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Shelly Kagan’s Lecture Series on Death

April 29th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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If you’re secular and you dread the thought of death, then this is the lecture series to watch (provided you have time to watch all 26 lectures). I first saw this about 5 years ago and returned to watch it again and again in its entirety because for me, it taught me that if there is nothing after this life here on Earth, then there is absolutely nothing to be frightened of. I was truly liberated from that crippling fear of non-existence. I had never been happier in my life. But, 3 years ago I had an NDE (Near Death Experience) and I don’t know if it was a glimpse into the afterlife or a trauma-induced hallucination. (I’ll blog about my experience some day. Thus far I’ve been unable to put it into words.) So I’m back to square one again.

Nevertheless, I highly recommend this. Shelly Kagan covers everything here. Not only did he mitigate my fear of death, I learned how to better think like a philosopher when confronted with any difficult circumstance, situation or issue.

Must – see!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2J7wSuFRl8&list=PLEA18FAF1AD9047B0

 

 

 

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World Population Clock

April 28th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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How do they actually know all this??? It’s all statistical analysis but it has been proven to be monumentally precise. I’m looking at the births and deaths just today – which is mind-boggling; About 2 births a second and 1 death per second. So if you really look at the big picture….well, we’re individually pretty small and insignificant.

http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

 

 

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Donald’s Reality

April 24th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Trump is a pathological liar – everyone knows this. What’s disconcerting is that he’s not at all subtle about his tall tales. He is so despicably obnoxious and arrogant that he blatantly lies to 100’s of millions of people and he’s completely shameless about it. He truly is in his own little fantasy world – Donald Trump reality. Manboy Lies and doesn’t give a FUCK!!!  Check this list of outrageous fabrications and this is just in 3 months since he became president. https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/04/11/daniel-dales-donald-trump-fact-check-updates.html

 

 

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Trump’s Steaks

April 17th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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This Trump steak commercial is vintage “scam infomercial”. You know –  a guy reading a bullshit script to you at 2 am. Just think, this silly con man is now our president – lol. The writing of this commercial is soooooo laughable i.e “tremendous”, “greatest”, “nothing better”, “best of the best”,” Trump quality”, and the most hysterical part is when he states, not unlike a 5 year – old, that “…he knows best because steak is his favorite all-time food – lol. Prepare to laugh HARD.

WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? The same imbecilic, disjointed delivery is used when he addresses congress when he’s reading a teleprompter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyONt_ZH_aw

 

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Myth: Separation of Chuch and State

April 14th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Wow – I’ve been citing “separation of church and state” from the Constitution ever since I can remember and the fact of the matter is it’s not worded that way. I was wrong all this time. The first Amendment simply states Freedom of Religion and there is an establishment clause that says that government shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion. So it’s not necessarily anti-religion, rather it’s the government not sponsoring any “one type” of religion. INTERESTING!

Now considering myself a Universalist and no longer an Atheist or just a Christian for that matter, I feel better about our founding fathers. When I was in “atheist mode” I used to always pontificate about how the old-time framers of the Constitution were all really atheists. In fact, the opposite was probably true – they were believers of a sort. Check out this quote “A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and DEGRADE religion.

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think ? I’m definitely not married to my positions, thoughts, beliefs, opinions, etc. I’d like to think of myself as an extremely open minded person weighing all the best evidence no matter where it leads. And true, though I was quite the strident atheist for some time, I now view the new atheists as quite frankly –ARROGANT and self-righteous in their own intellectually snobbery way! Arrogant in fact to a degree of a ranting and raving lunatic theologian. The truth is NOBODY knows – not the pope, not the new atheists, not Richard Dawkins, not Charles Darwin – NOBODY!!! Yes we now have quantum mechanics, string theory, Higgs Bosom and other science, but we still know virtually nothing about what consciousness is. That obviously leaves room for speculation about whether or not some sort of awareness survives the death of the physical body. I hope so anyway (but only if there’s no such thing as hell – lol. That scares the crap out of me. Those fucken nuns and priests ruined my life! They drilled that fiery hell stuff into my undeveloped child-brain and I STILL – at the age of 53 am terrified of eternal damnation. Don’t you think preaching eternal fiery hell to a child is tantamount to child abuse?)

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Can Trump Actually be Another Hitler ???

April 14th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Yesterday, I had a conversation with a very bright young man (pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemistry with a minor in German History, especially WWII, at Brown University) and I asked him pointedly if the Trump comparisons to Hitler were fair or just overblown rhetoric. He stated that not only were the similarities spot on, but the demagoguery is carbon copy. The good news is that for Trump to actually become a “Hitler-type” genocidal maniac would be virtually impossible for these reasons: 1. Though flawed, this country truly is a liberal democracy with all the checks and balances in place (congress, judiciary, media, etc.) 2. The U.S. is basically just too divided for him to pull off some sort of crazy majority rule. 3. Although many think that our economy is bad, Germany’s economy was unfathomably far worse (because instead of rebuilding Germany after WWI, we forced them to pay back reparations).  4. Trump would have to abolish the entire Constitution and establish a dictatorship, which is just not going to happen today in the United States – 2017. But having said that here is an uncanny laundry list of parallels:

1.     Both Trump, now, and Hitler, in the 1930’s, were viewed by most of the world as cartoonish caricatures of buffoonery. Nobody initially took Hitler seriously.  Remember Charlie Chaplain played Hitler in the satirical film ‘The Great Dictator’.  And well we now have SNL’s Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression… German historians still marvel at how Germany could have fallen for such a foolish man with a funny mustache. And we…well

2.     Both have their scapegoats: Hitler – Jews and communists and Trump – Mexicans and Muslims.

3.     Both EXTREME Nationalists i.e. Hitler – restore Germany to its prior greatness and Trump’s “Make America Great Again.’

