Call For Writers!

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The Rationality Unleashed! Project is expanding rapidly, so we’re currently looking for more writers for our various project. Please see the project and topics below.

Rationality Unleashed!

Racial inequality

Feminism

Israel/Palestine

Economics

Third Parties (New political parties in America)

International Correspondence

Environmentalism (science based, please)

We’ll accept pitches for any other topic. These are simply the primary ones we’re looking for right now.

 

The Foodentists

Diet

Nutrition

Food Fads

Countering Food Babe, Dr. Oz, Natural News, Et Al

 

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This site is pure satire. We’re looking for writers to write about topics in science and skepticism in a hilariously satirical way.

 

If you’re interested, email us at admin@rationalityunleashed.net

We’ll need an email address, wordpress account name, a bio and photo/avatar you want used on your bio and posts, and a writing sample if you have one. If you haven’t written before, that’s fine, just let us know. We welcome new writers.

 

Contributor: Robert Sacerich

Robert is a Bioethics and Ethical Philosophy student at Cleveland State University, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes. He writes about science, technology, politics, human rights, feminism, religion, and any other topic that catches his eye.

See his full bio!

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Activism and Our Personal Status Quo

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Activism…this is something that most Americans pursue in some form or another, regardless of beliefs or political affiliation. It can take the form of traditional activism, charity work, or even humanitarianism. There are several steps to activism that we need to understand before we can discuss the problems.

1. Awareness – You’re aware of the issue, and maybe willing to discuss it.

2. Action – Here you may donate money, attend a protest, write about the issue, or support larger organizations that work for the issue.

3. Actual change – This is where you’ve left your comfort zone and pushed for real change in the world around you.

The majority of people don’t go beyond awareness. They’ll talk about an issue and belief strongly about it, so long as it doesn’t cost them any money or time. A good example of this are the people believe they are saving the environment by recycling, while they drive their SUV and eat fast food.

The second section, action, is where the majority of actual activists stop. They will donate money, they’ll write, they’ll protest, so long as it doesn’t affect their way of life. Now, this is important. Let’s consider a few examples.

Bill Gates donates huge amounts of money to various causes, which is great, and people see it as great. The problem is that Bill Gates could single handedly eliminate poverty in many impoverished nations, or even in America, but it would require his lifestyle to change. It would require him not to be nearly as rich anymore. That’s why it will likely never happen.

Many of your average white left wing activists will speak out, protest, and fund initiatives that say that minorities should have more opportunities and not have to live in poverty for the crime of the color of their skin…so long as they aren’t moving into their own neighborhoods, or working at their own companies.

Many right wing activists insist that we don’t need government run social programs because tending to the poor is the domain of the church. How many of them do you see trying to unite the religious organizations and denominations in a concerted effort to eliminate poverty in America? The churches combined wealth could do so ten times over, but it would require changing how they live, and doing away with some of the luxuries they have.

We see this often in the public discourse, as well. You can call out people with opposing views all day long and get cheers from your side of the political or religious or whatever ideological aisle. The moment you call out one of your own to hold them accountable, however, the crowd turns on you in a heartbeat, because it messes with the status quo.

Now, consider this while we talk about the third step, actual change.

If we want change to happen, we need to make it happen, and we need to be willing to throw away the status quo to do it. The point of activist should be to break the status quo, not to appear righteous while unwilling to give anything up. Think about that next time you share a Facebook post, donate to a charity, or hold a sign somewhere. Think about when you go and buy that new iPad after walking past the homeless man begging outside the store.

Just think about it.

Contributor: Robert Sacerich

Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.

See his full bio!

Thank you for reading Rationality Unleashed! You can “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @rationalityunle. For any questions, concerns, or comments beyond what can be placed in the comments section of the blog, email us at admin@rationalityunleashed.net.

#CancelColbert and America’s System of Racism

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Suey Park’s recent hashtag activism was #CancelColbert after a tweet quoting a sketch on his show that said “The Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” The hashtag was kept trending for a long period of time and has incited mass outrage…by liberals. There’s an irony there. Liberals will happily claim that they stand up for the poor, the minorities, the underdogs, anything except the rich white males who hold privilege in America…that is, until the focus is on a rich white male that they LIKE.

Now, Suey has had to deal with racial slurs and rape threats from liberals for being the same activist she was before the focus went towards Colbert. People are freaking out over her interview with Salon.com where she used the term “whiteness” and agreed that the white male is the enemy. Well, before the focus was on the poor judgement of a liberal white male, no one on the left took issue with that. It makes sense. In America, the straight cis white male has always held privilege. It is because of that privilege that the system of racism in this country exists and is so detrimental.

