A whole lot more than just words passes between people who are talking, so a few simple conversational skills can help you recognize what's really being said and help you lead the discussion your way. Learn how to read body language and facial expressions, de-code euphemisms, ask sensitive questions, criticize constructively, get what you want in negotiations, cut off chatterboxes, and more with our top 10 conversation hacks.
10. Feign sincerity with eye contact and… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on September 1, 2008 at 7:00pm —
Start each day with a mix of high-quality protein and beneficial fats to build the foundation for an energized day. Avocado with scrambled eggs provides both, and the monounsaturated fat helps blood circulate better, which is essential for optimal brain function. Worst alternative: a trans-fat-filled, sugar-laden cream cheese Danish.
Green it: you don't need to buy an organic avocado - conventional is fine. But make sure your supplementary protein is free range,… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on August 31, 2008 at 4:30pm —
JERUSALEM — In a crowded laboratory painted in gray and cooled like a cave, half a dozen specialists embarked this week on a historic undertaking: digitally photographing every one of the thousands of fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls with the aim of making the entire file — among the most sought-after and examined documents on earth — available to all on the Internet.
Equipped with high-powered cameras with resolution and clarity many times greater than those of conventional models,… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on August 29, 2008 at 2:38pm —
Here are 120 things you can do starting today to help you think faster, improve memory, comprehend information better and unleash your brain’s full potential.
1. Solve puzzles and brainteasers.
2. Cultivate ambidexterity. Use your non-dominant hand to brush your teeth, comb your hair or use the mouse. Write with both hands simultaneously. Switch hands for knife and fork.
3. Embrace ambiguity. Learn to enjoy things like paradoxes and optical illusions.
4. Learn mind… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on August 27, 2008 at 4:27am —
If our actions are determined by prior events, then do we have a choice about anything—or any responsibility for what we do?
By Shaun Nichols
Many scientists and philosophers are convinced that free will doesn’t exist at all. According to these skeptics, everything that happens is determined by what happened before—our actions are inevitable consequences of the events leading up to the action—and this fact makes it impossible for anyone to do anything that is truly free.… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on August 20, 2008 at 1:39pm —
There are generally two types of science: first, there’s the type that makes computers work, allows us to ride around in metal boxes propelled by continuous explosion, and makes it so that milk doesn’t taste all gross. Then there’s the fringe science, the stuff that shoots up your nose like mathematical horseradish and dances a jig on your brain…or brane, as it were (that’s the nerdiest joke in the article, we promise). So kick off your work boots, put on your thought slippers, and prepare for… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on August 7, 2008 at 8:23pm —
by Keith S Cornish
That anyone should desire information on the value system of atheists is prima facie evidence that atheists are presumed to be different. It is therefore appropriate that consideration should be given to the commonly accepted value systems before the atheist viewpoint is put forward.
A pecking order is common in the animal kingdom and becomes more highly developed as the mental powers become more sophisticated.
In family life the code of… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on July 29, 2008 at 10:25pm —
by Keith S Cornish
The simple fact is that all life-forms end in death and the elements of which they are composed return to the air and the earth to be taken up and recycled in some new organism.
This natural process is universal and is beyond dispute. What is challenged by atheists and freethinkers is the claim made by purveyors of religion that humans alone of all living forms have a 'soul' or 'spirit' which survives death and carries the essential characteristics of… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on July 29, 2008 at 10:23pm —
As heard on NPR's Morning Edition, November 21, 2005.
I believe that there is no God. I'm beyond atheism. Atheism is not believing in God. Not believing in God is easy -- you can't prove a negative, so there's no work to do. You can't prove that there isn't an elephant inside the trunk of my car. You sure? How about now? Maybe he was just hiding before. Check again. Did I mention that my personal heartfelt definition of the word "elephant" includes mystery, order, goodness, love and… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on July 29, 2008 at 10:06pm —
After substantial observation, I can't see any reason why any person would stay a Christian if they gave it some thought. It honestly seems to be so fake in my eyes. It seems like the people who made up this religion didn't even try hard. There are countless contradictions, rediculous doctrines and just unbelievable claptrap. The outragous thing is, most Christians are aware that the gospel was written 40-60 years after the death of Jesus. How can they not even consider it was a fish… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on July 29, 2008 at 3:37am —
Unlike some “exes,” I find it difficult to describe accurately the series of events that led me from superstition to reason. Nor is there any one singlular watershed event that sealed the process. So forgive me if I can only speak in general terms.
