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14 Ways To Make Money In The Secular Movement

Written by Bo on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 15:06. Posted in Miscellaneous

One of the best pieces of financial advice in business is to "go where the money is." Unfortunately, the money is not in the secular movement. Unless you are Richard Dawkins or perhaps Sam Harris, the odds are that any money you have made from your work as a secular activist isn't enough to make you wealthy. In fact, you probably aren't even making enough to quit your "day job" and focus on your secular work full time. And every time you hear about another millionaire Christian pastor and his private jet challenges, it’s like rubbing salt in an open wound. We’re clearly not in this for the money, but without the money, we can’t fully be in this. The good news is you can make a darn good living being a secular activist. You will, however, need to expand your opportunities and perhaps adjust your attitude toward money.

It’s no secret that people in the secular movement tend to be very liberal, and liberals tend to value wealth less than our conservative counterparts. In more extreme cases, liberal attitudes can lead to the demonization of money or at least a negative association with money. However, we must not let the media, or a vocal few, define what it means to be wealthy—that cold, careless, even sociopathic persona of the rich person who puts money above all else. We cannot forget people like Bill and Melinda Gates who have given away over $28 billion through their charitable foundation, or closer to home, secular activists like Todd Stiefel who has given away over $4 million to secular causes. Money is necessary to have if we are going to make an impact in the market of ideas. As a general rule of thumb, the more money you have, the more you will be able to do for the secular movement.

Social Media Memetics: To Meme or Not To Meme?

Written by Bo on Thursday, 16 October 2014 05:50. Posted in Psychology

We have all seen them.  Images with superimposed text created to elicit a strong emotional reaction that have an underlying message—usually political in nature.  They are hugely popular and a heck of a lot more contagious than Ebola.  They are social media memes

Memetics is the societal equivalent of biological Darwinian evolution.  It is the theory that "ideas use people" to replicate and spread (Wang & Wood, 2011).  Given the stiff competition for attention in social media, social media memes have "evolved" to appeal to the more primal emotional brain than the cognitively expensive rational brain.  Anthropomorphically speaking, in order to achieve their ultimate goal of replication, social media memes feed on our irrationality.  As one who values reason and rationality, should you participate in the spread of memes? And how should you respond to memes that just cry for a response?

Yet Another Life After Death Study Media Frenzy

Written by Bo on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:54. Posted in Psychology

Once again, the Internet is abuzz with claims of yet another paranormal event—life after death.  This latest foray of the supernatural into the realm of science is the result of a new clinical study published by the respectable academic journal Resuscitation, titled "PaperAWARE—AWAreness during REsuscitation—A prospective study."  As usual, the media, and a vast majority of the public (as inferred by the comments on these articles), have seriously misconstrued the facts.  The goal of this article is to correct the blatant errors and poor assumptions made by the media and readers, not to attempt to disprove the supernatural. 

Let me make clear from the start that I did actually read the full published article.  If you do not have journal access, you can at least get the academic (not media-biased) summary here.

The Benevolent Almighty Advisor

Written by Bo on Monday, 19 May 2014 06:54. Posted in Poetry

When I saw the horror of wars on TV
I didn’t worry because I knew that God was watching over me

When I lost my job, lost my house, and lost my zeal
I believed there was a silver lining that God had yet to reveal

Even when my entire life came crumbling apart
I believed, although with less conviction, that God had my best interest at heart

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Expose an irrational belief, keep a person rational for a day. Expose irrational thinking, keep a person rational for a lifetime.
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