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Dogma

Balanceology:: The 4 M's of motivation, meaning, measurement, mitigation Paperback – August 3, 2018 by Al Wm Johnson Ph.D. (Author)

Dogma


Dogma is a major factor that leads to a theology of separation. We all have access to a Natural Moral Code predating any man-made religious magical and superstitious beliefs. However, we interpret universal moral codes the way we experience life. Universal moral codes are interpreted by a human nature that includes solipsism and a collective ethnosolipsism. Religions are man-made interpretation of nature-made universal moral codes based on their experience of Nature and human nature. Religions develop intractable dogmas, doctrines, and religious fiats to conceptualize and compartmentalize their ideological interpreted beliefs. Sometimes dogmas conform to Nature but often they don’t. Religions have their unsavory facile dogma, doctrine, fiats, and precepts that are no more than parodic exaggerated diktats. Each religion teaches a triumphalism that makes their authoritative diktats superior to all others.

Pontificating dogma locks religions into defending stupidity. Religions have a pontification of their dogmatic opinions being the only way, and a messianic soliciting proselytizing of the truth as they see it. I put forth that religions often do a better job of worshipping their dogma than their God. Each religion demands putative follower subservience, submissiveness, and obedience to stultified dogmas. Dogmatic dictums say we have the penultimate truth. Dogmatic beguiling proclamations of having knowledge of truths and Truth become dogmatism that quickly morphs into a moralism of do’s and don’ts. An infestation of rancorous dogma cripples the ability for individuals to personally experience truths and Truth. Dogmatic truths/Truth are repeated over and over again because they need to be repetitive! J. Krishnamurati said, “the constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.” (20th Cent)

 “It takes only one generation for  a good thing to become a bad, for an inference about experience to become dogma. Dogma is the enemy of truth and enemy of free thought. Dogma says “Do not think?”

Be less than a person. The ideas enshrined in dogma may include good and wise ideas, but dogma is bad itself because it is accepted as good without examination.”   (Harris, 1969)

I am easily irritated by phantasmagorical surrealistic nonsensical dogma. Putrifying no-sense dog- ma is a pejorative brutalization and bastardization of anything that has to do with truth. Deprecatory doc- trines become “My God,” God favors me, I know God’s mind, and I am one of the chosen ones. My God invariably involves the human traits of solipsism and ethnosolipism. My God leads to a Deo vindice or “God on our side.” Deo vindice generally leads to a condescending demonization of other religions and a bitter denunciation of other faiths. Lao Tzu was so accurate when he said, “Lord, let us empty ourselves of doctrines.” (4th Cent BC)

“My own suspicion is that we might consider dogma of any kind a monkey wrench in the works of the intuitive process. Any unquestioned pre-emptive belief may block the exploration of what our minds are trying to tell us. Any rigid position whether it concerns the shape of the earth or human consciousness has the potential to shut down intuitive insight. Rigid conviction is therefore often a symptom of a wicked environment. Conversely, kind environments tend to be for giving and promote openness.”

(Officer, 2005)

Fideists are those brain dead hardline religious addicts having an ad hominem faith based on a regurgi- tation of beliefs without reason or logic. Fideism is a decerebrelization that puts ratiocination to sleep, and makes for a catatonic state of cerebral paralysis. It is a capitulation and abdication of the working brain’s critical thinking skills of analysis and synthesis. Fideism is an unctuous robotic captivity of booboisie minds. It is concrete reactive thinking and a mechanical interaction with life. Schopenhauer said, “faith and knowledge are related as the scales of a balance; when one goes up, the other goes down.” (19th Cent)  Fideism is an apodictic fervor with an absolute certainty of having the truth. Incontrovertible faith is dangerous because it justifies religious extremists to do deplorable things —> eg. Christian crusades or Islamic jihadism. Fideism is a radicalization condoning religious atrocities of all kinds. Pascal suggested, “men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious convictions.” (1669)

“When a man has brought himself to accept uncritically all the absurdities that religious doctrines put before him and even to overlook the contradictions between them, we need not be greatly surprised at the weakness of his intellect.”
(Sigmund Freud, 20th Cent)

