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Let nothing thwart a child from achieving personal autonomy. Let no religion stand in the way.
Let nothing thwart a child from achieving personal autonomy. Let no religion stand in the way.

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The project opposes all proponents of heteronomy, be they religious, political or whatever. Children are born free and must not become unwilling conscripts to any external force: god, the pope, political movements, you name it. Heteronomy leads to tyranny and totalitarianism. Defeating the projects of those who want to suppress personal autonomy and replace it with heteronomy defeats all forms of systematic oppression.

The process of achieving autonomy is gradual and must be nurtured, but once a child achieves their autonomy they are in the best position to direct their own lives sans constant interference and domination from external forces. Autonomy means personal freedom of choice, the ability to pursue free inquiry where it may lead.  Sectarians hate the idea of personal autonomy and see secular ideals as threats. There mission is control. They claim too much personal freedom is dangerous and leads ultimately to nihilism. No evidence supports such an ancient pessimistic claim. Quite the opposite.

"A brain with a mind of its own belies our strong sense that the world is just as it seems to us, and our misguided belief that our vision of “out there” is sharp and true. In fact, it appears that our attitudes are the muddled outcome of many struggling factors. Tussling against our desire to know the truth about the world are powerful drives to protect our self-esteem, sense of security, and pre-existing point of view. Set against our undeniably impressive powers of cognition are a multitude of irrationalities, biases, and quirks that surreptitiously undermine the accuracy of our beliefs."

Fine, Cordelia (2008-06-17). A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives (p. 202). W. W. Norton & Company. Kindle Edition.

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Cultural cognition plays a vital role in how people perceive threats and risks. Brain scientists have identified a portion of the brain that processes all incoming information (shall we call it the guardian of the mind) that shuts off incoming information perceived to threaten a person's mindset. The theory is elegant and I find this utterly fascinating because it answered a question that had long vexed me. What makes people bigoted? Why are so many people narrow and close minded? It is useless to try and have an intelligent discussion with some people and the basic reason turns out that information they are hearing threatens their cherished convictions. Yet this is all happening on a subliminal level. Neither the speaker nor the listener is consciously aware. Needless to say true believers are the worst of the lot (others include climate change deniers and similar willfully ignorant people). The more ignorant they are, the more bigoted they are because ignorance and bigotry are viciously intertwined. The pernicious result is you cannot educate a bigot. Our political systems are stymied and gridlock has thus ensued.

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Persons and groups that are attending the January protest can support the protest by having a pin placed on the world map. Here is the announcement by the team leader of the map project:

Hello, everybody. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT.

You can all show your support and commitment to the 3rd International Day of Protest against Hereditary Religion (IDPAHR) by showing your location on a map. It's very important to show to the medias and to people outside our event in general that each individual voice counts. You are asked to notify me your location as precisely as possible so I can report it on the map. Nevertheless, the street name is IN NO WAY mandatory. It's useful to us only for the reason that we can place on the map more people living in large cities. No other personal data is asked from you. Don't worry, no other use will be made of your info.

To tell me your location, there's only ONE address: HereditaryReligion@gmail.com(remark: I only used uppercase letters for readability; an email is not case sensitive; in other words, hereditaryreligion@gmail.com will do the trick as well). Please use only this address. Don't write me using any other mean: I would find myself overwhelmed by requests coming from everywhere otherwise.

This said, I thank you for your time, and I sincerely hope you will come in numbers showing a great concern to our cause!

One last thing: the map address is there: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=213102765808214709683.0004ce7f0a937243d17fc&msa=0&ll=66.652977%2C-52.382812&spn=74.400829%2C254.53125&dg=feature

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The annual protest is picking up steam going into the January worldwide event happening on the web. The event now has a twitter account to facilitate communications.

