We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I wonder what he thinks of the accomplishments of the atheistic Soviet Union, which persecuted the religious? Is is an accident that persecution of the religious was accompanied by a plethora of nasty deeds?
I thought it was strange that he talked non-stop for 19 minutes and there wasn't much back and forth with the students. Just drilling his ideas out to them. That's not the best teaching method.
And yet the big "sell" on the university campus is to be a part of something bigger than yourself. Seems more like a marketer trying to first denigrate the competition.
What Is Religion?
Author(s): Frank Sargent Hoffman
Source: The North American Review, Vol. 187, No. 627 (Feb., 1908), pp. 231-239 Published by: University of Northern Iowa
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25106079
No new-born babe or full-grown idiot has any religion, but every normally developed human being has. Whenever a man knows enough to distinguish the outside world from himself, and tries to act in accordance with this knowledge, he begins to be religious.
The first element, therefore, in religion is the recognition of the existence of a power not ourselves pervading the universe. And another is the endeavor to put ourselves in harmonious relation with this power. Of course the feeling or affective element is presupposed as coming in between the other two. For without it the endeavor would lack a motive, and could therefore have no existence whatsoever. Every sane man believes, at least, that he is only a fraction of the sum-total of things. He also feels some dependence upon this sum-total, and he is obliged to put himself in some sort of accord with it. This is what Caird has condensed into the statement, "A man's religion is the expression of his ultimate attitude to the universe" ("Evolution of Religion," Vol. I, p.30).
I just left an hour with Jordan Petersen, and listening to this guy is just painful. No data. No self awareness. How sad.
Just what the hell is superstition in a rat? I once operated on dozens of people with "temporal lobe epilepsy" and cannot remember a single one with his "syndrome"
I am more interested in what makes's America Great again (MAGA)
Than I am interested in what makes us question our sanity.
If you want what is best for yourself, your family and your friends then you are sane. Deal with it. If you read Nietszshe for more that 5 minutes then you are simply sidetracked from reality. This professor simply can't distinguish from Jesus and Nieteszhe. Since he only got laid once in his life and got syphilis for the effort I can somewhat sympathize.
I tried to make sense of Sapolsky's "Behave". It was just one fact after another, but without a unifying theme other than "it's complicated". The meaning was missing, but the left-wing and materialist assumptions were ever present. A David Bentley Hart would find and destroy Sapolsky's metaphysical assumptions before Sapolsky even knew what had happened. Time with Jordan Peterson is better spent.
So the majority of mankind has been mentally ill? Good to know. I'm glad there are atheists who can prevent religious folks from committing mass atrocities like murdering millions, deliberate famine, or insane reeducation.