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Health 101: Myth and Bloated Bureaucracies

Health 101: Myth and Bloated Bureaucracies

Myth #3: other country’s universal healthcare systems require bloated bureaucracies.  This first of two related myths, as summed up by TR Reid, has it that the universal healthcare systems of other wealthy countries are run by bloated bureaucracies. This is simply not true. Every other system Reid cited is less wasteful than ours. This is true whether they are public or private systems. Our for-profit setup has the highest administrative costs in the world. This is a major reason we spend more on healthcare and…

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Making Reality Behave, #2: Useful Fictions and the Scientific Method

Making Reality Behave, #2: Useful Fictions and the Scientific Method

“Scientific knowledge is the highest attainment upon the human plane, for science is the discoverer of realities. It is of two kinds: material and spiritual. Material science is the investigation of natural phenomena; divine science is the discovery and realization of spiritual verities. The world of humanity must acquire both. A bird has two wings; it cannot fly with one. Material and spiritual science are the two wings of human uplift and attainment. Both are necessary…” — Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of…

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Knowledge, Volition and Action: Heaven, Hell and Karma

Knowledge, Volition and Action: Heaven, Hell and Karma

A commenter on one of the Common Ground threads asked about the concepts of heaven and hell and what happened to people who didn’t accept the teachings of a particular Prophet. He was particularly concerned about “the destiny of the unlearned”. What happened to people who just simply refused to listen to those we Baha’is refer to as Manifestations of God? Didn’t the scriptures say they would be in manifest loss? Wasn’t that unfair?    Send article as PDF   

Knowledge, Volition and Action: Unraveling Secrets

Knowledge, Volition and Action: Unraveling Secrets

O God, O Thou Who hast cast Thy splendour over the luminous realities of men, shedding upon them the resplendent lights of knowledge and guidance, and hast chosen them out of all created things for this supernal grace, and hast caused them to encompass all things, to understand their inmost essence, and to disclose their mysteries, bringing them forth out of darkness into the visible world! “He verily showeth His special mercy to whomsoever He will.”  O Lord, help Thou…

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The Scientific Spirit #3: Russell on Unity and Plurality

The Scientific Spirit #3: Russell on Unity and Plurality

One of the most convincing aspects of the mystic illumination is the apparent revelation of the oneness of all things, giving rise to pantheism in religion and to monism in philosophy. — Bertrand Russell, Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays, “Unity and Plurality” Thus Bertrand Russell begins a chapter on Unity and Plurality in which he explores the metaphysical or mystical concept of “oneness”. The words “unity” and “oneness” are much-used in both religion (or mysticism) and philosophy, but are also prominent…

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Intelligence Squared 3: Refuting the Trinity

Intelligence Squared 3: Refuting the Trinity

No, not that Trinity. I refer to Lawrence Krauss’s trinity of claims about God that he feels must be refuted in order to refute God. A trinity of ideas he claims are based on faith rather than evidence. First, let me remind you of the story so far. There are two teams: Team Atheist is composed of physicist Lawrence Krauss and writer Michael Shermer, arguing the motion that “science refutes God”. Team Believer is composed of political commentator Dinesh D’Souza…

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The Bahá’í Faith and Complex Systems – Towards a 21st Century Mix of Science, Systems Theory, Philosophy, and Universal Religion.

The Bahá’í Faith and Complex Systems – Towards a 21st Century Mix of Science, Systems Theory, Philosophy, and Universal Religion.

For every part of the universe is connected with every other part … Cooperation and reciprocity are essential properties that are inherent in the unified system of the world of existence … ‘Abdu’l-Bahá A New Blogger Dear Friends: Please welcome a new blogger – Hamid Y. Javanbakht. You may know him from some of his comments and from forum posts under the name koinotely. The theme of his posts will be The Bahá’í Faith and Complex Systems – Towards A…

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