Mental Health Risks For Political Activists

  We’ve heard of mental health risks for trauma victims, models, high-performance athletes, people in the public eye, soldiers, executives, people living in poverty, and many other social demographics. As a political activist who studies and works in healthcare, is currently on a placement in a mental health unit, and has had personal struggles with … Continue reading

Scientology Ad in University of Toronto Student Newspaper

This ad was spotted by a friend in the University of Toronto student paper, The Varsity. Quick questions for the CoS: * Would the customer be buying the book at $16.00, or making a “fixed donation” of $16.00? * Is there a student discount? For more on Scientology, click here.

SocialRank.com’s #1 atheist blog post for January 20, 2008

The Frame Problem was honoured today by SocialRank.com, a ranker of blogs and blog entries. SocialRank.com‘s atheist blog tracker ChallengeReligion.com has recognized “Freedom of expression doesn’t mean the right to offend”; Dutch government bracing self for violent Muslim protest to anti-Muslim film as the #1 atheist blog post for January 20, 2008.

“Freedom of expression doesn’t mean the right to offend”; Dutch government bracing self for violent Muslim protest to anti-Muslim film

False. Freedom of expression does entail freedom to offend. In fact, in many ways freedom of expression is the right to offend. No one ever fought for the right to say nonoffensive things. No one ever censored nonoffensive statements. The ludicrous suggestion that freedom of expression does not apply to offensive statements—it sounds even more ridiculous … Continue reading

Big Brother 2.0: Microsoft’s Orwellian innovation

Microsoft has submitted a patent application for a new Big Brotheresque software program capable of remotely monitoring a worker’s productivity, competence and physical wellbeing. This takes the monitoring of people at work to a new level, say civil liberties groups, privacy lawyers and the Information Commisioner.

Finding meaning in wonder and well-being: An ex-fundamentalist’s tale

In what is one of the top WordPress stories today, Karen at de-Conversion presents the story of an ex-Christian fundamentalist (Southern Baptist), Bryan, who after leaving his faith eventually finds meaning in wonder and promoting well-being in self and others. This is a beautiful story that speaks to the indescribable value of a number of easily … Continue reading

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