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What shall we tell the children? Social science - Matrix: mind map. Simple proper (scientific - without superstition) matrices for parents and parenting. by Mind Map: What shall we tell the children? Social science - Matrix:  mind map. Simple proper (scientific - without superstition) matrices for parents and parenting.
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What shall we tell the children? Social science - Matrix: mind map. Simple proper (scientific - without superstition) matrices for parents and parenting.

degrees of religiosity that would hold true for the majority of Christians, Muslims and Jews ('true' or fundamental beliefs of the leaders, dogmas and goals being so disconnected for any rational mind, preposteroseness) so on..., "What I concluded was that this was not a body of believers (in the church), but a body of behavers. Each week people showed up, sat where they should, performed their roles, and the church went on, despite the disparity of belief. Behaviour was observable and predictable; meaning, at least in the sense of Christian belief, was multiple and somehow beyond the point of what held things together." 'Infrastructural Determinism' R. Brian Ferguson - writing on, 'The Nature of Cultural Things' Marvin Harris.

New Scientist. 23 June 2007. Reality Check. "To track down a theory of everything, we might have to accept that the universe only exists when we're looking at it"! "Laws of nature are human inventions, like ghosts. Laws of logic, of mathematics are also human inventions, like ghosts. The whole blessed thing is a human invention, including the idea that isn't a human invention. The world has no existence whatsoever outside the human imagination..." 'Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance' Robert M. Pirsig.

Global Gullibility 'For Dawkins, religious gullibility is not only an illustration of, but may be a precursor to, a more global form of gullibility. As he said, if you can believe “something as daft as the transubstantiation [then] you can believe anything", and (witness the story of Doubting Thomas) these people are trained to see that as a virtue” (p. 141). In other words, training children to accept nonsensical religious notions may predispose them to accept all kinds of other nonsense with a similar blind trust.' Global Gullibility

"And there is life on Earth because of an accident (not - God). But it is a very special kind of accident (an asteroid collision; the many other scientific reasons; so on...; and, the maybe's?). And for this accident to happen in this special way, there have to be 3 Conditions. And these are 1. Things have to make copies (this is called Replication) 2. They have to make small mistakes when they do this (this is called Mutation) 3. These mistakes have to be the same in their copies (this is called Heritability) And these conditions are very rare, but they are possible, and they cause life. And it just happens. But it doesn't have to end up with rhinoceroses and human beings and whales. It could end up with anything." 'The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time' by Mark Haddon.

Religious Education (RE) Dorset For You. SALED, NASACRE, SACRE. RE Search - Agreed Syllabus.!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1249.entry "Children, I'll argue, have a human right not to have their minds crippled by exposure to other people's bad ideas - no matter who these other people are. Parents, correspondingly, have no god-given licence to enculturate their children in whatever ways they personally choose: no right to limit the horizons of their children's knowledge, to bring them up in an atmosphere of dogma and superstition, or to insist they follow the straight and narrow paths of their own faith. In short, children have a right not to have their minds addled by nonsense. And we as a society have a duty to protect them from it. So we should no more allow parents to teach their children to believe, for example, in the literal truth of the Bible, or that the planets rule their lives, than we should allow parents to knock their children's teeth out or lock them in a dungeon." 'What Shall We Tell The Children?' 'Amnesty Lecture' Oxford - Nicholas Humphrey. Reasons (2) 1) 'Becoming human is a process (Primate to Human / Human to Human Rights & Western Civilisation?) and not some event' Anon. 2) 'The Long Childhood' Jacob Bronowski 'The Ascent of Man'.

"Children as young as five are being targeted in a new online safety campaign by the UK body charged with protecting children from abuse." Kids watch

By Jack of Kent - "For those wondering, if anyone working with children hears an allegation of abuse, it's the law to report it immediately (at least here and in the US, I don't know about other countries). ... "Even if the Pope doesn't end up in the dock, and even if the Vatican doesn't cancel the visit, I am optimistic that we shall raise public consciousness to the point where the British government will find it very awkward indeed to go ahead with the Pope's visit, let alone pay for it. ...<> Jack of Kent <

The Pope is planning to visit the UK on a Papal visit later this year. The Pope's opposition to women's reproductive rights, gay equality, embryonic stem cell research and the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV has a huge effect on the human rights of millions of people across the globe. We want to make sure that the UK government understands our concerns, takes the opportunity to speak out against these practices and does not make the taxpayer cover the cost of the visit. You can: 1)Sign a petition calling on the Prime Minister to act 2) Join the facebook group on this issue And

"The Pope not only opposes the right of women to have an abortion but also their right to contraception to prevent the need for abortions. He also opposes women’s access to IVF fertility treatment to give childless couples the chance of parenthood. He condemns potentially life-saving embryonic stem cell research. Pope Benedict denounces the use of condoms, even to stop the spread of HIV, as well as claiming falsely that condom usage “increases” the rate of HIV infection. This puts millions of lives at risk. He opposes legal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and their full protection in law against homophobic and transphobic discrimination. The Pope has authorised the Catholic Catechism, which condemns same-sex relationships as a “grave depravity” and “contrary to natural law.” In 1992, he criticised gay sexuality as a “tendency ordered towards an intrinsic moral evil.” While condemning loving, consenting adult same-sex relations, the Pope played a role in shielding Catholic clergy guilty of child sex abuse from prosecution, as revealed in the 2006 BBC Panorama programme, Sex crimes and the Vatican.

