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Eternity vs Non-causality [Apr. 9th, 2007|01:55 pm]
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blayzebright
[mood |artistic]

Every single theory of where we came from must accept one of two things:

1) There is some force, person, or thing in the universe that is beyond the basic law of 'cause and effect'. Something that exists for no reason whatsoever, that has absolutely no cause, that in turn caused everything else that exists.
2) There is some sort of eternal cycle in effect, where a similar event is repeating itself with no beginning and no end.
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A problem with most religions [Apr. 8th, 2007|11:23 am]
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blayzebright
[mood |awake]

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence commeth evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him god?"

-Epicurus (c. 341-271 B.C.)

One thing I liked about Raelian, is that there was no claim that our creators were omnipotent, omnipresent, or other such impossible fodder.
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the Dalai Lama speaks about love [Apr. 6th, 2007|12:39 pm]
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blayzebright
[mood |rejuvenated♥love♥]

The Dalai Lama has a lot of wisdom to share; I wish that more religious leaders could be like this. The article in the link fits very closely to Raelian beliefs.
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Logical Fallacies [Apr. 5th, 2007|09:50 am]
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blayzebright
[Tags|]
[mood |thankfulthankful]

Why am I listing out logical fallacies? Knowing about them can be more important than many people think. When talking to people, it is important to be able to pull out inconsistencies in what they say, lest you are tricked into something that isn't the right way. On the other side, it is always important to make sure we are using correct reasoning in our own beliefs.

So look out for the following types of reasoning to avoid:

1) Hasty Generalization - jumping to conclusions based on too little evidence. A good example would be racism, in which someone makes a generalization about an entire race based on one or two individuals that they have met.

2) False Cause - the mistaken assumption that because one event follows another, the first event must have caused the second. An example would be if you got a new friend, and then your grades went down, someone might assume the friend was the cause of the drop, without realizing it was something different.

3) Invalid Analogy - comparing two things that are not essentially alike enough to make a valid comparison. An example might be assuming someone is good at basketball because they are good at baseball.

4) Red Herring - introducing an irrelevant issue to divert attention from the issue being discussed. An example of this would be 'How dare you question my activities when people are starving in Africa!'. Yes, the thing they brought up is bad, but it has nothing to do with their activities.

5) Ad Hominem - attacking the speaker rather than the issue. Politicians do this.. often, like "My opponent has interesting economic proposals, but one should note they come from a very wealthy family." The person usually has little to do with the idea, and this usually makes the person being spoken about too angry to reason with you.

6) Either/Or - forcing a choice between two alternatives when more than two alternatives exist. An example 'the government must either raise the tax on gas or reduce services to the poor'.

7) Bandwagon - assuming that because a majority of people do it, it must be correct. The primary misuse of this would be assuming one belief is correct only because more people subscribe to it. Jesus paid special attention to warning against this fallacy, yet so many of his followers have fallen into it!

8) Slippery Slope - Assuming that taking the first step will invariably lead to a much more extreme event, such as assuming that controlling the amount of violence in day time television will result in a total curtailing of free speech rights.

I got these from "The Art of Public Speaking" 7th Edition by Stephen E Lucas, just to give proper credit. I thought, somehow, they might be useful to people here. To be sure, it would be near impossible to always avoid all of these, but we should at least avoid their more extreme manifestations.

Remember, making someone that you speak to angry, or isolating them, are the last things you want to do! Also be careful not to make people feel cornered or overwhelmed by you, causing them to retreat or cease listening to you altogether. Lean a bit of empathy, the art of detecting the emotions of others to be sure you are not getting on their nerves, and being able to impress a positive attitude onto them.

Also, one thing surprisingly few people can do, is listening. Someone has different beliefs? Well, listen to them; having different beliefs are one thing that makes our world beautiful! When someone believes that you have given their beliefs consideration (even if you only became aware of their existence and nothing else), it will make them more ought to listen to things you say in return. This also gives you the opportunity to politely point out inconsistencies, if they are open to such things.

