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August 24, 2019 at 2:27 am #27923
Then there is Fakebook…where so many still get their daily “news”.August 23, 2019 at 1:22 pm #27912
Plastics are made from petroleum. Hemp can provide a similar oils/alcohols and also fiber as a filler. Very clever. Guessing cost is prohibitive now but that would get better via economies of scale. There are many example of vegetable/petroleum duality…motor fuel (ethanol) made from corn…including going the wrong way; e.g. petroleum used to make clothing (polyester).August 22, 2019 at 1:36 am #27894
Trump has been relaxing the banking rules again. Banks can once again invest your money in risky grade investments. They are doing this because he is dropping interest rates and the banks are suffering. He is dropping interest rates to cover up a sinking economy. There will be nothing left to help us out of the next recession. He knows if the recession hits before the election he is finished and may end up in prison.
He is rolling back environmental regulations at the same time scientists are claiming that the climate is degrading faster than expected. The EPA is screwed, becoming more powerless. Disaster. Tax cuts for the rich have increased the deficit.
The Supreme Court is a conservative throwback to the fifties. His Mexico wall, his China trade war, his plan for Iran…all big zeros. Even the new Air Force 1 is a mess.
Greenland is a diversion. It’s melting away anyhow.August 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm #27862
Same Harris may be the type of person that needs to be reminded to live in the now, but I know a lot of people whose lives would likely benefit if they did at least some planning for the future. There is a balance. The responsible ones don’t get to live in the now as much because they are always bailing the instant gratification junkies out of trouble.August 21, 2019 at 5:11 am #27851
Our vibrating mass of molecules that we call our bodies, our subconscious and conscious minds, the variety of frequencies we experience….that’s spiritual, the essence of living to me. One a small scale.
There was a TV show today called “Mystic Britain” or something like that and this new age type guy was standing in a circle of ancient placed stones and talking about how there was a energy conduit that runs right through that site.
I can tell when people have not studied physics. The word “energy” is used to name a very specific, well-known and calculable property. These woo peddlers hijack scientific terms and destroy their meaning. There is nothing ‘spiritual’ about periodic signals and their associated frequency ranges… from DC and audio all the way up to microwaves and the light spectrum. The great mathematicians Laplace and Fourier discovered you can “transform” periodic and certain other signals from the “time domain” to the “frequency domain”. That discovery helps us to understand so many things, from seismic activity to pulsars to heart valve problems.August 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm #27829
Theists believe something greater…
Yeah, that’s another problem…assigning greatness as if humans comprehend some universal ranking system. Is a star greater than a flower? Theists claim god-giving dominion over all earthly things and that attitude is bringing us that fucking Armageddon only the truest theists actually long for.August 20, 2019 at 1:17 pm #27820
I understand that all life is connected. At least it is for me.
So connected that we must literally eat each other. That bacon, string bean, or potato in your belly is proof of our connection. The shared process of evolution that has brought all living things here, together..such that looking at just about any animal embryo it is hard to tell what type of creature will result. The way plants and animal exchange carbon dioxide and oxygen. The way different species adopt and care for each others young. The way birds sing and we listen…a gift of music and we respond with music of our own. The way a mosquito passes the malaria organism as it drinks your chemically un-clotted blood. The connections are so dependent, so deep and profound and so natural that have only scratched the surface of our connectedness. We no longer require a shaman to help us with all of this wonderous and sometime scary observation. No need to talk-up the misguidance provided by Native Americans concerning wolf spirits. No, it is much more profound than that.August 20, 2019 at 4:05 am #27810
“A spirit” as a noun is a supernatural being. Holy Spirit, a ghost, a god, a soul, etc.
Used a descriptive adjective the word may or may not be nonsensical.
I have noticed that people often invoke “spirituality” when they want to add weight or power to their statements. ‘Godspeed’ sounds so much more substantial as a spacecraft leaves the launchpad than ‘good luck’; don’t you think?August 18, 2019 at 9:23 pm #27741
I don’t care too much about “awe and wonder” of the universe or natural world. It doesn’t particularly help me live my life.
Au contraire, that’s because others do it for you. Imagine the state of medicine without those who wanted to know why. It is so much easier to wave some chicken feathers through some smoke and say it is all up to the gods whether your child lives or dies.
Everything from agriculture to transportation comes from that sense of awe. Spirituality gives us all the pale shelter that nonsense can provide.
Knowledge is costly. It does not come easy. Physical and social costs were paid…all throughout history.
Curie is responsible for establishing the theory of radioactivity, but unfortunately she unwittingly also discovered the fatal effect radioactivity can have on your health; she died on July 4, 1934, of aplastic anemia caused by radiation exposure.August 18, 2019 at 5:29 pm #27734
Is it “awe” or spirituality? You all have probably seen this…just in case..August 18, 2019 at 4:31 pm #27732
I am “conscience vs conscious” challenged by way of autospell, LOLAugust 18, 2019 at 4:27 pm #27731
And your cat shows us we are not that special at all. There is a gradiant of self-awareness and levels of consciences too. Neanderthals and early homonids may have been “spiritual” by our definition. Crows, great apes and elephants seem to mourn. Perhaps they have a small degree of spirituality. Cats may not have that level, but who knows for sure?August 18, 2019 at 3:52 pm #27729
The idea that we are simply electro-chemical machines made of meat doesn’t sit well with most. There has to be more, right?
Billions of living creatures have come and gone with no trace of their existence or at best, barely a trace. Some diluted chromosomes if they managed to have offspring. Is that it? To reproduce? Is that the meaning to life? To thousand of species that are not self aware, it seems the answer is yes.
This is why we have “spirituality”. We are self-aware,August 18, 2019 at 2:02 pm #27720
re Why religious people cling to beliefs even when contradicted by evidence.
….the religious dogmatist’s mind appears to be dominated by empathy, while the atheist’s is ruled by the analytic network
I have always been very analytical and a career as an engineer reinforces that. Empathizing with a victim does little to solve the situation that made them a victim. I tend to skip over right to the problem solving and people have expressed that they view me as a cold fish. For instance I avoid funerals even when friends have died. The dead don’t care and I really do not want to fake head nod as some moronic preacher goes on and on about Jesus’s welcoming arms and the gates of heaven. I will attend a celebration of life as they are good therapy compared to a funeral. Another example is pets. Millions of pets especially cats are murdered each year because pet owners don’t have the brains to research breeds. Am I to empathize with all the sad pet lovers as they watch abused animals on TV commercials. Many of them are the problem. So much empathy is fake anyways. Thoughts and prayers, thoughts and prayers.August 16, 2019 at 7:53 pm #27704
Now that mess there is leaching into Canada
You need to build a wall and make us pay for it.