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Last Login: 5/21/2009

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About Rip and his Society Philosophies...
Who is not, but should be newsworthy today?
A considerable number of scientists who are quietly working to help us understand the manner in which our world works, where we came from, and where we might go.
What current events or circumstances should receive more news coverage?
The interrelationships between increasing population, the associated increasing need for energy and food, and their myriad environmental effects. In other words, isolated stories in the media (for example, another warning about abrupt global climate change) are seldom present in context - typically fail to shed any light on the relationships between that particular news item and associated causes or concurrent effects.

The abuse and degradation of women throughout much of the world.
Who is today's most absurd role model?
Such a large population from which to choose. Virtually any collection of "celebrities" from the world of entertainment (film, music, sports).

I fail to understand why so many people are in awe of those whose primary accomplishment is to have helped prevent us from exercising our own talents by entertaining us.
What cause do you believe in enough to take action?
I take action on a wide range of causes each time I vote. Sure, we are all a little skeptical of the political process, but I still get out there and have my say.
For what causes have you taken action in the past?
I occasionally contribute my time and energy to various environmental groups.
What is the best book you've read about bettering the world?
The Selfish Gene (nonfiction, by Richard Dawkins). Bet I am the only one on this website to have selected a book by Dawkins. This may be his earliest, and I consider it to be his best. Perhaps a book emphasizing the biological basis of human kind is an odd choice for bettering the world. But for me, this work helped provide me with a foundation for my ethical perspective.

Cry of the Peacock (fiction, Gina Nahal). Could not be more different than Dawkins. Nahal is of Iranian descent. and writes movingly of the plight of women in a story that roams through medieval Persia to modern Iran (is there really any differece?). Nearly every guy I know would benefit from reading this book.
What is a socially-conscious website that everyone should know about?
This may be the best "generic" website for socially conscious people, in that it is not dediciated to just one sphere of concern.
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