Justin Coven, Ph.D.
Dr. Coven, is a founding member of IT Maturity, he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Arizona State University, specializing in Artificial Intelligence and systems that reason about themselves. He was a professor at Bellarmine University before entering industry, where has worked with software development companies, Startups, and as an Enterprise Architect in the automotive industry.
Dr. Coven has been involved in the creation of:
Work Philosophy: incremental, collaborative, results oriented, and persistent.
Full Architecture Stack experience: application/software, infrastructure, data, and business.
Software experience: front and back ends, frameworks/patterns, application integration, and programming language spectrum.
Infrastructure experience: data centers, cloud based systems, and virtual machines.
Hands on experience: documentation, review, design, coding, data management, testing, and mentoring.
Business Process Experience: Manufacturing, Product Development, Distribution, Sales, Financial, and Service.
Ph.D in Artificial Intelligence, and Programming Languages focusing on Meta-Level Reasoning.
Architecture Philosophy: reuse; tool use; thick clients; and optimized Model-View-Controller separation, with the Model pushed towards the Database, the View pushed towards HTML/CSS frameworks, and the Controller pushed towards front end frameworks such as jQuery.
IT Maturity provides tools and training to help enterprises methodically and continuously create heroes (i.e. enable individuals across the enterprise to achieve, excel, and interact effectively). Training and tools cover both hero creation from a technical skill perspective and an organizational interaction perspective.
As an example, IT Maturity's TopicHero tool allows users to collect Links, Search tools, RSS Feeds, Notes, Webpages, Chat, and other data related to their areas of expertise, in one place, that can easily be shared with other experts in related areas. This helps users become technical heroes.
From an organizational interaction perspective, most leadership research and theory is focused around individual leader psychology. IT Maturity takes an alternative IT perspective of leaders as entities operating within organizations, orchestrating how other entities interact with each other, to optimize productivity. Thus, the objective is to make the entities, their interactions, and their execution of activities individually, and as a team heroic. IT Maturity Leadership includes principles in five different categories: Management, Organization (structure), Extent (of activities executed), Culture, and Vision.
Using this new perspective (The IT Maturity Method) IT evolves into four separate activities: Business Enhancement, Technology Advancement to enable the business enhancement, Vendor Integration to utilize external expertise to make the business enhancement happen, and Leadership Improvement .
By using tools associated with these four activities, enterprises can automate the flow of information from heroes up the stream to executive management in real time so that Vision can be created at the speed of change. For if you rely on Vision that is only created once a year, on average your Vision will be six months out of date.
This also evolves IT and the broader enterprise into focusing on how technology can be used to impact and improve business function, and also further to how IT can be used for the maturation of the larger enterprise.
With the IT Maturity Method Dr. Coven has extended Enterprise Architecture (the art and science of creating enterprise level technology and business process maps) several steps further as follows:
Based on the IT Maturity Method he has authored a book on Leadership Improvement and Innovation Leadership Improvement: The IT Maturity Method, and developed an online training program on how to use Information Technology to mature enterprises The IT Maturity Method.
TopicHero allows users gather all of their Links, Search tools, RSS Feeds, Notes, Webpages, Chat, and other Data into Topics. The next versions of TopicHero will focus on the application of AI tools, including NuEngineer (see below) to the information within Topics. These Topics can be accessed from any device with a browser and even shared with associated web pages and discussions.
This is a different way of slicing web information, where the focus is on Topics as opposed to a focus on a specific Search Engine, device, browser, or RSS Feed. In this way enterprises and individuals can share all of their web based knowledge by Topic. From an information perspective this media becomes enterprise (context and activity) based as opposed to social based.
I've put together a two hour presentation (4 separate videos) on Meta-Level Science, which is the method for using Science to analyze Scientific Models. In the first video I introduce six lessons from Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering. In the following videos I use the lessons to analyze a number of Physics Models.
There are lots of alternative physics models out there. Why should you look at this one?
This is not a specific model, but rather a map of how a large number of different alternative and conventional models fit together cohesively. Further, it is a methodology for classifying new models. Additionally, there is an exposition of lessons from Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence that can be applied to Physics.
Note the primary motivation for this map is NOT the inclusion of alternative physics models. The primary motivators are the severe computational issues of conventional Physics Maps in general (see Modification section below).
