Friday, January 12, 2018

Dealing with Hijackers

How should one handle hijackers? Shoot them!!

Ah but that is cruel, not legal, and unjust...  But they are hijackers!

So what is the next best option. Get off the ride, let them go free, but not let them take us with them.

So we cancel the event.


SJW aka Social Justice Warriors, or similar pejorative terms are essentially hijacking an organization's function to provide a different message, to redirect a organization into a different direction.

Hijacking comes in many forms. Archery club being used by drone flyers. Just do not displace archers, or they will use your drones for targets. 

Atheism is a vast tent of a simple idea, there are no gods. After that we can look at the arguments that there are no gods, perhaps the damages religions have done to humanity, the biases of religions, and figure out how to replace the few things that religions do well; build community, perhaps extended social functions... Much religion has been already replaced by mass media. Moral and ethics, well, some religion provided some, but that has been partly replaced by national law systems, and common morals communicated by mass media. Morals and ethics are not dependent on religion, as they prescribe the morals of iron age people; our society is now troubled by fraud, computer crime, gambles sold as investments, Grifters, Ponzi schemes Charlestons, bullshitters, reality show host, and the like, not of the things of biblical times. After we cover those few items, where does that leave atheist organizations? Expanding to take in more unbelievers, and bring them up to speed, whatever that means. And there we run out of works, for without works, our no god philosophy is dead. So along come the SJW's, and those who would hijack our organizations on to new philosophies that have nothing to do with the original no god cause.

Many things we can do in private, we cannot do in public, as some nosy busy body will stick there nose in where it does not belong, and start pushing there biassed values onto others. Likewise insiders in the organizations can try to impose there own agenda onto the organization, and the result is always destroying/reducing the organization, or redirection of the objectives. So now we see the atheist organizations get sidetracked into LGBT, gay rights, inoculation advocacy, climate change or climate change denier, for or against fracking, ethics development, moral authorities, abortion or pro-life... any of long list of social issues.

So what are the limits of the organization? What is the mission statement, or the objectives of the said organization? If the speakers are pushing topics outside of the stated purpose, the participants, or volunteers may feel it was a waste of their time, subject beyond that which was advertised... not on topic... and will not be involved any more.

This is what will bring down any volunteer operation, if there is no value, as judged by the volunteers aka participants. If members in the administration get off topic, the organization changes direction, and may go where the members do not wish to go. That is the risk in any volunteer organization, is there enough interest, and can we hold interest? Can we replace members fast enough if retention is not high enough?

A clear and inclusive mission statement, with some exclusion clauses if require, or written objectives, are the way to direct an organization, is the way to keep organization healthy.            


Tuesday, January 9, 2018


"Facts about the theory of evolution imply that there are no intrinsic values." 

Evolution is all about quasi-random changes, tested over time by natural selection of the successful changes, as measured through reproduction. Evolution is about reproduction, while ethics is about quality of life. These are not connected, in fact, there is likely an inverse connection.

Anyone raised in the sixties with ethics realized that the world population was an issue, and limited themselves to no or one child. Those without reproduced like rats, which leaves us where we are today. Screwed with Co2, retained heat, and the like. Philosophy has a place, but some of it is just entertainment.

That is not to say that our ethics do not evolve. It is all about values, just not intrinsic values. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Who is going tell these people "No"

So do see the problem? Who is allowing these people to build in unsafe conditions?

A landslide in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, following an earthquake in January 2001. Citing damage from the earthquake, the American government permitted Salvadorans illegally in the U.S. to remain. Credit La Prensa Grafica, via Associated Press

In the City of Edmonton, there is similar problem along the river valley, but the problem is the people wanting to build on the slopes. So can a engineer say no, it is not safe? Or will the land owner just shop it around to find others who will say it is ok?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Purpose of Learning

The Purpose of Learning

Jack Vance's response got me thinking, "why do I". His response totally missed my reasons, but I also understand the question. Each of us need to limit what we bother studying. Our time is a limited resource for allocation where it is most productive. A lot of people are in the business of selling education, and much of that education has little value, or earning potential in many fields. But in reality, who knows what they will need going forward. In my case, the study of atheism has become incidental to my search for answers and understanding in other aspects of  this life.

For those who know me know I have a flat spot, an obsession with food, and a compulsion to eat. I am trying to understand this and find a treatment for myself. The medical community only has what I consider a buy low sell high answer; eat less and move more. The problem that I have is a mental short circuit sort of thing, an compulsion that take over and does, on it's own. Once started, the body takes over and automatically does it's thing without my direction. It is though my mind shuts off, and the body just does. Not normal, but that is what seems to happen. There is no clear definition or description of this phenomenon, Brain Lock by Jeffrey M. Schwartz comes the closest.The behavior of the religious, holding on to an totally irrational behavior, comes the closest in human behavior. I was hoping that in understanding one, the other would become clear. It has not yet.

Religion is learned and is socially acceptable, encouraged, even enforced within religious social groups. Yet, once we become a true atheist, religion is clearly wrong. It is like the one true Scotsman issue. This incidentally is the Muslim argument that is use to turn young "Muslims" into the jihad radical, for the Quran is a violence filled book of "Allah's direction of who, why and how to kill." If there is any doubt, just read the book. In a effort to remove this argument, the "only Arabic language is official" concept is applied.

