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Vexen Crabtree 2015

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


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We Dislike Changing Our Minds: Status Quo Bias and Cognitive Dissonance

A new page! Once we have put time and effort into a belief, then, it becomes difficult for us to fairly evaluate evidence fairly, and we often defend beliefs even when there is evidence against them. "We Dislike Changing Our Minds: Status Quo Bias and Cognitive Dissonance"

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Zero Hours Contracts and the Church of England

Zero-hours contracts and "lower-class" debt are two elements that some associate with "modern slavery", because it can often mean that victims have no choice but to go along with the demands and machinations of corporate policy, no matter how abusive it is, or how damaging it is to their lives.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, managed to embarrass himself in 2018 Sep when he denounced zero-hour contracts as "the reincarnation of an ancient evil" (he means: slavery), and also angrily criticized Amazon of avoiding paying tax, saying they are "leeching" off of the public. This isn't a new area for him - he genuinely campaigns on the behalf of many needy people in his attempts to highlight the damage that unregulated capitalism can do. If Amazon paid more tax, social welfare would help prevent more people from falling into debt bondage. So, denouncing Amazon for leeching off of the public is consistent with his defence of the poor. But despite his moral stances, he appears to be forgetting that "some of the Church of England's biggest investments are in Amazon, and that the Church itself routinely employs people on zero-hours contracts".

Clearly, he should be campaigning for better basic moral considerations with the Church of England's own behaviour, in order to avoid his own position being ridiculed for its hypocrisy. But the biggest point of contradiction by far is that the Church of England is tax-exempt, even whilst owning a £2 billion land estate. Its Commissioners control a £8.3bn investment portfolio which they could freely use to invest into moral tax-paying, workers-right-supporting institutions. If the source of the energy behind the Archbishop's attacks wasn't a guilty-conscience, then, it certainly should have been!

A week afterwards, by coincidence, after a long consultation, Amazon in the USA announced that it is raising the minimum wage of all employees to $15/hour.

Posted this as section 3.6 on http://www.vexen.co.uk/religion/slavery.html .

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Meditation

A new page! "Meditation"

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Meditation can influence our physical bodies in areas where symptoms are typically known to be susceptible to psychosomatic factors (placebo effects and nocebo effects) with some evidence it helps with diseases associated with blood pressure and heart disease but also cancer (according to one study). The experience of pain is readily influenced by our mental states and meditation is often cited as a positive method of pain control; in some cases it has had a radical effect. A medical analysis of 47 trials on mental health found that meditation helps with anxiety, depression and pain, and helps a bit with overall quality of life. But the evidence is that meditation is not better than behavioural therapies (such as exercising more) in combatting mental ills.

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Prayer is Pointless or Against Gods Will

A new page! God does what is best, and prayer doesn't change what it is best for God to do. Prayer is us saying to God that we think we know better than it's infallible and perfect plan. It's either pointless to pray (if it was already the best thing for God to do), or its directly satanic (being in opposition to god's plan). In full: "Prayer is Pointless or Against Gods Will"

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The Christian Dark Ages of Europe

A new page! "The Christian Dark Ages of Europe"

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The Argument that Everything Needs a Creator, Therefore God Exists as the First Cause

A new page about first-cause argument. This infamously self-contradictory idea has been embraced by an embarrassing number of people seeking to defend belief in god.

"The Argument that Everything Needs a Creator, Therefore God Exists as the First Cause"

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Slavery

New page. The African slave trade, modern forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriages and sexual abuse: Slavery is not yet consigned to history.

"The Historical Slave Trade and Modern Slavery"

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Popularism: When Mass Instincts Defeat National Strategy

A new page! Well-trained and well-educated politicians must make decisions based on long-term strategy and planning, not on the short-term policies that are popular with the masses. "Popularism: When Mass Instincts Defeat National Strategy"

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Jainism

A new page! A Vedic faith from India famous for non-violence (even against insects and parasites), but with a nonsensical mythology that is difficult to accept. "Jainism"

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Freedom of Belief and Freedom of Religion

A new page! The basic human right of freedom of belief and freedom of religion has some powerful enemies and some countries (and communities) instead think that people should be punished for believing the wrong thing or for changing their religion (including the death penalty).

"Freethought - Freedom of Belief and Freedom of Religion"

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