http://www.twitter.com/idpahr

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H. P. Lovecraft - famous atheist in history.
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Kathleen Taylor, a neurologist at Oxford University, said that recent developments suggest that we will soon be able to treat religious fundamentalism and other forms of ideological beliefs potentially harmful to society as a form of mental illness.
She made the assertion during a talk at the Hay Literary Festival in Wales on Wednesday. She said that radicalizing ideologies may soon be viewed not as being of personal choice or free will but as a category of mental disorder. She said new developments in neuroscience could make it possible to consider extremists as people with mental illness rather than criminals. She told The Times of London: "One of the surprises may be to see people with certain beliefs as people who can be treated. Someone who has for example become radicalized to a cult ideology -- we might stop seeing that as a personal choice that they have chosen as a result of pure free will and may start treating it as some kind of mental disturbance." Taylor admits that the scope of what could end up being labelled "fundamentalist" is expansive. She continued: "I am not just talking about the obvious candidates like radical Islam or some of the more extreme cults. I am talking about things like the belief that it is OK to beat your children. These beliefs are very harmful but are not normally categorized as mental illness. In many ways that could be a very positive thing because there are no doubt beliefs in our society that do a heck of a lot of damage, that really do a lot of harm." The Huffington Post reports Taylor warns about the moral-ethical complications that could arise. In her book "The Brain Supremacy," she writes of the need "to be careful when it comes to developing technologies which can slip through the skull to directly manipulate the brain. They cannot be morally neutral, these world-shaping tools; when the aspect of the world in question is a human being, morality inevitably rears its hydra heads. Technologies which profoundly change our relationship with the world around us cannot simply be tools, to be used for good or evil, if they alter our basic perception of what good and evil are." [In related news: Atheism a 'suicide risk,' US Marine Corps warns] The moral-ethical dimension arises from the predictable tendency when acting on the problem, armed with a new technology, to apply to the label "fundamentalist" only to our ideological opponents, while failing to perceive the "fundamentalism" in ourselves. From the perspective of the Western mind, for instance, the tendency to equate "fundamentalism" exclusively with radical Islamism is too tempting. But how much less "fundamentalist" than an Osama bin Laden is a nation of capitalist ideologues carpet bombing civilian urban areas in Laos, Cambodia and North Korea? The jihadist's obsession with defending his Islamic ideological world view which leads him to perpetrate and justify such barbaric acts as the Woolwich murder are of the same nature as the evangelical obsession with spreading the pseudo-religious ideology of capitalism which led to such horrendous crimes as the murder of hundreds of thousands of civilians in four years of carpet bombing operations by the Nixon administration caught in a vice grip of anti-communist paranoia. The power to control the mind will tend too readily to be used as weapon against our jihadist enemies while justifying the equally irrational and murderously harmful actions we term innocously "foreign policy." Some analysts are thus convinced that neuroscientists will be adopting a parochial and therefore ultimately counterproductive approach if they insist on identifying particular belief systems characteristic of ideological opponents as the primary subject for therapeutic manipulation. On a much larger and potentially more fruitful scale is the recognition that the entire domain of religious beliefs, political convictions, patriotic nationalist fervor are in themselves powerful platforms for nurturing "Us vs Them" paranoid delusional fantasies which work out destructively in a 9/11 attack or a Hiroshima/Nagasaki orgy of mass destruction. What we perceive from our perspective as our legitimate self-defensive reaction to the psychosis of the enemy, is from the perspective of the same enemy our equally malignant psychotic self-obsession. The Huffington Post reports that this is not the first time Taylor has written a book about extremism and fundamentalism. In 2006, she wrote a book about mind control titled "Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control," in which she examined the techniques that cultic groups use to influence victims. She said: "We all change our beliefs of course. We all persuade each other to do things; we all watch advertising; we all get educated and experience [religions.] Brainwashing, if you like, is the extreme end of that; it's the coercive, forceful, psychological torture type." She notes correctly that "brainwashing" which embraces all the subtle and not-so-subtle ways "we make people think things that might not be good for them, that they might not otherwise have chosen to think," is a much more pervasive social phenomenon than we are willing to recognize. As social animals we are all victims of culturally induced brainwashing whose effectiveness correlates with our inability to think outside the box of our given acculturation.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/351347#ixzz2l7vK6t7g

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Persons and groups that are attending the January protest can support the protest by having a pin placed on the world map. Here is the announcement by the team leader of the map project:

Hello, everybody. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT.

You can all show your support and commitment to the 3rd International Day of Protest against Hereditary Religion (IDPAHR) by showing your location on a map. It's very important to show to the medias and to people outside our event in general that each individual voice counts. You are asked to notify me your location as precisely as possible so I can report it on the map. Nevertheless, the street name is IN NO WAY mandatory. It's useful to us only for the reason that we can place on the map more people living in large cities. No other personal data is asked from you. Don't worry, no other use will be made of your info.

To tell me your location, there's only ONE address: HereditaryReligion@gmail.com(remark: I only used uppercase letters for readability; an email is not case sensitive; in other words, hereditaryreligion@gmail.com will do the trick as well). Please use only this address. Don't write me using any other mean: I would find myself overwhelmed by requests coming from everywhere otherwise.

This said, I thank you for your time, and I sincerely hope you will come in numbers showing a great concern to our cause!

One last thing: the map address is there: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=213102765808214709683.0004ce7f0a937243d17fc&msa=0&ll=66.652977%2C-52.382812&spn=74.400829%2C254.53125&dg=feature

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The annual protest is picking up steam going into the January worldwide event happening on the web. The event now has a twitter account to facilitate communications.

http://www.twitter.com/idpahr
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