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July 6 , 2011           

Is religion good for you?
There was no Nederlog yesterday, and there is only a brief one today, but then it does give links some may enjoy a lot, others may dislike a lot, and that probably leaves few indifferent:

Altogether, it is over 97 minutes with Bill Maher on religion, who can be seen in the Vatican, in Israel, in Amsterdam (on the spot were Theo van Gogh was murdered and in "a coffeeshop"), in England, and talking with many true believers of the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Islamic faiths.

Bill Maher is an American comedian, and as I have said before - see

- he and I live in a time where you almost have to be a comedian to speak the truth and be widely heard (**). There is a lot more that's both amusing and educational in the last two links, and it also doesn't take 97 minutes.

The first link does, divided into 10 videos, but it is worth seeing, whether you are into religion or not.

I am not - see in my Philosophical Dictionary e.g. Atheism, Religion, Faith, Fanatic, God, Religion, Wishful thinking - and neither is Bill Maher, but he does explain why in a clear way, and also interviewed many religious believers, in front of the camera, who can't be all right, to put it very mildly.

Anyway... have fun: The above links should help you having it. (That is, unless you are cognitively challenged or a fanatic: Surely, if you are religious, it must be a problem for you that most religious people believe folks of your religion are mistaken, wrong, immoral, or what not, and your God(s) created them too.)

(*) The video is mirrored - which is most visible in text - and I suppose this is because it may break copyright, but it is on the internet, and since I have no TV and no health to go to the cinema this is the only way I can see it. Also, it may help some to come to their senses.

Incidentally, dr. Francis Collins, the present director of the NIH, also briefly appears among Maher's interviewees (namely in part 2 of 10).

(**) Scientists - the only profession where people are, provided all is well, as it regularly isn't that first and foremost concerned with finding what the real truth is (rather than in propagandizing a faith, political party, nation, or product) - are in fact rarely heard or read, other than by a few other scientists of their own kind, and considerably less often really understood than heard or read.

What's much more serious is that relatively few people have clear ideas about logical reasoning, scientific reasoning and rational argumentation - in consequence of which, so many are and have been taken in by propaganda of all kinds.

And the philosophers that are in the news and in the media are
mostly of some fraudulent kind. There are exceptions, to be sure,
but it is as with sane, rational, educated men and women of good will: They exist, but in a small minority, and neither beloved nor understood by the media or the general public. Then again, thus it has always been, and you find the main reasons in a list of links below.

P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.

The explanation for the popularity of religion as it is I gave under this link: The tragi-comical human fundamental problem  but maybe I should repeat it (in the hope it still works), as follows, also not to give any particular offense:

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.   Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:

7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

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