Fideism involves a piety (devotion) to religious duties, no matter the consequences. Fideism is early Limbic Brain rooted belief brainwashing. Early rooted belief fideistic followers have a supplicatory obeisance to baseless man-made dogma. Fideists are supportive of religious dogma that has whipped them into a frenzy of superiority as the “chosen ones.” Fideism is a symbiotic and parasitic relationship with rigoristic dogmatic fanaticism. Fideists include those lackeys who are “born again” and have unfortunately become locked into a restrictive and repressive fundamentalist dogma. Those claiming to be born again are stuck at best at a basic level of balance, concrete operational thinking, and a Level I Morality —> fear of punishment and hellfire.

The above is an excerpt from Chapter 19, “The Great Mysteries”, from my book, Balance- ology:  The 4 M’s of motivation, meaning, measurement, mitigation.  In this excerpt, I try to make a case that all forms of dogma are a strike at the very heart of rational thought.  Al Wm. Johnson, PhD #Balanceology.blog.

Intellectual Honesty

Intellectual honesty is at the core of the skeptics movement, Lee Beaumont have created a course on the topic. It is freely available on-line. Use the below link to get access.

Intellectual honesty

MES Ponnani College Magazine – ‘തുഴയാനറിയാഞ്ഞാൽ തോണി ഒതളങ്ങ’

MES Ponnani College Magazine – ‘തുഴയാനറിയാഞ്ഞാൽ തോണി ഒതളങ്ങ’

 

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Long List of Atheist YouTube Channels

IronChariotsWiki compiled a pretty long list of prominent atheist Youtubers which is given below verbatim

  1. Thunderf00t
    Creator of the Why do people laugh at creationists? series of videos, various science/astronomy videos, along with videos documenting his humiliation of VenomFangX.
  2. C0nc0rdance
    Pro-science and critical thinking videos. Is a molecular biologist. Created the Learning to Think Critically series.
  3. richarddawkinsdotnet
    The Richard Dawkins Foundation. Lectures, documentaries and interviews by Richard Dawkins.
  4. patcondell
    British stand-up comedian Pat Condell, with almost 150,000 followers (as of March 2011).
  5. FFreeThinker
    Various atheist and science videos, including more than hundred (as of June 2009) excerpts from The Atheist Experience*.
  6. MrEvilution777
    Brett Keane, very active creator of various atheist videos, often calling pastors and churches asking tough questions in a civil manner.
  7. ZOMGitsCriss (Cristina Rad)
    Romanian atheist woman. Christina Rad Blog
  8. AronRa*
    Creator of the Foundational Falsehood of Creationism series of videos.
  9. Potholer54
    Creator of the From Big Bang to Us – Made Easy series of videos. Also has another account, potholer54debunks for protection from digital millennium copyright act abuse, which acts as a backup channel.
  10. Edward Current
    Creates parodies of creationist videos which are sometimes mistaken for the real thing – see Poe’s law.
  11. MrsBettyBowers
    “Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s best Christian.” Christian satire.
  12. ExtantDodo
    Goes through creationist videos, such as those of Kent Hovind, and debunks their claims step by step.
  13. cdk007
    Many pro-evolution videos and creationist criticism.
  14. FightingAtheist
    Videos by an ex-Christian
  15. Nick Gisburne
    Account which was deleted by youtube for quoting the Qur’an. The Nick Gisburne story
  16. QualiaSoup*
    Pro-reason videos focused on correct use of logic and semantics. Uses graphics and animation. Notable videos include Critical Thinking, Putting faith in its place, and Open mindedness
  17. 1GOD1JESUS
    Father Greg, Christian evangelist satire
  18. AngieAntiTheist
    Former religious cult member.
  19. FactVsReligion
    Commentary
  20. KingHeathen
    Commentary
  21. MisterDeity
    God “behind the scenes” brilliant sketch comedy.
  22. NonStampCollector*
    Animated comedy demonstrating absurdities of Christianity.
  23. Tremick’s World
    Commentary
  24. BornWithoutReligion
    Commentary
  25. Richard “The Dick” Coughlan
    Suspended account.
  26. Search Coughlan666 on Youtube
  27. dprjones
    #10 most subscribed of all time from the UK.
  28. TheThinkingAtheist
    Former Christian who uses “satire, research and some common sense” to explore questions about God.
  29. TheraminTrees
    Like QualiaSoup, uses graphics and animation accompanied by narration. Creator of “Instruction Manual for Life”, a sort of parable about being raised in the church.
  30. DarkMatter2525
    Satirical animations, including the God & Jeffery series
  31. ZJemptv (Zinnia Jones)
    Discusses atheism, LGBT and transgender issues. Zinnia Jones blog
  32. TheAmazingAtheist (TJ Kirk)
    Political and social commentary
  33. AntiCitizenX
    Commentary on morality and the psychology of religion. Ten-part Psychology of Belief Series.
  34. bdwilson1000 – Religion, Atheism, Science (Derek Mathias)
    Collections of atheist and critical thinking videos. Author of: The Web’s Best Videos on Evolution, Creationism, Atheism and More. Psychology of Belief series
  35. TheLivingDinosaur
    Scientific theory and criticism of creationism. Creator of the Holy Hallucinations series. See also The Living Dinosaur website.
  36. Coffee with Claire
    Anti-creationist commentary and criticism. (Channel name: WildwoodClaire1)
  37. Profmth Mitch
    Creator of the ‘Brief Bible Blunders’ Series
  38. Mr.Repzion
    Former Christian who actually started making videos while he was a Christian. Interesting channel as viewers can see his transition over a few years from Christian to deist to atheist.
  39. JaclynGlenn
    Religious commentary and refutations of various pieces of Christian media.
  40. TheAtheistVoice (Hemant Mehta)
    Informative videos many of which are lists of things Christians should or shouldn’t do when talking to atheists.
  41. EssenceOfThought
    Debunking of religious videos on Youtube.
  42. JamesRandiFoundation
    The James Randi Educational Foundation. Videos where James “The Amazing” Randi talks about various topics related to skepticism and critical thinking + debunks various forms of superstition.

