Friday, October 28, 2016

Christmas tree faces protests because it looks like a sex toy

Homophobic people in Paris (France) are protesting a very big inflatable Christmas tree – because it looks too much like a butt plug.

The 24m high inflatable sculpture was erected this week by Paul McCarthy, in Vendome / Paris.

However this installation has faced protests from far-right group "Printemps Francais," ("The french spring") because of its resemblance to a sex toy. 

The homophobic group claimed the privately commissioned work had “disfigured” Paris, adding: “This is where your money goes, taxpayers!”

Other Parisians have also voiced skepticism that the installation is actually meant to be a Christmas tree – with some joking: “Frankly it’s more appropriate to have a giant buttplug in the middle of Paris than to have a Christmas tree up in October.”


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Proved: Religious people understand the world less

People, who believes in the existence of a god or gods, are more likely to have a poorer understanding of the world and are more likely to believe objects like rocks and flowers have human qualities, study finds.  

Related: Religious fundamentalism could soon be treated as mental illness.

Researchers at the University of Helsinki (Finland) compared believers in God or the paranormal to people with autism after finding they tend to struggle to understand the realities of the world around us.

Believers were more likely to think that inanimate objects such as iron, petrol, clothes and paper can think and feel, and agree with statements such as "Stones sense the cold."

Marjaana Lindeman and Annika Svedholm-Häkkinen, who completed the study, said: “The more the participants believed in religious or other paranormal phenomena, the lower their intuitive physics skills, mechanical and mental rotation abilities, school grades in mathematics and physics, and knowledge about physical and biological phenomena were… and the more they regarded inanimate targets as mental phenomena.”

Researchers said their findings suggest people’s lack of understanding about the physical world means they apply their own, human characteristics to the whole universe, “resulting in belief in demons, gods, and other supernatural phenomena”. 

This confusion between mental and physical qualities “has [also] been recognised mainly among ancient people and small children”, they added.

Ms Lindeman and Ms Svedholm-Häkkinen asked 258 people in Finland to report how much they agreed that “there exists an all-powerful, all-knowing, loving God” and whether they believed in paranormal phenomena such as telepathy and visions of the future. They then matched their answers with a range of other factors, including exam results, survey answers and performances on different tests. 

They also found that religious people are more likely to base their actions on instinct rather than analytical thinking.

Previous studies have suggested religious people tend to have a lower IQ and are more likely to believe literally in what scientists called “bullshit statements” including phrases like “Earth wants water” and “Force knows its direction.”


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Monday, October 24, 2016

Strange messages coming from the stars are ‘probably’ from aliens, scientists say

'It is too early to unequivocally attribute these purported signals to the activities of extraterrestrial civilizations,' a group of scientists looking for aliens have warned – but the signals are encouraging

Scientists have heard hugely unusual messages from deep in space that they think are coming from aliens.

A new analysis of strange modulations in a tiny set of stars appears to indicate that it could be coming from extraterrestrial intelligence that is looking to alert us to their existence.

The new study reports the finding of specific modulations in just 234 out of the 2.5 million stars that have been observed during a survey of the sky. The work found that a tiny fraction of them seemed to be behaving strangely.

And there appears to be no obvious explanation for what is going on, leaving the scientists behind the paper to conclude that the messages are coming from aliens.

“We find that the detected signals have exactly the shape of an [extraterrestrial intelligence] signal predicted in the previous publication and are therefore in agreement with this hypothesis,” write EF Borra and E Trottier in a new paper. “The fact that they are only found in a very small fraction of stars within a narrow spectral range centered near the spectral type of the sun is also in agreement with the ETI hypothesis,” the two scientists from Laval University in Quebec write.

The research has been accepted for publication in the journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, under the title 'Signals probably from Extraterrestrial Intelligence'.

See more at: www.independent.co.uk



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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Gender theory is part of 'global war' on marriage and family, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis warned on Saturday of a "global war" against traditional marriage and the family, saying both were under attack from gender theory and divorce.

Francis made his comments in an impromptu response to a question at a meeting of the small Catholic community in Georgia (Country).

RELATED: High Sparrow From Game Of Thrones Looks Exactly Like Pope Francis

"You mentioned a great enemy of marriage: gender theory," the pope said in response to a woman who had asked about it being taught in schools.

"Today, there is a global war out to destroy marriage," Pope said. "Not with weapons but with ideas... we have to defend ourselves from ideological colonization."

The pope has used the phrase "ideological colonization" in the past to denounce what he says are attempts by rich countries to link development aid to the acceptance of social policies such as those allowing gay marriage and contraception.

Francis, who has been more accepting of homosexuals than his predecessors but opposes gay marriage, also appeared to be referring to it when he said "marriage is the most beautiful thing that God has created" adding that the Bible says God created man and woman to become one flesh.

Gender theory was formally introduced by Sandra Bem in 1981 as a cognitive theory to explain how individuals become gendered in society, and how sex-linked characteristics are maintained and transmitted to other members of a culture. Gender-associated information is predominantly transmuted through society by way of schemata, or networks of information that allow for some information to be more easily assimilated than others. 

According to this theory, core gender identity is tied up in the sex typing that an individual undergoes. This typing can be heavily influenced by child rearing, media, school, and other forms of cultural transmission. Bem refers to four categories in which an individual may fall: sex-typed, cross-sex-typed, androgynous, and undifferentiated. Sex-typed individuals process and integrate information that is in line with their gender (Bem, S. L. (1981). Gender schema theory: A cognitive account of sex typing. Psychological Review, 88, 354–364). 

Gender theory is broadly the concept that while a person may be biologically male or female, they have the right to identify themselves as male, female, both or neither. 

Pope Francis is for many Georgian LGBT activists and feminists a "true Christian." These poor people are happy that they are not burnt, as in the Middle Ages. They do not understand that the Catholic Church is its enemy, as always. This news is a good evidence for this bitter reality.


Pope Francis visits the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, Georgia, October 1, 2016. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

By David Chutlashvili | 02 October 2016

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Sources: REUTERS and WIKIPEDIA