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Conversations of Belief: Shawna Bowen

In a series of previously unreleased interviews, we are presenting a series called "Conversations of Belief".  These are interviews that were originally to be included with the documentary "Reasons To Believe", but didn't make the final cut.  Some of them shared a different perceptive than the director.

So we decided to release the full conversation, unedited and uncut for our viewers.  To show the other points of views.

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Fama Films Faith Conversations - Sedona Red Rock News

Ben Fama Jr., director of the upcoming film “A Reason to Believe,” holds nothing back in his online videos: He is brash, given to creative swearing and utterly unapologetic about his atheism.

“I’m a very outspoken person and I say I what I think,” Fama said. “I’ve debated many people over these topics. I’m not afraid to step on a few toes.”

 

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Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum (Or Bullshit Scientology Propaganda)

My wife and I had a chance to visit Los Angeles a few days ago to interview Associate Professor Jennifer Whitson from UCLA for our upcoming documentary film about beliefs.  While we were there, we decided to go check out a museum that makes claims about the "harm" in the field of psychiatry.  I wasn't about to leave until I saw this place.  Most people know that this is just a Scientology propaganda museum posing as a "human rights" organization.  But we wanted to see for ourselves what all the madness was about.

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The Rising Cult of the AntiScience Community

There is a rising cult in our country from people who think they can be armchair loudmouths about being "antiscience". I see a lot of people in this community (Sedona, AZ) who seem to do the same thing. It's okay to have an opposing point of view, even in science, the ideas are brutally challenged. This helps weed out the bad ideas from the good ones. And there are a lot of bad ideas. 

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Chains of Fear are Stupid as Fuck

There are chains, in everyone's minds, that stops us from moving forward with our lives. We all have them, whether we realize or not.

The question is, why it's so hard for some of us to break free from these mental chains. It doesn't matter if you are trying to be a better mom or build a successful company. It doesn't matter if you trying to find love or lose weight. It doesn't matter if you are fighting against bad ideas or outdated thinking.

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On The Battlefield of Ideas (A Response To "Crossing Enemy Lines") by Betsy Chasse

"My enemies are my coach, they teach me how to be strong and wise."

I am not sure of the original person of that quote, but in my own life it rings very true.  Recently, friend and fellow filmmaker Betsy Chasse (What The Bleep Do We Know?) wrote an article in the Huffington Post entitled "Crossing Enemy Lines", where she talks about her encountering me as a skeptic and atheist who quote "pretty much despised like with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns despised everything I held dear".

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The Power of Being Wrong About Your Beliefs

My, how much has changed in such a short period of time. It's amazing to look back on your beliefs and see how far you've come when you've challenged them.  It really was't that long ago when I saw my worldview much diffrent than I do today.  It's amazing how much I have learned.  I want to present to you a blog I wrote in 2011 called "Wake The Fuck Up.  And Tell Your Friends."  This is when I still considered my self a "spiritual" person.  Although now I don't hold these beliefs, I just want to show the world that it is okay to be wrong, and that there is a power in being wrong, to find truth, and change what you believe about it.  So here is my rant about a "spiritual awakening".

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Understanding the Illusion of Certainty

The illusion of certainty.  The anxiety you experience in your life is based upon uncertainty and the unknown.  Yet we know more now than we ever have.  But there will always be a level of uncertainty that we will have to deal with.  I believe most systems of politics, religion, spirituality and civilization were created as a way to lessen uncertainty.  Yet in the mix of that, we may have created even more uncertainty.   How does this effect you?

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The Deep Seated Fear of What We Cannot Control

While it may seem like many atheists and freethinkers are angry, the deep frustration of understanding things that other people either do not want to know, do not know, or claim that they do but do not want to change their minds, can become a big reason for frustrations to boil over to what appears to be anger.  When justifications for harm and injustice are disguised as reasons to accept things that do not justify reality, it gets increasingly difficult not to feel like confronting.  You cannot help but be angry when you see people creating and believing in injustice, while criticizing those fighting and working so hard to understand the world, and trying to make it a better place for us to live.

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What Would It Take To Change My Mind About God?

I often ask people what it would take for them to change their mind about God.  Often times, there isn’t a lot of things that would change their minds.  They think that their beliefs are infallible and aren’t subject to error.  I have even heard people say there would be nothing that changes their mind.  Why is that?  Isn’t it just as important to know things as it is to believe them? 

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