"How do you encourage healthier eating habits and make is easier for the lower income brackets to achieve those habits?"
Picking on the "low income brackets" again.
Maybe the the real question is how do you encourage the human race to stop acting like a bunch of arseholes to each other?
Oh thats right we haven't found an answer to that one.
And most likely, never will.
Now its just all about crowd control, and keeping up the pretence we're not completely fucked.
The Revolution has colonised our brains, and its not just policymakers who are the victims, but ordinary people as well. And the inability to even entertain that there might be a different way of doing things is a real problem).
Hey hang on...
There was a Revolution. I'm a victim, and I have an inabilities to entertain?
oh thank Beelzebub. It's one of those meaningless generalist statements, people utter every now and then, oh yeah me included.
Gee the conversations are fascinating, no joke.
So is this, Seth & Ann Druyan stand out
This article by Julian Baggini
In which he proudly professes his ignorance, and then goes on to say why he can, cause he's Julian Baggini and he doesnt need to waste his time.
Well bully for him, these fits of pique affect us all. Is the only lesson I take from that little flourish by Mr Baggini.
But here when he interviews Dan Dennett, he's not too bad at all.
And Dan sez "There’s something inappropriate about an atheist having too much self-confidence in their own ability to see the truth through reason. If you have a commitment to reason, and Hume is one of your great heroes – as he is for many atheists – the first thing you know about reason is that it’s fragile thing. "
And thats sorta how I feel. Now I would really like it if all these intellectuals just butted out of the conversation and Govts make any religious organisation liable for all appropriate taxes, and lets see how long they survive.
Is that what they're calling em now?
Stop it, while Im trying to be sensitive. ;-)
Yeah in the early days.
But history is never clear cut.
If you can stand the reading especially the entries by Cartomancer on this thread from RDnet it will give some idea of what went on in just the middle ages.
He is a medieval scholar at Oxford, and on the interwebz he seems a knowledgeable man on things such things.
Science still can't properly explain
many things, including like, what Robin Williams would like sound like on on Coke.
Ooops too late
But I don't get why this is pitched as a bad thing when it comes to human consciousness.
What ever direction religion's gave us is now fatally flawed.
If only for the simple reason that many people won't be convinced by the arguments it uses, and it been using the same ones for a very very long time now.
And yet there are still people on this planet, who believe what a witch doctor now cum priest tells them, such as, a person is possessed by an evil spirit.
Why is this not a priority world wide?
Releasing (or attempting to educate them) from this kind of mental tyranny. It is other people inflicting misery on others for the falsest of reasons.
In the face of this polite arguments about religious freedoms in the supposedly educated affluent west, and that other thing.
Oh I don't know sometimes.
Many of us express essentially magical beliefs for one reason or another, and often as a means to an end.
I do enjoy the poetry of religion.
Amen (sorry hardline atheists) to that.
Hey I can do poetree!
With the right chemical mixture
All things are possible
And I become a pantheist
Those plants can talk, I tell you!
My guilty secret
So don't ask
Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne takes on John Shook's bizarre opinion piece here
Hitchens and Dawkins act like they know nothing of general theistic modes of belief
But ...... but what are those? I thought it was the mode of belief as prescribed more or less by one's chosen holy text and all attendant rigmarole. Maybe that was their mistake. The holy texts dont bear any resemblance to modern everyday religious belief anymore.
And you could just say this is a general theistic mode of belief, and I haven't seen Dawkins or Hitchens address it specifically.
If you see what I mean.
Dawkins has been pressed on this issue and simply defines away the moderate Christians as being not properly Christian (the One True Scotsman Fallacy, if you will.
Yeah... I hope your not referring to when Dawkins, tongue firmly in cheek, said modern moderate christians werent real christians 'cause they didnt live exactly by the bible.
But "Thank god they didnt!" I think was the resounding, funny rejoinder.
Individual catholics (and many individual Germans) did all sorts of things in Germany and suffered for it
I know, I wasnt belittling all their brave efforts. My excuse... allowing myself to rise to the goading tone. Sorry.