I'll fire back up.
I'm about halfway through the download.
MysticWicks endorsement: "I've always, always regarded the Discordians as being people who chose to be Discordians because they can't be arsed to actually do any work to develop a relationship with a specific deity, they were too wishy-washy to choose just one path, and they just want to be a mishmash of everything and not have to work at learning about rituals or traditions or any such thing as that."
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I'll fire back up.
Today ended well.
The real work will be to make sure I don't get booted out for drooping grades when I take physics, chem and calculus in autumn.
Today ended well.
The internet, to my mind is as big a leap in information transmission as the invention of the printing press was. The ramifications in terms of impact on the sharing of knowledge and ideas is of the same if not greater order of magnitude. The way we process ideas and subject them to examination and testing is accelerating the informing of the global consciousness. Ideas are much more rigorously tested, much quicker now than they used to be. Memetic evolution is selecting on an increasingly short timescale.
False ideas like many of the ones presented in religion are not strong enough to survive the ocean of critical analysis that is suddenly brought to bear on them and, because this analysis is now instantly made available to the whole world, these false ideas are falling pretty quickly, supplanted by replacement ideas that make much more coherent sense. It's still slow enough to disappoint some but at least most of those people would agree it's travelling in the right direction.
So yeah, I'd guess the internets has made a significant impact on religious affiliation. Hell, I can trace a massive decrease in my own - wooly mystical thinking - since I started using it. Much more effective, replacement concepts and descriptions have been made available to me. I purposefully bombard myself with new ones on a daily basis.
Being able to communicate and make friends with people outside of your immediate cultural surroundings almost certainly has a massive impact in people's ability and desire to tag themselves with an isolating label that forces them to filter everyone not bearing that label through a lens marked "other".
I mean, for example, it's really hard to draw an imaginary line between myself and Belgians and say "I am this thing, and they are that thing" when having daily conversations with Waffles and regret.
Bingbingbingbing! I agree. It also shifted information transmission from a location-based exchange (everyone gossips at church), to a peer-to-peer exchange (I can talk to you from half-the-world-away, or even last-week).
The 'third factor' is cellphones. Once we carried the phone around, it started breaking those word-to-mouth network-node's (church's) centralizing pull. People could feel a sense of community in radically new ways.
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/526111/how-the-internet-is-taking-away-americas-religion/Quote[Computer Scientist Allen Downey] says that the demise is the result of several factors but the most controversial of these is the rise of the Internet. He concludes that the increase in Internet use in the last two decades has caused a significant drop in religious affiliation.
It goes on to indicate that the University of Chicago's General Social Survey's data indicates a other factors causing people to lose their religion. Those are, a decline in religious upbringing and an increase in college level education. Downey says those stats are rather pail in comparison to the data of increased internet use.QuoteIf this third factor exists, it must have specific characteristics. It would have to be something new that was increasing in prevalence during the 1990s and 2000s, just like the Internet. “It is hard to imagine what that factor might be,” says Downey.
I thought perhaps that the increase in science and technology might account for the unknown data. The Internet is just a smaller factor in increasing knowledge acceleration. I mean amazing things seem to happen almost weekly. To my mind that tends to trump faith a bit.
What say you, folks?
Things are a whole lot better than they were a few weeks ago.
I am around good people and they have a kid and both the kids get along.
Had a renter drop, but may have another at a higher rent by today.
So far my business is not tanking horribly, I probably won't get shot in the near future, and my kid and I have a friendly home.
I was worried for a while there.
Oddly enough, symptom #1, headache, didn't happen.
When people bitch about the lack of fresh content around these parts, look to the shitneck herein and know.
Oh god, this is like every fucking meeting, ever.
Boss: "So what exactly is stopping us?"
Consultant: "Just ignore it."