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Go to: Simply ... should I read the bible?

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Don't bother. Why argue anyway? Just keep living life.

Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:50:45 UTC | #950846

Go to: How atheism helped me deal with cancer

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Are you really this bright and articulate at such a young age? Enjoy every moment of your life.

Tue, 14 Aug 2012 01:44:10 UTC | #950768

Go to: Translating the British

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Look at you, Richard, using the meme "SOOO!"

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:46:10 UTC | #950736

Go to: Guidance in turning my children to reason

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I really don't know what to exactly say, but I think you need marital counseling. Anyone who makes a detailed plan or comes up with an ongoing conversation without consulting their spouse is having serious communication issues. Bringing up information in matters of the heart is useless. You could talk about your valid, reasonable agenda, but you will not be hearing her.

Tue, 07 Aug 2012 02:22:39 UTC | #950477

Go to: Celebrating Curiosity on Twitter

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Richard, at least the Twitter comments seem somewhat intelligent. I woke up at 1:00am to watch the event on the internet. Many comments were at the maturity level of a thirteen-year-old. I wish children could be identified online; this would prevent much judgement on my part.

All I saw was a room full of mostly men in lt. blue t-shirts applauding and progressively becoming more and more enthused as time passed until they broke out in celebration...then one picture shown far away in the room. Oh well, at least I learned about the safe landing. It was difficult to feel anticipation when one foot was still in bed and idiots were online commenting.

Tue, 07 Aug 2012 01:48:37 UTC | #950476

Go to: Against All Gods

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Comment 24 by Mark Ribbands :

Foul Heretic! Aspindog: you will burn forever. As all true believers know, Kevindidit.

Fred, Bob, Kevin...such blatant misogyny. You have all fallen victim to lies perpetuated by men who want to maintain power and control. Everyone knows...It was Sophia! Who else could give BIRTH to this universe? It also says so in the Bible, at least the original version before a bunch of men in dresses removed it.

Sun, 29 Jul 2012 19:05:17 UTC | #950291

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Every now and then, churches and religions drop hints that they are the true path - "Here is the evidence."

Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:20:36 UTC | #950193

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lol, that is a perfect title. You had me cheering until I read the post. As a former Catholic my knowledge of the Bible is lacking. Yes, Matt would be good at this. Hey Matt if you are reading this, are you up to the challenge.

Personally, I think an unknown atheist would be best. They wouldn't see it coming.

Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:14:37 UTC | #950192

Go to: Effect of the concept of hell on children

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comment 49 has nothing to do with this topic and is completely unsubstantiated. I want u to wake up.

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:02:23 UTC | #950100

Go to: Scapegoat for Catholic evils?

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comment 20 If you object to "scapegoat" what description would you prefer? fall guy? pawn? You're picking at details here.

We want the entire RCC to collapse, so don't act surprised. Bravo a few priest are going to jail. We'd rather the entire corporation be shut down.

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 02:02:26 UTC | #950087

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I did a quick check (which may be inaccurate) showing that the average sentence for rape is over nine years while the actual time served is about five years. Chances are this monsignor will serve about three years if he survives the general population.

This issue reminds me of concentration camp guards who went about following the rules without questioning their validity or impact on others. They blindly anesthetized themselves - out-of-sight, out-of-mind. He probably thought someone else would handle it. He does need to serve time for his crime, but what about the priests doing the actual rape? How many have walked freely or died without facing the consequences? The religious have the attitude that God will handle the situation now that they are passed, but this is not good enough. People know this and the Church knows that people are unhappy and expect action.

He is a scapegoat, but certainly not an innocent one.

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 01:08:23 UTC | #950081

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comment 26 Fortunately, these night terrors are a thing of the past. Actually much of my healing from traditional Christianity occurred from attending a liberal church in which Satan does not exist.

Your comment helped me recall something that happened during one of these night terrors. I was screaming and praying for help. Nothing seemed to help and then a calmness came over me and I thought - imagine what terrible things that this "entity" went through in order to become like this. I felt great compassion and then said "I love you." Poof the dream ended. (Just a little side psychology --- this entity wasn't something outside of me, it was the troubled part of me expressing itself in my dream.)

