The Conflict between Faith and Reason Aug. 17

 

To me faith is not simply religious. Faith is the belief in a God but also belief in a philosophy, an ideology, a person, a movement, a political party, or a theory

Religious people have faith that there is a God, but likewise an Atheist has faith that there is no God. Neither proposition can be proven. Only Agnostics can state that they have no religious faith, but even they have faith in other things. When people come up to a stop signal we all have faith that the people on the opposing street are going to stop when they see a red light. We all have faith that everyone will follow the rule of law, that people will act rationally, and that the physical laws of nature are applicable. Continue reading

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Logic, Reasoning, and How to Think Aug. 14th

 

In today’s world, we are hyper polarized. When one side makes arguments for or against something it often devolves into logical fallicies in an effort to mislead. It is important to know how to argue logically and to recognize fallacies, deceptions or irrelevant attempts to deceive or distract. It is very important that we Think Critically. Continue reading

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Opiate addiction and alternatives Aug. 3rd by Florence Rigby

Issue:  Epidemic of deaths due to overdoses and increased numbers of addicted people since the 1990’s.

Cause:  Research and development of new opioid drugs by pharmaceutical companies with the intent of making drugs that are less effective at producing euphoria and more effective at decreasing pain.   Once the drugs were approved they were marketed aggressively to MD’s, who then increased prescribing them  In 2009, the American Geriatric Soc. encouraged MD’s to Rx opiates to treat moderate to severe pain in older patients. At the time it was thought that older patients were less likely to become addicted to opiates. Continue reading

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How to make America Smart Again July 24th

When America sent people to the moon we were considered pretty smart as a nation. This was considered a “Giant Leap for Mankind”. At that time we were mainly driven by competition from the Soviet Union, which had an excellent education system. The American education system had grown dramatically after WWII because of the GI bill which allowed returning service men to go to college. Russia sent Sputnik up, then was successful circling the planet with animals, and Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space on April 12, 1961. This demonstrated a technological superiority that took many Americans by surprise and freaked out a lot of our politicians. Continue reading

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Guaranteed minimum income July 20th

More and more people on the left and on the right are finding the concept of a guaranteed minimum income to be acceptable. Conservatives say that if they gave the poor a certain amount of money, that they could eliminate all welfare programs and actually save money. The proposition is going to be on the ballot in Switzerland. Liberals see it as a way to reduce the enormous income inequality in this country. Continue reading

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Renewable Energy – July 6th  with Ruth Duemler

The world runs on fossil fuels today, but they are running out. By far the cheapest easiest and quickest way to produce power is not to use it. Conservation efforts and using less energy means that power companies don’t have to build new plants. Continue reading

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Gross National Happiness or Gross Domestic Product? – July 10

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is used as an economic indicator of the nation’s health. Is it effective in that function? The GDP simply measures how much the nation spends. But is all spending equal? Is spending money on bombs and tanks as good for the country as spending on education? Is spending money on renewable energy better than spending money on fossil fuels which harms the environment. Is spending money on recovering from disasters less valuable than spending on preventing disasters. Continue reading

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