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Validate Your Life : Productivity and Minimalism, Tech, Atheism, and More

Summary: The Validate Your Life and TheNerdCoach main podcast for all projects include audio blog archives, the new audio blog, one and the same recordings episodes, the NLP Practitioner Series, Linuxgeekoid recordings, and the Christmas Carol recordings. This is, unquestionably, the motherload!

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 13 Evernote – Review, Tech Notes, and Productivity and Minimalism – TNC s03e13 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:44

I think the tl;dr of this post is: Never use a note-taking app (regardless of how fast, good synchronization, sleek, and/or well-coded) for productivity (doing so wreaks havoc; use separate container (app, .txt, whatever) for set things you want to and...

 How to Win at Chess and Other Casual Thoughts – TNC s03e12 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:23:22

  The Podcast covers... Dan King's 10 Rules for how to win at chess (1-3 considered Opening-Game, 4-7 considered MiddleGame, 8-10 consdiered EndGame) Open with a Centre Pawn Bring out your pieces Castle as quickly as possible Look for captures Study you opponent's last move carefully Look out for tactics Go for the King Know the basic checkmates Make a new Queen Use your King My 10 Reminders to keep in mind for 'openings' *1. Move each piece once with the goal of mobilizing all your pieces. (Ensures comprehensive development, high utilization, and tempo-loss-avoidance of pieces). This ensures 1)comprehensive development (wholistic development of your entire piece set) 2)tempo-loss avoidance (you don’t lose a tempo). 3)high utility of piece set (each piece has something to do).] In the event that one of your pieces gets attacked in the first 6-8 moves, your opponent most likely deviated from this core guideline by moving a piece more than once and will likely have lost tempo, or have an undeveloped opening. Exploit that as much as possible. The opening should be devoted to assembling your arsenal of pieces not just one small area of the chess board. Dynamically mobilize your entire “chess troop” instead of just one or two pieces. Moving one or two pieces works best for middle game when you have the freedom of movement, flexbility, and support of all your other pieces after a solid opening game. Not developing your pieces in the opening can wreck your middle game. For any utilization of core tactics, you’ll have to develop. 2. Control the center. The center four squares (d4,d5,e4,e5) and the extended center (d4,d5,e4,e5,c6,d6,e6,f6,f5,f4,f3,e3,d3,c3,c4, and c5) to maximize cramped opponent play and open flexible and versatile play and options for you. 3. After castling, don’t allow your opponent to open a file in front of your king. Before castling you can just castle to the protected side if a file opens up on the a,b,or xor f,g,h files. But after castling you must use those as a protective barrier for the king. 4. Develop your pieces on each half of the board equally. *5. Don’t cross the center line in the opening. Usually if you cross the center line, you’ve had to violate the first rule of openings (Move each piece once). With a few exceptions, like the Ruy Lopez which crosses the center line on the third move to attack a key opponent piece, pieces should generally develop on your half of the board in the opening to develop a strong foundation. 6. Avoid captures that will develop your opponent’s pieces. In other words, if you h ave the option to take your opponent’s f-file pawn or their e-file pawn and the f-file take will destroy your opponent’s king protection, while taking the e-file pawn will enable your opponent to develop his pieces and control the center, definitely take the f-file pawn! Instead of making captures that result in bolstering your opponent’s development, make captures that cramp and stifle the development of your opponents pieces and enhance your own development. Notable examples of this are a queen exchange where your opponent must recapture with the King, costing the option of castling. 7. Avoid exchanging bishops for knights. Bishops and Knights fluctuate in value throughout the course of the game. In the opening bishops hold more value than knights because their long-ranged attacks. In the endgame knights can prove to have a greater value for their decisive ability to fork your opponent’s pieces. Additionally, for some players having two bishops can positively effect your play more than having two knights, depending on your style of playing. Then the “bishop pair” can have greater value than a knight and a bishop, especially for certain styles of play. Conclusively, bishops and knights have variant values depending on the player and the stage of the game, but in the opening some players prefer to hold onto bishops.

