Vexen Crabtree 2015

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


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Vexen Crabtree 2015
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Updates

1. I now live in Salisbury, UK.

2. I've rewritten "The Commercialist Mass Media: The Bane of Human Cultural Evolution" by Vexen Crabtree (2009), and it now includes a list of the most popular newspapers along with notes on their quality and worth. I've written a large new section on democracy & the mass media. In short: Very few facts that appear in the news are checked, and much of the input in most news sources results from public-relations commercial material and industry lobby groups that often pretend to be grassroots citizen (or science) groups. It's worth reading for a general heads-up on the potential, hidden, sources of bias in the news. Its worse than you think!

3. I've written an introduction to "Anti-Religious Forces: Specific Factors Fuelling Secularisation" by Vexen Crabtree (2003), introducing secularism, modernism, science, multiculturalism, and individuals such as Prof. Paul Kurts and Prof. Richard Dawkins.

4. I'm off to Amphifest in Germany tomorrow.

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Now you're in the country more would you like to meet up again sometime?

It's physically impossible for the media to be worse than I think.

I read that as you live in a Sainsburies at first >.

Ha ha, well at least I wouldn't have to go very far to buy any of the basics!

Actually it is quite nice. Sometimes there are quite a lot of teenage students malingering and (worse) filling up Starbucks, but it is nice. It only just gets away with being called a "city" though.

Every year or so there is a alternative ball on here, I'm sure we can accomodate a few peeps when the time comes so you can see the area for yourself!

Amphi, fine choice sir :)

:-)

All new photos on Facebook nowadays... I've been neglecting LiveJournal :-(

No worries I'm on your facebook (Don Thompson)

I note you don't have the financial times in your list of newspapers? It's my choice for news but columnists vary considerably depending on their political attitude.

I haven't looked at it nor seen it mentioned in the studies I've read on the press, I have been assuming it is a specialist publication and therefore not on the scope of what I've been writing about. Is my assumption wrong? Is it more like its sister, The Economist, in that it mostly contains current events and acedemic news?

I would definitely put it in the category with the Economist or even pushing towards a broadsheet; the weekend paper has all the usual lifestyle supplements, except one called 'how to spend it' which I either laugh at or dispise, depending on my mood.

Article-wise they cover current affairs as well as specialist financial news, with opinion varying and not simply being 'profit first' in every instance. I find it to be reasonably politically neutral (IMO) as it tries to provide information for readers to make decisions on rather than pushing a point of view (which I find of all papers including broadsheets, but again maybe just my opinion).

I'd recommend a browse sometime and it'd be interesting to hear your opinion.

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