Based on Meta-Level Science (MLS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKuS0rcc9wY&index=1&list=PLs1MZGn2nWrTWz3vPCcjEwnR34a2f3_Gl) and Sub-Quantum Kinetics. Click the below image to see a description of the map.
Justin Coven, Ph.D. is a qigong integrator who has created a new model of qigong pulling from a breadth of different types of Chinese and Japanese qigong, hypnosis, imagery, and other human energy modalities, as well as from new biological and physics models including: Subquantum Kinetics, Torsion Physics, Morphic Resonance, and the Primo Vascular System. This model focuses on energy properties, versus traditional qigong's typical focus on rote forms. Qigong is a generic term meaning Energy Work. There are thousands of different qigong techniques, with approximately a hundred million practitioners, mostly in the Orient. Qigong is a major component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is a $25 billion business in China.
Based on his Ph.D. dissertation work and research work as a professor, Dr. Coven went on to become a founding member of Numan Intelligence and developer of NuEngineer, which is an Intelligent Optimization and Integration software package that can be used for design and optimization. NuEngineer™ is applicable to engineering, physics, financial, and other software.
NuEngineer enables companies to beat their competition in areas such as reduced time to market, reduced cost and improved quality.
This software implements a new unified AI Search theory. Genetic Algorithms, Neural Networks, Heuristic Search, and Optimization are seen as different combinations of the same basic elements, and as a spectrum of AI search modalities as opposed to being separate modalities.
Here are some of Justin's publication links and downloadable PDF's.
Book: Leadership Improvement: The IT Maturity Method (Amazon), IT Maturity, Inc., Troy, Michigan, 2012.
Workshop Paper: AI Applications of Operational Semantics for Reflection (PDF), IJCAI, 1995.
Workshop Paper: The Next Generation: Reflecting on Architectural Components (PDF), OOPSLA, 1995. External Link: http://www.instantiated.ca/Object_Engine/p6.ps.
Workshop Paper: Interconnection Reflection (PS), OOPSLA, 1993. External Links: http://www.laputan.org/pub/washington/postscript/coven.ps, http://www.laputan.org/reflection/addendum.html.
Working Paper: Control Tools and Their Implementation (PDF) , 1993. External Link: http://www.laputan.org/pub/washington/formatted/coven-ctools1.ps.
Journal Article: Altering and Applying Predicates (purchase), Computer Languages, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 57-75, 1993.
Dissertation: A Descriptive-Operational Semantics for Prescribing Programming Languages with "Reflective" Capabilities (PDF), Arizona State University, 1991. Click here to order a copy of the dissertation.
Letter to the Editor: More on the Cruelty, Communications of the ACM, Volume 33, Number 6, pp 630, 633, June, 1990.
Workshop Paper: Evolution of Perception (PDF), Symmetry in a Cultural Context 2, 1988.
Surprise! Information Technology (IT) is just getting started in the transformation of human society. As a community we have already experienced the dramatic impact of computers on the technology available to us and how we interact via social media. In the next five to fifteen years we will be experiencing much more dramatic changes as automated vehicles, kitchens, gardens and other systems are commercialized. But the impact will reach much farther than just these changes and will start impacting our thought processes. Many of our existing reasoning processes such as leadership and law were built around the limits of human reasoning hundreds of years ago. With computers those limits disappear.
With the disappearance of those limits our associated conceptual models will experience dramatic changes. In my book Leadership Improvement: The IT Maturity Method I discuss in depth how leadership evolves via the usage of IT. That text also includes a section that covers how the commercialization of automated vehicles, kitchens, gardens, legal, and other systems will impact society. In this article I discuss how our understanding of Information Technology will start changing our thought processes for the better to help resolve common societal ills.
Conflict appears in many diverse situations. Upon reflection and analysis, via the relatively new sciences of computation (Computer Science/IT), it can be determined that much of the conflict arises because of the complexity of the world. Computational understanding can be used to deal with complexity in order to resolve significant amounts of conflict. Frustrations due to complexity are rampant in the political and business world, as well as in everyday interactions.
As a simple example to understand how complexity causes problems, lets look at the number of ancestors you have.
On average, over the last few thousand years, how long is there between human generations?