 Saying No – Productivity and Minimalism – TNC s03e11 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:36

I was "grown up" and raised for a large portion of my youth to be a "nice guy", a nice guy who always said 'yes'.  Thus, in adolescence and adulthood, I felt quite scattered. I have learned (the hard way after a lot of wasted time) the validity and necessity and control of 'saying no'. It feels so good to say "no".  But saying it not smugly, just joyfully.  You're saying "No, thanks" and you IMPLY "I am not wasting my finite time on your gig, your party, your rubbish, your broken situation".  By saying "no" you avoid the distorting cause-and-effect of diverting your time to something you wouldn't do.  For awhile saying no was challenging and something I felt like patting myself on the back for if I did so.  Nowadays, saying no is exhilarating and joyful; "saying no" is better than saying yes. Post-Karaoke Push-Car Tavern, Garage Sale, Fail Abuse Fail Stop Infectious Gifts Declining Invitations Gracefully Diminishing Exhaustio n: The Validity of Saying "No" One toxic thing I've noticed is that people who know I dislike them and dislike their invitations have employed is this disingenuous and implicit "invitations".  Instead of directly asking me, people will drop a note or try to influence me to interact with them.  That's worse than an outright invitation because it's so duplicit.  Stay away from those people and enjoy (savour the exhilaration) of saying no and shaping how you use your time. Just FYI almost entirely certain that this is the LAST Season of TheNerdCoach, basically, it's meh.  now 63 podcasts and blogs in 63 days (which are in addition to the other 700 posts and other podcasts) and meh.  Not enough traffic.  The posts are meaningful and rewarding to me, and likely to others, but meh.  This is prob last season of TNC.  More interested in doing Vlog sequences but then will prob outgrow that lol (maybe).

 Carmina Burana (That’s All I Will Say Is) Carmina Burana and Symphony 31 – TNC s03e10 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:02

Mozart's 31st Symphony   Mozart's Symphony No. 31 (aka "Paris Symphony" aka 31st Symphony aka for hyper-classical-technical-ppl 'K.297/300a) is...awesome.  It's jovial and happy.  The pace is fast-slow-fast with allegro - quick and brisk andante - 'walking' allegro - quick and brisk It can be awesome to familiarize yourself with a few select classical music things.  Things that are helpful are a FEW (not all) but a few tempo markings; when learning about classical music, those are really useful (and knowing what those italian words mean).  That's useful because you can see the movements, and then guesstimate the tempo of each movement and then knowing that listen and be like 'ah this just got slower must be...whatever movement has slower tempo'.  It's awesome to get into the classical music that way. More details are in the podcast.       Carmina Burana Carmina Burana is one of those compositions that sounds like it was composed and premiered in Medieval Times shortly after the Gregorian Chant faded in interest.  Not so, however!  You may find it astonishing to learn that Carmina Burana was composed by Carl Orff from 1935-1936!  So it's less than 80 years old.  What does it mean?  Why is everyone so sincerely or intensely (or demonically?) chanting in it? What are they singing about?  It is easily one of the most serious and menacing compositions, and those questions are good and appropriate. If you want to know exactly what is being chanted about in 'O Fortuna', the most famous snippet of Carmina Burana it is: O Fortuna velut luna statu variabilis, semper crescis aut decrescis; vita detestabilis nunc obdurat et tunc curat ludo mentis aciem, egestatem, potestatem dissolvit ut glaciem. Sors immanis et inanis, rota tu volubilis, status malus, vana salus semper dissolubilis, obumbrata et velata michi quoque niteris; nunc per ludum dorsum nudum fero tui sceleris. Sors salutis et virtutis michi nunc contraria, est affectus et defectus semper in angaria. Hac in hora sine mora corde pulsum tangite; quod per sortem sternit fortem, mecum omnes plangite! O Fortune, like the moon you are changeable, ever waxing and waning; hateful life first oppresses and then soothes as fancy takes it; poverty and power it melts them like ice. Fate – monstrous and empty, you whirling wheel, you are malevolent, well-being is vain and always fades to nothing, shadowed and veiled you plague me too; now through the game I bring my bare back to your villainy. Fate is against me in health and virtue, driven on and weighted down, always enslaved. So at this hour without delay pluck the vibrating strings; since Fate strikes down the strong man, everyone weep with me! Obviously, it has something to do with Fate and Fortune.  Fate, being quite a serious topic, is part of the explanation for this piece sounding so serious.  But if you were convinced it sounded as if it were from the Middle Ages instead of the 20th century, you wouldn't be too far off in a way.  Carmina Burana was originally a collection manuscript of 254 Medieval poems that appeared somewhere from the 11th-13th century.  In the poems, the full title is Carmina Burana, which means "Songs of Beuern" with subtitle "Secular songs for singers and choruses to be sung together with instruments and magic images", and he composition the "Wheel of Fortune" is depicted amongst other things.  So if you thought that this sounds Medieval upon initially hearing it, that's a good ear; Orff likely explicitly engendered that Medieval sound for this 20th century piece.