Let me first explain the system of racism, for those who don’t really understand it. You see, in America today, aside from the yahoos, the overt racism that once was prevalent is really more of background noise. It’s not the powerful force it once was. Today, however, there is still just as widespread racism as there always was. It just takes a different form, and this form is, in many ways, more insidious and harder to defeat. It’s a system of racism designed to discriminate.

On the right, within the political spectrum, you still see a bit of the overt racism, however. The difference is that they couch it in “I’m not racist, but…” which is usually followed by cliche’s like “black people are more often criminals” or “asians can’t drive.” The racism on the right stems from more of a xenophobic worldview.

On the left, it’s a level of hypocrisy that is cringe worthy. The left claims to be against racism in all forms. Your typical white liberal, however, is still afraid to go to black neighborhoods. The common sentiment is that it’s OK to make jokes about minorities that weren’t once slaves, because that’s not really racism. It’s OK to make racial jokes all around, so long as you don’t use one of the taboo racial slurs.

Now, let’s look at the system itself. Our system is designed to keep minorities poor. There’s no funding for minority dominated schools or neighborhoods. There is serious discrimination in hiring, even today. They’ll hire the minority person who acts the most like a white person, and call themselves diverse. I’ve even seen the executive management of a very large corporation exclaim that they’re promoting diversity, because they have a single female in management.

Our educational system and social structure makes getting a good education hard on minorities, and we’re outsources all of the unskilled labor jobs that could help to change that in a generation or two of people being able to make a good, honest living so their children can afford a good education.

Now, back to #CancelColbert and the liberal outrage. The majority of people that are outraged are white males. They’re so offended at being lumped in with the “bad guy” that they feel the need to make more racial slurs, and start going after Suey Park, claiming she’s being racist. Now, let’s think about this. Suey is an activist. Due to the racism in our society, there is a need for activism. When the activist is doing activism and expressing outrage, the liberals are going after her for the language she uses in her outrage…instead of going after the reason she’s outraged, the reason we need activism to begin with. Why? Well, the white male she’s going after is a liberal celebrity. Americans are good are throwing away their values, or at least showing their true colors, when it comes to famous people on TV.

So, I truly hope that Suey Park and others like her keep pushing the envelope and keep being the vocal activists that they are. In showing the true colors of those who claim to be allies under most other circumstances, they force us to take a good look at ourselves. I hope I’m not the only one who, when looking back at what the left looks like right now, doesn’t like what I see. THAT is more of a potential catalyst for change than any outside force could possibly be.

Contributor: Robert Sacerich

Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.

See his full bio!

Thank you for reading Rationality Unleashed! You can “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @rationalityunle. For any questions, concerns, or comments beyond what can be placed in the comments section of the blog, email us at admin@rationalityunleashed.net.

Michele Bachmann Supports Evolution Education!

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Michele Bachmann announced today, after a 2 day fast and communion retreat with God, that evolution is the accurate depiction of how God created life on earth.

In an interview with Fox News, Bachmann states “God revealed to me the fallacy of the young earth model. He created the earth with all the laws of nature intact, including evolution. So yes, I will fully support evolution education in our schools moving foreword.”

Her supporters, however, are skeptical. In one interview, a young christian explained, “I don’t care WHATs he says now, something evil must be influencing our leader! She can’t turn her back on us now!”

Well, there you have it…Michele Bachmann has been called by her flock to either support their ignorance or she loses them.
And here at Rationality Unleashed!, I hope you’re all enjoying this April Fool’s Day. Have a good one.

Contributor: Robert Sacerich

Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.

See his full bio!

Thank you for reading Rationality Unleashed! You can “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @rationalityunle. For any questions, concerns, or comments beyond what can be placed in the comments section of the blog, email us at admin@rationalityunleashed.net.

People, Profit, and False Dichotomies

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All too often, people look at the world as if everything is a zero sum game. I’ve been seeing this in arguments against GMOs often, when people focus on the corporation as some monolithic evil, while attacking the technology.

Today’s note was “I just have the feeling that those biotech companies aren’t necessarily into helping poor people but into making profit.”

Well sure. Every company is out for profit. That’s how companies survive. They can, however, do both. It’s not always one or the other. Technologies created for profit very often have far reaching positive effects in the world.

Consider that war is the largest driver of technological advances in history. Many of those advances have been applied to modern medical practices, conveniences, and even life extending cultural changes.

Apple is a massive corporation that is involved in countless humanitarian activities. The Bill Gates Foundation is the same, stemming from Microsoft’s success.

