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Go to: A Clash of Cultures in the Holy Land

Sean the Sorcerer's Avatar Jump to comment 17 by Sean the Sorcerer

What you’re talking about here is a general crisis of secular society: what to do about a fecund and culturally aggressive minority that exploits the liberalism of its secular host? If you aren’t going to play the reproduction game to win, then if you value your cultural survival you must either convert many of their children or eliminate them from your society. Europe faces a similar problem with Muslim immigrants. Secularists seem to assume that their values will eventually win over the fundamentalists, but I see little sign of this happening. Religions and cults have been at this game a long time, and have developed into powerful systems of mind control and self-perpetuation which don’t respond well to reason. This tends to disarm secular liberals and make them rather defenseless in the face of aggressive pre-modern ideologies like Islam and Orthodox Judaism. So ironically it seems that if secularists want their civilizations to survive they’ll need to become more fanatical themselves in asserting their values. In the struggle for memetic power, it’s not just the truth that matters, but the strength of your convictions!

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 10:41:30 UTC | #904003

Go to: Nigerian senate passes anti-gay bill, defying British aid threat

Sean the Sorcerer's Avatar Jump to comment 38 by Sean the Sorcerer

The amusing fact is that if you study history, you will find that "satanic homosexuals" are the leading creators of civilization, culture and wealth; where they are allowed to flourish you find empires; where they are persecuted you find the kind of backward, barbaric societies we see in Africa. Acceptance of atheism, homosexuality, science and other "satanic" and non-traditional ideas is the real source of Western power. The West needs to remember this fact, stop subsidizing backwardness and become more aggressive in exporting its values, because if it retreats before this onslaught and allows fundamentalists to continue colonizing the minds of third worlders, we are facing a global dark age.

Sun, 04 Dec 2011 17:39:40 UTC | #895601

Go to: Happy Carl Sagan Day! - (I know a day late)

Sean the Sorcerer's Avatar Jump to comment 13 by Sean the Sorcerer

"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

Should we call this the Scientist's first article of faith? Along with the elevation of Reason above all other mental faculties and the consecration of the Scientific Method as the arbiter of all truth, we would seem to have the basis for a new religious worldview. But what shall we call it? Scientism? Cosmism? Any suggestions?

Fri, 11 Nov 2011 23:06:16 UTC | #889555

Go to: French Newspaper Firebombed After Satire Involving Prophet Muhammad

Sean the Sorcerer's Avatar Jump to comment 44 by Sean the Sorcerer

Who didn’t see this coming? When your leading intellectuals expend so much energy deconstructing the foundations of your civilization, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when it collapses from within and without. What I see in places like France and the UK today are collapsing civilizations. Nature abhors a power vacuum, and the ideological power vacuum of modern western Europe created by the deconstructionists and postmodernists (most of whom seem to be French) is a sitting duck for aggressive ideologies like Islam.

I think there’s an important lesson here for atheists: if you’re going to tear down your society’s leading religious institutions, you need to replace them with something at least as powerful, or all you are doing is contributing to your own ruin!

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 16:48:26 UTC | #886964

Go to: Freud and psycho-analysis: still useful?

Sean the Sorcerer's Avatar Jump to comment 22 by Sean the Sorcerer

Comment 18 by Red Dog :

Why should things that we know have no scientific relevancy be any more useful for mental health than for physical health? Just as I wouldn't use a quack cure for my body such as homeopathy I wouldn't use a quack psychotherapy such as Freudian analysis.

Because these "quack cures" may convince a person's subjective mind that they work and may make them feel subjectively better even if scientific tests can't detect it. For example, I recently watched a video which attempted to debunk a faith healer by showing the deceptive methods he employed. The funny thing is, the people he was "healing" seemed genuinely happy about what he was doing, and didn't seem to care that scientifically it was a fraud. This use of the placebo effect is probably the oldest form of healing, dating back to the first shamans, yet Western science seems to want to to totally discredit it. This seems insane to me, since one's subjective state of being is all that really matters, even if it can't be measured by any known scientific method. Does this answer your question?

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:07:29 UTC | #885813

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