 Voice Journal TNC s03e08 – Loved this One! Instant Sharing, Programmed Updates, Attractive Women Old Journals! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:11

Recorded 2012/12/31 I really liked this voice journal considerably. Very relaxed, reflective, engineering mode. In it I discuss instant sharing programmed updates Reread some old journals and noticed this pattern of seeing or interacting with a...

 No Fronkey, Dawkins, Atheism FTW – TNC s03e07 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:08:23

Details are in the podcast Darwin himself knew well – the equipment for running fast is used to outrun rivals of the same species, who are fleeing from the same predator. Dawkins, Richard (2009-09-18). The Greatest Show on Earth (p. 383). Simon & S...

 Some Thoughts on Some of Kurzweil’s Predictions – TNC s03e06 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:48:58

Core thought of some ideas and good reference. Tons more details and some of the 2019, 2029, and even the (almost uselessly vague) 2099 predictions in the podcast.  I quite fancied some of the 2019 ones. Basically, apparently augments, 'Robot Rights...

 The 8 Types of Numbers – TNC s03e05 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5:47

Complex Numbers (1) Imaginary Numbers (2) Real Numbers (3) - R Rational Numbers (4) - Q (Quotient) Counting Numbers (5) - N (Natural) Whole Numbers (6) - W (Whole) Integers (7) - Z (lol, no idea why integer is 'zed') Irrational Numbers (8) - Q` ('not' Quotient) Check the Podcast for Full Details.    

 Turning off Browser Images Can Save you Mullah and Time! – TNC s03e04 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:20

Have select 'internet-enabled times' of finite intervals where you want to specifically accomplish things.  It's still quite awesome and dandy to enjoy the net with images on (and I quasi-contract the content of this post after having delightfully perused TheSun news source, with images on).  Nevertheless, when you really want to accomplish specific things (like research or writing a blog post or whatnot) this post is helpful in that regard. These could be 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or daringly, an hour. This will accomplish a multitude of very good things. For one, it will save you money. You won't browse the practically infinite digital shelves of Amazon and peruse online stores ad infinitum, nor purchase things randomly that you don't need, nor wreak havoc in your finances. Instead, if you want to purchase something online I recommend this sick awesome 'safe' procedure.  Have in mind what you want. (I will use the example of a hard-to-find quality cat litter bin). Deactivate browser images. This can be accomplished under the 'Content' section of both Chrome and Firefox (and any other browser as well). This is important because you are now immune to enticing pictures of random crud that you don't need. Secondly, you only focus on the descriptions and if something 'looks alluring', well, you won't know about it and will much more likely get something that is a proper fit. You can check dimensions of things to ensure they will fit where you designate them to belong, with the finite coordinates and/or receptacles! Envision the precise coordinates of where the item will be located. Again, this sounds overkill, but if you do these steps that I outline in 'TURN OFF INTERNET', you will never purchase clutter online ever again. Sounds awesome, eh? Indeed it is; it is unquestionably awesome to have 100% immunity to online clutter purchases. Booya! Wahoo! Yippee! Now, plug in Principle 3 when you plan to purchase something. Envisioning where something will 'go', where you will store something, helps make a conscientious and wise purchase. Using the cat litter bin example, I have built carpet-padded shelves for my cat that are a roughly 9-foot 'condo' for him to climb. In it I proudly have made 'a mast' (it indeed looks like the mast of a ship) from an old plank log and enwrapped it with sisal rope so he can 'climb the mast' to get to higher shelves. It sounds elaborate but if/when I relocate it's easily reconstructable. I admit I feel that construction was quite ingenious and it is delightful for my feline companion. Anyways, in the lower compartment there's a maximum height in which a litter bin can be placed. I use that as the temporary location coordinates for where the purchased item will go. Again, also, if I relocate, the item will be able to fit in other locations as well. Jolly good. When you go online, bee line to what you need, envisioning all necessary criteria. Envision all the criteria for the purchase and when you see something that meets that criteria (maximum cost, dimensions, other specifications), get it! Check out! Don't continue to browse! Amazon has one toxic trap and it encourages you to hit a minimum cost before purchasing something. Deactivate Advert Images!. Finally, this applies to off-line purchases as well. You can figuratively 'deactivate advert images' when shopping in a grocery store or mall to avoid being swayed by adverts that result in clutter. So there you have it! The five-step process for perpetually avoiding clutter and ensuring safe apex-productivity item purchases, while shopping online!