The War for Children's Minds: Stephen Law ISBN: 0415427681 Playground for faith and belief. UK. Quangoes of Religiosity. Religion in Schools REBT and Disconnection.

The Proper Structuralised View Of The World or The Proper Structuralized View Of The World. The Structural World View. Erich Fromm. R. Dawkings. (proper=scientific) *Technology is the application of science and that is where much confusion lies. Aquire - The Useless Knowledge of Bertrand Russell ie., History, Evolution and Cosmology. See,!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!210.entry

Without a map orientation is impossible - Bertrand Russell.

Mind Mapping. Mind Maps For Children

Structuralisation of the everyday life...In view of that fact the behavioral disorders in autism can be seen as ... (or encourage them) to orientate themselves in the world in which they live. ... Barack Obama Statement in Support of World Autism Awareness Day and Awareness Month

Red Balloon Learning The Audit Commission report 'Against the Odds' - "Re-engaging Young People in Education, Employment or Training, claims to have looked more deeply into the issue than any previous study." Paul Peterson - In Chablis-sipping circles, it has become fashionable to condemn the small-school initiative by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation encouraged urban school districts to close large, dysfunctional high schools and replace them with smaller ones, either in alternative spaces or by placing several schools within the building that once housed the large one. Breaking up big, dysfunctional high schools into smaller units looked like a reform that failed. Look again. 'Small is Still Beautiful' The Obama administration has pledged to lower the dropout rate through new investments in high school reform. It is planning to spend upwards of $5 billion over the next couple of years on "turnaround" programs that include closing schools and sending students elsewhere, replacing principals and staff, and turning over schools to charter school or for-profit managers.

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act" - Orwell.

Lying to Children

Earth's timeline

Genographic Project

Building Blocks Of Matter

CERN. The Large Hadron Collider. The Atlas Experiment.

Building CERN

The Ascent of Man - DVD 'The Long Childhood' Jacob Bronowski. BBC Shop.

'How Art Made The World' Dr Nigel Spivey. DVD and Book.

Peter J Wilson 'The Domestication Of The Human Species'. Privacy is inextricably bound with giving and receiving attention. 'Prehistory' Colin Renfrew.

"Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them." Rainer Maria Rilke.   1. Intimacy 2. Subtleties of relationships 3. Meaning for others 4. Allowing a person discretion to explore inner feelings 5. Certain kinds of affronts (Compulsory Worship Law - Schools. Religion in Schools UK. ref, vulnerable/children, indoctrination - self-harming. Ideological indoctrination in schools, so on...)   "All five aspects of privacy singled out by Schoeman are in fact functional and contingent and certainly not necessary to all human beings at all times". 'The Domestic Influence'. Peter J Wilson 'The Domestication Of The Human Species'. "Privacy is inextricably bound with giving and receiving attention".

Why is philosophy important? 100 million and more deaths!

'The God Delusion'. 'Hoodwink'd With Faery Fancy' Richard Dawkins 'Unweaving The Rainbow'.

