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    Important!  As our species developed, strict organized...

    As our species developed, strict organized religion served to create conformity and this provided selective advantages. Humans live with a brain that became so intelligent it could override basic...
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    Important!  This one is an old classic, but I haven't picked...

    This one is an old classic, but I haven't picked it up until now. I'm fairly well familiar with Nietzsche's philosophy and concept of "master morality", but a read of this book will still be...
  3. The very definition of "authority" is that one...

    The very definition of "authority" is that one group of humans, in this case the government, has a monopoly on violence. So maintaining order through the threat of violence is, to a degree,...
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    Quantum Physics and Atheism

    I started this thread because, as a non-believer with an interest in religion, I just wanted to hear your opinions on this youtube clip. In this recent debate, Richard Dawkins very briefly mentions...
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    Important! Poll! The ancient Vedic religion shouldn't be equated...

    The ancient Vedic religion shouldn't be equated with Hinduism. Sure, it was the source material for Hinduism and its off-shoot Buddhism (originally developed as a code of ethics for the Aryan warrior...
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    Atlanto-Mediterraneans come in all sizes. The...

    Atlanto-Mediterraneans come in all sizes. The differences between "Atlanto-Med" and "East-Med" have more to do with facial features than with height. (Although the latter is often shorter and...
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    "Iberian Celt" is a cultural term and shouldn't...

    "Iberian Celt" is a cultural term and shouldn't be used in any racial sense. The word you are looking for would probably be "Atlantid", a racial type that is native to the western extremes of Europe....
  8. Sub-racial differences aren't very decisive,...

    Sub-racial differences aren't very decisive, because strength and fighting skill have much more to do with training than with racial predisposition. A fighter is made by "nurture" rather than by...
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    The moon blots out the sun in a complete solar...

    The moon blots out the sun in a complete solar eclipse, as photographed from the tower of the nuclear physics institute in Novosibirsk, Russia:
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  11. It's indeed a tasteless and ugly tattoo. I...

    It's indeed a tasteless and ugly tattoo. I generally don't like "fashion accessory" tattoos, that do not have any personal meaning to the wearer. My generalized dislike for trend-followers is even...
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    I agree with what has been said above. The...

    I agree with what has been said above. The Croats, like their Balkan neighbors, are predominantly of native Balkan genetic stock, with additional admixture from Thracians, Ostrogoths and Old Slavs...
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    China was a worthless strategic ally. It was a...

    China was a worthless strategic ally. It was a formless chaos, torn apart by a civil war. At that time in history, the Middle Kingdom was at its historically lowest point: a corrupt banana republic...
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    The perceived German sympathy for the Japanese is...

    The perceived German sympathy for the Japanese is mostly just a reference to a past alliance. Apart from a recognition that Imperial Japan was an ally of the Third Reich in WW2 and that the US was an...
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    I tend to prefer a simple Paleo diet without any...

    I tend to prefer a simple Paleo diet without any of those fattening grains, and it's a perfect diet for those who exercise and want to get into shape. However, I agree that a modern-sized population...
  16. Indeed. The lowest castes in India were those who...

    Indeed. The lowest castes in India were those who first embraced Islam, the monotheistic religion that declared all men were equal under Allah. This was also how Islam seeped into Persia, as the...
  17. "Hinduism" is not a static thing. The religion of...

    "Hinduism" is not a static thing. The religion of the Indian subcontinent has gone through several changes over thousands of years, and was quite different in the day of Siddharta Gautama than it is...
  18. It's rather the other way around, actually....

    It's rather the other way around, actually. Buddhism is a philosophy while Hinduism is a religion in the traditional sense. (I'm not talking about the commercialized modern pseudo-Buddhism here, but...
  19. It was the Bhagavad-Gita that he always carried...

    It was the Bhagavad-Gita that he always carried on him, not the Koran. I've never seen a source for your claim. (Himmler was an esoteric and dabbled in many cults, but MCP3 is a bit wrong about the...
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    Indeed, I tend to agree with that. It's one of...

    Indeed, I tend to agree with that. It's one of the main reasons why I started this thread. However, I don't think we'll ever find the answer to exactly what happens after physical death - I doubt...
  21. Doesn't look like a Japanese artwork to me, and...

    Doesn't look like a Japanese artwork to me, and there's even French text on it. :P Otherwise, it's very accurate - there was a violent backlash against the Christian monks in Japan, and lots were...
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    Nothingness After Death

    I've had this slightly philosophical thread in mind for a while, and now I finally bothered to make it.

    Our usual assumption is that when you die, it's all over, and nothing remains. However, I...
  23. Because the USA is an ethnic hodge-podge. Much of...

    Because the USA is an ethnic hodge-podge. Much of the white American population is an "United States of Europe", ethnically speaking. There simply is no ethnic self-identity, apart from "American" (a...
  24. Here's yet another chapter about trees and...

    Here's yet another chapter about trees and religion, also from The Golden Bough, in case anyone is interested:
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    I mostly agree with Velvet on this one. Russia is...

    I mostly agree with Velvet on this one. Russia is a country still in shambles after the post-Soviet economic crash, and it was only through its sheer size and inertia that Russia survived the 90s....
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