Welcome to The Way of Yo
The World's First Open Source Religion
A community of individuals united
by a shared vision of human possibility.
Together, we can create Heaven on Earth.

Uniting Atheist, Skeptic, Agnostic, Buddhist, Pagan, Realist, Enlightenment, Humanist, Unitarian, Deist, Psychedelic, Transcendentalist, and Pantheist systems of belief to create the World's First Open Source, Rational Religion, the advent of Yoism marks a turning point in the history of Homo sapiens, the next stage in human development:  Childhood's End. Rational Religion without ''God'' Yoism and Buddhism Yoism and the Enlightenment Yoism and Psychedelic, Mystical Experience Yoism and Spinoza's, Santayana's, Einstein's, E. O. Wilson's, and Richard Dawkins' (!) Naturalistic Pantheism Yoism, the World's First OPEN SOURCE Religion The New Gospel According to Yo Yoism and the End of Humanity's Infancy


South Park: Satan Wants You!


If "Building Heaven on Earth" is too "unrealistic," too optimistic for you, get over it ;-)

If you can't, try this.


If "Heaven on Earth" is too "religious" for you, try this:






However, if you just want your religious beliefs to make sense and to jibe with other valid sources of Knowledge, here's the New Good News, the True Gospel of Creation According to Yo.


Or, if you prefer parables or like myths, try The Song of Ozacua, a story for grownup children living in the post Nine-Eleven-World (the NEWorld).







Join Us as We Explore "The Face of Yo"
"We are a way for the Cosmos to know Itself" (Carl Sagan)

Video of Carl Sagan's mystical empiricism
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On Science versus Dogma
Jacob Bronowski (The Ascent of Man)

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Yothu Yindi:  Some Australian, Aboriginal, Yoan Music
Some Australian, Aboriginal, Yoan Music






"Yo Knows"

Yo Knows:  Shun the Fool; Teach the Child; Wake the Sleeper; and Accompany the Wise One.

May the P.L.W.Y.G.Y.W.O.



South Park Yoan says, ''Yo! For more info, click my sign, my shirt, or my face.'' Click my sign to learn more about ''The Way of Yo' Click my face for the first Yo FAQ Click my shirt for a video about ''Genocide in the Sudan''
 

Judy's Dream

An Inspiring Yoan Tale
Yoan Michael J. Fox

On Stem Cell Research

with Rush Limbaugh, Katie
Couric, Keith Olbermann, &
Stephen Colbert
Inherit the Wind

Some of the most inspirational
moments in cinematic history
Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, & Jason Jones on Global Warming.
If you believe in evolution, you will go to Hell!
Video of James Randi Performing Psychic Surgery
The

declares

July 23, 2006
Marcia Angell, former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine takes on the drug companies.





Think for Yourself
We Are One Global Humanity

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A Divine StereYOgram






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Yusuf Islam's "Peace Train"
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Yoism: Organizing Angels Since 1995.

Yoism Is People!

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Please join us and contribute to Yoism!

An International Yoan Anthem
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John Lennon's Anthem
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Suggestions

Greetings, fellow Yoans! After reviewing this site thoroughly, I am delighted to find a sophisticated consensus-based religious paradigm for the twenty-first century. Here are some thoughts that I think might improve the site in the future, specifically when it is redesigned using the new software:

1. I mentioned this to the founder Dan, and I'm sure most members agree, but it's worth repeating: I believe the site needs to be reorganized so that there are not so many links/videos on any given page and so that their placement is entirely intuitive.

2. When I registered for an account, I had to send an email to Dan. I'd prefer, as is customary with other websites, to be able to create an account directly on the site - and then, if necessary, await approval.

3. When I clicked the link to post this comment, I was redirected to the "Reply" section BUT I had to scroll down past several unwanted videos and images.

4. Whenever I click on a link my browser opens a new tab. This becomes unnecessarily frustrating as I find myself closing a string of tabs simply from navigating the website. So I'd urge new links to be opened in the SAME TAB.

5. We should consider having one homepage that permits the visitor to choose between two formats: Call them the Karen Armstrong and Richard Dawkins methods. The purpose of this division is to appeal to two types of person, separately: the spiritually-inclined and the scientific-minded. After all, Yoism - at its best - should seek to reconcile mysticism with scientific fact. Moreover, the person disillusioned with, say, Christianity and looking for a new paradigm to fulfill her spiritual needs may find the "Karen Armstrong method" more palatable.

6. Although Yoism already does to some extent reconcile mysticism with science, I'd put equal emphasis on the mystical element. For instance, Karen Armstrong in her book titled "The Case for God" notes that "In most premodern cultures, there were two recognized ways of thinking, speaking, and acquiring knowledge. The Greeks called them mythos and logos." Logos, she goes on to explain, is the scientific, the factual, the logical. Mythos, on the other hand, is that which transcends thinking, of which we can only speak of in terms of metaphor, religion, myth. It is experiential and intuitive. Yoism seems almost to limit the concept God (Brahman, Nirvana, Tao, Yo) to a specifically scientific "unvisualizable universal field." Yet, there is also a dimension that science cannot even explain in scientific terms. For instance, why is there a universe at all? If time began with the Big Bang, why should there have been a Big Bang? And why should life have evolved from non-life? Natural selection can't apply to non-life. These are questions that science apparently cannot and never will be able to answer, nor can science adequately explain those moments of self-transcendent psychic experience, that experience of fundamental oneness with the source of our being and all phenomena. Science can no more explain these than it can a poem, a song, or a work of art. That's what Joseph Campbell called "the ultimate mystery of being"; it's the beauty and soul of life; and I think that, rather than limiting Yo to strictly scientific terms, the mystical aspect of Yo should be given more emphasis.

7. This last remark is more of a personal request, but not without merit I think. I strongly urge that Karen Armstrong's book "The Case for God [i.e., Yo]" be promoted alongside "The God Delusion." Her book is perhaps the most intelligent response to the "new atheism" of Harris, Dawkins, et al. She emphasizes apophatic theology, the unknowing nature of God, and practice over dogmatism. Hers is a universal religion and one that is perfectly compatible with Yoism. She gives eloquence and clarity to the mystical experience and offers an educated, sensible explanation in plain English to that other seemingly neglected aspect of the scientifically weighted Yoism. It's not fuzzy thinking and is entirely consistent with the teachings of Yo. Indeed, I'm convinced that if everybody read this book we wouldn't have such unintelligent bickering over irrelevant dogma. So I highly encourage anyone interested in intelligent religion to read her book.

*In response to another comment I read on the site, I just want to add my voice in emphatically rejecting leaving open the question of an afterlife. Is it possible that there could be an afterlife to which our consciousness (separated from our then-rotting brains) goes after death? Sure, but it's pure speculation and, in my opinion, highly unlikely. Absence of evidence or convincing logic (or intuitive sense, i.e., mythos) is, in fact, reason not to believe something. And the only reason some persons speculate about an afterlife is that we, as living beings, cannot conceive of nonexistence. The thought is unimaginable, terrifying even, so we invent comforting notions of an afterlife to make death more palatable. So even if such an afterlife does exist, I reject any suggestion of its possibility on Yoism on the principle that it can be no more than speculation and wishful thinking.

Happy Winter Solstice!
Andrew

EDIT: This comment was properly formatted into paragraphs before posting; I don't know why it merges all my paragraphs into one confusing jumble of disconnected sentences. I followed the link "More information about formatting options" but it took me nowhere. So that's something that should also be fixed when the site is redesigned.