4.     Both monomaniacally petty and vindictive.

5.     Both obsessed more with perception as opposed to facts and reality. Propaganda and lies are & were essential.

6.     Delusions of grandeur. Hitler believed as Trump now believes that they are the only human beings on the planet who could and would be able to “fix things. “Both demonize[d] “others” i.e. immigrants. (Exception for Trump is beautiful leggy East European super-models).

7.     Both obscenely vain, selfish, self-involved, and narcissistic.

8.     Both pursue[d] their twisted agenda even if it means/meant total self-destruction to themselves and to the nation as a whole.

9.     Both love[d] the maniacal adulation of the fanatics.

So there you go – 9 compelling similarities (I could probably think of more). One may ask – do you think Trump is actually genocidal and homicidal? My personal opinion is that if he’s confronted with an EXTREME situation (say a 9/11 event), I think he’s capable of unspeakable behavior and yes, atrocities.  WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? I pray for impeachment asap.

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POTUS is a Carnival Barker – Sit Back and Enjoy the Freak Show

April 9th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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I was listening to a Sam Harris podcast and he said something that is probably the absolute truth. Paraphrase – “If Trump were perhaps  1/10 as bad as he really is, we the people would simply not tolerate it and he would be impeached. The reasoning behind a statement like this is that anyone of his ridiculous remarks would be nakedly conspicuous if he weren’t in reality 10 TIMES crazier, obscenely incompetent, out of touch with reality and just clearly severely mentally ill. The public now it seems has literally become jaded with his lies, clownish bluster, and empty vacuous remarks. For example he basically recently stated that if China doesn’t do anything about N.Korea, we the United States will take care of it i.e. declare war against them. But, because Trump is such a delusional imbecile, nobody really takes what he says seriously because everything that comes out of his mouth is nonsensical drivel. As Sam Harris says everything that comes out of his stupid mouth is just a “blizzard of inanity”.  The POTUS is literally a joke.

Just think about it – The President of the United States talks about using nuclear weapons against a nation state in the same breath as when he’s criticizing Meryl Streep or Snoop Dog or the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger has low ratings on The Apprentice. But, the theory goes, because he’s consistently bonkers it’s all par for the course. What an absolute embarrassment. WhaDaYaThink? What do you think?

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Is The Pineal Gland The Way to Reach God?

March 30th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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I’m reading “The Psychedelic Gospels” by Jerry and Julie Brown. The case they present is the ONLY way to understand and experience God (make any sense of it all) is to ingest psychedelics (like Aldous Huxley did). Check this out:Gordon Wasson (1898-1986) took some sort of psychedelic mushroom and had a soul-shattering religious experience – ecstasy. he writes”…it permits you to see, more clearly than our perishing mortal eye can see, vistas beyond the horizons of this life, to travel backward and forward in time, to enter other planes of existence, even (as the Indians say) to KNOW GOD.” Though I’ve never personally experimented with psychedelics, this does make it absolutely enticing and compels you to think that YES there maybe a God.

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MMA Fighters Have Higher IQ’S

March 30th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Just some clarification here: the exceptional (not someone like me – an amateur with marginal skills and talent) MMA fighter is smarter (much) than the average person. Seems counterintuitive, right? You mean a “dumb jock” who inflicts and endures extreme physical punishment is as smart as say an Elan musk? YOU BET!!!

I can turn this into a long essay, but I won’t( just basically throw out the facts and a quick explanation). Mixed Martial Arts is simply playing chess with one’s body. Not unlike chess, there is an infinite # of variables, choices, strategies, etc.

To focus on just one discipline or part of MMA, take for example BJJ, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, there are innumerable attacks and counter-attacks. As Rickson Gracie used to say, paraphrase – you make a move, I counter, you make another different move, and I counter with something different. Now I attack and you counter, etc. …this goes on forever if nobody is submitted, gassed – out, gives up, etc. Now consider all of the other aspects of MMA: striking arts, wrestling, Muay-Thai, Judo, boxing…and more.

I haven’t even gotten into timing, gauging distances, angles….on and on. And what about the psychological component? So just a little WhaDaYaThink. What do you think? I can write a book on this subject which would include not only the intelligence necessary to fight, but the obvious toughness, discipline, training, living with chronic injuries, obsession with winning, the devastation of defeat, etc. Fighting is the oldest, most primal, creative, and by far the greatest sport man has ever engaged in.

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The Banality of Evil

March 28th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Hannah Arendt wrote about the banality of evil at length, I guess one of the best examples of this horrible trait in humanity is Nazi Germany. These concentration guards who butchered and tortured other human beings day in and day out, were not what the average person would consider “sadistic evil monsters,” They were just ordinary people who had families and were capable of love and generosity but were subject to “the banality of evil.” Which I think is essentially something that all human beings can engage in, provided the right circumstances and goals are set in place. The mindset is simply – total indifference to suffering and compartmentalization.

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