an act of revenge for the magazine’s insults against Islam and the Prophet Muhammed. But a closer look at the long term implications reveals a more complex and a profound motive that is meant to shake Europe and radicalize European Muslims. [More at the link.] ::  ___Interesting video that does a good job of explaining one of my main concerns around how people have been reacting in the wake of the attack in Paris. And more broadly about the rhetoric coming from many notable atheist.

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2015-01-09 13:06:20 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Dan's Morning Poop

This one got me thinking with the recent shooting in Paris and some of the responses I've seen to it. The poop:

I think celebrities of any sort need to realise the authority they wield even if they haven't asked for it. The people, the plebes, engage with them in a way I can't help but comparing to Catholic saints or Greek gods. They are living ideals to pursue.

When it comes to scientists specifically, this can be a good thing, however only if they spend their time stressing what makes scientists so noble: their doubt and curiosity.

This isn't quite the case today with many of them. Dawkins springs to mind immediately as he is likely the most visible and greatest example of scientists pontificating beyond their sphere of expertise.

Krauss does it too. I've seen lectures where he explains the universe can spring from... more »

+Lawrence Krauss writes about scientists as celebrities. He considers five examples: Einstein, Feynman, Sagan, Hawking, and Tyson; as well as his own experience. Krauss thinks that although public outreach is not necessary for all scientists, and maybe even a bad idea for some, it is important overall. In particular, he seems to suggests that celebrity scientists should use their platform to advocate for social issues and not just popularize science.

I am worried on agreeing with Krauss, because it is too easy for scientists to think they have expertise in areas where they don't and for others to believe them. Here, we should learn from Feyenman, about whom Krauss writes:

"After winning the Nobel Prize, [Feynman] discovered that people, particularly Army generals, sought his advice on many issues, and after beginning to dispense it freely he suddenly realized he was pontificating on issues that he really knew very little about. As a result, he reined himself in."

However, this worry is bittersweet, because I tend to agree with many celebrity scientists on social issues, and so want them to advocate those issues. Even if they are not (the best) qualified to do so.___Dan's Morning Poop

This one got me thinking with the recent shooting in Paris and some of the responses I've seen to it. The poop:

I think celebrities of any sort need to realise the authority they wield even if they haven't asked for it. The people, the plebes, engage with them in a way I can't help but comparing to Catholic saints or Greek gods. They are living ideals to pursue.

When it comes to scientists specifically, this can be a good thing, however only if they spend their time stressing what makes scientists so noble: their doubt and curiosity.

This isn't quite the case today with many of them. Dawkins springs to mind immediately as he is likely the most visible and greatest example of scientists pontificating beyond their sphere of expertise.

Krauss does it too. I've seen lectures where he explains the universe can spring from nothing, yet instead of leaving this to stew in our minds, needs to point out this means war can live without a God, and goes on to say how liberating and rational it is to do so.

I agree, but, that's my opinion. As the God question is for everyone on the planet. Krauss and Dawkins don't talk about it as an opinion, even if they always have a footnote ready to say it's just a matter of probability and so on, instead making it seem to be a natural conclusion from science.

This isn't good for reasons well understood by Darwin and his bulldog. If the public think science and atheism are bedfellows it will create hostility and make the work of educating them impossible.

Additionally these scientists tend to be ignorant of the practical role of philosophy working along side science. Science will tell us what is, while philosophy will help us understand what that means for us. They think this can be handled by science alone, however it really can't, because jamming a person's head with facts about science isn't quite enough to ensure a good and rational person.

I'll wrap this up with one last thought that has to do with an recent event many of the people who admire Krauss and Dawkins and Tyson have been affected by: the Paris shooting.

I've seen more than a few people calling for a response that includes measures as extreme as concentration camps followed by a final solution. And they feel this is entirely justified because science is clear on the God issue.

I know, big deal, what's a few nutty atheists right? The danger here is our societies are becoming ripe for wily demagogues to draw on this hatred and fear. Such people, willing to lie an manipulate the people instead of govern them, will never take us in a good direction. Ever. 

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