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Some Anti-Theist Religious Bits & Pieces: Round Nine

Of all of those Big Questions central to philosophical concepts that surround life, the universe and everything, the realms of theology and religions and the nature of deities continue to fascinate. Opinions proliferate in books, articles, videos, conversations in bars and pubs, and in fact anywhere and everywhere two or more humans are in proximity. There's the pro side; there's the anti-side. There aren't too many fence-sitters. I'm still in the anti-camp as the following bits and pieces illustrate.

Regarding Religion

*There have been and are thousands of mutually exclusive religions throughout the world. As implied, not all of these religions can be correct. There have been and are therefore thousands of mutually exclusive deities worshipped throughout the world. As implied, not all of these deities can be correct. Therefore, many of these religions / deities must have been inventions of and by the human mind. Therefore these / those deities that f…

Short Introduction to Salvador Dali's Painting "The Persistence of Memory"

Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory is one of his most cherished works from a prolific lifetime. It was painted in 1931 long after he attended art school in Madrid and Barcelona. His early work throughout his education reflects an unusual aptitude for a wide variety of styles.

In the 1930's Dali's unparalleled ability as an artist was combined with his discovery of Sigmund Freud's teachings about subconscious imagery, and his recognizable mature style was introduced to the world. Before painting The Persistence of Memory Dali had also become acquainted with the Paris Surrealists. He felt enabled to create groundbreaking art that would establish the reality within the subconscious.

The iconic imagery of the melting pocket watch has made The Persistence of Memory one of Dali's most recognizable paintings. The painting is a splendid example of the contrast between sharp hard lines and melting softness. The watches themselves symbolize the conce…

How's That Leader DOING ?

The late, former mayor of New York City, Ed Koch, was perhaps, the one who made popular, asking his constituents, How am I doing? However, whether this was merely a style, technique, etc, or a desire to acquire meaningful, valuable, important feedback, in this specific case, might have been somewhat questionable! However, be that as it may, a quality, effective leader, needs to receive, with an open - mind, some objective critiques, suggestions, and feedback. Since most people possess either an overly rosy, or excessively negative self - image, it is often challenging, for them to be truly, objectively introspective! For this and many other reasons, it is always a valuable exercise, to review, and see how a leader, is DOING. 

1. Dreams; deliver:

Does the individual possess dreams and a vital, vibrant vision, which align, with the mission and objectives of the group he serves? What motivates someone, to become a leader? Is it based on a dream, which translates to rel…

The Battle Of BCD: Winning Versus Losing Leadership

Although I have been involved in all aspects and areas of leadership, for four decades, from identifying and qualifying, to training and developing, consulting, and serving as a leader, and truly believe organizations must take seriously developing the right individuals to serve as leaders, in the final analysis, how someone performs in these positions, to a very large degree, depends on the individual, and the choices he makes! Robert Frost famously wrote of the paths one takes when he comes to a fork in the road, and quality, effective, meaningful leaders, almost always look at, and do things, differently, than the wannabes! I refer to this difference in mindset, choices, vision, and action, as the BCD, and it often is the determining concept, between winning versus losing leadership.

1. Blame versus benefits:

Those pseudo - leaders, who try to convince others to choose them, although they often have little vision, or solutions, generally resort to the infamous, b…

Short Introduction to Scientist Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton was a preeminent contributor to the fields of mathematics and physics. He was born in 1642 in Lincolnshire, England, and was described as a natural philosopher during his lifetime. His work guided the scientific revolution during the 17th century. Until today Newton is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution.

As a child Newton attended The King's School in Grantham where he began to develop a foundational knowledge of mathematics. After being widowed for the second time Newton's mother tried to motivate him to become a farmer. He hated leaving school and was re-admitted after the headmaster convinced his mother to let him return. He subsequently rose to be the highest-ranked pupil.

Newton began studying at Cambridge's Trinity College in 1661. It was there that he recorded his first theories about mechanics. His work was informed by his study of philosophy and astro…

The Great Food Rescue

Is food waste high on your agenda? Did you see the BBC Program about the charity that has sprung up with the assistance of volunteers and how they are trying to turn their venture into a national phenomenon. There are already small groups working throughout the country recycling the waste, perfectly edible food that would otherwise go into landfill.

Beginning in Oxford, six years ago this great group of people are now spreading their venture to London and eventually throughout the country. The volunteers collect unwanted food items from small and large supermarkets, specialist shops and wholesalers. Much of the produce never even gets into the shops, although I see Tesco and possibly others do have a wonky veg area. The national waste is humongous, a supply of perfectly good edible food in currently wasted.

The team is headed by Robin Aikin and David Cains and supported by over a hundred volunteer in their initial area. They have contacted local charities who feed t…