Here is my point. Stuff that seems evil is scary to us because we do not understand it. When we don't understand something, we feel out-of-control and anxiety sets in. We feel as if there is nothing we can do about it and we are at the mercy of whatever it is that is supposedly evil. Notice how the characters panic in all the scary movies. Women and girls frequently act dumb and don't know what to do. This is not very skilled behavior.

At times we need to feel fear because it keeps us safe and from danger. Other times, our imagination works overtime. Let's say your sitting at a kitchen table at night when all of a sudden you see a reflection of something that appears to be a distorted face. You have a few options here. Be fearful and let your imagination run wild or find the cause. Maybe it will end up that a phone and a couple of objects on the table created a pattern on the window. Maybe the window has a flaw in it and reflects light in a distorted way. What is necessary is (as someone else put it) is to face your unrealistic fears to find out the cause. One by one you will see that much of what your feared, really has no substance to it anyway. Over time, you will build skills that help you deal with these issues, but rest assured that these skills will come and you will be better able to deal with your fears (the real issue - not Hell or the devil) more skillfully.

Oh by the way, when I became an atheist for the first time at eighteen, my fear of ghosts, spirits, the devil, etc. miraculously disappeared overnight. It was only until I transitioned into agnosticism that some of this returned.

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 03:39:36 UTC | #950015

Go to: Benefits for young atheists?

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My guess is that your school has taught you that colleges are looking for good "moral" students that " are involved in a religious youth group, attends mass regularly, volunteers for the church by means of Vacation Bible School, etc." Are you looking at Catholic universities? 15 is still young. Are you going to be a sophomore? It sounds like you have two years until college, correct?

Here is what I told my nephew. Do not go to a Catholic university. There are plenty of great state and private colleges. They don't want to know if you're a good moral kid, but how involved you are in stuff outside of school. Maybe you volunteer at a local animal shelter. Maybe you are involved with some science Olympics or belong to a particular club or young entrepreneurs. I suggest taking on interests that have NO RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION.

I went to college back in the early eighties and no where do I recall any information that was church related. None. I think you're getting biased advice.

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 03:25:39 UTC | #949965

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I was raised Catholic and I know exactly what you are going through. First of all --- there is no devil. Yep that's right. Satan does not exist. Everything good or bad that is going to happen to you will happen during this lifetime, not after death.

Catholics have Sunday School? Say what?


Start to watch people. Notice how bad choices in behavior lead to unrest, problems, strife, challenging relationships with other people? Notice what is considered "evil" by other people. Usually "evil" ends up being mentally ill, extremely stressful events during childhood, selfish behavior, and bad choices among other things. People blame the devil because it takes them off the hook for taking responsibility for their actions. Can you tell me one example of something "evil" that cannot be traced back to one of these causes? I'd be interested if you can come up with one.

Also, Where is Hell? In the Bible, it is stated as Heaven is above, so is Hell below. Literally taken, that means Hell is deep beneath the surface of the earth. OK, your Catholic, so maybe Hell is in another realm. Have you ever had surgery? Maybe had your wisdom teeth taken out....? Where did you go during the anesthesia? If doctors can mess with your brain or memory or maybe remove a section of your brain, you will never regain that ability. If this were to happen, now who are you?

There was a time when I was clinically depressed and had the most terrifying night terrors (worse than nightmares.) Without going into detail, I thought I was "hellbound." Year later I started to notice that I would only get these night terrors when I was under extreme stress and depressed. I certainly dreamed Hellish stuff, but it was all the creation of my mind in an unhealthy state. Strangely, after medication and therapy, I didn't have these dreams. Scientifically reasonable methods, instead of religious beliefs brought about healing.

Start keeping track of what people think is caused by Satan. Then, go about finding the actual cause.

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 03:05:49 UTC | #949962

Go to: Religious Olympics

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Amish buggy racing on the streets of London

Spoon bending contests

Possible headlines as a result:

Various events were cancelled today due to mercury being squared mars.

Protest erupt when Pagans celebrate a fertility ritual for the new moon.

Scandal sets in when priests request to meet the "ball boys" after the challenge.

Women's swim team is spat upon and taunted by Hasidic Jews for immodest dress. Women are now required to swim in loose fitted flannel pajamas.

Hasidic Jews awarded best Jheri curls upsetting west African witch hunters.