 Classical Music Appreciation: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos – TNC s03e03 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:42

Deets in podcast yo... haha.           *I mentioned this in the podcast so added this list here (just a personal peaceful project but one that is admittedly sophisticated and definitely worthwhile because classical music is soothing and awesome.* #WANT TO BE ABLE TO ACCURATELY IDENTIFY BY EAR AND NAME THE FOLLOWING #JOY QUAL !!! MOZART mozart, the three pieces I'd like to know would be JOY !!! Salzburg01 movements 1-3 K136 Salzburg02 movements 1-3 K137 Salzburg03 movements 1-3 K138 Serenade13 (eine kleine nacthmusik) movements 1-4 K525 Piano Concerto 22, All movements Symphony31 "Paris", All movements k297/300 BEETHOVEN #v#9th  symphony, movements 1-4 BACH brandenburg 1 movements 1-4 brandenburg 2 movements 1-3 brandenburg 3 movements 1-3 BRAHMS 4th symphony, movements 1-4 movement 1 movement 2 #v#movement 3 movement 4 SCHUBERT rondeau brilliant rosamunde

 Immunity to Persuasion (Advanced) – TNC s03e02 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:47

Building an Immunity to Persuasion I do not condone using any of these techniques.  Most all of the Milton model techniques put forth in this book are done so with a pre-emptive and preventive usage, to avoid being persuaded by conniving distrustful people!  My entire interest in them (while admittedly, initially marked with a curious intrigue in using them) has revolved around learning these techniques so I can be immune to them.  By familiarizing yourself with identifying things like the scope ambiguity, the false bifurcation, punctuation ambiguities, and more, instead of feeling limited, overwhelmed, confused, or trapped, you can now just think “Oh!  That person just said a false bifurcation!  Ha ha! Fail!  I didn’t fall for that!” There have been many choice points in your history where people have persuaded you to do something that was not in your best interest.  Think back to those little (or sometimes gargantuan) purchases of those items you never really needed nor wanted.  Think back to all the times you acquiesced invitations to events on which you knew you shouldn’t and couldn’t attend, but went anyway.  Aside from guilt or a destructive habit of “being too nice”, most of those aberrations from your normal behavior occurred because of some manipulator employing some Milton model techniques.  The manipulator may have been a poster advertisement or a commercial or conniving salesman, or someone completely oblivious to the Milton Model, but those techniques have been used with discombobulating results.  This section familiarizes yourself with the techniques of persuasion so you can have what is the equivalent of emotional “virus protection” software installed and the outcome of this chapter is to never be persuaded in doing something you would never do anyways, ever again. Protective Voodoo Trinkets I find it quite amusing, partially sad and harrowing, that many of the “protective trinkets” out there that supposedly protect one from bad spirits or persuaders exist because someone was persuaded into using such mumbo-jumbo garbage in the first place.  There are many examples, such as a rabbit’s foot or any other “object” with which people associate protection.  One in particular is the “Turkish Evil Eye”.  I mentioned this because allowed myself to be toxically suckered into thinking this trinket held value.  It is a blue circular cheap ceramic or glass disc with a white blotch on the center.  That’s it.  Many vendors at bazaars proclaim its ability to “ward off” evil spirits.  It is uncanny that the “evil spirits” to which the Evil Eye would best ward off are precisely the “spirits” that sell Turkish Evil Eyes! Doing Milton Model In a Nutshell (Super Concise) A compact synopsis of the Milton Model’s key aspects. Phase 1  (4 Steps)   Pace - mirror/match predicates Pace - breathing voice tone Pace - physiology Lead   Phase 2  Conscious Mind Distraction w/Transderivational-Search-Provoking Linguistic Code.     Punctuality Ambiguity -- I was filling up my car with gas prices are much lower than last summer! Phonological Ambiguity -- I picked this great read near this pond the other day, and every chapter was enlightening! Scope-Double-bind Ambiguity -- Fascinating people are around here or there.   Phase 3 Unconscious Resources w/ Hypnotic Work  - Linguistic Code (5 Phases) Access unconscious resource with these 6 types of (CEENYM): Conversational Yes-No Postulates -- Do you know what time it is? A yes-no question that generates an answer that is neither yes nor no (Very few people would  respond “Yes/No, I know what time it is.  Most people just provide the time.   “Do you know what time it is” is one of the most common, simple, and harmless Conversational yes-no postulates.  Other ones are can be frighteningly devastating and deceitful.  Watch out for them with alertness! Embedded Command  -- Where did you go feel relaxed?

