Cellar Door Skeptics 108: Bitcoin – Catching a Falling Knife

This week’s episode of Cellar Door Skeptics, Tanner interviews Phil Ferguson from Polaris Financial Planning to talk about Bitcoin, Income Tax on the rich, and his book recommendations for those who want to learn more and become better financial planners. Phil owns his own successful financial planning business and we start the episode out by talking about whether bitcoin is a good investment or not. As an expert in financial planning, we wanted to pick his brain about the phenomenon of Bitcoin and if we should jump on board or hold our distance. The show also focuses on talking about some of the items that Hanna and Tanner did not cover in episode 107 with a slant on how it affects income tax from a financial planning perspective. The show ends with some solid advice for those just getting into financial planning or those whom want to take a deeper dive.

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Links
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http://polarisfinancialplanning.com/
https://www.spreaker.com/show/phil-fergusons-tracks
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https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/12/bitcoins-insane-energy-consumption-explained/
https://bitcoin.org/en/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2017/12/09/seven-lies-bitcoin-fans-tell-themselves-and-anyone-else-who-will-listen/#212fac03402d
http://markets.businessinsider.com/currencies/news/buying-bitcoin-with-mortgages-credit-cards-2017-12-1010998104
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2017/06/26/what-is-bitcoins-elusive-intrinsic-value/#5f6190d77194
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The richest man in babylon book
https://www.amazon.com/Richest-Man-Babylon-George-Clason/dp/1505339111
A Random Walk Down Wall Street
https://www.amazon.com/Random-Walk-Down-Wall-Street/dp/0393330338
Common Sense on Mutual Funds: Fully Updated 10th Anniversary Edition
https://www.amazon.com/Common-Sense-Mutual-Funds-Anniversary/dp/0470138130/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1513042688&sr=1-1&keywords=common+sense+on+mutual+funds

Devil’s advocate: Ever thought of applying it to your religion?

© Religion Erased

Obeying God to gain reward is no different to jumping in a black van because you are promised sweets.

It is tempting, but that is the nature of a con. Risks are involved.

It seems that the term ‘devils advocate‘ can be implemented on many occasions, yet hilariously exempt from religion. Surprisingly, the nature of the term does nothing to inspire anyone to question their own belief.

We live by the ‘three b’s‘.

We are born, we believe, we are buried.

Look closely, there’s a lie in there somewhere.

Godandscience.org says about Satan:

According to the Barna Group, the majority of Christians do not believe that Satan or the devil actually exists. However, according to an AP-AOL news poll, up to 97% of evangelical Christians believe that angels exist. Contrary to the beliefs of many, Satan is not the opposite of God—an anti-god. According to the Bible, Satan is a created being, having been created by God as His most powerful angelic helper. So, Satan is an angel who rebelled against God.

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Dreaming of Neverland: Faith and Extinction

This essay is my response to a song from Peter Pan. Here’s a video

Many historians and observers of the human condition have likened the “stages of life” of civilizations and empires to those of individual human beings. They have spoken of the birth, infancy, adolescence, maturity and senescence and, of course, death of countries and cultures. This is, needless to say, a poetic use of language; but poetry often serves as a vehicle for truths that cannot be conveyed nearly so well – or perhaps at all – by other means.

 

I want to take this line of thought a step further: I propose that the human species as a whole follows a parallel developmental trajectory, and that there are valuable insights to be gained by recognizing it. It may be a bit surprising to some, exactly where I fix the watersheds.

 

In a nutshell: I liken our Pleistocene, Paleolithic condition to the childhood of the species, and reckon its condition ever since the Agricultural Revolution to be a form of adolescence out of which we are currently struggling to emerge into full maturity. Dotage is far in our future, and whether our species will survive to see it is very much an open question.
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Social Identity: Indignation Without Responsibility

© David Teachout

One’s social identity is basic to building a self-narrative, the means by which individuals project their stories for viewing by others. Consider social identity like a stain-glass window, it allows a person to see inside but only through the selected colors by the person who built it and often the window as a whole pictorially represents a story of some kind. The extent or fullness of that story is dependent upon a person’s felt need and broader social context. If there’s not much inquiry going on, internally or externally, there’s not much need to devote time and energy to fully articulate the details.