All businesses are in it for profit, but not all profitable businesses are inherently bad. We need to set aside blind ideologies and look at everything as a spectrum, instead of the black and white “party line” stances that people tend to follow.

Besides, if they were truly that against all things “large corporation,” then they wouldn’t dare use Facebook to tell people about it, now would they?

Contributor: Robert Sacerich

Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.

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Thank you for reading Rationality Unleashed! You can “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @rationalityunle. For any questions, concerns, or comments beyond what can be placed in the comments section of the blog, email us at admin@rationalityunleashed.net.

Pancakes and Politics

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It wasn’t too long ago that I moved back to my hometown. We’re a small town, not far from Cleveland, OH. Just a couple weeks ago was our local Pancake Breakfast event. It’s interesting, when you look around you at that event with an understanding that comes from experience beyond the borders of that small town.

My initial feelings were mixed. Throughout my entire lifetime, there was a man who was a landmark at this event, who had been Mayor of the town for years, and a friend of the family for much longer. I had attended his funeral not long before the breakfast, so his absence was strikingly felt. Even after having been gone for years, it was still very noticeable.

As I walked through the crowd, another thing struck me as out of place…but in a good way. One of the volunteers serving the food wore a hijab. She appeared to be thoroughly enjoying herself, and talking with the other volunteers like friends. In a very conservative, small town, this was a welcome vision. It showed me that not all conservative communities were hateful.

The next thing that I noticed, while we ate, were the volunteers that wore campaign shirts for a judge. They were visibly working the crowd to gain support and donations. That in itself wasn’t nearly as odd as their campaign slogan, which they repeated as if it were a mantra.

“Judge Bartlotta, tough on crime.”

That got me thinking. Do you really want a judge who is tough on crime? I can see a police chief or a district attorney running as being tough on crime. That’s their job. A judge, however, should NOT be tough on crime. Their job is to administer justice. The slogan they should run under is “fair on crime,” or even “balanced on crime.” A crusading judge does the justice system a….injustice, so to speak. They shouldn’t be working with the intent on punishing criminals. They should work with the intent on fairly administering justice.

All in all, it was an enlightening experience at best.

Contributor: Robert Sacerich

Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.

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Trendy Activism

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There are a lot of activists for a lot of causes. The problem is that many of them don’t actually believe what they’re advocating. Let’s look at a few activist causes that really illustrate this problem well.

Pro Life

The pro life stance is that a fetus or zygote is just as human as a baby.

I promise you, most of them don’t truly believe that. You see, if you believe that the guy down the street is killing children in his basement and the police won’t do anything about it, you don’t picket his house. You do everything in your power to save those children. If you believe a fetus is the same as a child, then you don’t picket a clinic. The ones blowing up abortion clinics and killing the doctors are the only ones who truly believe what they’re advocating. The rest are on the bandwagon of ignorance because it lets them fit in with their “crowd.” Deep down, they know that there is a big difference. They just refuse to either admit it or take the steps someone would take if they truly believed that.

Anti-GMO

The contention of the anti-GMO crowd is that genetically modified foods, or genetically modified anything for that matter, is inherently harmful and is killing us all.

I guarantee that most of them don’t believe that. If you believed that the food supply was killing people, you wouldn’t protest one of the many biotech companies. You wouldn’t sit around complaining about it and ranting on the internet. You’d be taking real action. The Greenpeace eco-terrorists who are burning golden rice fields believe what they’re advocating. The rest most certainly do not. They’re advocating it because it’s trendy. It makes them hip with the “green” crowd.

Chemtrails

This is a personal favorite due to the sheer absurdity of it. The government is using aircraft to dust the population with poisonous and/or mind controlling “chemicals.”

Aside from how incredibly ignorant it is to begin with (with the other two, I can at least see where their fear and ignorance is coming from. This has to be drug induced.), they don’t really believe that. The ones hiding in bunkers in the woods surrounded by firearms believe it. The rest do not. They talk about their conspiracy theory with everyone they can find who will listen. If they really though the government was doing such a thing to them, then they’d be running like hell or revolting.

And so…

People join these “causes” because they are trendy. They’re like the Kony campaign. They don’t care about facts. They don’t care about being intellectually honest. They only care about the bandwagon ideology that they’ve jumped on and makes them sound “real” in front of their friends. This is the sort of thought process that those of us in the rational community are up against every day.

As Sam Harris said…

“If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide that proves they should value evidence.

If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument would you invoke to prove they should value logic?”

Contributor: Robert Sacerich

Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.

See his full bio!

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