The Human Logos.
Religion in a Modern World
Pete Peterson: Be a good, helpful human being.
I think it is important to realize that making-the-world-a-better-place has a specific meaning. It means human-centric, as in making the human experience in this world better.
Eco-terrorism, for example, could see excessive human activity on this planet as detrimental to the environments and creatures of 'this world,' and seek to make this world better by attacking human civilization.
So then, the purpose is not to improve this planet (this world), but to improve the human experience on this planet. Thus 'this world' is a specific term which refers exclusively our experience of and the evolution of human culture.
Unfortunately for that philosophy, human culture is subject to many diverse influences. For example Christian Evangelicals could work towards realizing Armageddon, as a final mutually destructive confrontation between Islam, Judah and Christianity, which will hasten the second coming of their Lord. Obviously when Jesus is here, the world will be a much better place.
So what are we left with then? What are the parameters for making-the-world-a-better-place?
Perhaps we could focus on the individual and improving the individual's experience. But isn't that kind of like the American Dream, where the individual has free reign to rape and plunder the earth in whatever way they can get away with? That brings us right back to the eco-terrorist who seeks to eliminate mindless individualism.
I think that we need to focus exclusively on the Human Song: where we can from, where are we going, and what are we doing. Do we really need to be a 5-car family? Do we really need Jesus that badly? Do we really need to believe that death will be better than life?
I think that the-world-will be-a-better-place only when we sing a better Song. The Human Song is the genetic and cultural coding through which humanity is expressed: the Human Logos.
Pay attention to the decisions made by the provinces.
- China leads the world in numerous green energy categories.
- CO2 emissions in the country totaling more than all coal emissions in the U.S. have recently emerged.
- This seems to be an administrative-induced blip on the way towards a green energy tipping point.
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Or how I learned to stop worrying and love my tsundoku.
- Many readers buy books with every intention of reading them only to let them linger on the shelf.
- Statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb believes surrounding ourselves with unread books enriches our lives as they remind us of all we don't know.
- The Japanese call this practice tsundoku, and it may provide lasting benefits.
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The Boring Company plans to offer free rides in its prototype tunnel in Hawthorne, California in December.
- The prototype tunnel is about 2 miles long and contains electric skates that travel at top speeds of around 150 mph.
- This is the first tunnel from the company that will be open to the public.
- If successful, the prototype could help the company receive regulatory approval for much bigger projects in L.A. and beyond.
Money makes the world go 'round. Unfortunately, it can make both children and adults into materialists.
- Keeping a gratitude journal caused children to donate 60 percent more to charitable causes.
- Other methods suggested by researchers include daily gratitude reflection, gratitude posters, and keeping a "gratitude jar."
- Materialism has been shown to increase anxiety and depression and promote selfish attitudes and behavior.
Anatomy and physiology professor David Harper claims a recent study in The Lancet is flawed.
- The low-carbohydrate group in a recent Lancet study were typically middle-aged, obese, sedentary, diabetic smokers.
- The study was not a randomized, controlled, double-blind experiment.
- Harper has been in ketosis for six years, and says it has profound effects on cancer patients, among other chronic ailments.
A mind-bending paradox questions the nature of reality.
- Boltzmann Brains are hypothetical disembodied entities with self-awareness.
- It may be more likely for a Boltzmann Brain to come into existence than the whole Universe.
- The idea highlights a paradox in thermodynamics.
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