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 02:30:59 UTC | #949958

Go to: Religious Olympics

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Cross carrying marathon - Cycle, swim, and run carrying your life sized wooden cross. Occasionally, good samaratin helpers are allowed to help carry your cross for a specified distance.

Bring out the lions, The Rome Coliseum meets Big Ben. A marathon out and about London complete with lions trailing behind runners egged on by charioteers with whips.

Seek and ye shall find. Teams set out searching London for proof of their prophet... only to return with photographs of reflections, the Virgin Mary in toast and Jesus on a toilet seat stain.

Baptism Bob. The US team representing Tennessee and Mississippi vs. other countries...well, vs. themselves to see how many times they can bob up and down in water within two minutes.

Karma car push - Teams need to push a car up a hillside to a winning line. Losers not finishing first need to continue over and over again (reinCARnation) until they meet or exceed the winning team's time.

Rat race - Various teams confined to their designated temples need to attract the most rats to win.

detox and liver cleanse marathon challenge. Individuals fast according to their own religious or spiritual beliefs. The person who lives the longest before dying wins.

Closing ceremony ideas anyone?

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 01:55:59 UTC | #949955

Go to: Meme Theory, Zahavi's Handicap, and the Baldwin Effect

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To better clarify myself. Ideas are not separate "entities" floating around. Otherwise, I may as well go back to church. Ideas are dependent upon functions of the brain, but the idea cannot be manipulated separately by matter like a chisel to a rock. (That's what I meant by it doesn't interact with matter or it being abstract. It's the result of brain functions.) My goodness, this is difficult to explain.

I agree that it isn't a dichotomy. Was it my poorly communicated first line that led you to believe this? Until an idea is acted upon by manipulating objects in the environment, the idea still remains in the brain as a thought - in abstract form. (as opposed to concrete as a physical object.) By sharing this thought through communication it is replicated. I know you're face palming right now. I'm not sure there is a literal replication since ideas cannot make copies of itself. Ideas are not themselves material.

I'd continue but somehow I think we are on different pages speaking different languages. Interesting ideas though.

Sun, 22 Jul 2012 20:14:59 UTC | #949859

Go to: Meme Theory, Zahavi's Handicap, and the Baldwin Effect

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But literalist is what the meme theory has to be if it interacts with matter at all.

Does it interact with all?

That may be so, but the meme idea posits that something replicates. Not that it endures, or has a beginning, middle, or end, or that it is inherited, or that it is X by Y by Z dimensions. The basic litmus test is; At whatever size, does it, when given the needed materials, make copies of itself spontaneously? This is necessary for it to give rise to natural selection.

Ideas do not make copies spontaneously, human interaction is necessary.

If an idea does not have any tangible, literal substance and exists purely in an abstract state, it can never literally copy itself. Any transfer from one person to another is still in this abstract form which is communicated from one person to another. It can be communicated through any of our senses, intellect, emotions.... We can show a physical object and people can literally copy this, yet the underlying concept of the object is what is being examined. This process is not literal and searching for direct physical evidence of one idea replicating seems impossible. We can examine the results of physical manifestation, but not the actual action/idea.

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 21:51:59 UTC | #949777

Go to: Conspiracies taking over where religion left off

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Comment 22 by Bipedal Primate :

I'm not particularly fond of G. K. Chesterton's "When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing -- they believe in anything.", because it's simply an appeal to "belief in belief", but it's still probably true, though.

But of all dumb replacements for religion the worst one is not a conspiracy theory, but simply political correctness. Also known as 'The Matrix", for those who took some time to analyze the film by the same name. That one is the true mind killer. The consensus which thinks for you. And if people aren't simply dumb, they're either hysterical or dogmatic. There's no pill against that.

...and I assume you are aware of the group of people who think this world is actually the Matrix? Rather than the movie's view of us being slaves, we are in a dream in which we think this world is actually real. In "reality" we are One with God and have simply forgotten this. We live lives of strife and lack because we feel that God is somewhere out there and not within. This is a New Age view, but all religions have this concept of another realm in one form or another.

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 20:59:49 UTC | #949772

Go to: Meme Theory, Zahavi's Handicap, and the Baldwin Effect

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I'm saying that what I think gets memetically passed on is not the idea itself, but the idea of the idea.

When something finally reaches the masses, it is usually several generations lost or watered down. Usually one aspect is latched onto and continues because it fulfills a wanted need for society.

