Retro Building Blocks wallpaper

Retro Building Blocks wallpaper

Maybe the reason fundamentalist, whether political or religious are dangerous and difficult to bring around to a more rational world view is that they retain some primitive biological baggage in their brains, Neuroscience and Fundamentalism

Clinging or adhering to a currently accepted practice, for example believing stone tools are perfectly fine, and questioning and searching for new tool solutions (in other words, to wonder if bone might make a more suitable implement) represent two very different ways of dealing with current circumstances. Adherence begets consistency or stability; questioning, searching, and discovering innovative alternatives, which is creativity, leads to change.

Certainly, human acts of consistency or creativity require a highly elaborate and functional brain. If stone was an adequate tool material, we at least had the good sense to continue using it after the first try. Still, there is something special about the desire for novel alternatives. No other being with which we share the planet demonstrates the human capacity to continuously spawn newness. It is the height of evolution and stems from some of the most evolved and sophisticated parts of the brain.

The implication that adherence behavior could involve a more primitive or phylogenetically older portion of the brain should not be an altogether startling notion. After all, given the most basic understanding, we would expect that early humans eventually became unstuck from various conditions because of an increasingly evolved reasoning power. Our capacity for creativity expanded and so we conceived of new and often better ways to do things.

Could this same logic begin to offer some insight into why, today, some people seem unwilling to break free from certain beliefs or ideologies which are contrary to sound science, or worse, lead to terrible acts of inhumanity?

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the light of every passing ship

I can understand why so many people would like the Republican hate mongers to put a sock in it. They rarely if ever have anything valuable to contribute to the the national discourse or the course of real progress in America. On the other hand better to let the O’Reillys and Limbaughs spew their garbage. Its not the culture war, liberals have won that, its the war of ideas. Its a battle between rational compassionate Americans and the incoherent thoughts that bounce off the walls of the Rightie pundits near empty skulls and eventually find their way onto the air waves. We’re winning that too. The harder the Right tries to offer up some a justification for what they say they sink just a little more into the muck, Digging a Deeper Hole: Rush Responds to Our New Ad. A combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan makes an ad for VoteVets.org in their reply to Limbaugh’s original “phony soldiers” slur which Limbaugh is still denying despite word for word transcripts and published recordings of the broadcast. Hearing the ad Limbaugh replies,

This is such a blatant use of a valiant combat veteran, lying to him about what I said and then strapping those lies to his belt, sending him out via the media and a TV ad to walk into as many people as he can walk into.

This man will always be a hero to this country with everyone. Whoever pumped him full of these lies about what I said and embarrassed him with this ad has betrayed him, they aren’t hurting me. They are betraying this soldier.

Limbaugh doesn’t think that Brian McGough can comprehend what he hears or reads. Limbaugh thinks that anyone that dares disagree with him has been “betrayed”. McGough’s reply to the draft dodging drug addict,

I can assure you that I am no suicide bomber and that I can think for myself. […]

Rush, your phony soldier comments pissed me off. The audacity of someone like you who never had the courage to stand and fight for what you believe in makes my head spin. That is what made me stand up and state my convictions in front of a camera. I wanted to point out that you are wrong. I am not a phony soldier. […]

n the commercial I just taped, I told you unless you had the guts to say something to my face, stop telling lies about my service. Well you haven’t had the guts to say it to my face, but I am waiting and the offer is still on the table.

Brian has his own blog here.
If you go to the Think Progress link among the first comments a Republican commenter writes,

Once again, libs had to find a veteran with brain damage (read liberal victim) to carry their fight to Limbaugh.

Where is Harken, etc., to fight Limbaugh?

… so are you going to roll out your grandmothers, children or multiple amputies to hide behind next?

Rush is right – you lied to this guy, got him riled up and wheeled him into the media spotlight – you have no shame.

Comment by Jason M. Hendler — October 2, 2007 @ 8:51 pm

Jason is in accord with Limbaugh that to disagree with the Rushmiester and The Decider means you’re phony, must have brain damage, and have no will of your own. You don’t want  punks like Jason or Rush to shut up you want them to keep talking. They do such a great job of exposing themselves and their movement for the shallow heartless rabid nationalists they are, they do half our work for us. On the other hand there is no excuse what so ever for forcing tax payers to foot the bill to foist Limbaugh’s extremist and insulting propaganda to the troops over Armed Forces Radio, Take Rush Limbaugh Off Armed Forces Radio by General Wesley Clark

Last week, Rush Limbaugh labeled any American soldier who supports an end to the war in Iraq as “phony.” We challenged Limbaugh through an email campaign to invite VoteVets.org’s Jon Soltz to his show and repeat these same insults to an Iraq war veteran’s face. Over 10,000 people responded and emailed Rush — but to our disappointment, he has refused to respond to our request.

It’s time to put real pressure on Rush Limbaugh. His show is broadcast on Armed Forces Radio, and this time we are going to go straight to the lifeblood of Rush’s show — Congress. Congress has the power to remove Rush Limbaugh from Armed Forces Radio, and it won’t be as easy for elected officials to ignore our call.

Tax dollars are used to fund Armed Forces Radio, and that money is not intended for radio show hosts to spout insults at our soldiers. These “phony soldiers” have simply exercised their right to free speech, as Rush Limbaugh does on a daily basis. Simply because a majority of our troops who return from Iraq disagree with Rush on Bush’s failed war policy does not give him the right to dishonor their service.

Just a small fraction of disagreement with the General. Limbaugh has the right to insult our troops, but he doesn’t have the right to do so on the taxpayers dime and to do so without any counter commentary. You know for fairness and balance and all.

Another Rightie tries disparately to keep her cellar stocked with French champaign and somehow remain relevant, THE ANN COULTER OLDIES TOUR

Good point, Clarence Thomas Takes the Low Road, and Should Recuse Himself from Key Cases – Brent Budowsky

The new term has begun for a bitterly divided court in a dangerously divided nation, and the most visible event was a Supreme Court justice using the court’s return as a book promotion to remind the world of his enemies, demons, biases and vendettas.

This is extraordinary and unprecedented.

Justice Clarence Thomas should now recuse himself from any cases involving any litigants who opposed his confirmation, because his attacks on them destroy any pretense of judicial impartiality. This is a man with a chip on his shoulder, axes to grind and scores to settle.

There is no need to re-litigate the issues surrounding his confirmation, our opinions of his tenure on the court or his various commentaries on divisive political and social issues. Perhaps Justice Thomas would feel more comfortable leaving the Supreme Court and running for public office — or hosting a conservative radio talk show.

The bottom line is this: The essence of the highest court in the land is the appearance and reality of judicial impartiality, with justices who stand for judicial temperament, fairness and respect for the law without using the forum of the court to settle scores with enemies or demonize those with whom they disagree.

There will be litigants with cases before the court who opposed Thomas’s confirmation, and because Justice Thomas cannot control his urge to attack them while he sits in judgment of them, he should recuse himself from cases involving any of them.

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the light of every passing ship. ~ General Omar N. Bradley