 Voice Journal – Whinge-Fest TNC s03e01 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:49

In hindsight I didn't care for this voice journal too much. I was way too whingey and ranty and obscenely curmudgeonly. Kind of a barbaric-mode recording. I was too critical of Google (and I genuinely like some google things), too scattered, to whingey. Last week's voice journal was awesome and was anchored with actual old journals which was awesome. This was too ranty and annoying, but w/e. Most the things I whinged about are resolved or are getting resolved. Yay! This is the wrong kind of voice journal because in it I whinge about all these things I dislike. In the voice journal on 'dating beautiful women, instant sharing, and programmed updates' I talked about mainly all things I want to do. Yay! Meh this is one of my most curmudgeonly, ranty, whinging, screaming voice journals ever, sometimes those are good but this was very 'meh', I may upload something else in replace of this or not. Habitat is modular; habitat is irrelevant to 'temporary habitat'. Habitat is just a container/holder for temporary habitat and temporary habitat is all essentials but is modular (electronics, computer stuff, food, drink, and the like). In this voice journal I basically whinge about how the location of my temporary habitat feels like it drains away coaching and emotional clarity and intelligence-earning or something. Modestly embarassed to communicate this in a voice journal, but was a serious reoccurring feeling. Basically interacting with people often produces excessive FIFO mode which is so destructive because there are many LIFO projects that I really want to and must complete. Finishing a LIFO project was immensely rewarding. Some more delightful highlights from a whinge-fest are: temporary habitat is my stuff all awesome and modular, but abode-environment felt like scam. Felt like got stressed if not doing recording at times. Needing to focus on LIFO projects, not FIFO things Whinged about cult of nation, family, and religion. blegh. Feeling like location of temporary habitat siphoning way time Whinging about the podcast being blegh Stoked about Andriod Activity settings (sweet!) Online account blegh complications (fortunately, most of that is solved, have some new accounts I prefer and old accounts that are just that...old and slightly irrelevant, mainly just one or so old accounts. New account is awesome. Fretting nad talking out loud about youtube accounts, email accounts, and what accounts linked up with what meh..I have since partially (or fully in ways) resolved that. Yay! I solved this by keeping some 'old files' with old prob there. Jolly good. I whinged about Google, too. But after doing the whinge-fest voice journal I discovered and/or reconnected with a lot of things related to google that I really like (Streetview is Superb; I criticized google tasks but like it's simplicity; google docs is teeny bit buggy, but nice and minimalized; I said android was 'okay' but later realized android is pretty spectacular. Android has serious customization. I was stoked to discover some amazing customization of actual activities in developer mode; I really really like android os). I also wondered why google hadn't had any monopoly suits, but later realized most of google's stuff is free (and a lot of google's stuff is fairly quality), so I guess the reason for that is that. Google is pretty quality most of the time. Basically I felt like had entangled accounts (which I have evolved out of since) GTD musings. I whinged more about youtube (but since youtube isn't as much of a headache) Online services...Answers, Dropbox and more. (Dropbox is superb for archives and completed projects, but active projects can't use dropbox for that anymore, too many synchronization conflict chaos). Whinge-fest about synchronization conflicts (local stuff and/or for select things reconnecting with evernote is pretty awesome, though). If something isn't changed nor altered frequently,