If we assume twenty or twenty-five years then there would be 4-5 generations after 100 years. Note that while many individuals in this time period started having children young, say between 13 to 25 years old, there are many who continued, or started, to have children at older ages. To err on the side of underestimation, we will assume 4 generations for 100 years, which would imply 8 generations for 200 years and 10 generations for 250 years.
As everyone has exactly 2 parents, this means that after 4 generations (or 100 years) there are 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 16 ancestors.
Going another 4 generations back for a total of 8 generations (or 200 years ago) there would be 16 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 256 ancestors. Going 10 generations back, or 250 years ago, there would be 256 x 2 x 2 = 1024 ancestors (or approximately 1000 ancestors).
Each of these 1000 ancestors would themselves have 1000 ancestors going back another 250 years, for a total of 500 years before the present. This is 1000 x 1000 or 1 million ancestors. If you go back another 250 years (or a total of 750 years ago) you would have 1000 x 1 million or 1 billion ancestors. Going back to 1000 years ago you would have one trillion ancestors (1000 x 1 billion). Every 250 years, the number of your ancestors multiplies be 1000.
But there weren’t one trillion people alive 1000 years ago. Best estimates are that there were 310-400 million people alive around the year 1000 C.E. So where did all of the ancestors go. It is natural for distant cousins to intermarry and breed. As you go back further generations, there are many intermarriages and the same ancestor would appear in your family tree many times.
If you divide the 1 trillion ancestors you have 1000 years ago by the 400 million people alive at the time, then on average each one of those 400 million people would appear in your family tree 2,500 times. Of course some would appear many more times than others. There are likely many who would never appear in your family tree due to geographical barriers (e.g. between the Americas, Oceania and the old world).
What happens if we go back to Roman times two thousand years ago? Then you would have 1 trillion x 1 trillion or 1 septillion ancestors. Which written out the long way is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Best estimates are that there we 200 million people alive at that time or written the long way 200,000,000. This would mean that on average, each person alive 2,000 years ago would be in your family tree approximately 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 / 200,000,000 = 5,000,000,000,000,000 (or five quadrillion) times.
As all geographical boundaries in the Eastern hemisphere were breached during Roman times there was undoubtedly interbreeding between all of the groups in that hemisphere. It is hard to imagine that each individual alive 2000 years ago (that has living descendants) is not in your family tree at least thousands of times.
Why is understanding this complexity important? First, it is natural for people to simplify things in order to make reasoning about them manageable. Unfortunately people often take these simplifications as reality, when they are far from it.
Second, simplification in the area of ancestor calculation often causes conflict and abuse. Prejudice is an example. It is preposterous to imagine that any individual of European descent does not have both African and Oriental ancestors many thousands or millions of times over. Africans were unquestionably a part of the European gene pool in Roman times. The Mongolians likewise became a part of the European gene pool eight hundred or so years ago.
Another example is of prejudices of heritage. Monarchies are the obvious example. It is fantasy to imagine that both paupers and kings from a thousand years ago are not all your ancestors. It is a travesty to follow just one family tree line to understand where we all came from. We are all a product of all of the peoples of ancient times.
Third, simplification infests almost all human thinking including much science. This is not to say simplification is bad. It is not, it is an incredibly useful tool. It is the confusing of our simplifications with reality that causes issues.
As an example of the utility of simplifications, look to physics. We typically use the simpler Newtonian physics to solve most problems. In other situations we need the greater accuracy of Relativistic physics. However, it is fantasy to think either is reality. Both are just based on the data we have gathered so far in conjunction with the computational models we have been able to put together so far. There are many situations where we have data that is either outside of our current computational models or where our computational models do not integrate effectively with each other. Computational models are naught but utilitarian tools and simplifications.
Note that a list of ancestors names, although exceedingly complex just a a few thousand years ago, is an incredible simplification of all of the information related to the full lives and interconnections between peoples going back to that time.
What happens to complexity when we go back 100,000 or 200,000 years to when scientists have identified a genetic Eve. The number of ancestors balloons up to a one followed by 1200 zeros. DNA supposedly can only hold 10 billion bits of information. That is a one followed by just 10 zeros. Almost all of the information about ancestors is undoubtedly dropped over that long of a period of time.
Even if we used all of the atoms or quarks in the known Universe we would not be able to create an ancestor tree going back 100,000 years. Best estimates are there are 10 to the 70th or 80th number of quarks in the Universe. This is an insignificant number with respect to the 10 to 1200th number of an ancestor tree going back 100,000 years.
