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"Meanwhile such research as Barbara Frederickson’s work on positive emotions and Tania Singer’s work on compassion finds that meditation enhances connection, empathy, and other socially active qualities." #mindfulness  
I go back about 35 years in the do-good PR and communications field and have spent much of the last decade working to build awareness of specific ways contemplative practice can facilitate deep social and environmental change. So I’m heartened by the surge of mainstream media coverage of mindfulne
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How Valuable Is Your, My, & Their Lives?

How do you measure the worth of a life? Is your life more valuable than mine? Is a cow's life more valuable than a cat's?

To me, this is one of those questions that doesn't have a simple answer -- mostly because it's seems nonsensical to valuate an individual's life. After all, a life is as valuable as it is the person living that life, and in my case this is to say that it's the most valuable thing I could ever posses. As such, it doesn't make sense to me to decide on behalf of others that their life is somehow less valuable than my own. I most certainly don't subscribe to the position that +Diz Missem takes in this conversation.

What do you think though? Is it somehow reasonable to decide that someone else's life has so little value that it's acceptable to needlessly end that life just because you want to?
 

+Diz Missem: "If people did not eat animals then those animals would have no reason to exist."

Hmm... FWIW, that seems like such a strange notion to me. Do I understand you correctly, +Diz Missem, that animals designated as being for eating only have a value when we eat them?

If so, then to my way of thinking this opens a whole slew of questions. e.g. Did they not have a reason to exist until humans started eating them? If we stopped eating them, would they then be meaningless beings? If a certain species is killed and eaten in one country or culture but it's taboo to do so in another (e.g. as is the case with dogs, cows, cats, pigs, etc.), then where does the being's reason to exist come from in either context?

For myself, I've interacted with and studied animals so much that I've come to have strong certainties about their self-hood, and much like human-animals draw their reason for existing from that well, it's clear to me that non-human-animals are no different in this regard.

At least, that's how I see it -- what do you think?

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This post is one in a series in which excerpts of discussions on veganism from other threads are reposted (or paraphrased) for the sake of expanding the conversation. As always, your thoughts and questions are welcome. See the full collection via the #spommveganchats hash (or perhaps with a more robust search, such as goo.gl/JoxZC ).

(for anyone requiring/desiring more context, the original conversation can be found at goo.gl/63476p )

#vegan #animalrights #spommveganchatsnoreasontoexist
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"If we win, it’s not going to be because we had more money than other Super PACs, or even because we’ve got more people on our side (though we can’t win without more people on our side, certainly.) It’ll be because when you have ideas, we’ll help empower each other to see those ideas to fruition. We’re not just going to re-invent campaign finance, we also intend to reinvent campaigning itself. We’ll need to be disruptive, in all the good ways."

https://mayday.us/2014/07/04/WeDidIt/
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Professor Landes contributes our understanding of the French Revolution with an illustration of women's role in that history. Women's post-revolutionary exclusion from public sphere activism and politics is ironic, considering that liberty was one of the revolution's chief aims. Please read the review if this topic is of interest.

#knowledge   #people   #women  
Professor Joan Landes has written a book that stands as a partial rebuttal to the notion of a public sphere as democratizing. In The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere, Jurgen Habermas explained that, in 17th Cent...
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Malek Bennabi, a prominent Algerian thinker, writer and philosopher who wrote about human society, particularly Muslim society and reasons causing the fall of Muslim civilization.

http://arabicquotes.co.uk/post/89149084730

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malek_Bennabi
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Biodiversity of Mollusca (world): Analytics, Chart and Gmap, by Christophe Avon and Pascale Courtial, 2014.
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Think Lucky
The best opportunities arise when you approach life with a flexible mind-set.

see how you can get out of the unlucky column:

1. If you think this way about: Romantic Relationships

"Here's my checklist. He has to be smart, attractive, financially secure, subscribe to The New York Times, love to cook, and love dogs."

Try this approach instead: "I don't really have a type. I'm open to anyone as long as he's a good person. I'll know it when I see it."

2. If you think this way about: Work

"I need to finish this project by 11, team meeting at 12, lunch at 1, finish that report this afternoon, and I'm home free by 6."

Try this approach instead: "I want to try to accomplish two major things today, but in my downtime, I'm going to explore a few other ideas that could help the company or my career."

3. If you think this way about: Friendships

"I already have a handful of really wonderful friends. I don't need or have time for anymore."

Try this approach instead: "I love to make new friends, even if it never goes farther than a conversation and Google plus friending."

4. If you think this way about: Errands

"I need to hit the dry cleaner, the bank, and the grocery store. I should be home in time for the game."

Try this approach instead: "I have to get these things done, but I'm not going to rush because I don't really know what to expect or whom I'll meet. It will be interesting to see how it works out."

5. If you think this way about: Business Meetings

"I'm meeting up with this person to do a deal, not thinking of them as a friend or a potential partner."

Try this approach instead: "I'll accept a meeting with anyone, anytime, because you never know where it might lead—even if it's five years down the road."