Confusion - Wasting Time & Befogging The Issues (a whole section of our society has only one simple role - they are particularly 'those people who consider themselves most important and live amongst our 'intelligentsia') A matter for all of us - (is a little) self-discipline: and 'not to be' - even somewhat 'Hoodwink'd with Faery Fancy' 'Unweaving The Rainbow' R Dawkins. "If anyone can help us get rid of this (massive and destructive) form of hideous fraud and madness - he can"! See, 'Identity and Violence' A.Sen. Video above... Stop: 'The Drifting' - Now! Leo Straus 'religion is a fraud'. 'If religion is a fraud, then it remains debatable, to say the least, whether that fraud should be (constantly: forcibly in most schools or some institutions UK) perpetuated on the public' Stephen Law (above). In Schools: The Choice Or The Muddle & Refractoriness of Youth  A BOOK REVIEW THAT MAY BE OF SOME INTEREST TO TEACHERS   'THE CLOSED MIND'          1) The mentality of a person, who lives inside a closed system of thought, can be summed up in a single formula, he can prove everything he believes and he believes everything he can prove. The closed system sharpens the faculties of the mind, like an over-efficient grindstone to a brittle edge; it produces a scholastic, Talmudic, hair-splitting brand of cleverness, which affords no protection against committing the crudest imbecilities. People with this mentality are found particularly often among the intelligentsia. I like to call them the "clever imbeciles" an expression, which I do not consider offensive, as I was one of them. A. Koestler  "Bricks to Babel".       2) Allan Bloom is a professor of Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He has taught at the Universities of Yale, Cornell, Toronto, Paris and Tel Aviv. He is author of 'The Closing of The American Mind' of which over one million copies have been sold.       3) Bloom writes (p.198) "Nietzsche's works are a glorious exhibition of the soul of a man who might, if anybody can, be called creative.”  (Bloom's, followers and teachers - 'befoggers of issues', are many and most powerful, but they are so very awfully dangerous, and more often, frighteningly and terribly wrong, leading to 100 million and more terrifying deaths - 'drifters or dreamers' and very 'primitive in their science', 'you eat the heart of common enemy and therefore you will become strong', but they continue to have a very large and common appeal'.       Nietzsche (1844-1900) wrote, "The object is to attain that enormous energy of greatness which can model man of the future, by means of discipline and also by means of the annihilation of millions. And which can yet avoid going to ruin at the sight of the suffering created thereby the like of which has never been seen before…vast new aristocracy, based upon the most severe self discipline in which the will of philosophical men of power and artist-tyrants will be stamped upon for thousands of years.”       4) Bloom writes (p 240), "I must reiterate that Rousseau, Kant, Hegel and Nietzsche are thinkers of the highest order.”       Nietzsche wrote, "It is mere illusion and pretty sentiment to expect much (even - anything at all) from mankind if it forgets how to make war. Yet no means are known which call so much into action as a great war. That rough energy born of the camp, that deep impersonality born of hatred, that conscience born of murder and cold-bloodiness, that fervour born of effort in the annihilation of the enemy, that proud indifference to loss to one's own existence, to that of one's fellows. That earthquake like souls shaking, which a people need when it is (mankind) losing its vitality.”       5) Let us take a brief look at Rousseau (1712-1778) another of Bloom's, "thinkers of the very highest order”. Rousseau was a key figure in the making of what is called Romanticism, which of course has nothing to do with love. Rousseau's teaching in modern parlance was, "if it feels good, do it". In fact Rousseau was so romantic that he abandoned the five children he had by his mistress to the foundling hospital, the condition of which, in those days, is best left to the imagination! Historians consider his intellectual influence to have been mostly pernicious in its effect.       6) Kant (1724-1804) and Hegel (1770-1831) make up Bloom's quartet, but why not Galileo and Darwin "They Turned the World Around" (article on this blog)? But, Kant and Hegel, left it much as they found it. Galileo and Darwin are not to Bloom's taste. Perhaps they offend his religious susceptibility, which is so strangely impervious to the advocates of genocide and licentiousness. But, belief can cause blindness.       7) Much of Bloom's book is a mixture of theological dogmatism and verbose obscurity. One seldom knows quite where he stands, but when he does it is clearly on the wrong spot.     For example on page 194 Bloom pontificates, "Reason cannot establish values, and its belief that it can is the stupidest and most pernicious illusion.” If reason cannot establish values what is the substitute? Values established by unreason will not bear examination (The sleep of reason brings forth monsters).       8) The reader despairs, when on page 199, Bloom states, "the faith in God and the belief in miracles are closer to the truth than any scientific explanation…” Which god? There are and have been so many. Which miracles, the virgin births or reincarnation as an insect, and what truth, genesis or evolution? Discretely he does not say!       9) Bloom's book contains so many curiosities that many pages would be needed to list them. But, the one I found most amazing is on page 229, "The sanctity of human nature. That must not be mastered.” The sanctity of human nature is displayed for all to see on every gory page of our history and tomorrow's newspapers. Those who try to master it are usually murdered for their efforts.       10) Despite all the questions in his book, Bloom's attack on the self-degrading worship of the primitive, uncouth and the problems of illiteracy. These are hideous stains on western democracies, and in my opinion, these attacks are fully justified. But, there is money in muck, much money, and the communication revolution spreads muck widely, thickly, quickly, and profitably. We may all drown in it, but leaky life rafts like Bloom's, will not save the young or us.       11) Bloom, denigrates Science (which he does confuse with technology) and is ambivalent towards the Enlightenment. Has it not occurred to him, that no Enlightenment means no science, and consequently, no medicine or any surgery for millions that is worth a damn? No Enlightenment means a secret universe, a closed mind and an early death.       12) I note that Bloom's book received laudatory reviews, in reputable newspapers and periodicals. Perhaps the educators need educating. A dose of, Karl Popper, Jacob Bronowski and Carl Sagan, might (seriously) help them.       13) Bronowski summarised his scientific humanism in his monumental television series, 'The Ascent of Man'. Speaking in Auschwitz he said, "When people believe that they have absolute knowledge with no test in reality, this is how they behave. This is what men do, when they aspire to the knowledge of the gods. Science is a very human form of knowledge. We are always at the brink of the known; we always feel forward for what is to be hoped. Every judgement in science stands on the edge of error and is personal. Science is a tribute to what we can know although we are fallible…We have to curve ourselves of the itch for absolute knowledge and power. We have to close the distance between push-button order and the human act. We have to touch people.”   The theology of Bloom or the philosophy of Bronowski? The educators must choose. They don't mix.