While scientist have significant evidence that going back through a maternal chain, all humans can be traced back to one woman about 100,000 to 200,000 years ago, this in no way says that all of the individuals alive back then are not also our ancestors. As you can see from the above discussion, each one of them is our ancestor an unimaginable number of times over. A genetic Eve only implies that there is at least one male up each one of the uncountable number of chains to the other individuals alive then. We cannot count the number of chains, for there are not enough quarks to do so.
While survival of the fittest likely had a part to play going back all of those generations to genetic Eve, there are likely other factors. Some individuals are genetically more predisposed to having girls than boys. Even if this preference were infinitesimally small, over so many generations it would have far more than sufficient effect to completely account for a genetic Eve. Although, no claim is being made that it did have that effect.
As the understanding of computational sciences becomes even more pervasive, prejudices like those described above will become a thing of the past.
Dr. Coven is CEO and Founder of IT Maturity, Inc. The IT Maturity Method uses IT to both tame complexity within businesses and to mature businesses. The IT Maturity Method is made up of Business Enhancement, Technology Advancement, Vendor Integration, and Leadership Improvement. More information on the IT Maturity Method can be found at theitmm.com.
There are three trends that point to an emerging balanced and peaceful world. The first trend is one of population, the second is one of balance and income equality, and the third is of peace. These are only a small prelude to the tsunami of technology initiated changes that will completely transform our current world and world view, making the political debates of today become meaningless.
A simple analysis of population trends tells us that world population is growing at an unstoppable pace and we will eventually overpopulate the world. However, population experts are now doing more in-depth analysis and noticing that in the areas where people are educated, population not only stops growing but starts declining. Much of this is related to reproduction education. When taking this into account, population experts are now saying that world population will peak at about nine billion and then start declining. The long term reality might be a concern of declining population.
Recent consolidation of a large body of research discussed in The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett indicates that more equal societies are better not just for the 99% but also for the 1%.
Richard and Kate have looked across different countries to see how wealth impacts numerous social factors such as life expectancy, happiness, health, education, mental health, drug use, obesity, and other social issues. They found an interesting curve. At first as countries start becoming wealthier all social factors start improving in a linear fashion. However, a plateau for social factors is eventually reached as countries reach a certain level of wealth. A level that we might have used the term 'developed country' for in the past.
Richard and Kate then worked on identifying what improved social factors within this plateau. They found that those countries with greater income equality fared better across all of the different social factors. They went on to study differences within states in the U.S. and found the same result, that greater income equality meant better social factors within a state. They did note that within a society (i.e. country or state) the rich fared much better than the poor across all of the factors. However, they also noted that the rich in more equal societies fared much better that the rich in less equal societies.
The key take away is that the 1% will fare much better where it matters (i.e. social factors) within a more equal society. Dollars are really only numbers sitting on computers somewhere. It makes no sense for a rich person to be fixated on those bits and bytes to the detriment of things that matter such as life expectancy, happiness, health, education, mental health, drug use, obesity, and other social concerns. Education of the rich is consequential, for as they become educated they will strongly desire a society with greater equality, for it will be better for them.
Of course the world has recently seen what happens when income equality goes overboard with recent forays into communism. Too much movement in that direction is a great error also. The key word is ‘Balance’. Richard and Kate did not find a developed society where greater income equality went too far, so it is left to future governmental experimentation to find the point of greatest balance.
The big question many of you might be asking is where does the U.S. sit on the level of income equality? It is thirty-eighth of the thirty-nine developed countries. Some analysts believe that this is because the system has been put out of balance by current governmental policies. For any system balance needs to be maintained for it to be healthy. At the most macro-economic level of supply and demand some analysts indicate that the American economy has been significantly skewed away from the demand side since the 1980's and that this is what is causing the imbalance within the U.S. economic system and the above mentioned significant underperformance of the U.S. in the social factors.