I consider myself a very intelligent person. I have always had a mind that can thoroughly analyze any situation, follow chains of logic, see connections that others do not, and work on many different planes at once.
So how does… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on July 29, 2008 at 3:35am —
I became a Christian during my teen years. My mother placed me in a religious private school (Southern Baptist). At the time I said I would never become like these brainwashed kids. In the end, I succumbed to the message that all cults seem to give... undying love.
You see, as a kid, I was awkward, skinny, a geek. While others played sports, I played with chemistry sets. I was picked at, and I became a loner. That is when I finally made the leap. Oh, I was filled with love. At least… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on July 29, 2008 at 3:32am —
Grew up Lutheran, became "born again" when 16 and from there decided to dedicate myself to the Lord. Did the whole Jesus-freak thing in high school, attended Bible college, seminary, learned Greek.
I came across the some people from the Church of Christ (conservative) and was pretty impressed - but actually I was just pretty naive and idealistic. I left Lutheranism which I viewed as irrelevant, dry, and out of touch. Within a year I was preaching for the Church of… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on July 29, 2008 at 3:30am —
For years subconsciously I blatantly understood the logical (and other) falicies that christianity presented, but i could never grip the concept that there was no afterlife. I was so afraid of death that I needed to believe that I would 'live forever through god", which is why I used my intelectual force to repeatedly justify my religion. It was all in all for the selfish reason of wanting myself to live beyond my earthly shackles.
I had the prayer realization as you did as well. I… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on July 29, 2008 at 3:28am —
I was brought up on Christian Science, but only attended church occasionally. I hated it, and my parents were not overly forceful. I had no inclination towards religion in my youth, until I got involved with drugs and had a very traumatic repetitive flashback experience, which later led to a host of phobias. This caused me to seek security in God.
Initially I got absorbed in Christian Science, but this didn’t last long. I explored Eastern religions – TM, Guru Maharaj Ji, Paramahansa… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on July 29, 2008 at 3:25am —
I was raised christian, going to church (Methodist) every Sunday. As a child, I believed what I was taught about god, jesus, heaven, and so forth. In my highschool years, was very involved in the church youth group.
I was aware though, that different christians had different beliefs about what was "sinful" and what was not. I wanted to know for sure which behaviors were ok and which weren't. How to know? Reading the bible seemed to be the obvious answer. But in reading the bible, I… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on July 29, 2008 at 3:21am —
I was raised a Baptist but was never particularly devout. I went through a short period as a “born-again” Christian, but eventually came to the personal realization that the God of Christianity probably did not exist. The camel-back-breaking straw grew out of many conversations I had with a close co-worker, an atheist -- primarily concerning the "problem of evil".
I began to refer to myself as an agnostic and gave the subject little thought for years. It took a protracted email… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on July 29, 2008 at 3:19am —
i was raised by my xian parents in the catholic church (though my dad was protestant and my mom didn't agree with a lot of catholic doctrine, her theology was more born again) and never really thought much of it. church was a boring place i was forced to go to on sundays and miss some good cartoons for. even worse when i started having ccd classes on saturdays and miss the REALLY good cartoons. i went through a skeptical phase at age 7 when i stopped believing in santa claus, the easter bunny,… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on July 29, 2008 at 3:09am —
Hey everyone, this is JGJ, but you can call me Jim if you like. I decided to make a post after a long hiatus. Hey! I actually had time to devote to one as I wait for the new carpet in my house.
So, anyway, here it goes.
I am a relativist. I am a classical liberal who believes that people are entitled to their own beliefs, especially when it comes to belief in a god or not. You may be wondering why someone like me is posting in a blog called "Religion is Bullshit" and claim… Continue
Added by Morgan Matthew on July 28, 2008 at 11:29pm —