BBC - BBC Radio 4 Programmes - Woman's Hour, 15/04/2009

Knowledge is Power 'The Boy Scientist' (1926 edition - 'without knowledge no man can be free' - 'without knowledge you are subservient to the whims and wishes of other people') The most powerful (off the top of my head) social theories: 'Lamarckadian Thought' Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (viruses) 'Stream of Consciousness' Naguib Mahfouz - 'The Proper Structuralised View of the World' Erich Fromm (and) 'The Infantile Situation' Geza Roheim (and) 'Important Civilizations' Bertrand Russell.   Jenni Murray presents a special Programme on Raising Teenagers. Listening to the news bulletins would lead you to believe that our teenagers are out of control. The picture is terrifying - a generation involved in violent crime, drug abuse, binge drinking and having underage and unprotected sex. But how true a picture is this? What is it really like to be a teenager at this time, and what challenges do we face, as parents and carers to the new generation? Jenni will be finding out about the physical and mental changes which take place as children mature into adults - and hearing how these developments create some of the stereotypical teenage behaviour. She discusses how to manage problematic parenting situations. And, in the light of all the headlines about gun and knife crime, she asks what can be done to help disaffected young people in society? Including drama: Restless. BBC - BBC Radio 4 Programmes - Woman's Hour, 15/04/2009 Some Notes, from Notes: 13) Immaturity of Youth (see, Farb p30-31) Today's high school and college students are sexually and socially mature, while technologically still juveniles. Denied the economic and social benefits to which maturity entitles them, simply because they have not yet acquired all of the technologies skills needed in the modern world; young people may become restless and antisocial in their behaviour. (menstruation females 1900-14 - 14-15 years - now? 1980's 12.6 years. An evolutionary trend? 16) Advice to young. Do not engage in any causes or political movements (*exception - Climate Change). Timescale is too short. Just - learn, teach, and explore, and add a little knowledge to the world - remain free in every sense and very mobile.   17) Respect for authority is always wrong and violence is sometimes right. Karl Popper.   18) It will require a supreme and concerted effort of the best scientific brains, to pull man out of his mess and to diagnose and to recognise his complaint.   20) Becoming Human is a process which still continues. Always bear in mind the short time scale of civilization.   21) The dream worlds of "Capitalism and Socialism" - see, Koestler's essay,  as outdated, as the "Wars of The Roses".   22) It is science and philosophy which rule the world, and it has always been so, but there is a long time lag. Construct a chart showing this.   23) Conditions for survival of the human race.   1) Nature is objective - not projective.   2) Man is part of nature and a single 'super species' (freak of the universe).   3) History is a race between education and catastrophe.   4) Only use of the best scientific brains, can succeed in making world of humans work.   24) We have the facts of human behaviour in our history books. All we require is a best-able theory to explain those facts.   25) What is the psychological reason for most men's indifference to nature; whereas physics and biology are difficult - sociology and government should be easily agreed functions and not worth much serious attention (The Infantile Situation): like drains or water services. Stacks of jobs to do, if you want a job, or more education, just needs: a focus of basic attention and finance by (lazy - inept) National or Local Authorities: a good reason for our young to rebel and to claim their world from their massively overtly greedy peers (example, bankers, 'overpaid officials', and some advisors).   28) "High technology has made the world a global village. This village will only prosper if people realize that fact and grow from it". Sir Peter Parker, New Scientist Magazine.   29) Democracy = the role of the ignorant masses. Whole mental attitude, is geared to supplying them with their trivial wants, satisfying their desires and disconnect urges.   30) Like an animal, it cannot think about itself.   31) Parents duty to know - History, Evolution, and Cosmology. Without (HEC) we are prisoners of the times and at the mercy of every crackpot idea and political nonsense. No solid base and therefore no freedom. But, 'duty' a dirty word today.   32) Freedom must be taught, because conformism, not freedom is natural. Most education is directed to producing conditioned and behaving animals. Forster, page 123 - look it up.                         53) Becoming human is a process - not an event. 'Ape or Angel' - Mans place in nature?                                   54) This is the age of the anti-hero, where all heroes are exposed as cowards, liars or maniacs. An age in which individuals are told that anything unpleasant which happens to them is the fault of somebody else. What are these amoral, spiritually empty, lumps of humanity; supposed to study? Some sugary pap, which goes under the 'generic' name of "relationships". Having grasped that they are helpless tools of their appetites and social conditioning, men, and women, are expected to seek out their fellows waifs and establish some bond with them. I pity any institution forced to tell such people to leave undone that which they would rather do. See, Brian Walden, Sunday Times - 21st Feb 1988.                                   55) The uneducated are not conscious of History. The rise of the West and why? The connection between - freedom and capitalism, the psychological fallacy, natural selection and selection of groups in history, or the freedom of ideas. Read again 'The Triumph of The West' and put in plain succinct language. Will the trend continue? Yes, because of, freedom of ideas?   Despite dreadful setbacks: vis:- ignorant youth moulded by a rapacious media. The damp squib of Socialism and Communism, the deep ignorance of the young and not so young, elitism is correct (prove this by historical example). "The masses must be whipped towards a future that only the leaders can see. Every beast is driven to the pasture with blows". The thin crust of civilization is maintained by the very few. Capacity for contempt - Lawrence, re - youth? How do ideas come by: not having to think of the next thing and a freedom from necessity (example, Greece), except: for the exceptionally experienced and intelligent who can separate themselves from 'The sleep of everyday living' and everyone's 'awful personal disasters'. This, personally / for everyone  is a difficult problem and may revolve around the 'correct use of time', "The busy may have their brains so stimulated that a switch to 'deeper things' comes much easier".