As further encouragement for the creation of a more balanced society, I offer two other paradigms. First, research has shown that giving provides significant health benefits for the giver. Those who donate their time and wealth have been found to be healthier than those who don’t. Second, as any system needs to be viewed from a perspective of balance, the trickle-down theory only provides a view of one side of a system. The other side is the vacuum-up side. The rich are highly competent and can vacuum up very effectively. It is the trickle-down side that deserves greater attention and assistance. In actuality it should be a flow-down, as opposed to a trickle down in order to have a system that is in balance and healthy. A trickle, in essence, indicates that the system is in an unhealthy state. If you had only a trickle in your home plumbing you would consider it broken. The same should be considered true for an economic system.
Another compendium of research, this time by Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence has Declined looks at violence in human society over the ages. While Pinker admits that relative to other half centuries, the first half of the twentieth century was one of the ten most brutal centuries in human history. However, it was only the ninth most violent when analyzed from a human population proportion perspective.
When looking at the proportion of the population killed by its fellow man, the percentage is on a clear downward trajectory over time. In ancient time, whether in small villages or larger communities, being killed by your neighbor, neighboring tribe, or marauding tribe was more prevalent. While from our modern peaceful perspective there is too much violence, it is dramatically reduced from the past and shows all signs of continuing to decline.
Looking at the News or political pundits it might seem that violence is overwhelming us. But a big part of the business of government is to deal with violence, so as any good marketer, it is in the government's nature to advertise violence and make things look bleak so that their budgets increase. Likewise the media sells their product most effectively when there is more sensationalism and emotion, so they too benefit from advertising the negative.
Autonomous cars are on the roads now and will hit the market around 2018. How will this affect Society? Google has announced that they have accumulated 250,000 miles for their autonomous vehicles on public roads. General Motors has been claiming since 2008 that they will have autonomous vehicles on the market around 2018. Are we really that close?
Yes! Back in the mid 1980's if a researcher wrote in a research paper that his autonomous vehicle went more than a hundred feet he had to produce a video to prove it. By 2004 not much more progress had been made. The best vehicles were doing only thousands of feet. DARPA challenged the community and in a March 2004 desert competition one vehicle miraculously attained a distance of 7 miles. The following year five different vehicles completed the full hundred-mile plus course, including a team from Louisiana which had just been hit by a category five hurricane.
The next challenge in 2007 added the complexity of traffic in an urban environment. This time six teams finished the 55 mile course successfully. Progress is swift, will government keep up with the changes.
What will the impact be? How long will it take before all vehicles are autonomous? Will all professional drivers be put out of business? Will this have a greater impact than the replacement of horses with cars? What will happen to automobile insurance? What about the 400,000 hospital beds a year emptied as car crashes disappear? What about the disappearance of 2 million arrests a year for drunk driving? Will there be such a thing as a traffic ticket anymore?
What happens when this evolving technology is put into kitchen appliances, gardening equipment, and other products? Years ago science fiction writers pictured vehicles being driven by androids. But this is not how vehicles are becoming autonomous. Instead sensors, actuators, emerging complex computation systems, and communications are being added to make vehicles autonomous. Thus, any highly used and repetitive activity that might be automated will similarly use simple to moderately complex actuators, sensors, and communications, as well as emerging complex computation systems to parallel what is happening with autonomous vehicles.
While complex sensors and actuators might be necessary to manipulate the kitchen of today, it would be easy to reorganize a kitchen of tomorrow that does not require complex sensors and actuators. As kitchens are the most commonly remodeled part of the home it is highly likely that the changes needed to realize automated kitchens in the near to mid-term will fall into place. The same is true in many other areas of endeavor.
In my recently published book Leadership Improvement: The IT Maturity Method (and the http://theitmm.com website) I discuss how dozens of different areas of endeavor will be affected by the impending technological transformation of society. While this text only covers a limited set of all of the different endeavors that will be affected in the next five to fifteen years, it does delve deep into some of the more complex reasoning activities and how they will be impacted. In particularly it delves into leadership and how Information Technology can dramatically impact how leadership is done. Exceptional leaders will no longer be heroes, instead exceptional leadership will become the ability to methodically and continuously create heroes.
We are not just looking at the disappearance of almost all driving jobs, the automobile insurance industry, and the parts of police, courts, hospitals, and prisons associated with vehicular issues. We will also be seeing food production, food preparation, education and other industries dramatically impacted. This impact will also dramatically affect more intellectual activities such as leadership, finance, law, and medicine. The impact will not be due to just automation of these reasoning systems, for in the next five to fifteen years only partial automation of reasoning in these fields is possible. The impact will be more the integration of partial reasoning, reorientation to service, and social media. An example of reorientation to service would be legal systems moving away from legal technicalities and towards fostering of effective negotiation (or better yet integration) between legal entities. Details of this is discussed in my above mentioned book.
