Seven Satanic Precepts Beat Ten Commandments As Moral Guide

The Satanic Temple, which is based in Massachusetts but has approximately 20 chapters across the U.S., lists their seven fundamental tenets as the following:

  • One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.

  • The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions.

  • One’s body is inviolable, subject to one’s own will alone.

  • The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend. To willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own.

  • Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world. We should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs.People are fallible. If we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused.

  • Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought. The spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word.

Source: Seven Satanic Precepts Beat Ten Commandments As Moral Guide |

Hard to disagree.

Stated Clearly

I came across the Stated Clearly website from browsing Kickstarter. (I’ve backed a few projects this year, but I’m still waiting for the first benefits to arrive). Stated Clearly’s mission is:

To promote the art of critical thinking by exposing people from all walks of life, to the simple beauty of science. We do this by taking complicated scientific topics such as “What is DNA and how does it work” and creating short, information rich animations that explain the topic in clear language.

They are doing this by producing videos (and some articles) that explain topics, so far mostly relating to evolution lasting about 8 or 9 minutes—some are a bit shorter, others a bit longer. Obviously, in this length of time, the treatment of any topic is hardly exhaustive, but the ones that I’ve watched so far have given a very understandable overview. I definitely learned something from the ones I have watched so far: I now know what the Miller-Urey experiment is for one.


Islamism, the Left and a plea to Labour MPs

Interesting piece.

Nora Mulready

Much of the Left has been eaten alive by Islamism. This truly regressive and oppressive political philosophy has all but destroyed a movement that once desired nothing less than the emancipation of the human race. The campaigns for equality that were right and good and brave in the 1960s have been exploited to within an inch of their lives, and actually probably far beyond that, by a political movement that hates everything those campaigns were fighting for. Women’s rights, children’s rights, gay rights, free speech, rejection of religious power over our lives, integration, free expression, music, art, freedom, love: the defence of every one of them given up bit by bit by a Left which has ceased to be worthy of the name.

It’s true that some on the Left, including many in the Labour Party and the Parliamentary Labour Party, watched this journey with horror, then dismay, then, to be honest, resignation. Thank goodness for Nick…

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After Paris Attacks, Here’s What the CIA Director Gets Wrong About Encryption

It’s not about having enough data; it’s a matter of not knowing what to do with the data they already have.

Source: After Paris Attacks, Here’s What the CIA Director Gets Wrong About Encryption | WIRED

An interesting article on Wired, it makes several key points against backdoor encryption:

  1. Backdoors Won’t Combat Home-Brewed Encryption.
  2. (There are) Other Ways to Get Information
  3. Encryption Doesn’t Obscure Metadata
  4. Backdoors Make Everyone Vulnerable

Something Beautiful

This is beautifully done and very moving.

H/T Hemant Mehta.

Which side is God on?

I’ve always wondered.