Maybe Yes, Maybe No: A Guide for Young Skeptics: Dan Barker ISBN: 0879756071 A Guide For Young Skeptics.

Culture Change 'The Triumph of Triviality' "Culture change strategists all agree about the urgent need to promote “global consciousness,” or “cosmic consciousness.”

Cosmos: Carl Sagan. Purchased for my kids 10 birthday.

What about gods? Chris Brockman ISBN 0879751061

It is a parents duty to know or we are at the mercy of every crackpot idea and political nonsense: duty is a very dirty word today! If we don't want to live by isolationist-sectarianising, comforting, expensive - on our time and our money and with infantile fairy tales ('The Infantile Situation' GB). We must teach this ethos to our older children, so that they will not make the same crass, inherent and stupid, repetitive mistakes. 'As soon as man reaches the highest degree of development (in Tolstoy's case it was just 32 years of age), he sees that all is bunkum and deceit; and that the truth, which he values above all, is terrible, that when you look at it well and clearly you awake with horror!' No solid base (for children) and therefore no freedom, producing no ideas, but duty is a dirty word today. Ref, 'Power of the Guardians' Prof Amartya Sen 'Never has so much power been in the hands of so few in the UK'; BBC Today Programme. (Quangoes of Religiosity UK) And, 'Identity and Violence: The Violence of Illusion' 'The Proper (as in scientific) Structuralis(z)ed View of The World' E.Fromm or 'The Structural World-view' R.Dawkins. 'The Long Childhood' J.Bronowski. 'Clever Imbeciles of The Closed System' A.Koestler. BBC Today Programme. (Quangoes of Religiosity UK) 'The Proper (as in scientific) Structuralis(z)ed View of The World' E.Fromm or 'The Structural World-view' R.Dawkins. 'The Long Childhood' J.Bronowski. 'Clever Imbeciles of The Closed System' A.Koestler. Also, And, Carl Sagan 'The Demon-Haunted World' - To Tonio, My Grandson. I wish you a world free of demons And full of light.

Religion and Morality         First, faith made otherwise decent people commit acts of unspeakable horror, showing how ordinary and everyday feelings of human kindness, and revulsion at cruelty, can be, and have been, overruled by religious belief (and dogma, secular enthusiasms, or any other, religio/political enthusiasms)        Secondly, it exposes as utterly hollow the claim that religion sets an absolute and unchanging foundation for morality.  Some maintain that their Man God had something new to say. Consider therefore this extract from the writings of China-man Mo Ti who lived in the Fourth Century B.C.      "The mutual attacks of state on state, the mutual usurpation's of family on family, the mutual robberies of man on man, the want of kindness on the part of the sovereign and of loyalty on the part of the minister, the want of tenderness and filial duty between father and son, these, and such as these, are the things injurious to the empire. All has arisen from want of mutual love. If but that one virtue could be made universal; the Prince loving one another would have no battlefield; the Chiefs of Families would attempt no usurpation's; men would commit no robberies; rulers and ministers would be gracious and loyal; fathers and sons would be kind and filial; brothers would be harmonious and easily reconciled. Men in general loving one another; the strong would not make pray of the weak; the many would not plunder the few, the rich would not insult the poor; the noble would not be insolent to the mean, and the deceitful would not impose on the simple." I find this message more inspiring than the unproved promises of immortality and hell fire. The two largest religions, appear to me, to be: carrot and stick religions. Perhaps all are, I am not a donkey, some of the time: so I don't respond.

My four hates - Small talk, ignorance, certainty, and war. Daddy and Grandpa.

War, and supporting the/your armed services. Violence is sometimes right! You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything. He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.

The birth of the Enlightenment vs. Romanticism. A reaction to the stark facts of the Enlightenment was Romanticism A.C.Grayling. The dangerous forms of romanticism in times of war, social and economic upheaval. When only a very few, today - with the New Enlightenment, really believe, or have some faith in, any particular religion or religious dogmas. Have we only got some religion, or a personal faith, in, or outside, our schools and institutions, because of Romanticism, and in the being, somewhat, of personally having a - romantic tendency. Ref, Infantile Romantic Situation UK. The Infantile and Romantic Situation GB.

