February 11, 2014
Interesting Article on Creationism
The creationists interviewed in Questioning Darwin—including their abominable doyen, Ken Ham, a wily businessman who is already fundraising off his ill-conceived recent debate with Bill Nye—returned again and again to the same depressing subjects. Death, suffering, pain, sorrow, disease: These, creationists inform us, are what await any skeptic, anyone who questions the word of God. Pastor Joe Coffey neatly sums up their objections to natural selection:
If all we are is a product of this random mutation process, then where does morality come from? Where does hope come from? Where does love come from? Where does anything that makes us a human being really come from?
The answer, to creationists, is simple: There is no love, no humanity, in a world with evolution. Humans must have been designed by God; if we weren’t, then we’re mere animals, lacking in morality and dignity, consigned to a pitiful and pointless life of struggle and dolor. Evolution, one true believer informs us, is “incompatible with biblical Christianity” because it recognizes the permanence of death and leaves no room for a second coming. Creationists are consumed by repressing the existential panic that often attends acceptance of reality. Instead of confronting that terror, they’ve retreated into an elaborate fantasy.
You can read the full article by Mark Joseph Stern here
November 20, 2013
Brain science, interesting facts, People, Psychology
The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People
How to succeed at self-sabotage.
Interesting article which you can read here
Honing Your Misery Skills
- 1. Be afraid, be very afraid, of economic loss.
- 2. Practice sustained boredom
- 3. Give yourself a negative identity.
- 4. Pick fights.
- 5. Attribute bad intentions.
- 6. Whatever you do, do it only for personal gain
- 7. Avoid gratitude
- 8. Always be alert and in a state of anxiety
- 9. Blame your parents
- 10. Don’t enjoy life’s pleasures
- 11. Ruminate.
- 12. Glorify or vilify the past.
- 13. Find a romantic partner to reform.
- 14. Be critical.
November 5, 2013
actors, Psychology, sociopaths
What happens if your child falls prey to a sociopath?
Like a cult leader?
Or just somebody that exerts control because of his / her own needs.
Because the vulnerable are used.
Actually very little unless you can convince your child that he / she is dealing with a sociopath. And I would not bet on your chances either. And usually the sociopath will ensure that he / she isolates you from your child – sad hey?
Sociopaths can be very charismatic and friendly — because they know it will help them get what they want. “They are expert con artists and always have a secret agenda,” “People are so amazed when they find that someone is a sociopath because they’re so amazingly effective at blending in. They’re masters of disguise. Their main tool to keep them from being discovered is a creation of an outer personality.”
Sociopathy is a personality disorder that manifests itself in such traits as dishonesty, charm, manipulation, narcissism, and a lack of both remorse and impulse control
“I am naturally manipulative. I have a tendency to indulge in self-deception.”
October 26, 2013
weekly photo challenge - horizon
And on a clear day you can see forever