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 15:17:30 UTC | #949759

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SC, I thought a little more about this, and I think that much of what you are seeing is what might be called --- expertitis or a know-it-all person. People without a true knowledge base that stand up in front of a group need to have something to say. Frequently, they make up a story and convince themselves that it is true. They may even adopt or adapt an existing story. Doing this is much easier that studying four to eight years of a subject or many subjects and then continuing to educate themselves. Reading and learning one book is easier than studying an entire library. They actually like being in a position of authority, enjoy the power and acknowledgement that they get from others. It's an easy path compared to others that require study. As a result certain "crazy" ideas are perpetuated because there is always and audience.

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 15:08:40 UTC | #949758

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One of the aspects of new age thinking is that of 'hidden knowledge', for example such stuff as 'The Secret'.

There's a clever marketing psychology behind all this, and its how some make millions from all the new age material.

I understand this point. You are correct that there is a marketing technique going on here. Conspiracy? Not convinced yet. Actually, I am quite familiar with the actual (not watered down New Age view of) the "Law of Attraction" and it is actually hard work and nearly impossible to achieve completely. If I went into the details of what this concept actually entails, even a skeptic wouldn't want to do all the work required. Essentially your entire life - relationships, mindset, education, personal psychology, health, well-being, ability to be proactive and take action, your ability to appropriately respond to a situation, etc. etc. needs to be in tip top shape. The actual view is about taking total responsibility for yourself. But then there is a catch; they throw in woo stating that what you put out into the world is drawn to you. Well, yeah after all that work, something is bound to happen.

The actual big secret is that you are One with God (some actually use the statement that "I am God.") but you simply have forgotten who you really are. So this God who is supposedly helping you is really yourself in alignment with Divine principles that govern the Universe. AKA - your doing what is within the realm of possibilities and what is socially acceptable, so cause and effect come into play. When something does happens, then you thank your lucky stars that you did your spiritual work. (aka -did the effort and found the right people to help out.) It all goes back to that "ghost in the machine" idea except it is called Consciousness.

The "Law of Attraction" is actually a New Thought belief adopted by the New Agers. They packaged the video as the "secret" that successful people have known throughout the ages as an attempt to attract people to "the special elixir." People seem to be drawn to quick fixes, diet pills, and shortcuts. "How did you lose so much weight? What's your secret." They are drawn to the quick,lazy approaches that offer the "five steps to XX" or "keys to better XX."

Throughout all such examples, the aspect of the phenomena being 'hidden' from sceptics is undoubtedly conspiratorial.

Actually they view themselves as being at a spiritually higher level than others. They think they have knowledge that you do not. All religions do this, this is why you need to FIND God or have God revealed to you. Eventually you will "get it." Obviously, it isn't your time and they will try to be non-judgmental and patient with you because you are a newbie and that is the spiritually evolved thing to do.

I actually personally exposed a conspiracy myth myself ...What astonished me was the sheer number of people who refused to believe this even when shown the evidence.

This happens all the time and is not unique to New Age. I recently watched a video about a product that caused a very large group of people to protest the manufacturer because it supposedly said something "inappropriate." The entire group claimed that it said something in particular, but when I listened several times to the sound (before I even read what the group considered offensive,) It clearly said what the manufacturer stated. The manufacturer provided a written statement, yet they heard it incorrectly. It's like the time Dan Dennett or maybe Sam Harris played a garbled recording, then told people what to hear and you could actually hear "sweet Satan..." People tend to fill in the gaps.

Perhaps conspiracy is a bit of a jump for me. I still don't see it as a conspiracy, but then again I bet I have a different definition of New Age.

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 03:10:15 UTC | #949712

Go to: Meme Theory, Zahavi's Handicap, and the Baldwin Effect

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Hey Z, I want to start off by saying that I appreciate the effort you took to post this topic. I realize how much effort it takes. Now that you are no longer on the main page, your ideas have less of a chance of being seen and surviving for much longer. ;)

Admittedly, I am probably one of the least scientifically literate people here, but I have lots of experience working with ideas, design and artwork, so I will let you determine if my view has any worth.

Basically, I think you are overlooking the various levels of ideas from the initial creation or conception to the point when it becomes a staple or tradition in society.

