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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards


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The UK's Relationship With the EU

A new page! "The Awkward Europeans: The UK's Relationship With the EU"

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The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)

A new page! UKIP: .

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP): A right-wing nationalist, anti-immigration and anti-foreigner political party in the UK

UKIP was made popular by its anti-immigration and anti-foreigner rhetoric. Membership since 2002 has varied between 10,000 and 39,000 (slightly higher figures being claimed by UKIP). The party has struggled to find qualified, educated and capable politicians to fill major roles in a stable manner.

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Statistical Regression: Causes of Strange Beliefs and Pseudoscience

A new page! No matter how much it goes against common-sense to deny the correlation, cognitive thinking errors such as the regression fallacy can easily lead us to false conclusions based on limited data. "Statistical Regression: Causes of Strange Beliefs and Pseudoscience"

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Religious Extremism (Its Causes and Occurrence in World Religions)

A new page! "Religious Extremism (Its Causes and Occurrence in World Religions)"

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Scientific Theories Must Make Way for New Evidence

A new page! Scientific theories (especially new ones) undergo lengthy periods of intense criticism, and are often refined many times before they settle in a form that is well-supported by evidence. Rarely, a new theory will completely displace an old one, perhaps instigating a cascade of theory replacements, in what is called a "scientific revolution" or "paradigm shift".

"Scientific Theories Must Make Way for New Evidence"

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The Banning of Face Coverings such as the Niqab and Burqa in Europe

New page. France and Belgium in 2011 both moved to ban the covering of the face in public (in general), in both cases based on improving public safety. France also argued that full coverings made it impossible for immigrant communities to integrate into wider society. In Belgium it was argued that veiling represents the oppression of women. Bulgaria (2016) passed a similar law, in Austria at the start of 2017 is on the verge of following suit, and debates continue elsewhere in Europe such as Germany and The Netherlands.

"The Banning of Face Coverings such as the Niqab and Burqa in Europe"

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How Could Jesus Have Survived the Crucifixion?

A new page. Jesus might have survived his execution because of his short stay on the cross, because he was rescued by Joseph of Arimathea, or he was substituted with Judas the Twin, Thomas or Simon of Cyrene. There is a surprising amount of support for such ideas, and some of the very earliest communities of Christians believed them.
"Arguments That Jesus Survived the Crucifixion"

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How Does Karma Work in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism?

New page. "How Does Karma Work in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism?".

Karma is an important concept in a range of Vedic religions and cultures, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Karma is a universal principal and cosmic law, like the Tao of Taoism. Unlike Taoism, individual beings (and the entire universe) go through a large number of incarnations. It is closely linked to the concept of continual rebirth (reincarnation). In Hinduism and Jainism this liberation is called moksha and in Buddhism the result is the attainment of enlightenment and nirvana. More people on Earth have believed in Karma through a series of rebirths than in any other religious principle.

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Keeping Fit is Good For You and Good For Your Country

New page: "The Advantages of Keeping Physically Fit - Good For You, Good For Your Country".

Keeping fit can "reduce your risk of developing long-term disease, increase your life expectancy, and improve your quality of life in later years". It reduces the risk of coronary heart disease in particular and "can also help to lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol level, control your weight and reduce your risk of diabetes. Physical activity is also a good way of relieving stress". Keeping fit makes pregnancy easier, and complications less likely. Exercise also aids mental health. Research is showing that physical exercise allows the brain to retain its effectiveness longer into old age and even when starting after a life of sloth, exercise can help rescue the brain from mental decline, stimulating the growth of new neurones. A healthy lifestyle, including physical fitness and eating sensibly, "can significantly reduce a person's risk of developing dementia".

Lack of physical fitness is not just to the individual's detriment, but has a negative impact on national economic efficiency and causes increases in national health costs. A lot of very expensive long-term therapies can be avoided simply by keeping fit in life. Exercise can be done for free in the home, with no equipment at all. Also with access to the Internet, it is easy to find many session videos to provide instruction. Finally, the Family Doctor Home Advisor gives some guidance: "Start by setting realistic goals. If you are not fit, begin exercising slowly and build up gradually"

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Christian Extremism, Intolerance and Resurgent Fundamentalism

A new page. Christianity has had a very troubled past when it comes to violence and extremism "Christian Extremism, Intolerance and Resurgent Fundamentalism"

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