Your Assistance Is Requested
Help the secular community out! Two fellow bloggers have requests that some of you fine people may be able to fulfill:
• Greta Christina is writing a new book about coming out of the closet, and she's collecting stories about how you told other people that you were an atheist. If you've got one to tell, please read her guidelines for what she's looking for and contribute!
• Also, over at Unequally Yoked, Leah is running a sequel to her ideological Turing test, and needs atheists to judge the entries posted so far. (If you're not familiar with the concept, it entails a mix of atheists and Christians answering questions twice, once from their own viewpoint and once while masquerading as a member of the other group, and the judges are challenged to spot the fakers. Read my thoughts on the last one.) If you think you can tell the real atheists apart from the Christian pretenders, go read and cast your ballots.
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Research by neuroscientists at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory helps explain how the brain regulates arousal.
The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver's license. As you start your mom's car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you'll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous energy, you need your brain to moderate your level of arousal so that you do your best.
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
When these companies compete, in the current system, the people lose.
- When a company reaches the top of the ladder, they typically kick it away so that others cannot climb up on it. The aim? So that another company can't compete.
- When this happens in the pharmaceutical world, certain companies stay at the top of the ladder, through broadly-protected patents, at the cost of everyday people benefitting from increased competition.
- Since companies have worked out how to legally game the system, Amin argues we need to get rid of this "one size fits all" system, which treats product innovation — "tweaks" — the same as product invention.
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