Source: YouTube – Iron Chariots Wiki  | quora.com

Here are the 3 Malayalam language Youtube channels promoting atheism

  1. esSENSE Freethinkers’ Diary
  2. Rational Thoughts
  3. Kerala Freethinkers Forum – kftf
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Swathanthra Lokam 2016

swathanthralokam 2016 payyanur

സ്വതന്ത്ര ലോകം 2016.
സ്വതന്ത്ര ചിന്തകരുടെയും , യുക്തിവാദികളുടെയും , വിവിധ കൂട്ടായ്മകളുടെ സംയുക്ത ആഭിമുഖ്യത്തിൽ 2012 മുതൽ നടന്നു വരുന്ന വാർഷിക സംഗമമാണ് സ്വതന്ത്രലോകം . ശാസ്ത്രീയ സമൂഹ്യ വിഷയങ്ങളെക്കുറിച്ചുള്ള പ്രഭാഷണങ്ങളും ചർച്ചകളുമാണ് സ്വതന്ത്ര ലോകത്തിന്റെ പ്രത്യേകത. 2012 ൽ മലപ്പുറത്തും , 2013 ൽ കോഴിക്കോടും , 2014ൽ പാലക്കാടും, 2015ൽ തിരുവനന്തപുരത്തും നടന്ന സ്വതന്ത്രലോകം ഈ വർഷം നടക്കുന്നത് Dec 24 & 25ന് കണ്ണൂരിലെ പയ്യന്നൂരിലാണ് .

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എല്ലാവരെയും കുടുംബസമേതം ഈ സംഗമത്തിലേക്ക് സ്വാഗതം ചെയ്യുന്നതോടപ്പം , യാത്രയ്ക്കാവശ്യമായ ബുക്കിങ്ങ് ഉടൻ ചെയ്യുവാൻ അദ്യർത്ഥിക്കുന്നു.

swathanthralokam 2016 payyanur

Registration Fee : Rs. 500/ (ഭക്ഷണം ഉൾപ്പെടെ)

Registration Time : 2016, Dec 24, 9 am onwards.