Remember to be certain yourself, do not try to convince someone of something you are not adequately convinced of. There is no shame in studying up an issue on your own to be sure you do not lead people astray.

And most importantly, as Raelians, remember that our mission is to INFORM, not to CONVINCE. Whether or not a person believes you should not even be important. The only thing to be fanatical about, as Rael has mentioned, is non-violence. We must help people to understand that all beliefs are important, and that no belief deserves to be forced on another living being.
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Infinity [Apr. 5th, 2007|09:03 am]
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blayzebright
[mood |chipperchipper]

This really gives us a good idea of exactly how very small we are. And to think... some people believe that -we- are the most important thing in the entirety of all the universes.

Also! I was very impressed by my first meeting with a number of Raelians, both by the diversity of the people there and their intelligence. I really wished I was in a more compact area, since there is so much I could learn from all these people. I am thinking I will make my goal to be a guide as well, since to my knowledge there is not a single guide in my state of Ohio... and I may actually be the only active Raelian in Ohio. If I am wrong, correct me and it will make me very happy :)
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(no subject) [Mar. 26th, 2007|10:38 am]
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blayzebright
[mood |apatheticapathetic]

"The victim's uncle, Narine Bharat, said earlier, 'We are praying for the soul of Molly to haunt him.'" - http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/03/26/accuser.slain.ap/index.html

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WHY WOULD YOU POSSIBLY WISH THAT?!

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People need to learn how to seek justice without seeking revenge, and certainly without wishing far-fetched and impossible tortures upon their dead loved ones.
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the cycle [Mar. 26th, 2007|08:58 am]
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blayzebright
[mood |awake]

"We must not allow our justified loathing of the horrors and tragedies of the past to become a barrier to creating a better and more stable future for our children," - Ian Paisley

The Mideast could learn from this statement; cycling back and taking vengeance upon those that hurt them is not the answer to their problems, nor will it ensure a better future for their next generation. Making peace with an enemy is not the same as excusing their past actions, and it ensures those actions are not also future actions.
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(no subject) [Mar. 24th, 2007|08:09 am]
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blayzebright
[mood |artistic]

"It is not reasonable for the government to expect all parents to shoulder the burden to cut off every possible source of adult content for their children, rather than the government's addressing the problem at its source." - Peter D. Keisler, a government attorney, speaking about legally limiting porn sites.

So, what this man is saying... is that it is not a parents responsibility to raise their own children? How interesting. Maybe now that the US Supreme Court has struck down the law that would have limited not only porn sites but sexual health and education sites as well, this 'government attorney' can concentrate on other things. Like ... I dunno... maybe... protecting our free speech? Work towards peace on Earth? Me and my silly ideas of what political priorities should be...
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Tao Te Ching [Mar. 22nd, 2007|09:47 am]
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blayzebright
[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

I have been reading the Tao Te Ching (pronounced Dow De Ching in English), and have found it to be amazingly like Raelianism in form. It is interesting how many Eastern religions meld with it, many of them incredibly ancient religions, so people who consider Raelian to be new and revolutionary... well it just shows how we as a species have not been listening for a long, long time.

"Respect of Tao and honor of Virtue are not demanded, but they are in the nature of things.
Therefore all things arise from Tao. By Virtue they are nourished, developed, cared for, sheltered, comforted, grown, and protected. Creating without claiming, doing without taking credit, guiding without interfering, this is Primal Virtue" - Tao Te Ching, Chapter 51

To me, that quote shows the essence of our Creators and how they treat us and interact with us.
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Future [Mar. 12th, 2007|10:41 am]
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blayzebright
[mood |artistic]

21st Century. Its an interesting article, similar to something I found on youtube and may have posted here, though I know the video was posted on the raelian mailing list.

Its interesting the conversations I have at work, one of my friends here read many of the same articles as me on these things.
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