New Research Suggests Social Issues are Down to Neurotypicals more than Autistics

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Autism is seen, in popular representations, largely as a social and communication disorder. Formerly framed as stemming from an autistic lack of a “social instinct”, the current dominant idea is that something is deficient or missing in autistic social cognition. Often referred to as a cognitive deficit in “empathy” or “theory of mind”, much research on autistic social issues has focused on trying to clarify and detect this inside autistic brains and minds. The search for an elusive broken “theory of mind module” or “empathy mechanism” in the brain, and its ensuing cognitive manifestations, however, has led to conflicting results – with some scientists even concluding that autistic people feel too much empathy rather than too little.

Another view is that this is not simply an individual neuro-cognitive issue, but rather a wider social problem. Against the idea that autistic people have too much or…

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Reparations, Leveling the Playing Field

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The idea of reparations to blacks whose ancestors were slaves is once again in the air.  This month, for the first time ever, and after having been introduced in every Congress since 1989, HR 40 cleared the committee and headed towards the House floor for consideration.  HR 40 is titled “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act”.  Its purpose is to do just as the title suggested – set up a commission to study reparations proposals for African Americans. 

“This bill establishes the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. The commission shall examine slavery and discrimination in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies.

The commission shall identify (1) the role of the federal and state governments in supporting the institution of slavery, (2) forms of discrimination in the public and private sectors…

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When the ancestors answer “Well, shit.”

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It is a ritual I have done a number of times, a source of aid I have turned to enough times that I had somehow managed to forget that “the ancestors” were people, and while as a collective entity possess wisdom beyond their living limits, our ability as a species to create truly new and epic problems is one of the reasons the gods themselves haven’t grown bored with us and found a new game.

I had a question. It’s a family thing and honestly none of anyone else’s business so I shan’t be sharing its particulars right now. What is important is that it was a bit of a sticky question, the sort of thing that I could honestly have used some direction on.

I turned to the ancestors for their wisdom, and I got it, but what I got was not what I had hoped for. What I…

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I Had Thought Us Better Than This. But Then History Spoke.

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I had expected better of America, of us, of our society. Although the selection of trump as Republican nominee should have been my red flag moment signaling that my thoughts about America were not as well founded as I had thought.

Despite his ignorance, his proud claim to never read; despite his mocking of the disabled, of war heroes, and of all who opposed him or annoyed him; despite his treatment of women, his grabbing of pussies and walking in on teens undressed, and his many accusers testifying to sexual harassment and rape; despite his narcissism and constant claims of being the best and knowing more than anyone about stocks, economy, computers, military, building and infrastructure, science and disease and anything and everything; despite his treatment of contractors, his stiffing of good and hard workers, his businesses that failed and collapsed; despite his charities that were merely scams devoid of…

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Why Paganism Hasn’t Failed…Yet.

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John Halstead has written an article around a table lifted from the anthology Deep Green Resistance*. It’s a great piece: go ahead and read it.

I’d say that’s about 2/3 of a perfect assessment of modern Paganism and the current Pagan community…at least in the US, where I am familiar with it. He’s not wrong, and his critiques are apt…painful and embarrassing as they may be for many American Pagans.

John orients his piece around this table:

Now, I think one of the most incisive and true critiques in this chart are that much of modern Paganism has “adolescent values of a youth movement”: black-and-white thinking, knee-jerk resistance to authorities and moral precepts, and a desire to “shock” conventionality just for the sake of doing so.

But this chart, too, says something about the so-called “oppositional” culture.

Being “oppositional” is actually a clinical term. It is encoded in the…

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Why I Left The Satanic Temple

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Where to begin… The only logical place to start is at the beginning, so I am going to take you back several years, to my first encounter with The Satanic Temple.

Let me set the stage first:

It’s 2017 and I am freshly out as a non-believer. I had participated in a lot of LGBTQ+ activist groups and had garnered a large following [13k] underneath the pseudonym “Kim Possible”. While scrolling through the posts in one of these LGBTQ+ groups, I stopped on none other than a post authored by “Sadie Satanas”. I sent a direct message to her and it would lead to her introducing me to TST’s Seven Tenets and Lucien Greaves’ work.

At this point, I dived head first into every Satanic book I could find while simultaneously attempting to join the Austin Chapter of TST. Due to my distance, it made meet-ups hard, so I never…

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Andy Goldsworthy’s Ice and Snow Ephemeral Sculptures

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Andy Goldsworthy’s Ice and Snow Ephemeral Sculptures

Although most of America (currently enduring one of the worst winter cold snaps in nearly two decades) would like to ignore this fact in for favor of bundled layers and heated blankets, sometimes even the dire cold, snow and ice can provide the tools and inspiration for those who brave it’s elements.  Famed land and installation artist Andy Goldsworth has often utilized ice, frost, snow and frozen earth to create his trademark land interventions. And rather than avoiding the elements, Goldsworthy is only able to create these delicate and precise sculptures by embracing the cold.

In Goldsworthy’s 2004 documentary, Rivers & Tides, several scenes document the difficulty in attempting to harness the cold’s elements. One scene shows the artist, braving the winter elements for hours at a time in finger-less gloves (so as to be able to properly feel and hold…

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Satanism As A Progressive Force

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I will preface this article by stating a few things upfront. Firstly, as we state in various places in this blog, we don’t claim to represent or speak for all Satanists but just for ourselves. Secondly, I have sometimes been berated by other Satanists for expressing political opinions; I make no apology for doing so here in my blog. Finally, the ideas expressed here are intended to provoke thought and discussion which I consider vital in Satanic life and personal gnosis; there is of course no obligation for anyone to agree with what I say here, but no harm will be done by thinking about it!

A little background; things happening in the news at the time of writing this article…

Covid 19 is still wreaking havoc and causing death, illness and economic decline around the world. Brazil, India and The USA seem to be the worst affected at the…

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The Yule Log—A Winter Solstice Ritual

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This year, the longest night of the year—Winter Solstice, or Yule—takes place on Thursday, December 21st. On the night of the Winter Solstice, an old tradition that we have adapted for Atheopagan purposes is the burning of theYule log.

Yule marks the moment in the year when the sun’s steady decline, with days growing shorter and shorter, comes to a halt, and the days begin to become longer again. The day the sun begins to return is celebrated by cultures throughout the world and going back far into prehistory; indeed, such archaeological marvels as the Newgrange passage burial in Ireland were constructed precisely so that they aligned with the sunrise on this momentous day.

We have many traditions drawn forth from antiquity for this time of year: the burning of candles and colorful lights, the decoration of the home with evergreen boughs and holly and other plants which…

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No Longer We the People, But Me the People

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Today…….today my idea about who we are as a nation has been shown to be false.  While I knew we had never met them, I had thought that we had made progress and were closer to actually meeting the ideals enshrined in the words of our Declaration of Independence.   Last night I found out that we are still very far from doing so.  That the country that I love is not who I thought it was. 

Yes, we are a nation concerned with freedoms, but only for those that are like “me”, that have my political views, my skin color, my religious views…that are like me. All other’s freedoms are only roadblocks to me fully exercising my freedom and should be limited. Otherwise my freedom is being torn from me.

Yes, we are a nation concerned about justice, but only for those that are like “me”, that have my political…

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