"No other way of knowing is based on a set of rules explicitly designed to transcend the prior belief systems of mutually antagonistic tribes, nations, classes, and ethnic and religious communities in order to arrive at knowledge that is equally probable for any rational human mind. Those who doubt that science can do this must be made to show that some other tolerant and ecumenical alternative can do it better. Unless they can show how some other universalistic system of knowing leads to more acceptable criteria of truth, their attempt to subvert the universal credibility of science in the name of cultural relativism, however well-intentioned, is an intellectual crime against humanity. It is a crime against humanity because the real alternative to science is not anarchy, but ideology; not peaceful artists, philosophers, and anthropologists, but aggressive fanatics and messiahs eager to annihilate each other and the whole world if need be in order to prove their point." Marvin Harris (1979a, 27-28). 'Knowledge or Certainty' & 'The Ascent of Man' Jacob Bronowski

Politicisation of parenting is damaging family relations and education, an academic has warned. Professor of sociology Frank Furedi said there was a pervading prejudice that virtually all of society's problems were caused by poor parenting." Education UK, GB - 20 to 30 yrs out of date, 'Cultural Relativism' For my children - "The world free of demons and full of light" (for the grandson of) Carl Sagan 'The Demon-Haunted World'. Degrees of religiosity that would hold true for the majority of Christians, Muslims and Jews ('true' or fundamental beliefs of the leaders, dogmas and goals being so disconnected for any rational mind, preposteroseness) so on..., "What I concluded was that this was not a body of believers (in the church), but a body of behavers. Each week people showed up, sat where they should, performed their roles, and the church went on, despite the disparity of belief. Behaviour was observable and predictable; meaning, at least in the sense of Christian belief, was multiple and somehow beyond the point of what held things together." 'Infrastructural Determinism' R. Brian Ferguson - writing on, 'The Nature of Cultural Things' Marvin Harris.

Why do I have to go to school? The three R's. To learn to reason and order your thoughts. Becoming human is a process and not some event. The Prehistoric Mind. How did Prehistoric Man Think? The Primitive Mind.!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1520.entry Teachers - What is self-evident - teach your teachers.

What,s wrong with reason? The forbidden question. NewScientist July 2008.  Secular MEPs discuss religion, sexuality and sexual abuse "The BHA has welcomed a discussion in the European Parliament about the issue of religion, sexuality and sexual abuse across Europe. Naomi Phillips, BHA Head of Public Affairs, attended the meeting of the European Parliament Platform for Secularism in Politics (EPPSP) in Brussels yesterday, where the issue of religion and violence against children was discussed in particular. The EPPSP, which is chaired by Sophie in ’t Veld MEP, brings together MEPs from across political parties and other organisations, and focuses on the separation of church and state. Naomi Phillips said, ‘Recent revelations of the scale of sexual abuse of and violence against children by those within religious institutions and those representing religion have shaken countries around the world. Speakers from across Europe at the meeting of the EPPSP all emphasised the urgent need to hold all those responsible to account for the horrific sexual, psychological and violent crimes committed."

Cooking is the key to modern human evolution. Book - 'Catching Fire'. Protection rackets and much worse. We all can behave so badly. 'A Protection Racket'. Your views and your view of your culture?

'We’re cruel to fill their little heads with dreams of fame'

Value as an Institutional Fact: The Example of Money, Prehistory Colin Renfrew Religion (Ideology?) and Money. Religion (anthropologist reasoning - kindly - without mentioning supernatural or superstition) and Money - A system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating concepts of a general order of existence and clothing these concepts with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic, Clifford Geertz. Ref, REBT.

"When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kind of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt" Robert Pirsig. Jacob Bronowski 'The Ascent of Man'. Whats wrong with this?, Or, this?, And, 'Aggressive Atheism' - is it required 2010! 82% - 'Religion does more harm than good' and 67% 'don't want Church or Faith Schools'. It still 'plunders and threatens', our Schools, and our children, by way of 'title and in 'governorships' (medievalist - privilege, in law). As the physicist Wolfgang Pauli liked to say, "They are not even wrong. That is, their arguments are useless and even detrimental to the pursuit of further knowledge." And, self-harm Children Homophobic - homophobia

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are set forth. Kahlil Gibran from 'The Prophet'.

Why there is not a Right to discriminate! Publish it, or copy it, and/or send it on. Powerful message, especially the "cartoon." Let us never forget! 63 years later. In MEMORIAM - 63 YEARS LATER. Please read the little cartoon carefully, it's powerful. Then read the comments at the end. I'm doing my small part by forwarding this message. I hope you'll consider doing the same. "It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated with the German and Russian peoples looking the other way! (Don't forget the gays, the Gypsies and the mentally deficient victims either). Now, more than ever, with Iraq , Iran , and others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it's imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again." This e-mail is intended to reach 40 million people worldwide! Join us and be a link in the memorial chain and help us distribute it around the world. Please send this e-mail to people you know and ask them to continue the memorial chain. Please don't just delete it. Thanks. "The Nobel Prize doesn't always go to the most deserving?" Irena Sendler - There recently was a death of a 98 year-old lady named Irena. During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist. She had an 'ulterior motive' ... She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews, (being German.) Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger kids..) She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.. During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants. She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard. After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted. Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize ... She was not selected. Al Gore won, for a slide show on Global Warming."