Working on an individual creative act certainly is aligned with natural selection (maybe artificial selection too), but the process happens at lightning speed. Ideas are connected with other ideas, edited, changed, pondered...until a final decision or direction is made. One large creative effort such as writing a book can viewed as an analogy to Evolution. Within this microcosm, a mini Evolution is taking place within the creative work and within the ideas and thought processes of the "creator."

When you have so many mutations in generation one, that suggests we are not dealing with a replicator at all. We have something closer to the X to Y to Z to A model.

Yes, that is correct. It goes from x to y to z in an individual creative endeavor. You're looking too closely at only one aspect of the creative process. I'll continue.

You think it doesn't look right, so you edit it and write an improvement. You reread it, edit it, and so on. At what point can we say that there are distinct replicator generations between memes?

Certainly not at this point. Again you are looking at one individual going through an entire "evolution" for their creative endeavor. A person that designs a hat needs to experiment with materials, structure, sizing, different designs, textures, etc. This is confined to one person or a unit focusing on one particular project. Notice how changes are happening quickly? If the craftsman is talented chances are he is visualizing the options inside of his head and changing his internal visualizations by the seconds. He sees his hat as wide brimmed, then changes it to purple, now brown, felt is then visualized then changed to leather.

Now let's start to zoom out from the fast paced microcosm to a larger, slower world view. As we move outward, the speed that an idea hits the masses is dependent upon communication and people promoting the idea. The microcosm flourishes with change, adaptation, "the New", the innovative at lightning speed. At the opposite end are the staples and traditions. It maintains its presence by stability, the familiar, the usual. Staples are the little black dress, or a pair of jeans. (Notice that they have slightly changed over the years. If they did not, they would have died out as a trend.) As products or physically concrete objects are shown to others, the idea behind the object, what what it intangibly represents (or even the physical form) is acknowledged. Some of these ideas then move towards mini trends. They take off because they are valued in some way by other people. At this point, the idea, may be tweaked by someone else (needing less energy and thought compared to the initial idea.) As more people are exposed, then the idea can move towards being a full trend. The changing or evolving of the idea slows down but still has the possibility of changing or branching off if the idea reaches an "innovator" If the idea doesn't reach an "innovator" or the innovator hesitates to act, the trend continues as communication brings the idea to the masses. Eventually, some people (who are certainly not as creative as the "innovators" decide that they like this idea so much because of the social benefits that they personalize it and pass it along to close friends, families, or associates. They incorporate it into their life, but they do not change it.

When an idea comes to this point, it either continues to shift slightly and continue on by mutating into different ideas or it becomes stagnant. If it becomes stagnant, things get ugly if the idea becomes outmoded.

At this point I need to stop because it was a busy week and hopefully I made sense. Your post is long and I need to take a look at the rest of it before commenting. So far, I think that you are viewing ideas or memes with a microscope and need to step back and view the bigger picture of trends and macrotrends along with traditions. The fortunate thing about macrotrends and traditions is that an equal and opposite effect usually occurs in response to the prevailing idea or ideology. We may fear the religious meme, but counterculture has been kicking in.

Sat, 21 Jul 2012 01:41:26 UTC | #949704

Go to: Atheism: the cheapest alternative?

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Yes, it is called New Tithing. You tithe any cause, organization, or group of your choice. If you are unable to afford "tithing" then you skip giving. If you can afford the extra money to donate to a favorite charity, art organization, nature conservancy, etc. then you do it. It's called "People Helping People" secular ministry.

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:38:04 UTC | #949691

Go to: Conspiracies taking over where religion left off

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I hear where you're coming from, however new age stuff and conspiracies are really different subjects. There is some overlap, but someone involved in New Age may not be into conspiracies while a Christian could have an elaborate view about some government conspiracy. A have also met some atheists that think that religion was a mass conspiracy by a select few to control the masses. (yeah yeah yeah - no comments needed about this.)

New Age is a term that is applied with a broad brush for many situations and beliefs. Although it is diverse, I disagree that New Age beliefs cannot be properly challenged. I attended a New Thought church which is considered a form of New Age and now that I have challenged the beliefs, I realize many of their flaws just need some help to be unraveled.

I have found that people who are into UFO and other conspiracies tend to be young or a bit "off" in some way. New Agers on the other hand, are a much wider audience. If you would like to focus in on a particular aspect of New Age, I can give you some ideas. If you want to continue discussing people who are into conspiracy theories...I'm not too worried about them in general. Most people, religious or not, think that they are nuts.