Go Lucky! :D
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Brief Description of the Fourteen Personality Disorders of DSM-III, DSM-III-R, and DSM-IV

Schizoid: Apathetic, indifferent, remote, solitary. Neither desires nor need human attachments. Minimal awareness of feelings of self or others. Few drives or ambitions, if any.

Avoidant: Hesitant, self-conscious, embarrassed, anxious. Tense in social situations due to fear of rejection. Plagued by constant performance anxiety. Sees self as inept, inferior, or unappealing. Feels alone and empty.

Depressive: Somber, discouraged, pessimistic, brooding, fatalistic. Presents self as vulnerable and abandoned. Feels valueless, guilty, and impotent. Judges self as worthy only of criticism and contempt.

Dependent: Helpless, incompetent, submissive, immature. Withdraws from adult responsibilities. Sees self as weak or fragile. Seeks constant reassurance from stronger figures.

Histrionic: Dramatic, seductive, shallow, stimulus-seeking, vain. Overreacts to minor events. Exhibitionistic as a means of securing attention and favors. Sees self as attractive and charming.

Narcissistic: Egotistical, arrogant, grandiose, insouciant. Preoccupied with fantasies of success, beauty, or achievement. Sees self as admirable and superior, and therefore entitled to special treatment.

Antisocial: Impulsive, irresponsible, deviant, unruly. Acts without due consideration. Meets social obligations only when self-serving. Disrespects societal customs, rules, and standards. Sees self as free and independent.

Sadistic: Explosively hostile, abrasive, cruel, dogmatic. Liable to sudden outbursts of rage. Feels selfsatisfied through dominating, intimidating and humiling others. Is opinionated and closeminded.

Compulsive: Restrained, conscientious, respectful, rigid. Maintains a rule-bound lifestyle. Adheres closely to social conventions. Sees the world in terms of regulations and hierarchies. Sees self as devoted,
reliable, efficient, and productive.

Negativistic: Resentful, contrary, skeptical, discontented. Resist fulfilling others’ expectations. Deliberately inefficient. Vents anger indirectly by undermining others’ goals. Alternately moody and irritable, then sullen and withdrawn.

Masochistic: Deferential, pleasure-phobic, servile, blameful, self-effacing. Encourages others to take advantage. Deliberately defeats own achievements. Seeks condemning or mistreatful partners.

Paranoid: Guarded, defensive, distrustful and suspiciousness. Hypervigilant to the motives of others to undermine or do harm. Always seeking confirmatory evidence of hidden schemes. Feels righteous, but persecuted.

Schizotypal: Eccentric, self-estranged, bizarre, absent. Exhibits peculiar mannerisms and behaviors. Thinks can read thoughts of others. Preoccupied with odd daydreams and beliefs. Blurs line between reality and fantasy.

Borderline: Unpredictable, manipulative, unstable. Frantically fears abandonment and isolation. Experiences rapidly fluctuating moods. Shifts rapidly between loving and hating. Sees self and others alternatively as all-good and all-bad.

Source: http://counsellingresource.com/
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FREE BOOK IN PDF - THE MAN OF GOD. 
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I created this site (Google), to show the world this book. 
From this date, June 20, 2014, THE MAN OF GOD, book with 185 pages and 180 posts, shall be free PDF. 
Note: This book can be printed and sold in Portuguese, and other languages, without payment to the author, provided that you retain the cover, and do not change the text. 
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Meet the Hubble Telescope 12 Tonight's Sky: September 2013 Hubble News Update! Horse of a Different Color: Hubble's Universe Unfiltered Webb's Shaping Up: Behind the Webb Will Comet ISON Break Up? News From Hubble and A...
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"The misinformation about LNG post coital contraception has essentially become urban medical myth, sometimes perpetuated with good intentions (reporters trying to strive for due diligence or health care professionals trying to teach students or explain to patients) and sometimes with bad intentions (Justice Alito et al and the American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYNs I’m looking at you).

Fortunately there are excellent studies that tell us exactly how Plan B works so let’s get to it:"
Never has a medication been more misunderstood than poor Plan B (levonorgestrel or LNG), a post coital contraceptive (a.k.a. morning-after pill). It's not just Justices Alito, Thomas, Roberts, Scal...
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W. A. S. Biodiversity: Global World CORALS STATUS: RED LIST, CHARTS, ANALYTICS.
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Acanthocephala Brachiopoda Bryozoa and Miscl. (world): Analytics, Chart and Gmap, by Christophe Avon and Pascale Courtial.
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This is an excellent history of science for the layperson. It presents both the advances in scientific knowledge over the centuries and highlights the individuals whose thoughts changed our understanding of the physical world. A lucid and engaging read. I hope you find the review both enjoyable and informative.

#share   #knowledge   #scienceeducation  
There is a time when one has to put aside the objective-sounding pedantry of book review formulae and say “this is a great book.” The discovery and reading of John Gribbin’s The Scientists is one such time.   I apologize for ...
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Biodiversity of Coleoptera Carabidae (world): Analytics, Chart and Gmap, by Christophe Avon and Pascale Courtial, 2014.
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