10 MAR 2017 by ideonexus

 Religion on Other Earth

Perhaps the most striking example of the extravagance of the Other Men was the part played by religion in their more advanced societies. Religion was a much greater power than on my own planet; and the religious teachings of the prophets of old were able to kindle even my alien and sluggish heart with fervor. Yet religion, as it occurred around me in contemporary society, was far from edifying. I must begin by explaining that in the development of religion on the Other Earth gustatory sensat...
Folksonomies: religion otherness alien other
Folksonomies: religion otherness alien other
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05 MAR 2015 by ideonexus

 Alien Plot to Invade the Earth: First Undermine Faith in ...

“Given a time gap of forty thousand hours, the strategic value of any traditional tactics of war or terror is insignificant, and they can recover from them. To effectively contain a civilization’s development and disarm it across such a long span of time, there is only one way: kill its science.” The science consul said, “The plan focuses on emphasizing the negative environmental effects of scientific development and showing signs of supernatural power to the population of Earth. In ...
Folksonomies: science culture
Folksonomies: science culture
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16 FEB 2015 by ideonexus

 Secular Morals in Parenting

My own ongoing research among secular Americans — as well as that of a handful of other social scientists who have only recently turned their gaze on secular culture — confirms that nonreligious family life is replete with its own sustaining moral values and enriching ethical precepts. Chief among those: rational problem solving, personal autonomy, independence of thought, avoidance of corporal punishment, a spirit of “questioning everything” and, far above all, empathy. For secular ...
Folksonomies: parenting secularism
Folksonomies: parenting secularism
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29 MAY 2014 by ideonexus

 Science Distinguished from the Magical

Science is the organised attempt of mankind to discover how things work as causal systems. The scientific attitude of mind is an interest in such questions. It can be contrasted with other attitudes, which have different interests; for instance the magical, which attempts to make things work not as material systems but as immaterial forces which can be controlled by spells; or the religious, which is interested in the world as revealing the nature of God.
Folksonomies: science religion
Folksonomies: science religion
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Causal systems versus immaterial.

03 FEB 2014 by ideonexus

 Religion is More than the Supernatural

Most developers are religious about technology   It’s true.   Don’t be ashamed, you are not alone.  Myself, and just about everyone else, is with you.   Some of use are recovering from our self-imposed brain washing.  Others of us are blissfully unaware of our predicament.  But most of us have at least one religion we’ve managed to craft ourselves.   It is perfectly natural because most programmers got into the field of software development because they were passionate about it....
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Programmers are religious about their technology choices. What other biases are we religious about?