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If the people of religion are asked about proof for the soundness of their religion, they flare up, get angry and spill the blood of whoever confronts them with this question. They forbid rational speculation, and strive to kill their adversaries. This is why truth became thoroughly silenced and concealed.

Abū Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariyya al-Rāzi (854 CE – 925 CE), quoted in Jennifer Michael Hecht’s Doubt: A History (HarperOne, 2006), p. 227

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  1. Proof
  2. Theory
  3. Quantum uncertainty and quantum weirdness
  4. Learned vs. inate
  5. Natural
  6. Gene
  7. Statistically significant
  8. Survival of the fittest
  9. Geologic[al] timescales
  10. Organic

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This article should be on every news site, discussed on every TV channel, and shared by everyone on Facebook on a semi-monthly basis from now until the world ends.

This is some of the best, most important, useful information for people to understand.

Maybe a little overstated …

The liberal and tolerant society that Cameron seems to claim is at one with Christian principles has in fact been shaped by secular reasoning, by a philosophical process unhindered by dogma and guided only by a belief in human decency. If, as Cameron wrote in the Church Times in April, ‘Christian values … are shared by people of every faith and none,’ then how are they Christian values?

thesylverlining:

Please, please share this like wildfire.

My classmate, Susan Hess-Logeais, recently told me about the documentary she’s making called “Soar,” about two amazing young dancers, Kiera and Uriah. It’s incredible, and the young ladies featured in this are astounding, talented, dedicated and extremely important individuals.

Once I heard, I had to share it here. It’s the kind of thing that actually gets attention on tumblr when everybody else ignores it - ignores excellence in black girls, ignores disabled people, and lets them fall by the wayside. So I’m asking, please, please help these girls out, and if not, please reblog and share.

From the “Soar” press release:

"If you’ve ever seen Portland sisters Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd dance together, you know they share a bond that goes beyond sisterhood. 18 year-old Uriah grew up helping Kiera, age 20, adapt after a childhood illness resulted in the amputation of Kiera’s hands and legs just one month after Uriah was born.

“You really have to see them to believe it,” says filmmaker and dancer Susan Hess Logeais. “Kiera can move in ways that are incredibly powerful and graceful, and Uriah is an expressive and talented dancer on her own. But when you see the two of them dance together, you see everything: the struggle, the bond, the joy, the frustration, the mutual love. It’s truly overpowering to watch, and audiences respond pretty intensely.

Hess Logeais is currently fundraising to help pay for the event and finish her film, which she hopes will be eye-opening and inspiring. “We want to change people’s ideas about what is possible,” she says. “For all of us, but especially for the millions of people living with alternate abilities, Kiera shows us what happens when you challenge your limitations. That’s a message I would love to share with as many people as possible.” To find out more about “Soar,” the film, and see some powerful footage of the sisters’ dance, visit the Soar Kickstarter campaign. Kiera, Uriah and Susan are hoping that the disabled community will join the “Soar” community and support their efforts.”

"Soar" has a crowdfunding project going, but it’s having trouble reaching its goal - and this is just too important to let slip. Please help. Signal boost, share, donate if you can, but DO NOT let Kiera and Uriah be forgotten.

THE IMPORTANT LINKS:

The Website:
http://soardocumentary.com/

Crowdfunding:
http://www.seedandspark.com/studio/soar

YouTube: (watch these amazing dancers)
https://www.youtube.com/user/hotflashfilmspdx

Vimeo:
https://vimeo.com/hotflashfilmspdx/videos

THANK YOU so much for reading, and THANK YOU for sharing. This is big, and important, and something good that needs to happen. Thank you.

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1 is 2 Many PSA: 60 Second

I unambiguously disagree with religious people on matters of fundamental ontology; but I recognize that we’re all just tiny little persons in a very big universe, trying our best to figure things out. And I’m firm in my conviction that we’re making progress.

Sean Carroll, “The Meaning of Life

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