With massive numbers of jobs in almost every endeavor being replaced in ten to fifteen years one might think that other jobs will appear. While this might have happened in the past, for example teamsters moved from working with teams of horses to driving trucks, in this case similar moves will not be made. Yes there will be some new jobs in maintenance of more complex vehicles, but it will likely be just minimal growth that will likely be offset by other automation improvements. It is unquestionable that the number of jobs available will shrink to just a fraction of what it is today.
No society can cope with 80-90% unemployment. The societies that adapt the most effectively will succeed. Those that don't will fail big time. When the electorate wakes up and recognizes that their jobs too will evaporate in the mid future, it will become abundantly obvious that they will need to choose leaders that cannot only adapt to these changes but also take advantage of these changes. The political debates of today will become inconsequential very quickly.
It is the truth that spiritual extortion is morally evil.
It is the truth that spiritual greed is morally evil.
It is the truth that spiritual bullying is morally evil.
It is the truth that nothing in nature is perfect and to expect something to be perfect is wrong.
It is the truth that while striving in the direction of perfection has value, perfectionism is a sickness.
It is the truth that spiritual perfectionism is a sickness.
It is the truth that spiritual extortion based on spiritual perfectionism is morally evil.
It is the truth that coveting your own spiritual planet or multiple spiritual slaves and wives is spiritual greed and morally evil.
It is the truth that heaven and hell are spiritual extortion and bribery
It is the truth that a morally evil spirit or god should be forever striven against and defeated.
It is the truth that euphoria addiction is immoral and wrong.
It is the truth that dreaming of eternal euphoria is a sickness.
It is the truth that wishing or thinking of eternal torment for others is unethical and morally wrong.
It is the truth that we have magnificent psychological tools to accomplish anything we need to in this world now.
It is the truth that we can build a magnificent world here and now that provides for all of our needs and desires.
It is the truth that we can change cultural thought to enable this magnificent world.
It is the truth that reincarnating through multiple lifetimes is a very slow way to learn psychological lessons, and is a waste of resources.
It is the truth that forcing people into a religious test is morally and ethically wrong
It is the truth that any government led pledge with a reference to any god is a religious test, which is not only a crime per the constitution, but also a crime against humanity, as well as against every student and parent. Every teacher, principal, and school board that does the pledge is guilty of this crime and should be held accountable and repent.
It is the truth that: a parent, clone creator, spirit creator, or any form of sentient being creator who tries to own their creations beyond maturation is morally wrong.
It is the truth that spirit and religious predation is morally evil.
It is the truth that to worship someone because they demonstrate spiritual skills is wrong.
It is the truth that to worship someone because of historical spiritual skills is wrong.
It is the truth that to worship someone because they are associated with someone with spiritual skills or historical spiritual skills is wrong.
It is the truth that to ask for wealth because of spiritual skills is predation and is morally evil.
It is the truth that to care for your fellow is morally good.
it is the truth that to turn the other cheek for those who strike in fear will ease their burden and is morally good.
it is the truth that to be strong and defend against those who are greedy and selfish, and to teach the greedy and selfish that sharing is best for them is morally good.
It is the truth that if someone says their way is the only way, they are ignorant and they themselves have been conned, or worse, they are trying to con you out of something.
It is the truth that it is wrong to believe something just because someone said it or wrote it. It is only appropriate to use a model if there is data and analysis to back it up.
It is the truth that to think that any consciousness has all the answers or even superior knowledge is foolish.
It is the truth that to force or coerce others to take oaths is evil. It is particularly evil when it is done to young in schools.
It is the truth that to believe all (or only your) government is good and not corrupt is foolish.
It is the truth that a judging god that punishes is not only uncaring and mean, but also incompetent in that it does not know how to teach effectively.
It is the truth that any country that punishes or murders because of a persons beliefs or change of beliefs is evil.
It is the truth that extorting others not to express their own beliefs is morally evil.
It is the truth that there is no such thing as Atheism or Theism, there is only Mytheism and Anti-Mytheism.
It is the truth that to do direct good unto others is of great value.