 

For Americans especially, social identity has become largely conflated with the notion of self, so much so that when discussing other people we view them primarily and initially by political affiliation, sexual identity, or career choice. Who we talk about is no longer an issue of finding out how the various aspects of a person’s life join into a complex whole, interacting in various social contexts. Instead we talk about “the democrats” or “the republicans,” “the gays,” “religious believers” or “nones,” and there’s an increasing call by fair-minded liberal activist groups to broaden out the terms for sexual and gender identity. This tendency to fine-tune our social identity has led to a bizarre social reality where a term that used to classify a group has become so particularized that it can almost be said to belong to a single person. For a people who loudly and vociferously hate labels, we are decidedly dedicated to making more and more of them.
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Atheism Is More Than A Lack Of God, It Is the Pursuit of the Knowable by Removing Faith

© David Teachout 

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After leaving Christianity, I spent several years connecting with other religious communities. One such was the Unitarian Universalists. Known for their inclusion, I was in the midst of a conversation with a long-standing member who was adamant about not being against anything, only promoting the assertion that all religions seek to address essentially similar ideas. I won’t belabor whether that statement is accurate, as the central issue was more concerned with being opposed to being against anything. When I brought up that being for free inquiry and free expression and the individual right to determine one’s own moral system, logically infers being against the opposite, i.e. moral dogmatism, authoritarian dictates and rigid hierarchical systems, I was looked at with a look that can only be described as dumbfounded.

 

Innumerable articles have been written about what may euphemistically be referred to as the ‘soul of atheism.’ There are the bewildering rantings against the so-called “New Atheists,” often based on a poor or deliberately mistaken understanding of what is stated and an emphasis on the mantra that such “New Atheists” are angry all the time. It would seem that after so long remaining silent, the mere act of finally speaking out must be construed as being angry. Frankly this says far more about the inherent felt superiority of the religious majority. When those in power want a minority to stay quiet, caricaturing their actions is an effective way to remove them from discussion rather than deal with their criticism.
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Bi Weekly Blasphemy 11: Dont be a D!#%

The return of the Bi-Weekly Blasphemy, after a New Years hiatus, is a call to action against forum trolls and to step up in the necessity for us to act as we wish others would, to lead by example in making a difference in this world.

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Daily Mantra on Skepticism and Self Doubt

Ideas are great things, but make sure you treat them as tools. It is great to be open minded and to listen to all of them; but at the same time, maintaining independence and a critical mind in examining them. It’s good to be in control of the ideas, rather than to let the ideas control you, because that is when you lose perspective as well as your ability to think clearly and objectively. While some may inevitably trend toward some ideas, and away from others, it is good never to buy into someone else’s narrative hook, line, and sinker. Rather, seek to create your own narrative. This is what being a free thinker is all about.

A Good Reason to be Skeptical Part 2: Schizoaffective Disorder

“Every now and then I hear voices in my head, but not very clear. I can’t understand what they are saying. It’s a mental illness. I have been diagnosed as a manic depressive.” – Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys, considered to be Schizoaffective)

 

As ever with any posting on any psychological disorder understand that no blog is going to be an adequate replacement for actual time with a professional psychologist or doctor. If you have reason to suspect you, or someone you love, may be suffering from schizophrenia or any other psychological disorder please get help. Here are a few GREAT resources that can get you started and may be able to help point you in the direction of proper diagnosis / professional. Thank you.

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/schizophrenia/schizophrenia-treatment-and-recovery.htm

http://schizophrenia.com/invol.html

http://www.everydayhealth.com/health-report/schizophrenia-caregiver-guide/%20help-someone-with-schizophrenia-get-treatment.aspx

 

The multiple diagnosis or the single diagnosis.

One of the most difficult aspects of modern psychology is in dealing with treatment for individuals who have more than one mental illness especially when those illnesses relate to misconceptions within the regular community. Schizoaffective Disorder is understood by many to be the blurred line between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, that may not actually exist, but instead those who are suffering may well actually have a dual diagnosis. This is an issue with some controversy that is worth addressing but for the sake of this article we will be following the assumption that this particular disorder exists of its own kind as well as underlining some of the proposed differences between Schizoaffective Disorder and Schizophrenia as they can be understood. Time may well see the dissolvent of Schizoaffective Disorder as a diagnosis within academia in the future but for now we can outline some properties it may be considered to have.

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