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Ben Corrigan
Posted about 1 year ago
Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems
that was a very impressive talk. i still need to do more research, look at more data, and think about my own opinion.... but overall, i have a new and very different understanding of chinses politics. however... media, propaganda, and money play a hugeeeee role. but i respect their political system a lot more than i did before this talk
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Ben Corrigan
Posted about 1 year ago
Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism
No, unfortunately this is the go-to response for most followers of religion/theology. "well, you cant DISprove God so therefore a certain amount of faith is required in denying his existence" etc etc. The problem with this notion is that it is missing the fundamental understanding of what motivates atheists; belief in a god is not founded upon any logic, reason, evidence, mathematic or scientific principles. It is very specific in its teachings (eg. dont eat pork, women must walk behind men, dont drive on a saturday). Additionally, every human being in the world is an atheist. If you are a christian, you have consciously rejected the existence of Allah, or zeus, buddah etc. Your ability to NOT believe in certain deities is the same as a total athesit. Except we just go one step further and reject all religion. But, most importantly, when an individual makes an assertion which is so baseless in its evidence or factual accuracy, the responsibility is on the believer to prove the existence of God.. not on an atheist to disprove it. There are countless propositons that I could makes that are seemingly devoid of reasoning or proof (such as the existence of a floating tea pot in space), but you would not be expected to disprove my assertion; you would expect me to prove to you that there is indeed a tea pot in space. The problem is, religion is destroying our society. War, poverty, rejection of science and technology, human rights abuses, hate crimes and guilt are all caused by disagreements between religious institutions and the minute differences between very specific rules which have no evidence or proof to warrant such destruction. Religion will end one day (in many hundreds of years) because it is a logical progression... but perhaps one way of speeding up the process is to start making religious people justify the seeming absurdity of their beliefs?
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Ben Corrigan
Posted over 1 year ago
Bono: The good news on poverty (Yes, there's good news)
i like the fact that we are now discussing the positive results of poverty mitigation. It allows us to feel more confident in our abilities to continue changing, instead of hearing the same old stuff about how much more needs to be done. Without talks like these, we wrongly believe that high-scale poverty is an endless inevitability. it isn't (although i do think the goal of 2028 is somewhat ridiculous)
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Ben Corrigan
Posted over 1 year ago
Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls
safiullah, i would like to assure you that (and i can only speak from my experience as a citizen of Great Britain and as a European), that I am very aware of the differences between Muslims and terrorists. It must be a frustrating to have the Taliban be labeled 'Muslim' when they do not embody or represent Islam. In fact, they are, in almost every case, the exact OPPOSITE to the teachings of your prophet (may peace be upon him). I just wanted to let you know that most people i know regard Islam, and 'Muslims' as peaceful, charitable, neighbourly people. The Taliban do not represent anybody. one day, hopefully within out life time, people will understand that the difference between the VAST majority of muslims, and the Taliban, is the same as the difference between apples and oranges. or Hitler and Germans. i just hope this message gets to you and that you have the assurance that, across the other side of the world, there are millions and millions and millions of people who, whilst 'western', do not view muslims and taliban as the same... or even slightly similar. i wish you well safi.