Sam Harris: Wake t̶h̶e̶ ̶f̶.̶.̶ Up, – a Guide to Spirituality WITHOUT Religion.. | Chapter One

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sam harris waking up 201x300 Sam Harris: Wake t̶h̶e̶ ̶f̶.̶.̶   Up,   a Guide to Spirituality WITHOUT Religion.. | Chapter OneOk, – so the tittle is “Waking Up”, – etc. , – forgive me for being a rude Dane with bad manners, who couldn’t resist adding a little spice to the tittle.. Transhumanisten is, nevertheless,  a big fan of Sam Harris and is thinking of (pre)ordering his new book, “Waking Up, – a Guide to Spirituality without Religion

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Jason Silva on Biology and Self-Organization..

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In my 2012 article, Did the Universe evolve the “Blue Brain Project” to become aware of itself ?, I said my best argument for the intrinsic nature of consciousness would have to be “the complete absurdity of a Universe unaware of itself“, i.e. no joy, no appreciation, – (but no misery either..).

Awareness, therefore, by way of nature being compelled to self-organize, had to “happen”, probably by way of natural selection..

Jason Silva, however, in this short “Shots of Awe” video, suggests “we” have reached a point in time that allows us to decommission natural selection..

In other words..

Is human intelligence at the cutting edge of matter experiencing, considering and manipulating matter, enabling us to decide what we want to be…

Self-organization, folks, is the real miracle..

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Ari Lesser: Boycott Israel, if you think that’s just, – BUT..

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This video is from last year, but HIGHLY relevant !

“Boycott Israel, if you think that’s just,
But unless you have a double standard you must,
Also boycott the rest of the nations,
With allegations of human rights violations.

We’re not perfect but if you think we’re the worst,

First take a look at the rest of the earth,
Don’t pick and choose to pick on the Jews,
Pick up the paper and read the news.”

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Pat Condell: Everything wrong with the world is (NOT) our fault, – you “progressive” racist..

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In recent discussions about the Israeli-Palestinian / Hamas conflict, – the “Operation Protective Edge “/ (solid cliff), – I’ve had the pleasure of being called all sorts of bad things, including as you might expect, racist.., by deluded, irrational, self-righteous and often downright hateful gutmenchen, who think of themselves as being progressive, – “progressives” burdened with the original sin of being born into the first world,  as Godless Comedian Pat Condell puts it.

Without saying too.. much, I’ve had all the “progressiveness” I can stomach for quite some time, and I wish I had the inspiration to write a few lines about liberalism versus “progressivism”.. – Alas, I don’t, but then I don’t really need to, ’cause  Pat Condell says it better than I could ever do anyway !

For starters..

A Liberal is..

  • ..someone who will defend your right to free speech, even if they don’t agree with you..
  • ..sees the value of free exchange of ideas and opinions..
  • ..do what they think is right..

A Progressive is..

  • .. someone who will defend somone else’s right to shut you up, because they find you offensive..
  • .. views these things [e.g. free exchange of ideas and opinions] as a threat to community cohesion..
  • ..do what they think is correct..

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Death of a religion: Isis and the Yazidi..

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While the world is obsessed with Little Satan, a.k.a. Israel, and some of us are splitting hairs over the (innocent) civilians to combattants ratio in Gaza, some 40,000 Yazidis risk execution and / or dying of thirst in Northern Iraq.. – I expect all leftist gutmenchen to march in protests in cities all over Europe, Canada, the US.., – any day now..

Fascinating story in The Telegraph: Death of a religion: Isis and the Yazidi

“If you haven’t noticed this epochal crime – the raping and the slaughter – you’re not alone. Of late, the world has focused on the horrors of Gaza…”

“Yazidism is much older than Islam, and much older than Christianity. It is also deeply peculiar. The Yazidi honour sacred trees. Women must not cut their hair. Marriage is forbidden in April. They avoid wearing dark blue because it is “too holy”.

Marriage forbidden in April ? – LOL !

“And now, in the dusty cities of northern Iraq, Yazidism is finally dying. Moloch [Lucifer ?..] has returned to devour the gentle and peaceful Yazidi people, in the form of hateful, virulent, sadistic Islamism. Put it another way, the devil has revealed a sense of irony, even as the rest of us sit back, and passively watch the most ancient culture in the world being erased from human history”.

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