The victorian idea of progress: the highest form of civilization is …

Why there is no way back for religion in the West
David Voas
TEDxUniversityofEssex

7:44 The victorian idea of progress: the highest form of civilization is represented by people who are remarkably just like us

When it comes to human beings, nothing is certain

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Kris Girrell (TEDxNatick)

“How We’ve Been Misled by ‘Emotional Intelligence'”
Kris Girrell
TEDxNatick
Mar 7, 2106

Knowing how to respond to others’ emotional states is the essence of Emotional Intelligence. But how do we actually learn it? Executive leadership coach Kris Girrell suggests that sometimes the path to becoming intimately aware of our emotions may be a little bumpier than we bargained for, but in the end, results in stronger relationships. Kris is an executive leadership coach, co-owner of the Goddard Preschool in Reading, and author of A Married Man’s Survival Guide. Kris believes that emotional intelligence plays a fundamental role in successful leadership. Kris is a co-organizer of Operation ELF (Everybody Loves Families) which spreads the holiday spirit to hundreds of underprivileged children in Framingham each December.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Night_of_the_Soul

“Let Us Pretend”

“Let Us Pretend”
December 27, 2015 / September 4, 2016
http://www.ttbook.org/book/let-us-pretend

When evangelical Christians say they talk to God, what do they mean?
Anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann wanted to find out, so she spent two years as a participant observer in a Charismatic church, talking to the congregation and even praying herself.
She says prayer involves cultivating the imagination. Luhrmann also describes her cross-cultural study of schizophrenics who hear voices.

Charles Monroe-Kane

Did God Talk to Me?
December 27, 2015 / September 4, 2016
http://www.ttbook.org/book/did-god-talk-me

TTBOOK producer and interviewer Charles Monroe-Kane started hearing voices when he was a child. He became a child preacher once he thought God was talking to him. Years later Charles realized those voices were the product of mental illness, though he says there was something “beautiful” about hearing those voices.

The Matrix. Gnosticism.

The Spiritual Message of ‘The Matrix’
Authors Find Inspiration in Film’s Mythology of Fighting for Truth
May 16, 2003
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1264976

This idea is not new — it mirrors the 2,000-year-old spiritual tradition of Gnosticism, an early form of Christianity. “Gnosticism maintains that the world that we’re living in is not the ultimate reality,” says Frances Flannery Dailey, who teaches religion at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. “It believes that the god who created this world is not the ultimate god — there is a higher God, a transcendent reality.”

“Religion and spirituality are communicated to our culture by movies much more than they are by traditional venues of synagogue or church,” Garrett says. “A really good myth does more than just create a symbolic world. It articulates the feelings that a culture already feels or believes.”

related:
http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/05/18/478488286/fear-of-not-knowing

Monkeys don’t solve problems in quantum mechanics

Do we see reality as it is?
Donald Hoffman
TED. March 2015
http://www.ted.com/talks/donald_hoffman_do_we_see_reality_as_it_is

The relationship between brain activity and conscious experiences is still a mistery.
Some experts think that we can’t solve this problem. Because we lack the necessary concepts and intelligence.
We don’t expect monkeys to solve problems in quantum mechanics.

from the playlist:
http://www.ted.com/playlists/384/how_your_brain_constructs_real