What Is Psy-Ops?
Rolling Stone magazine caused turmoil in the U.S. military this week reporting that a commander in Afghanistan ordered a "psychological operations" team to manipulate U.S. senators.
When U.S. senators visit Afghanistan to view progress on the ground, to what extend are they led astray by psychological manipulation? Sgt. Maj. Herb Friedman, an army veteran and psy-ops expert, discusses the technique: "Psychological operations specialists are in a battle for that old canard, the 'hearts and minds' of enemy combatants. In 2010, the psychological operations label was dropped in favor of 'Military Information Supply Operations,' or MISO, which 'everybody hates' because 'it's basically a green soup from Japan."
The Russian-built FEDOR was launched on a mission to help ISS astronauts.
Atheism doesn't offer much beyond non-belief, can Secular Humanism fill the gaps?
- Atheism is increasingly popular, but the lack of an organized community around it can be problematic.
- The decline in social capital once offered by religion can cause severe problems.
- Secular Humanism can offer both community and meaning, but it has also attracted controversy.
- "Prior to nervous systems: no mind, no consciousness, no intention in the full sense of the term. After nervous systems, gradually we ascend to this possibility of having to this possibility of having minds, having consciousness, and having reasoning that allows us to arrive at some of these very interesting decisions."