Friday, May 6, 2016

Moon Scoops with Buzz Aldrin

No, the moon landing was not faked. But there are a few real moon secrets out there.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS

Mindful Self-Acceptance? Bad Idea According to Ancient Chinese Philosophers

Asian philosophies have proven extremely influential in the United States, but are they being interpreted correctly? Frequently not, says Harvard China historian Michael Puett, who focuses on two main ideas in this video: one transported relatively recently to the United States, and another that sheds new light on the so-called naturalistic fallacy.

First up is mindfulness meditation: a practice that has become all the rage for anyone looking to live calmer, more focussed lives. It sounds innocent enough, says Puett, but the goal of distancing yourself from negative emotion presents real risks. If you find a way to cope with negative emotion without changing the material circumstances around you — focusing on internal sources of stress to the exclusion of external ones — you may begin to accept harmful treatment.

This is likewise the case with "finding your true self," which Puett claims is little more than accepting your circumstances and normalizing potentially destructive patterns of behavior. When we search for ourselves, we search for some authentic, natural self. But putting nature on a pedestal ignores the very real call to action that Chinese philosophy presents.

Puett's latest book is "The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life"


Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Miracle of the Herrings

from Series F, Episode 12 Food. One of the best clips ever from the wonderful Qi.

Qi highlight - The Miracle of the Herrings

Ted Cruz Is 'Lucifer In The Flesh' said John Boehner

Rachel Maddow exposes the widespread distaste for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz from members of his own party, including former House Speaker John Boehner who said Ted Cruz was “Lucifer in the flesh” and would be elected “over my dead body.”

Ted Cruz Is 'Lucifer In The Flesh' | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC
April 2016

Why Would God Let Trump Happen?

Donald Trump is now the presumptive nominee of the Republican party. Uh, are you there, God?

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS, 2016

Everyone's a Sinner (Atheist animation)

This is a sequel to my video, Christian Justice. Christians can call you a sinner even if you're a good person. How? Because, according to them, you can be convicted by your very thoughts! Is it more honorable to have these thoughts, but exercise self-control, or to just be a perfect little robot, like Jesus? Moderate Christians, I realize that you might say that Jesus was trying to teach others to nip their sin in the bud, before thought becomes action, but this video more so addresses the fundamentalist - not you. Though I would like to know how you decide which parts of the bible to take literally, and which to take figuratively.

Atheist Comedy - Everyone's a Sinner

Jimmy Kimmel and Scientists on Climate Change

Jimmy takes a moment to talk about climate change and the confusing political argument that has emerged around it. NASA says that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that the warming we are experiencing is very likely due to human activity - but some politicians still want us to believe it’s all a hoax. So we enlisted the help of real climate scientists to clear some things up for us.


Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Broke by ESPN: Why Athletes go Broke!

According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, 60 percent of former NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. By the time they have been retired for two years, 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress.

Sucked into bad investments, stalked by freeloaders, saddled with medical problems, and naturally prone to showing off, many pro athletes get shocked by harsh economic realities after years of living the high life. Drawing surprisingly vulnerable confessions from retired stars like Keith McCants, Bernie Kosar and Andre Rison, as well as Marvin Miller, the former executive director of the MLB Players Association, this fascinating documentary digs into the psychology of men whose competitive nature can carry them to victory on the field and ruin off it.

Director Billy Corben (The U, Cocaine Cowboys, Limelight) paints a complex picture of the many forces that drain athletes' bank accounts, placing some of the blame on the culture at large while still holding these giants accountable for their own hubris.

A story of the dark side of success, "Broke," is an allegory for the financial woes haunting economies and individuals all over the world.



...but intelligent people believe in God

Why have so many intelligent people believed in God?
Allow me to count the ways.

As someone who never believed in God, people who had to deconvert really impress me. You overcame so many odds. The deck has always been stacked against you, yet you prevailed. You were honest with yourself. Don't buy into the idea that figuring out God doesn't exist is no big deal. It is a big deal. You found your way out of an intricate maze that was brilliantly designed to contain you for a lifetime. There are geniuses who couldn't do what you did.
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