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  •  Power relations among humans exist along with (1+ / 0-)
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    language, which is a product of power relations. After all superstition has been vanquished, "Science" (misunderstood and mis-used) will stand in as the "authority" with which some people will try to manipulate, control, etc. , other people.
    By "Science", I do not mean real science, although, real science will be employed to uphold "Science".
    "Freedom of thought" will be used to squelch freedom of thought, and so on.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 05:36:44 AM PDT

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    •  This reminds me of the last scene (1+ / 0-)
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      in The people who reject superstition and rely on their best science foolishly sail off with the knowledge the earth is not flat then see a bird and deem this to be a sign of good luck. I'm afraid belief/need for hope is part of part of human wiring. I don't think it's about power but lack thereof IMHO. And it is not necessarily good or bad.

      My avatar is a photograph I took in 2008 of the headwaters of a waterfall in the imperiled Parque Nacional de Garajonay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on La Gomera, birthplace of my paternal grandfather, in the Canary Islands near the Sahara Desert.

      by Galtisalie on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 11:01:53 AM PDT

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      •  From my perspective, being about (0+ / 0-)

        "the lack thereof" re: power means that it's about power.
        Power "or the lack thereof" is fundamental to identity and communication. I don't think it's necessarily good or bad either. It's like being a carbon-based, oxygen breathing organism.
        I'm a carbon-based, oxygen breathing organism whose self-awareness, identity, and ability to communicate evolved from primordial socio-biological power relations. It's the foundation for everything human. The Bible, Shakespeare, etc. Everything.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:07:30 PM PDT

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