End Religion now

What Pakistani ‪#‎Taliban‬ has done in Peshawar school is the worst insult/injury inflicted upon humanity in my life time or memory.. By choosing to kill innocent children they have betrayed humanity and have displayed the depravity of whatever they believe.
I do not wish to know their reasons, I do not wish to analyse their belief systems… I just wish an end for such animals without much remorse.
It does not matter why they did what they did, their continued existence is a threat to the very future of this world.
I hate to dehumanise anyone, but these brainwashed bastards do not evoke any such sympathy in me. At times, a clinical approach to eliminate such threats completely, is, in my opinion, the only option left.
‪#‎EndReligion‬

The problem of memetic natural selection – The religions of the world

As long as you have your morality based in scriptures that tell you that you are doing the gods’ work and the god is on your side, you will never see the end of wars.

The whole problem of Palestine was created by the Zionist christians who wanted to bring back their messiah by placing the ravaged bunch of jews in the most disputed of the lands.

The holy books are not so holy when you actually read them, jesus (whose existence is not historically confirmed) supposed to have said,”Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35″For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW;”

The quran is completely a war manual, 63% of it tells the “true believer” to wage war against the infidel wherever they see the unbelievers. And claims to be the last and perfect word of a god. Absolute in every nature, totalitarian.

The whole gita is a war manual that pushes a human being that refused to fight his own kin, to not worry about the consequences of his actions and go ahead and slaughter every single one them.. The methods supposedly used by krishna are mockery, deception, encouragement threat of punishment..

This makes one with a skeptical brain wonder, what the fuck is wrong with human species, why do they fall in love with the such books more than others that tell you not to kill other human beings?, there is plenty of good literature that is way better than these works of fiction, yet the kinds of works that get into the human brains like viruses are the ones that demand violence and war.

If you analyse the spread of information among the human species, you will notice the most striking feature among the sets of ideas that persist and replicate successfully and get transmitted across generations, it is that these memes end up in pools of synergistic memes (bits of information, just like genes), individually these memes might not survive the test of times because the natural selection does not select the memes that would cause the extinction of the species (altruism — sacrificing ones’ life to save another’s would not be beneficial to the individuals that have this gene that makes them altruistic and would eliminate all those individuals very quickly, probably within one generation, but altruism works perfectly well in conjunction with other synergistic genes that make other individuals reciprocally altruistic, thus establishing a mutual cohabitation that benefits the entire group of individuals, thus making them a very successful in maintaining and increasing their numbers)… The memes also work in a similar way.

Disclaimer– This is my own understanding and my own writing, there is plenty of evidence for what I have written, you may like to read, “The God Delusion”. “The Selfish Gene”, “Ancestors Tale” — All by Prof Richard Dawkins (an evolutionary biologist). “Evolution -3rd edition by Douglas J. Futuyma” — Dr. Yogesh D

Gujarat, (kuch din to kabhi na gujaaro Gujarat mein)

The morning song of the birds to cheer me up and remind me of what is to come..

It’s nice to hear the sound of the bird, but the damned rain might be here any moment and spoil the day.

It was the blazing sun that burned me down for the first few days, now the clouds seem to be challenging the sun..

I had wondered long and hard about how Gujarat would be and here I am wishing this place never existed on the planet..

“Aapne kutch nahi dekha to kuch nahi dekha, kuch din to gujaaro Gujarat mein” were the words the lured me, now I want to beat the shit out of Amitab Bacchan for fooling me.

That poor woman on the sidewalk, I wonder where she went (she had to attend the nature’s call, but there is no sidewalk since two days).

Those dogs that prowl the corridors of the college must be waiting for me for I have befriended the lot. They seem to understand me better than the humans around.

 

I have to remember not to comment on “gau mata” when she is brought up by my fellow residents. — Dr. Yogesh D

The New Cosmos Series

Whatever

A couple of years ago it was announced that there would be a new Cosmos series, patterned after the 1980 series by Carl Sagan, this time featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson. I’m on record as being a huge fan of the original series — I would say that it’s one of the most influential TV series in my own personal history — and the new series was going to have Ann Druyan, Sagan’s wife, as a producer, so I was reasonably certain that the new version would stick to the basic concept of the original, gussied up with current effects and such. So I was looking forward it when it showed up.

The first episode aired last night on Fox (which is significant in itself — an unabashedly pro-science documentary show on commercial network TV? Even the original series could only manage PBS), and I have to say I was pretty…

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Casteism in India and the elitist idiocy.