 The Gift of Time – Happy Holidays! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:51

  Generosity - Has it faded?  How being selfish creates constructive clarity for being economically generous. Going through the routines and rituals of a holiday A Christmas Carol was written by Dickens in 1843 to create a story that 'happily haunted' its readers for the best.  Dickens wrote that to be much more than 'a story'; Dickens wanted 'A Christmas Carol' to positively haunt its readers.  A Christmas Carol is sort of like code!  It is succinct and concise.  It is symmetrical (3 ghost staves book-ended by an intro and conclusion stave).  It's kind of much more cognitive code, if you will, than just a story.  A Christmas Carol does have that quality that makes it distinct from normal literature.  A Christmas Carol is more of 'cognitive code' than anything. At what age (or after what accumulation of experiences) does the interest in 'giving things' exceed the joy from 'receiving things'. If you had to really give yourself an authentic gift to you, what would that be for you?  You are the most competent person to give yourself a gift because you know your interests (and things you dislike) and what you want to accomplish more than anyone else. What do you think your life would be like if you couldn't recall things from the past nor visualize into the future?  Fortunately, a person always has that ability; one always has that gift of time.  Good times! Happy Holidays!

 The 3 Ways Completing Projects Advances Peace and Moves You Forward | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:30

This productivity and minimalism post reveals three clutch, significant, invaluably helpful effects of completing projects that you may not normally recognize as occurring, but when you complete projects all of these three awesome positive effects do occur.  Good times! Completing something, it's good to be cognizant of neurological and cognitive changes that occur in your mind upon completing projects.  This won't go into heavy neurological detail, but you will learn about, to be overly-simplified and understated, a bit of a shift that does occur in your mind (for good peace and alignment!) upon completing good uplifting projects. Completing projects has many more (positive) effects than the superficial 'Oh done! 'Check-mark''  Yes that happens, but there's also a lot of positive peripheral effects of accomplishing projects of which it's good to be mindful. So here are the three main uplifting things that occur upon completing projects that increases peace and moves you forward with life and and work...   1. Familiarization with the Material Almost always, without any uncertainty, it's completely inevitable that you will increase familiarization of the material.  It will be easier to access the knowledge that was involved in completing the project in the future.  If it was a writing project, you will improve in writing and will be able to cognitively access the material about which you wrote more efficiently and comprehensively.  If it was a coding project, you will learn that programming language better upon completing the coding project.  If it's finishing a book, you will obviously understand that material more.  I just recently built a computer; in completing that project, I definitely experienced the 'familiarization with the material' consequence and effect, which is not like a 'bonus reward'; it's completely an integral part of the reward of completing projects or todos.  So you do get that reward itself: upon completing a project you DO get that increased familiarization with (and efficiency in cognitively accessing) the material which is delightful and awesome...given the prerequisite that you've only selected uplifting projects (which is obviously imperative but you should only be focusing on uplifting projects and should have abandoned toxic wastes of time anyways, already!).  If you want to do a blog post on astronomy, for example, completing that blog post will increase your familiarization with that astronomical knowledge that you wanted to learn, in more detail.  That in itself is just a reason to complete something: you get heightened familiarization with the knowledge that gets more effectively installed in your mind.  If you project was/is to reloctae to a different area, you'll become more familiar with that new area and have increased mobility awareness and become more familiar with relocating (a good thing to comprehend)!  If your project was/is to have more minimalism, completing constituent success projects that increase minimalism, familiarizes yourself and makes you more knowledge about what minimalism is to you and makes minimalism more secure.  So the 'increased familiarization with the material' effect of acomplishing projects is awesome and true and, itself, is a worthwhile reason to complete projects. 2. Frees up Brain Space The Freed up Brain Space consequence to completing projects is marvelous, but also it's fairly obvious, but again, it's worth being cognizant of.  That freed-up brain space is cognitively noticeable.  I'm sure some neurologists could (or have) done some tests that reveal different neurological centres of the brain that are (possibly permanently) different without having sub-actions and components of a project swirling around in your mind, becauase the project is complete!  That freed up brain space, or increased cognitive RAM is awesome.  Upon completing a project you have relinquished a cognitive burden, and it's good to breathe into that,