"Chimpanzees deal with death in much the same way as humans, studies suggest." The Prehistoric Mind. How did Prehistoric Man Think? The Primitive Mind.!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1520.entry Word link:^0%20Book/The%20Prehistoric%20Mind.%20How%20did%20Prehistoric%20Man%20Think.%20The%20Primitive%20Mind^2docx

Hints of 'time before the Big Bang' "A team of physicists has claimed that our view of the early Universe may contain the signature of a time before the Big Bang." The chance of discovering life on other worlds is greater than ever, according to Britain's leading astronomer. Lord Rees Going - Inwards (into a black hole) to get Outwards (other universes)! NewScientist 28th November 2009, 'Superships' Marcus Chown "We could reach the stars if we built a dark matter rocket or a black hole starship, and we've got the physics to do it." Darwinian selection on the largest scale, 'The only reason for an intelligent civilisation to make a black hole, he sees, is so it can travel the universe.' "Astronomers have spied a star-sized black hole much further away than any such object previously known." "These ripples in the fabric of space-time are an inevitable consequence of the theory of general relativity, and their first detection is being sought by intricate laser experiments set up in science labs across the world." Vatican chief astronomer Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes spoke publicly about his acceptance that we might not be alone in the universe. According to an interview with him in Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, the existene of ET "doesn't contradict our faith." From the Associated Press:

Sense and Goodness Promoting A Naturalistic Worldview. People adopt different worldviews, primarily due to their upbringing. These worldviews contradict each other, thus they cannot all be true. The best method for testing if one’s worldview is correct is from the perspective of an outsider with a high level of skepticism. This is the Outsider Test for Beliefs (OTB), proposed first time by John W. Loftus in 2006 (see: Loftus, 2008; Loftus, 2010). node

"These basic decisions by our species in the near-term are critical,” says Jones “and thereafter the proper study of mankind is Man. Humanism is a wonderful global philosophy, and what your neighbor thinks about religion is a personal matter.” Ref, 'The Proper Structuralised View Of The World' Dr Erich Fromm 'The Fear Of Freedom'.

"These basic decisions by our species in the near-term are critical,” says Jones “and thereafter the proper study of mankind is Man. Humanism is a wonderful global philosophy, and what your neighbor thinks about religion is a personal matter.” Ref, 'The Proper Structuralised View Of The World' Dr Erich Fromm 'The Fear Of Freedom'.

You may not think that you are being selfish, but you really are and on a global (Global religious/ideological Gullibility Index) scale!

Children and Bonkersdom (Ref, Dawkins, silly ness to fairy fancy) ’The sensational, macabre, fascinations of quite preposterous, and feministic (mother fetish) and romantic (love) tribalistic lore, including that of religiosity’ - ”Rowan Williams (dull as ditch water) has warned against “downgrading” religious education in secondary schools in his last Easter sermon as Archbishop of Canterbury”. But he said the ultimate test of Christianity was not whether it was beneficial to the human race, but whether the resurrection of Jesus Christ actually happened. He said that for Christians a vision of reconciled love between people “is there only because God raised Jesus” and that the answer was not in scientific proof, but by the way believers lived with and in their faith” Ref, dangers of; Literal truth of the Bible that ‘locks some children in a dungeon’ - In his essay What Shall We Tell the Children? theoretical psychologist Nicholas Humphrey writes about the importance of words to children: how harmful ideas are designed precisely to take away a child’s ability to attack, and question them. And so words, more than being shadows of thought, are precisely what gives them weight in flesh and bone: they are the weapons of (beastly, UK - a major weapon of the State controlling the behaviour of children in school, by ideologically outdated and religious Ethoses: breeding, bigotry, hatred, and sectarianism: (increasing in 2012; the social divisions, and inequalities, of today) indoctrination. An Example - Religious Studies, UK, children faced daily with a grossly unfair (for their own good or for others, and highly enforced) conundrum, catch 22, oxymoron: an indoctrination, or ‘brainwash’ (for some, vulnerable persons), or particularly, as my own daughter sees it, ‘Why I continue with my Religious Studies, or my Religious Education’, is, and because, ‘I would like to be very nice to others’ (as a child - it could be any: very suspect ideology; or any subject matter, of course) Being nice to those people, or teachers (they wouldn’t teach it, would they, if they, ‘didn’t believe it, or thought that it was good or necessary for the children in some way; would they - really? (note: be liars, to themselves, and the children, and all ‘others’) Literal Bible belief, or believers, school ethos’s, and teachers, Christians; or, for all the other faiths, beliefs, or many religions: the opinions of others (for their, often core, faith or belief) - ”God is good and friendly, because he wants to share the beauty of the world with us - God is the creator because he made/created the world as it shows us in Genesis 1 (Revision RS). Can we all be so very cruel to children and to let this carry on, in the full light of all our modern knowledge: and to their the children and vulnerable; great confusion, and at the great neglect of todays knowledge? ”Yes we are, and we can be, very, very, easily – we are all trained at a very young age: which makes it quite inexcusable – the corruption is at the top of the money and social tree, and hangs in there!” An alternative, Last broadcast yesterday, 23:30 on BBC Radio 4 (see all broadcasts). Synopsis - “Mark Tully meditates on the art of being still, and the benefits of quiet contemplation, as medical science borrows from the practices of religious traditions. He talks to Mark Williams, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford who teaches ‘Mindfulness’ techniques and whose research has shown that daily meditation can reduce the occurrence of severe depression at least as much as anti-depressants do. Featuring music by Edward Elgar, Arvo Part and Jules Massenet, and words by Rainer Maria Rilke and Octavio Paz, this programme looks at how else regular contemplative sessions can enrich our lives in an increasingly busy world. For some it is a way of experiencing God, for others a means of coming to terms with their own failures, and for many it can produce profound changes in their lives. As Mark Tully perceives, through the practice of Mindfulness people can drink from the well of religious insight whether they have a religious faith or not. He even accepts in the end that he should, perhaps, overcome his own reluctance to make the commitment that meditation requires, and curb the distractions that can make our minds rampage, ‘like an untrained elephant’. The readers are Emily Raymond and David Holt. Producer: Adam Fowler A Unique production for BBC Radio 4″