Casteism was and continues to be a vicious humanitarian problem in India.
Much of the privileges of the upper castes were a direct resultant of preventing competition from the dalits by means of ruthless repression.
In the machinations towards Independence, B. R Ambedkar and Rao Bahadur Rettamalle Srinivasan of Madras demanded a separate electorate for the Dalits so that they could reverse the most basic exigencies of casteism. M. K Gandhi opposed this demand and went on an hunger strike, as he believed that this would this demand would sound the death knell of hinduism
Due to the unprecedented public pressure and probable repercussions on the dalits B. R. Ambedkar relented. In exchange a system of seat reservations within the electorate was agreed upon.
“The Constitution of India states in article 16(4): “Nothing in [article 16] or in clause (2) of article 29 shall prevent the State from making any special provision for the advancement of any socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.”[7] Article 46 of the Constitution states that “The State shall promote with special care the educational and economic interests of the weaker sections of the people, and, in particular, of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, and shall protect them from social injustice and all forms of exploitation.”[8][9]

In 1982, the Constitution specified 15% and 7.5% of vacancies in public sector and government-aided educational institutes as a quota reserved for the SC and ST candidates respectively for a period of five years, after which the quota system would be reviewed.[10] This period was routinely extended by the succeeding governments. The Supreme Court of India ruled that reservations could not exceed 50% (which it judged would violate equal access guaranteed by the Constitution) and put a cap on reservations.[11]”
Wikipedia.
Further, despite 15% reservations being present in the IAS and IPS, only 5% from this group reach the upper echelons in both. Which is a pointer to the humungous casteist discrimination still present even in the so called creamy layer.
The highest number of dropouts are from these Dalit groups in rural schools. Which then skews enormously the participation of such groups in upstream educational opportunities.
The argument of some who claim to be equalist is one of merit. Claiming that affirmative action results in dilution of quality. They seem to forget the quality workmanship and skill of artisans of the past, whose works as seen in archaeological remnants, are glorified no end. One may note that these artisans constitute the lower castes, with leather workers – contributing extraordinary workmanship in leather exports – being amongst the lowest. One may further note that The oft touted India an ancient economic superpower” was based wholly on slave labour derived from casteism in agriculture, smithy, terracotta etc.
Had there not been 1500 years of horrific subjugation, these people would have been the tech leaders of the world. One need to merely look at tribal art form of the warlis near Mumbai to realise their extraordinary capabilities of perception and representation.
The argument of dilution is actually precisely the opposite of what the privileged ignorants want to make.

In educational institutions fostering a chilly climate and victim blaming are common practices indulged in by both faculty and students. It has led to numerous suicides of dalit students. Several cases are extremely glaring, yet the faculty involved in these acts continue to merrily operate in the very same positions.

Given the above facts what is needed is vigorous implementation of affirmative action and strengthening of mechanisms to prevent discrimination in educational institutions.
The only probable dilution would be in provisions of creamy layer being extended to educational reservations for 2nd generation descendents.

Ref: Beyond the Quest for Merit V/s Quota Suresh Babu Gs, Social Action a Quarterly Review of social trends Vol 57.

 

Article originally written By Mr. Jude Terrence Dsouza.

Argument for “No GOD”

The most compelling argument for “No god” is, history, paleontology, archaeology and biology.

If you study history carefully and understand archaeology, add evolution to that knowledge, you can not believe in something supernatural.. What I mean by this is…. In the history books we read how the civilizations came and went and along with the civilizations the gods of those civilizations have vanished, and this has been going on over and over again, new gods are invented and killed off, now keep this in mind and consider evolution of varied life forms on the planet, as far as you can see, no other animal worships or believes in any god, so why do humans believe in such supernatural things? it is because of the crucial differentiating factor between humans and other living beings, the crucial differentiating thing is how the brain works, the propensity or the capacity to form complex theories about the surroundings and to assign causality to events…

This particular characteristic is very useful for survival, so natural selection kicks in and selects individuals who form reasonable theories about their surroundings that help in their survival… The human brain goes on discovering more and more, and explains some things that are easy to understand, and then there are events that happen in his/her surroundings that s/he can not explain, he can’t find any causal relationship with anything else that is around, since the brain is getting good at forming theories, it starts making theories about the difficult events, (the human brain would rather have a conspiracy theory to no theory at all, that is how evolution has crafted our brains).

This is the reason humans invent gods, which again was a slow and gradual process, and this is the reason why you see gods or thunder, rain, light earthquakes and rivers and mountains in all civilizations and tribes, each inventing their own versions and giving these phenomenon a name in their own language… Then all this process goes into hyper drive when the communication between individuals becomes more understandable due to developing language…

Now comes the part of evidence to support this theory, and the evidence is in archaeology and paleontology, and evolutionary biology. So, if you combine all these disciplines you will see that gods were man made so you don’t need to believe in those folklore anymore because science can explain the unexplained phenomena, certainly there are some things we still have no clue about, but we don’t need to substitute god for the unknown because there is no need for it, as our history should make it clear. This is why I say there is no way any supernatural entity exists.