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:31:20 UTC | #949688

Go to: Anti-Dawkins legislation

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You know that you've arrived when a difficult to distinguish satire is made about you and it comes from a country and state that you do not live in.

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 22:34:03 UTC | #949681

Go to: 2012 Project Reason Video Contest

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Yes, Johnditkis, There is no secret; it is obvious that more than one person was used, but is that in the rules.? It could have been animated by one person, narrated by another, written by another... Realistically a minimum of two or four people. I have actually seen elaborate animations (no sound) created by one person. It could even be a dozen and a half people, but I don't see the credits. "perfect faith" needed one person to drive the car, a second person to film, a third skateboarder. Watch the winner from last year. Do you think more than one person was involved in the creation of this video? The number of people involved is irrelevant.

Overall, the messages of these entries all need a bit of tweaking. Sample, is the goal or does the rules actually state that it needs to teach? If this is the case, then I may need to review a couple of videos before voting.

Comment 8 by johnditkis :

You're totally right Questioning Kat. But here's the secret: Conflict was clearly the only one created by a team of professionals. They even got a real actor for the voice over. I think I'm still going for the driving one.

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:01:46 UTC | #949559

Go to: living in the watchtower

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zengardener offered up good common sense advice. Blunt and to the point.

People who are in subordinate positions are not taken seriously because it challenges the person in charged. You can only be taken seriously when you are an outsider standing on your own principles.

Do everything you can to take steps to move.

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:22:44 UTC | #949557

Go to: 2012 Project Reason Video Contest

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Another one!

Perfect faith - Would be perfect for a commercial. I like everything except for the "#driveyourself" Get rid of it and the video holds together without the commentary using a poor choice in type. This choice brought the quality of the video down. Without the wording, non-English speaking individuals still get it and it opens the video up for discussion and debate.

Frankly, this video speaks better to the average person-- much more so than "Conflict" which can be considered esoteric in some of its wording. Perfect faith is "saleable."

I don't know if the contest will use the videos for a particular purpose. If it is being used for a commercial or will be shown at local movie theaters as a clip before the feature film, this would be ideal without the bad lettering and limiting commentary.

So my winner now is......... "Conflict" "Perfect faith" vs. "conflict" it's comparing apples to oranges. "Conflict (although it is not child friendly) is professionally done and worth the $10,000 prize money. Well done! "Perfect faith" revealed itself as a second rate video by making a novice choice. Set the bar high by awarding the most professionally done and more people with creative skills will take notice. Maybe next year this contest should be forwarded to film/art schools and the quality will get even better especially if they know about the $10K winnings.

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:28:30 UTC | #949539

Go to: 2012 Project Reason Video Contest

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Ghost Makers - Cute but the point is not clearly defined - a half baked idea.

Secularism - I watched the video and then forgot about it. Haven't we see this before? This idea of type floating out in the galaxy somewhere is getting old.

Genesis - Two-thirds of the time was illustrating the visuals and one-third making the point. A good effort otherwise.

Dogmatism - I think a better quote could have been selected for Washington. We've seen this idea before.

Conflict -The most professional looking video and I would add aesthetically pleasing is CONFLICT. Turn off the sound and just watch it. Excellent animation! You could actually see this one in a movie theater. Look away and replay this video and the music and narrator are spot on!!

A minor criticism - I think the wording needs tweaked in a few places so it is better comprehended within the 1:30 time. For instance, "Evolving system in unison with civilization" needs to be stated in a more universal way so that a wider group of age ranges and people of various background can get what this means.

I'm a bit mixed about the wording "have to choose sides" "fight can never be won", and "choose sides" Yes this video is about conflict and this seems like a call to war with narration by kindly English gentleman who could easily make a living narrating children's stories. It is clear that this video takes the view of rationality and reason, so is there really anything to choose?

I think I would prefer the first statement "We have to choose sides." actually say "We may have unknowlingly chosen our side." Not quite sure about this though. It also seems to need a brief line about facing our own misconceptions brought to light by reason. (??)

I think there needs to be a second version in which it is simplified down to the level of an eleven-year old.

So yes, despite my criticism, this is by far the best video.

Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:00:51 UTC | #949538