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The Constitutional Reality of Rights and Freedoms

The Constitutional Reality of Rights and Freedoms (Malayalam) by Adv. Manu Srinath



Programme organized byYukthivadi sangham ( Palakkad) Kerala
Govt UP School Thathamangalam, palakkad , on 1st May , 2016
The talk focuses on the fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Indian Constitution and their stark realities in the contemporary times. The session starts with an introduction to the concept of social contract theory and its relevance in keeping the fundamental rights protected in constitutions all over the world. After highlighting a few instances of tug of war between the power of the state and the citizens’ rights, it dwells upon the various crucial rights that are of prime importance in this century.

First discussed was the freedom of thought, with reasons being stated for the need to incorporate the concept in the Indian constitutional jurisprudence to protect the minority in a majoritarian regime. Then right to freedom of expression was elaborated upon in the context of sedition laws of the state. The session also dealt with Sabarimala women’s entry issue and the right to practice and profess one’s religion. Touching on the contemporary topics like intolerance, beef consumption, JNU and their constitutional position, the session ends by noting how democracy in its true sense still remains to be a dream or an aspiration rather than a reality.

Rationalism and electoral politics – Dr C Viswanathan


Rationalism and electoral politics: Presented at the meeting of Yukthivadi Sangham at Thathamangalam, Kerala on 1st May , 2016: In this presentation, Dr.Viswanathan addresses certain core issues concerning rationalist activism raised by certain people in the context of upcoming assembly elections in Kerala. The assertion that such activism has crucial political significance was challanged by critics. It was alleged that rationalists do not “understand how caste system works”, and that their alleged (in fact nonexistant) indifference to electoral politics is counter productive. “Identity politics” of various groups in society with an aim to uphold each group’s “interests” was advocated by one critic, condemning rationalists.


Dr. Viswanathan argues that social reform is a necessary precursor to any political reform, and that a secular and democratic civic culture alone can guarentee the rights enshrined in our constitution for the marginalized people. Activism aimed at “educating the electorate” has tramendous political importance . Such activism, which hopes to integrate scientific temper with societal commonsense, has political implications not merely for Legislature, but for judiciary and executive as well, he argues. Copies of an earlier article by the speaker, titled “Enlightenment humanism and democracy ” ( ജ്ഞാനോദയ മാനവികതയും ജനാധിപത്യവും ) was distributed at the venue. This article is accessible

Astrology & Astronomy (Malayalam) Prof K Pappootty – Story of Astrology



Programme organized byYukthivadi sangham(Palakkad) Kerala
Govt UP School Thathamangalam, palakkad , on 1st May , 2016
Story of Astrology (ജ്യോതിഷത്തിന്റെ കഥ) Was a study class as part if the programme organized by Yukthivadi Sangham (Palakkad) at Govt. UP Scholl Tattamangalam, Palakkad on 1st May, 2016 delivered by Prof. K. Papooty, a science writer and teacher. This video was shot during that session.


Astrology, he says, began from our need for timekeeping. The ability to record and predict the cycle of weather was pivotal in agricultral societies. Unlike what many would say, Astrology was not discovered in India. Babylonia is noted in history as the origin of Astrology. The observation of the cycle of moon and sun gave origin to the concept of month and year. Stars were assgined to particular day of the month: the prominent star in the arc of sky where the moon moves thorugh in that day.

All those technical terms were used to confuse and amaze people. Since astrologers were able to predict the weather, they claimed they could predict personal futures.

The history of how it came to India and how we know is discussed too.

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Mohanan Vaidyar talks nonsense

Mohanan Vaidyar talks nonsense


Mohanan Vaidyar speaking nonsense

Mohanan Vaidyar speaking nonsense

Posted by Rational Thoughts on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Politics and Religions Blocks Common Man on the Roads



Mohanlal Speaks – Malayalam



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