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Commentary

The Trouble with Atheists

Atheists reject human spirituality outright, believing that we are nothing more than the cells of our physical body. But atheists reject human spirituality based on limited knowledge and perspective, specifically the rejection of “Church God” and the elite ecclesiastical institutions which propagate it. But there is more to human spirituality than the institutionalized elite esoteric/exoteric spirituality of western religious institutions. Atheist or not, this “something more” is something worth looking at.

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Facebook, CIA, Social Science, Google, and You

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again Facebook ain’t your friend. From the facile and shallow way it connects people to the awesome power it gives authorities to monitor and surveille, Facebook is a technology born not in the hallways of emancipation and freedom but in the byways of power and control. Or at least, that’s what Julian Assange founder of WikiLeaks thinks and frankly, I tend to agree. Never before in this history of this planet have so many been monitored by so few with so little responsible oversight.

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Toxic Socialization

We live in an incredibly violent society. From the time we are born to the time we die we are subject to repeated assault and disregard. This article helps to highlight the profoundly deleterious consequences of violence on our precious and powerful Physical Unit. If you want to realize your full potential, stop the violence against you.

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Teaching Sociology

Information, Corporations, and the Free Will Self-delusion

Corporations and governments received heavy criticism for influencing the minds of the public in the 1950s and 60s: corporations for manipulating a potential purchase and governments for deliberately guiding people through the city. In 1955, Guy Debord criticized, “Present-day urbanism’s main problem is ensuring the smooth circulation of a rapidly increasing number of motor vehicles. A future urbanism may well apply itself to no less utilitarian projects…”. He suggests the threat of control is timeless, only the practice changing method.

ISIS behead American journalist

The beheading of American freelance photojournalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has shocked the world. He was taken prisoner in northwest Syria in November 2012 while on assignment for the Global Post. ISIS posted the video of his...

The American Nightmare

This photo of my parents reveals much about their personalities (her's vivacious and outgoing, his withdrawn and closed off), their relationship (little real contact), and also the times. The typicality of their lives reveals much about the USA. My mother was a...

End “isms”

Essential Reading

Did you Know? Mysticism and Religious Experience

Famous American psychologist Abraham Maslow thought that mystical experience was the authentic core of all religion and spirituality. Maslow thought that all religions, all spiritualities, and all spiritual sensibility was rooted in a mystic’s experience.

Toxic Socialization

We live in an incredibly violent society. From the time we are born to the time we die we are subject to repeated assault and disregard. This article helps to highlight the profoundly deleterious consequences of violence on our precious and powerful Physical Unit. If you want to realize your full potential, stop the violence against you.

What Causes Poverty

What causes poverty? The same thing that causes global warming, war, debt, and a host of other global evils

What is Money?

Why is the world in such financial crises? Why is Greece on the brink? Why is the stock market tanking? Why is oil going south? Why is Trump on the rise? WTF is going on? The answers you seek lie directly before you. In this accessible introduction to globalized finance and accumulation, Dr. Sharp takes you on a sociologically sophisticated trip to the source of our problems and the root of all “evil” – accumulation and the love of money that drives it forward. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to finally put the pieces together.

Intimate Partner Violence

Surprise surprise surprise. Men are abused by their intimate partners just as much as women are.

Are Scientists Spiritual?

Are scientists spiritual? The answer is yes! Recent research suggests that the majority of scientists at top universities in North America have spiritual leanings, even though they may not like to admit it.

What is Religion?

Most sociologists would say religion is either fantasy, social gathering, or elite machination; but in fact it is so much more.

Global Organizing Among Sex Workers

The topic of sexual labour is complicated. It intersects economic and political discourse, touches on the exploitation of women and children, and links directly with Marxist and feminist discussion of exploitation and oppression. Yet despite the problems associated, the workers themselves are breaking their status as “object” and speaking out for themselves about their choices, their needs, and their rights. Social and legal concern aside, if we want to talk about the sex trade we should at least be listening to the people involved.

A Sociologist Looks at Violence

Does it seem like the world is going to hell in a hand basket? Hard to conclude otherwise when children are massacred as in recent fashion. If you want to understand why however, maybe it is time to put aside “stock” answers and look past clichés about God, madness, and guns. If you are interested in a deeper look at the world we live in, sociologists can help.

Selfishness and Greed

Do so-called authorities know more about us than we know about ourselves? “The Big Lie” asserts that authorities, in the form of theologians and academics, seem to think they do. Further, those authorities tend to take a dim view of human nature—and those negative perspectives often produce very negative consequences. Because authorities are cloaked in a mantle of institutional legitimacy, their opinions are perceived as being more truthful than those of non-authorities. Nevertheless, “The Big Lie” argues that the truth is often at variance with the opinions of authorities. Be skeptical! (Timothy M.)

Ding Dong the Alpha Male is Dead

The scientist who coined the term “alpha male” has recanted! There’s actually no such thing, he says. Could it be nothing more than ideological self-delusion?