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Your Brain is a Superpower

Rather than codifying the ‘special’ wisdom and knowledge of a few fallible men into governmental law, we must base policy on the protection of the rights of all men. We need more critical thinking, less mindless trust; more responsible self-education and self-governance, less abdication of such responsibility to ‘experts’; more individual, informed decision-making, less acceptance of one-size-fits-all mandates.

We are not mindless robots; our politicians and their advisors are not infallible dictators. It’s time for us to send that message to them loud and clear. -Tabitha Alloway

What Ms. Alloway is writing about here and in the full article: The misuse of science; those who think if they use the word “science” then they should not be questioned; and those who act as if science is free of influence or possible error. I feel bad for those who think they are not capable of evaluating what they are told is true by experts (real or imagined). Testing and questioning is at the foundation of the sciences. Those who tell you not to question, or suppress questions, should be held in suspicion.

Your brain is a superpower. Use it.

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More than Flesh

Since the dawn of man, there have been pervasive whispers of the beyond. Much more than vague imagination, it has been innate to our existence and nearly all of our belief systems. In our enlightened age it is common to hear that this has all been in our heads. No next life. No heaven. No souls. Such things are unscientific and have been explained away. But have they?

Not quite.

No matter how skeptics have tried to disprove what they see as remnants of superstition, science has bit back. Neuroscientist Mario Beauregard marshals and impressive array of this evidence in Brain Wars and The Spiritual Brain that the mind and the physical brain and entirely two different things.

In other words, a nonphysical essence of us exists. A soul.

While Beauregard doesn’t delve into analyzing what religions say on the matter, he does show how weak the critics’ attempts to demote us to nothing but flesh. The point? Too often people take as gospel whatever the day’s headlines or the current special on the Discovery Channel proclaim as truth. Sometimes we are a bit too trusting in what “authorities” (or those who have proclaimed themselves such) tell us. Not that the majority of the world has given up their “superstition” at any rate.

Science has declared they don’t have to.

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