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Four Kinds of Religion
There are four rough categories of religion:
- No beliefs outside consensus reality. The appeal is fellowship, music, ritual, festivals,
- Insisting as absolutely true absurd things where there is no way to tell for sure if they are
- Insisting as absolutely true things that are provably false.
- Irrational beliefs causing adherents to harm others and/or their children.
You might say people who insist they have eternal life belong in category (2), but that belief
makes them more prone to risky behaviour and to kill others. You might say that creationists who
block science education belong in (3), but that belief effectively takes a society back to the
middle ages and prevents those affected from getting good jobs.
So when atheists do battle with religion, (1) and (2) are not the target. Sometimes atheists go
after (3) because of the general negative effect of spreading lies. If believers did not try to
convince others of falsehoods, there would be no problem. Atheists are primarily after (4).
The harm religion does is more important to atheists than the nuttiness. However, the handle to
fight religion is its looniness.
Google has insisted I remove all images of the Iraq war and torture at Abu Ghraib from this
website. If I do not, they will block my ad revenue which I use to fund my
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in two. The controversial stuff will go on a new ad-free site called
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will not. Splitting is a surprisingly labour-intensive
undertaking. The hold up now is my ISP
is too busy to set up the new websites. For now, you should not notice any difference.
The whole conception of Sin is one which I find very puzzling, doubtless owing to
my sinful nature. If Sin consisted in causing needless suffering, I could understand;
but on the contrary, sin often consists in avoiding needless suffering. Some years ago, in the English House of
Lords, a bill was introduced to legalize euthanasia in cases of painful and incurable disease. The patient’s
consent was to be necessary, as well as several medical certificates. To me, in my simplicity, it would seem
natural to require the patient’s consent, but the late Archbishop of Canterbury, the English official expert
on Sin, explained the erroneousness of such a view. The patient’s consent turns euthanasia into suicide and
suicide is sin. Their Lordships listened to the voice of authority and rejected the bill. Consequently, to please
the Archbishop — and his God, if reports truly — victims of cancer still have to endure months of
wholly useless agony, unless their doctors or nurses are sufficiently humane to risk a charge of murder. I find
difficulty in the conception of a God who gets pleasure from contemplating such tortures; and if there were a God
capable of such wanton cruelty, I should certainly not think Him worthy of worship. But that only proves how sunk I
am in moral depravity.
~ Bertrand Russell (born:1872-05-18 died:1970-02-02 at age:97)
An Outline Of Intellectual Rubbish
We need a global database that consolidates environmental information about products, chemicals and components
that tells you how much damage they do to the environment:
- how much CO₂
or equivalent greenhouse gases are emitted per unit to manufacture this item.
- how much electric power was consumed to manufacture this item.
- how much water was needed to produce this item.
- How much of various pollutants were released to the environment to manufacture this item.
- Cost of landfill/recycling to deal with this item’s end-of-life.
Then a computer could compare two manufacturing processes, or consumer items for environmental friendliness. You
could boil it down to a friendliness rating to help guide every consumer purchase. It would be organised as the
mother of all BOMP (Bill Of Materials Processor), allowing
loops, e.g. the impact of steel depends on the impact of the use of electricity used to make it and the impact of
electricity depends on the impact of the steel used to build the electric grid.
For example, if the CO₂
impact of manufacturing changes NaOH, (sodium hydroxide) that impact would propagate to all processes that use
~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)
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