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Chapter 12 - Reefer Madness was Sort of Right

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[I am writing a book and plan to post chapters as I go, here is Chapter 12. I've already posted the introduction and first four and you can start here to read them. I will update with links to the future chapters when they are done.]  Back in the old days, everyone was worried about pot. It was a weird control thing. Go watch the classic 1936 drug scare film, 'Reefer Madness' to get a flavor of what we are talking about. In that film it showed people descending into mental illness, getting in car accidents, committing violence, attempting rape, and all sorts of other ridiculous things. But now we know that pot is no big deal. It is less dangerous than alcohol and while it might not be great for you it is hardly something anyone should be too worried about. For these reasons it is a good thing that many nations and states have moved toward complete legalization of the drug. And pot is not the only thing that people were over paranoid about. Other drugs like LSD, Magic

Chapter 11 - Corporations Suck

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  [I am writing a book and plan to post chapters as I go, here is Chapter 11. I've already posted the introduction and first four and you can start here to read them. I will update with links to the future chapters when they are done.]  The modern world's view on corporations is split. On one hand, you have the right leaning people that believe in free markets and capitalism that tend to believe corporations are generally good for the world. But they are confused why these corporations always tend to be fairly radically liberal in their charity work. On the other hand, you have the left leaning people that are skeptical about corporations and think they might be taking advantage of people. But they are happy that Starbucks and Chase bank are both supporting the Marxist protests. But whether right leaning or left leaning, unless you are a complete Marxist, you have the sense that corporations are a somewhat necessary part of our economy and culture.   But what if corporati

Chapter 10 - Atheism is Dumb

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[I am writing a book and plan to post chapters as I go, here is Chapter 10. I've already posted the introduction and first four and you can start here to read them. I will update with links to the future chapters when they are done.] It used to be people were backward and superstitious. They worshiped everything. Trees, animals, stars, sun and moon.  They thought the gods threw lightning bolts from the sky, caused the wind to blow, and controlled the movement of the heavenly bodies. Then science came along. Slowly, humanity realized that so many of the things that was once thought to be the action of the gods were in reality the action of natural processes. With time, everything from weather, to movement of planets, to the creation of the species itself was found to have plausible natural processes that had absolutely nothing to do with the gods. God, if he were still to be believed in at all, became the "God of the gaps." Responsible for an ever decreasing realm. T