Supreme Court rules against networks on indecent speech

The commission formally reversed its policy in March 2004 to declare even a single use of an expletive could be illegal.

The changes became known as the “Golden Globes Rule,” for singer Bono’s 2003 acceptance speech at the awards show on NBC, where he uttered the phrase “really, really, f—ing brilliant.”


All quotes  from http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/28/supreme.court.indecent.speech/

This not an example of profound human stupidity. It is even understandable that some want to protect their kids from foul language.

Nevertheless, the “Golden Globe Rule” seems to be going overboard.
This is just an amusing example of exaggerated dogmatic conservativism. It must be quite expensive to have all live television programs delayed a few seconds, so that professional who dedicates his live to beeper-button-pressing can bleep out any indecent word that could possibly be spoken.

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URMENSCH-DENKEN: Das verfluchte Erbe der Steinzeit

Sehr interessanter Spiegel Artikel!!

Menschliche Dummheit hat sicherlich viel mit unserer evolutionären Programmierung zu tun.  Was wir heute tun und denken ist davon geprägt was sich durch natürliche Selektion vor 100 000 Jahren in unseren Vorfahren entwickelt hat.


http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/mensch/0,1518,621317,00.html
Der Mensch hat im Laufe der Evolution viel gelernt – nicht alles erweist sich heutzutage als nützlich. Freund-Feind-Schemata und Pauschalisieren, das Suchen nach Mustern und monokausalen Zusammenhängen – der Literaturwissenschaftler Karl Eibl warnt vor den Gefahren dieses Steinzeit-Erbes.


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Social evolution and social influence: selfishness, deception, self-deception

Evolutionary Psychology: Social evolution and social influence: selfishness, deception, self-deception.

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University of California at Los Angeles

Social evolution and social influence: selfishness, deception, self-deception

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I. TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Table of contents 2

II. Rationality, consciousness, sincerity 3

A. Unconsciousness and irrationality: the myth of rationality 3
B. Deception: the myth of sincerity 4
C. Hypotheses of this paper: an overview 5

III. Evolutionary theory 6

A. Ultimate reasons 6
B. The survival of the fittest 7
C. Inclusive fitness and altruism: the selfish gene 7
D. Validity of evolutionary theory for humans 10
E. The influence of group living 11
F. War and intergroup violence: group selection revisited 13
G. Learning and culture 15

IV. Deception and impression management 16

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Problematic Human Rights: captured Somali pirates are usually released

Human Right are certainly a progress compared to middle age witch tortures and stalinistic despotic abuses.

But as all dogmas, maybe they should be questioned.  Setting pirates free after expensive capture, does that not encourage piracy and create human suffering? Potential victims of the next attack of the same pirates? Victims of other pirates who join the profession, because they see that their biggest risk is spending a day on a war ship, getting fed and then sent back home? Everyone in the world who pays higher cost for higher insurance premiums due to piracy?

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Busreklame: Werbung für ein Leben ohne Gott

http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/0,1518,612635,00.html 

11.03.2009

Werbung für ein Leben ohne Gott

Von Jens Lubbadeh

Gottlos glücklich: In Großbritannien und Spanien rollten sie bereits, nun sollen auch in deutschen Städten Busse Werbung für ein glückliches Leben ohne Gott machen. Die atheistischen Initiatoren sehen sich als Aufklärer, nicht als Missionare.

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 nach Angaben des Statistischen Bundesamtes gehören rund ein Drittel aller Deutschen keiner Religion an. Eine 2005 durchgeführte Erhebung von AP-Ipsos ergab, dass nur 22 Prozent der Deutschen keine Zweifel an der Existenz Gottes hegen. Atheisten und Agnostiker kommen dagegen gemeinsam auf 23 Prozent

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Atheisten-Vereinigung ” Brights“.

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 200 Busse fuhren mit der Botschaft “There is probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” durch London.

 

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Mother and doctor team excommunicated for live saving abortion in 9 year old rape incest victim. Rapist NOT excommunicated.

Bishop excommunicates mother and doctors for abortion of 9 year old rape victim whose life was in danger. Rapist stepfather was not excommuncated.
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Vatican backs abortion row bishop
A senior Vatican cleric has defended the excommunication in Brazil of the mother and doctors of a young girl who had an abortion with their help.
The nine-year-old had conceived twins after alleged abuse by her stepfather.
It comes a day after Brazil’s president criticised the Brazilian archbishop who excommunicated the people involved. Brazil only permits abortions in cases of rape or health risks to the mother. Doctors said the girl’s case met both these conditions, but the Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho said the law of God was above any human law. He said the excommunication would apply to the child’s mother and the doctors, but not to the girl because of her age
“It is a sad case but the real problem is that the twins conceived were two innocent persons, who had the right to live and could not be eliminated,” he said. “Life must always be protected, the attack on the Brazilian Church is unjustified.”
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Future German teachers doubt evolution

At least it looks much better then in the US. They are shocked by 15 % of teaching students disbelieving evolution.
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20.02.2009
KÜNFTIGE BIO-LEHRER

“Der Trend zum Kreationismus ist ungebrochen”

Ein Lehrer-Ausbilder schlägt Alarm. Jeder achte Lehramtsstudent zweifelt an der Evolution – auch künftige Bio-Lehrer, warnt Dittmar Graf von der TU Dortmund im Interview. In zwei Studien fand er heraus: Schuld trägt nicht allein die Religion.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Herr Graf, fast 15 Prozent der angehenden Lehrer an der Uni Dortmund zweifeln an der Evolutionstheorie. Das haben Sie vor zwei Jahren mit einer Studie herausgefunden
Graf: Wenn man auf mehr als 80 Prozent der Fragen Antworten gibt, die sich nicht mit der Evolutionstheorie vereinbaren lassen.
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Ecstasy less dangerous then alcohol and cigarettes, British Government Study shows

Studies ordered by the British government show that Ecstasy is less dangerous then alcohol and cigarettes. Still the penalties for ecstasy will continue as stringent as for heroin. A 1992 study published in Science Magazine, showing extreme damage caused by ecstasy consumption had to be rescinded because researches had injected the wrong drug (!)

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MDMA (‘ecstasy’): a review of its harms and classification under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 – Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

Studies ordered by the British government show that Ecstasy is less dangerous then alcohol and cigarettes. Still the penalties for ecstasy will continue as stringent as for heroin.

Extasy study rescinded

A 1992 study published in Science Magazine, showing extreme damage caused by ecstasy consumption had to be rescinded because researches had injected the wrong drug (!)

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