Religion is learned behavior, therefore, likely, what ever I suffer from is also learned, but it as proven difficult to unlearn. One of the problems is that I like to sit back and be entertained, which may be the reinforcement of the eating drive. I do not have the energy or drive to shut off the TV and find a life elsewhere. I do not hear well enough for music, it is just noise now. I do not have the interest, need, desire, or energy to work at something. So I end up sitting in front of the TV... eating. One alternative is a time offset, early morning thing, where my day ends with bed at 8PM, as mourning comes at 4AM, pun intended. Then, with a GERT 3 hour rule...   

Religion is a hideous method controlling the behavior of the people who are not driven. Those who are driven will not be lead, much, although, some still use religion as a portion of there life that they can sit back and relax into, a stress relief period.     

Friday, December 29, 2017

Strength of Reaction

Why do I react so strongly to the "Religious", strongly negative that is.

I wasted years of my life. Believing the bullshit of the religious. I went many years between when I did not believe, but had not yet rejected all that believe, and then I completely rejected belief. I will not waste any more of my time with it. They have no evidence of a god ever, but have a lot evidence that their ancestors believed in gods. That is not evidence of a god. They wasted my time, and caused me untold stress, guilt, goofy thinking all by misleading me. It never occurred to me that my ancestors were dupes, as they had been duped. It is each man for himself, and those who follow him, until they do not.

I will express gratitude for being allowed to live, or toward others for going before; there life was their reward, just as my life is to me. I will not express gratitude to those who mislead me, or those organizations. This leaves me alone, as I actually have always been, without real support, but with mouthed support by a few.

There is a gap between theists and atheists, and since the theists are wrong, it can only be bridged by the theist examining reality. We live is wondrous times, do we not. The truth is the the way out of this, and understanding the problem is the first step. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Knowing and Doing Divide

Once again, the real problem is skipped over for the easy part. Knowing and getting ourselves to do it it are two separate issues. Some things we know, yet are unable to get our bodies to do. That is the real problem. It is like all those religious who get comfort and fulfillment from religion, yet know that there is no evidence of a god. It appears to me that feelings like fulfillment are just feelings induce by the brain which keeps it's self busy creating our own little imaginary world, and all that speculation, imagination, time using mental exercises creates the mental chemicals, dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, whatever, that provides us with those feelings, but stops short of motivation to action.

Buy low, sell high advice is what so much of this is. Eat less, move more advice, is similarly useless. It is a motivation problem, motivation is driven by desire, and desire is what make us uncomfortable enough to do. Stoicism and Buddhism both have suppression of desires as one of there objective, but both need to be cautioned with a selection system of which desires to suppress, yet neither have this system in place, nor discuss the selection process.
is the start of one more comparison of the two, yet there is no suggestion of this external issue that is much more important, yet few take on, and that is the conversion of philosophy into action, which is the major problem in modern society. It is paralyzation by too many choices, or lack of motivation. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

getting through christmas

As an atheist, getting through the christmas season, as a time of strange behavior of the devout is an exercise in understanding. They, many of the christians, become highly stressed trying to acheive perfection and do all that they believe is expected of them. Sitting back, becoming the anthropologist, and watch the strange customs of the religious, and the strange dress is an ideal atheist approach to the season.  Christmas is a time for the anthropologist in me to come out to observe the bizarre behaviors. There is no point trying to understand the ritualistic behaviors or the traditions. These are what they are, have developed through an evolution process, with many incremental annual changes, on an oral/memory based, modified by what is available reality. 

In a drop in archery class we have young ladies from immoral modern Japanese skimpy, women in sports bras, see through leggings, bra-less thin shirts, to the full burka of the Muslims. We have seen people in dress formal attire, long nails, high heels so high they are unable to walk. We have seen indulgent parents of bratty youth, youth being pushed into activity by parents, we have seen the young that are driven by their own desires. We see adults that struggle with youth strength bows, and youth that pull experienced adult strength bows with ease. We see adults with the physical coordination of toddlers, and the disabled, to body builders. It is often necessary to just observe, an ideal training for an anthropology like attitude.

Pythagoras, of "the sum of the squares of the two sides of a right triangle is equal to the square of the hypotenuse" fame became a bit strange with age. He became aware that humans could "improve their state mentally by believing in the supernatural." or so translations suggest. So if we live in the Land of Nod, and all nod together, life is wonderful. I can believe that, for I lived that in the religion of my ancestors, and those who still do, think there life is wonderful. All this implies that our values give our life meaning, purpose, and if we never examine our life critically, everything in that life is wonderful, within that frame of reference. So our lives become just illusions until we realize this, and that we are driven by chemicals, and if and when those chemical reactions are running normally, we think we have control. We only think we have control, for if those chemicals change, we are out of control, like it or not. Our mind does not have absolute control. We have a illusion of control only, not control. We are the dog tied to the cart, we go where the chemicals take us. As long as we are going in the right direction, all is good. But our thinking over time also modify the chemicals and the makeup of our brains. It is a vicious circle, and where does it start?

Pythagoras realized that we humans can use this to live in our minds when life gets tough, and draw on the supernatural for strength, comfort, reassurance, companionship, whatever we desired in our lives. All that was necessary was that we became willing to believe in the supernatural and that belief would furnish the feedback proof that it works. When you explore this rabbit hole, you may find it warm and pleasant, and may not wish to return to the real world. That is ok, the christians created a culture of living in such rabbit holes, and have survived well at it for thousands of years. That may be the foundation of the Stoic, "live naturally", as opposed to the Pythagoras "seek the help of the supernatural".

Now that we know the root of these concepts, choose as you wish. Where is this going? I think I should go shoot something.