For roughly thirty years, young people at Western schools and universities have been given the idea of a liberal education, without the substance of historical knowledge. They have been taught ‘isolated’ modules, not narratives, much less chronologies. They have been trained in the formulaic analysis of document excerpts, not in the key skill of reading widely and fast. They have been encouraged to feel empathy with imagined Roman centurions or Holocaust victims, not to write essays about why or how their predicaments arose.” And, Niall Ferguson writes, ” In The History Boys, the playwrite Alan Bennet posed a ‘trilemma’: should history be taught as a mode of contrarian argumentation, a communion with the past Truth and Beauty, or just ‘one fucking thing after another’? He was evidently unaware that today’s sixth-formers are offered none of the above – at best, they get a handful of ‘fucking things’ in no particular order.”

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act” Orwell - ”It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it” Bronowski

The Infantile Situation. The Making of Them. Education UK. Ref, Church Schools and Faith Schools. Religion in Schools REBT and Disconnection. Quangoes of Religiosity UK. Religion in Schools and Self-harming.

The Infantile Situation 'Becoming human is a process and not some event' (martyrdom and unseen libidinal ties)      "In every primitive (anthropological anomie/anomy - anomic, bricoleurs or Bricolage - pre-logical) tribe we find the medicine man in the centre of society and it is easy to show that the medicine man (sometimes: a leader, politician, doctor, evangelist, priest... celebrity or royal, i.e., one who knows what is best for all others) is either a neurotic or a psychotic or at least that his art is based on the same mechanisms as a neurosis or a psychosis. Human groups are actuated by their group ideals, and these are always based on the infantile situation. The infancy situation is modified or inverted by the process of maturation, again modified by the necessary adjustment to reality, yet it is there and supplies those unseen libidinal ties without which no human groups could exist. The medicine men are the leaders in this infantile game and the lightning conductors of common anxiety. They fight the demons so that others can hunt the pray and in general fight reality." ('fight reality', as reality (science) could be most unpalatable, to most or some people: depending on their culture and education i.e., knowledge of reality, not - 'myth or theology', on...) Geza Roheim 'The Origin and Function of Culture'. Ref, modern - Christian (Sainthood and Martyrs) and Islamic or Muslim - 'rewards' of/in/being (a) martyr, or the martyrising of something or someone) 'martyrdom and unseen libidinal ties': others in folk tales, Dawkins's 'Hoodwink'd with Faery Fancy', so on... At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. Matthew 18:1-5. Ref, 'The protracted helplessness of the new born and the consequent uncritical submissiveness to authority'.

“In the ancient world, the rich held themselves to very different standards from the poor. Not much has changed, argues classical historian Mary Beard.” The Emperor Nero – mourned only by the “filthy poor” according to Tacitus Viewpoint: Why the rich look down on the poor Mary Beard on the long history of the rich looking down their noses at the poor.

“This is the chart that struck me most forcibly, both for what it tells us about the debts of the private sector, in particular the private finance sector; but also because of what the Treasury chose not to tell us: that the public debt to GDP ratio is tiny compared to private sector debt to GDP ratio.” ANN PETTIFOR, DIRECTOR OF PRIME ECONOMICS Why the economic policy of the Coalition Government UK, GB, (Con – Lib – pact) is based on ideological bigotry that is fueling inequality and great suffering to many