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30-06-2014, 06:31 PM
School Assignment on Diversity
In one of my classes I'm taking this summer, we have a 'digital media assignment' that has to be over diversity. So, something made with a program like movie maker. Many of my classmates have focused on a specific religion to talk about, so I wanted to talk about atheism, non belief, or even how the brain scans of believers vs non believers differ.

Obviously this needs to be in good taste---I don't want to go flaming any of my classmates.

I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts/advice/you tube videos/research studies that deal with something of this nature. I haven't nailed down a concrete topic yet--still ruminating on it. Hopefully, some of you will be able to give me some good ideas.

I would somehow like to also focus on the misrepresentation of non-believers. Something like 15% of people identify as having no belief or affiliation, yet we have no politicians that have come out as identifying this way.
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30-06-2014, 08:41 PM
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(30-06-2014 06:31 PM)jaguar3030 Wrote:  In one of my classes I'm taking this summer, we have a 'digital media assignment' that has to be over diversity. So, something made with a program like movie maker. Many of my classmates have focused on a specific religion to talk about, so I wanted to talk about atheism, non belief, or even how the brain scans of believers vs non believers differ.

Obviously this needs to be in good taste---I don't want to go flaming any of my classmates.

I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts/advice/you tube videos/research studies that deal with something of this nature. I haven't nailed down a concrete topic yet--still ruminating on it. Hopefully, some of you will be able to give me some good ideas.

I would somehow like to also focus on the misrepresentation of non-believers. Something like 15% of people identify as having no belief or affiliation, yet we have no politicians that have come out as identifying this way.

Brain scans? Interesting. There is some new research involving brain scans of meditating Buddhists, who are atheists, more or less. I believe the Dalai Lama may have been involved in some of it, IIRC. Dunno if you might want to pursue it, but thought I'd throw it out there.

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30-06-2014, 08:57 PM
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(30-06-2014 08:41 PM)Taqiyya Mockingbird Wrote:  Brain scans? Interesting. There is some new research involving brain scans of meditating Buddhists, who are atheists, more or less. I believe the Dalai Lama may have been involved in some of it, IIRC. Dunno if you might want to pursue it, but thought I'd throw it out there.

http://news.discovery.com/human/life/the...130815.htm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books...brain.html

" In the Nineties, Canadian cognitive neuro­scientist Michael Persinger invented a “God helmet”, which, he claimed, simulated religious experiences by directing complex magnetic fields to the parts of the brain that include the parietal lobe.

Evangelical Christians demonstrated outside the lab where Persinger tested the helmet, outraged at his suggestion that God could be replicated via a machine. But more than 80 per cent of those who wore the helmet reported sensing a presence in the room that many took to be their deity. They also became deeply emotional and, after the experiment, were filled with a sense of loss. "

" In 2001, Persinger tried the helmet on possibly the world’s most vocal atheist, Prof Richard Dawkins, who reported that his breathing and sensation in his limbs were affected, but insisted he had not seen God. Still upbeat, Persinger argued that earlier tests had shown Dawkins had far less sensitivity than others in the temporal lobes.

Or, perhaps Dawkins is simply lacking the “God gene” or VMAT2, to be precise, that controls the flow of mood-regulating chemicals, called monoamines, in the brain. According to US molecular geneticist Dr Dean Hamer, subjects with this gene were more susceptible to self-transcendent, spiritual experiences. Many neuroscientists now think spiritual tendencies involve genes relating to the brain’s dopamine and serotonin neurotransmitters. "
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30-06-2014, 09:03 PM
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I think this is a great idea for your assignment. You could probably watch Youtube videos on atheism for days.
Here's one I like that is tasteful and non-ranting, there are many more.



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01-07-2014, 01:17 AM
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(30-06-2014 06:31 PM)jaguar3030 Wrote:  In one of my classes I'm taking this summer, we have a 'digital media assignment' that has to be over diversity. So, something made with a program like movie maker. Many of my classmates have focused on a specific religion to talk about, so I wanted to talk about atheism
Atheism is a great focus for a topic on diversity.
Us atheist have no scripture, no bible study, no Sunday school.

We have no common moral guide, we are liberals, conservatives, socialists, communists, capitalists, anarchists, moral skeptics, amoralists, moral emotives, determinists, compatibilists, straight, gay, bisexual, transexual, humanists, feminists, philanthropists, selfish egoists, we come in all shapes and sizes, colours and cultures. All that we share is a lack of belief in gods which means we have no more in common than people whom share a lack of belief in unicorns.
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01-07-2014, 01:01 PM
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Wish the video could be longer than 5 minutes. Definitely wanted to get more in depth
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01-07-2014, 03:37 PM
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You probably can't use this one in class....but it does lay it all out clearly.




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