 Want More Peace? Abandon Religion! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:52

People so often relate 'peace' to religion...and how heinously wrong that is.  In reality one should cease total interaction with the vile, violent, and vitriolic (more on that shortly) that is religion!  I was awakened to how erronously waylaid and lost some people are when I searched up some images/photos for 'centered' (for my Centeredness post) and discovered religious crud!  So I justhad to write this post. Finding religious results when doing a query for 'centered' or 'peace' was a bit like looking at a menu ordering some delightful asian soup or sushi or lobster, a nice salad, or  some good ol' fish and chips and then being served a steaming pile of poo and then being expected to assume that that was 'okay' (okay that's an obscure analogy but the shock one would experience in such a detestable culinary mix-up is akin to what I felt seeing religious search results when I queried 'peace' and 'centered').  Religion is the opposite of 'peace' and 'centered'! Most atheism authors normally use a lot of indictments towards religion.  I liked hearing those at first, but then I realized I just preferred to focus on science and uplifting things (moving towards things) instead of indicting religion (moving away from things).  Nevertheless, I touch on some of those briefly.  An example of the two approaches to atheism is: Indicting Religion Approach - All of Christopher Hitchens' work, Dawkins's The God Delusion (the latter severely castigates religion, rightfully so! But that is a 'moving away from' approach, nevertheless). Focusing on Science Approach - Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth The Greatest Show on Earth (barely mentions religion; focuses on evolutionary biology in incredible detail.  The God Delusion was a better-selling and more controversial book but I preferred Greatest Show on Earth (which, unlike God Delusion) I did finish and read cover-to-cover in entirety (in the beautiful land of Australia).  The Moving Away From Approach to Religion The Book of Judges in the Bible (directly indicting the text, but don't worry I get to the 'moving toward...what is good' approach shortly...the indicting religion approach gets a bit messy, you've been forewarned) in the story of Lot there is misogyny of concubines, sodomy, the murder of someone because a person 'looked at someone's fireworks', and a part in that same 'bed-time' (NOT) story of Lot where a virgin is burnt alive.  That is NOT peace!  that is a horridly poorly written, completely not peaceful, really murderous and gross book!  I really dislike the material in many religious scriptures.   I won't focus too much on exact Biblical quotes because many atheists have already done that better and more comprehensively, but allow me to just mention the book of Proverbs.  In that book there is a quote that says 'whenever I child should get out of line we should beat them with a rod'.  That is actually in the Christian Bible!  That is not peaceful!  That is hostile, belligerent, and wretched, but it's actually in that book!  Horrid!  You may now be beginning to catch a glimpse of how shocked I was seeing religious search results for a query of 'peace' and 'centered'; religion is anything but that! Look at all the wars that were fought simply because of religion:  the Holocaust, the Crusades, even 9/11, the Salem Witch Trials, Kashmir, and more.  All of those toxic repulsive things are the antithesis of peace and they are all toxically linked to religion!  So I was flummoxed and dumb-founded that anyone could link peace to religion when religion encourages the beating of children, murder, rape, and other horridly violent things, not to mention religious wars.  Even worse in Exodus and other books there is a quote that is something like 'if a child should talk back to us, we should kill the child'!  That's heinously non-peaceful!  There's wretched things in religion.  If you want to see a definition of what isn't peaceful, look up religion!


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