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"Comparative Religion and Typologies"

UULA Forum, today 9:30 am Mountain Time

Many quite striking similarities can be found in religious traditions from wildly different times and places. What do these similarities teach us about the nature of religion and human psychology? And, when we begin to note the similarities, are we in danger of also missing the significant differences?
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" What’s he mean by 1965? Well, reading most of the news, this morning, you’d never know. But I guarantee you that most KKK members and neo-Nazis know exactly what he is talking about.

"In 1965, we passed the Immigration and Nationality Act. That law essentially repealed the crux of a 1920s law called the Emergency Quota Act.

"The Emergency Quota Act (and a 1924 bill that slightly amended it) set quotas on immigration that were based on the number of people of a nationality currently in a country. The effect and intent of the law was abundantly clear. America was mostly white and European, and the law was going to keep it that way, by putting low and hard caps on “others,” while opening the doors to more white Europeans.

"The 1965 law opened up the doors to more immigrants, by bringing in people on the basis of their ability to contribute, and family they had here. It led to larger numbers of Asians, Latin Americans, and Africans immigrating to America.

"So, when Donald Trump points to 1965 and says we need to reform that law, “To keep immigration levels measured by population share within historical norms,” he means, “We need to keep America from becoming any more less white than it currently is.”
We've heard a ton about "optics" from the media and pundits lately. You know, usual blather about how emails don't "look good" for Hillary. Or how Donal...
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Imposed in the name of secularism, the bans had prohibited Muslim women from wearing the burkini — a full-body bathing suit designed to respect traditional codes of modesty — on the beach.
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Many quite striking similarities can be found in religious traditions from wildly different times and places. What do these similarities teach us about the nature of religion and human psychology? And, when we begin to note the similarities, are we in danger of also missing the significant differences?
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By Dr. Mikle South, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University In the past couple of days, a number of friends have asked for my opinion on a recent blogpost fro…
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A court in Saudi Arabia has handed down a guilty verdict in the case of a professed atheist accused of posting hundreds of tweets denying God's existence and criticizing religion. His sentence: a decade in prison, a fine and a flogging.
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Every time I hear this, I think less of Islam. The Saudi's lead the world in blaspheming against Islam, which is turning the world against that anachronistic remnant of barbaric Medieval religions. Why do we tolerate these intolerable savages?

Theocracies have no place in our current century, no more than does slavery and torture. It's time we as a species left these remnants of our childhood as a species far behind.
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NO NO NO NO NO!!!! 
A SpaceX rocket failed on a Cape Canaveral launch pad Thursday, shaking nearby buildings and spewing smoke into the sky.
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Can treating the immune system lead to a revolution in treating depression?
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I am a Transhumanist Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Possibilian, and a Bayesian Utilitarian. I have a PhD in computer science, and a minor in Ancient Near Eastern history. As a graduate student I taught Pearl of Great Price, Isaiah, and the Book of Mormon in the BYU Ancient Scripture department. I am currently a scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory doing ensemble machine learning research and computer assisted radiographic image analysis. My interests include artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistics, linguistics, consciousness, comparative ritual, RC model planes, and photography.
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James L. Carroll has a PhD in computer science, and a minor in Ancient Near Eastern history. He taught institute for several years. As a graduate student he taught Pearl of Great Price, Isaiah, and the Book of Mormon part time in the BYU Ancient Scripture department. 

He is currently a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, doing ensemble machine learning research and computer assisted raidographic analysis for nuclear stockpile stewardship. 

His interests involve artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistics, linguistics, epistemology, consciousness, comparative ritual, and photography. A current list of his publications is available here: http://james.jlcarroll.net/publications/.

His home page is http://james.jlcarroll.net

Religion: 

I attend a Unitarian Universalist congregation. I am culturally Mormon. And in belief I am a theist leaning possibilian transhumanist.

Politics: Moderate conservative

My political views are a jumble of utilitarian, libertarian, conservative, and progressive ideas. And I know what you are thinking, and I revel in the contradiction. I am a moderate first, and I am the enemy of partisanism, and extremism, which I think are the causes of most of the world's problems. 
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  • Woods Cross High School
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