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Science and Eastern Religious Concepts

Every (Western) religious person wants to reconcile science and religion.  Why?  I don't know.  If faith is based on faith, then have faith.  Seeking scientific validation is as unfaithful as it gets.  Still, the fantastic irony is that science has not reconciled anything with Western religion.  That is not the case with Eastern religions.

Energy/aura and mirror neurons.  Eastern religious have, for thousands of years, spoken about the negative energy that others carry.  This discussion was cast in terms of "aura" or energy.  Nevertheless, the concept has been validated. 

Yes, you can "plug into" another person's energy.  Just read up on mirror neurons.  While the language and description may have been inaccurate, the concept was clear.  People do have energy.  You can feel this energy.  Maybe you don't have energy tentacles that leave your arms.  Still, modern neuroscience has validated an important concept of Eastern religions.

Neuroplasticity and consciousness expansion.  Eastern religions have forever taught that one may expand his conscious mind - that one's brain is not fixed.  The science has caught up with Eastern religious concepts.

Neuroscience now recognizes neuroplasticity.  You can expand your brain cells.  Your conscious mind is not fixed.

So, I'm sorry, Westerners.  While it's possible to reconcile science and religion, there is one problem: You'll need to choose another religion.


Kiva.Org: The Unchartity

You should consider "giving" to Kiva.org.  It's not a charity.  Rather, it's a program that does everything that the United States welfare system does not do: Encourages the poor to do something other than bilk taxpayers.  You can check the site out here.

Here is a longer explanation of the organization (provided to me via e-mail):

Hi!

I just made a loan to someone in the developing world using a revolutionary new website called Kiva (www.kiva.org).

You can go to Kiva's website and lend to someone in the developing world who needs a loan for their business - like raising goats, selling vegetables at market or making bricks.  Each loan has a picture of the entrepreneur, a description of their business and how they plan to use the loan so you know exactly how your money is being spent - and you get updates letting you know how the entrepreneur is going.
       
The best part is, when the entrepreneur pays back their loan you get your money back - and Kiva's loans are managed by microfinance institutions on the ground who have a lot of experience doing this, so you can trust that your money is being handled responsibly.

I just made a loan to an entrepreneur named Dorothy Naigaga's Group in Uganda.  They still need another $2,875.00 to complete their loan request of $4,400.00 (you can loan as little as $25.00!).  Help me get this entrepreneur off the ground by clicking on the link below to make a loan to Dorothy Naigaga's Group too:

http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesses&action=about&id=97719

It's finally easy to actually do something about poverty - using Kiva I know exactly who my money is loaned to and what they're using it for.  And most of all, I know that I'm helping them build a
sustainable business that will provide income to feed, clothe, house and educate their family long after my loan is paid back.

Join me in changing the world - one loan at a time.

Thanks!

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What others are saying about www.Kiva.org:

'Revolutionising how donors and lenders in the US are connecting with small entrepreneurs in developing countries.'
-- BBC

'If you've got 25 bucks, a PC and a PayPal account, you've now got the wherewithal to be an international financier.'
-- CNN Money

'Smaller investors can make loans of as little as $25 to specific individual entrepreneurs through a service launched last fall by Kiva.org.'
-- The Wall Street Journal

'An inexpensive feel-good investment opportunity...All loaned funds go directly to the applicants, and most loans are repaid in full.'
-- Entrepreneur Magazine   

Cops Don´t Deserve a Defense?

Tell a criminal defense lawyer that your client is accused of child rape, and that during the rape, an 8 year old had her vaginal wall torn.  He won´t blink.  He´ll probably make a joke.  Tell him you´re representing a cop, and suddenly he gets righteous

"What's the matter with you?" The speaker is a good friend and a well-known member of the criminal defense bar. "Why are you representing people like that?"

He was calling into question my representation of a former police officer. The cop was fired from his police force after being videotaped pummeling a man during an arrest. We entered a guilty plea to misdemeanor assault and no jail time last week. After the guilty plea, the client's former employer released the videotape to the press. Then all Hell broke lose. More than 100 newspapers and television stations have either run the video or commented on the case.

First of all, representing a child pervert is as bad as it gets.  You really want to tell me that beating some criminal after a high speed chase is worse than raping a kid.  Really?

Second, why don´t cops deserve representation?  I´m as guilty as anyone of saying, I hate cops.  I hate being subjected to anyone´s authoritas.  It´s overbroad to say that we should hate cops, though.

I could live a life without cops.  I´d be a barbarian.  That´d be workable.

Still... It´s sort of nice to have cops, since it gives me time to read books and look at art and drink Muscle Milk and take helpful drugs and supplements.  There´s a reason you don´t get much science out of Rwanda.  Savages kill the weak.  Nerds are weak, and nerds give us science and stuff like the Kindle 2.  Without cops, we wouldn´t have much high culture.  We probably wouldn´t even have flush toilets or toilet paper.  And you could forget about Viagra.

So before deciding to hate all cops, think about the niceties of civilization. 


Is Libertarianism Based on Superstition

Libertarians do not recognize the right to use physical force to compel another to do something. Yet the brilliant can justly convince the dull to sign contracts.  How does this make sense?  A moron does not use his free will to sign a contract.  A moron has his will overcome.  It is literally not a fair fight.

Why is it defensible to use superior brain power to rule the foolish?  Is it because libertarians tend to be smart but whimpy?  Thus, they built a framework accomodating their strengths?

The more I learn about persuasion, the less libertarian I become.


Are We All Solipsists?

If I said that only my mind exists, and that others do not have minds or their own will, people would look at me like I am nuts. Yet people are often saying: I cannot understand how someone could do that - where "that" is some horrific deed.

What the person really means is: I could never imagine myself doing something so dastardly.  Yet that seems like surprise that other minds exist.  Unless, I guess, if people think that other minds exist - they just happen to be duplicates!


Frederick J. Hanna & Associates Under Investigation

Frederick J. Hanna & Associates is, based on all accounts, a scum bag law firm that collects on debt that does not exist or is not owed.  In other words, they are thieves.  The Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs has begun investigating Frederick J. Hanna & Associates.  The law firm claims that it cannot be subject to the Office of Consumer Affair's jurisdiction because it's a law firm.

While that's an illegitimate argument, it's one that the State Bar of Georgia should take seriously.  If Frederick J. Hanna & Associates are collecting debts unlawfully, then they have most certainly violated the Rules of Professional Conduct.  (The rest of the story is here; via Kip's Facebook.)

When will the Georgia State Bar start investigating Frederick J. Hanna & Associates?