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Mark W. Gura
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TV and Radio Host | Author | Executive Director of the Association of Secular Buddhism | Key Note Speaker | Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
TV and Radio Host | Author | Executive Director of the Association of Secular Buddhism | Key Note Speaker | Mindfulness Meditation Teacher

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Oh the humanity... This is excellent.

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Thanks for the share Raechel. As I've traveled around the world over the years, I noticed this phenomenon. I wrote/talked about it within the "Blind Faith Vaccine" work. I later learned that Richard Dawkins had written about it too, so it's great to see a video that shows the geographic nature of religion.

From Blind Faith Vaccine: "We are heavily influenced by our culture and environment. This is the main reason why the current majority of people in the Middle East are Muslim, in India, Hindu, and in the Americas, Christian. If you’d grown up in Pakistan, you would probably have become a Muslim, just as you would have probably become a Hindu had you been born in Bombay. If so, where is the free will in that? Does the happenstance of your birthplace so change your outlook that you become like your neighbors?

These are important considerations. Our religious and philosophical outlook affects almost every aspect of our lives. Richard Dawkins coined the words ‘viruses of the mind’ and others later expounded upon this concept.(59) What if failure to choose our own path in life is the epitome of blind faith, a psychological virus instilled in us when we were children through cultural-religious programming at home, school and in the community, before we had a chance to mature and learn to think critically?"

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Carolinas Secular Conference 2015

http://www.carolinassecularassociation.org/ca…/2015-speakers
Come have Fun with us at the Carolina’s Secular Conference in Myrtle
Beach, October 2-4, 2015 and see these great speakers:

Sarah Morehead, Herb Silverman. Mark and Shanon Nebo, Chris Johnson, Steven Hewett, Mark W. Gura, Mandisa Thomas, Stephan Goodwin, Abby Hafer, Jennifer Taylor, Callie Wright, Callie Wright, Rebecca Hale, Charone Pagett, Teresa MacBain, Teresa MacBain, Shelley Segal, Bo Bennett, Bobby Cary.
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"If a picture paints a thousand words, these pieces are Molotov cocktails for the mind." See more here:

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_sad_truth_nauseatingly_profound_illustrations_of_what_the_world_is_turn
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"Deepak Chopra mad about being called an evolution denialist, and to disprove the accusation, he fires back with a whole long letter full of misconceptions about evolution..."

http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2015/07/29/edgy-deepak-chopra-makes-a-fool-of-himself-again/

"Quantum" exchange between Chopra and Harris, regarding Chopra's woo: exchange between Deepak and Harris? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09UmufmfSLc

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The #1 Predictor of success? "We’ve evolved to put people in our ingroup and outgroup. The process is a byproduct of our evolutionary history where we lived in small groups and strangers we didn’t know well weren’t to be trusted." But multiple, peer-reviewed studies show that, ingroups are "polarized echo chambers. simply being in an open network instead of a closed one is the best predictor of career success."

Also, "the paradoxical interplay of two seemingly opposite qualities; maniacal focus and insatiable curiosity..." [May be our most important qualities, as they lead to everything else.] 

Read more at http://observer.com/2015/08/the-no-1-predictor-of-career-success-according-to-network-science/#ixzz3izaW0eVg

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How much meditation does it take to change your brain and relieve stress?

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A video for the organization Planet Purpose, about utilizing meditation techniques such as mindfulness meditation and vipassana, and finding meaning and purpose in life, without succumbing to faith in God(s), gurus, pseudoscience, or the supernatural.


Take the www.21daypurposechallenge.org

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First Western Buddhist monk, circa 1850's. Traveled around the world, was an atheist, freethinker and anti-theist, criticized religion/Christianity, was tried and persecuted for doing so, was lost to history, and  has now been found!  
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