We live in a world where the powerful deceive us. We know they lie, they know we know they lie, they don’t care. We say we care, but we do nothing. And nothing ever changes. It’s normal. Welcome to the post-truth world.

Adam Curtis

What does it take to set-up a simple website that you can put up information products in pdf or word format? (So you can sell them to people)

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 12 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
You will need hosting, domain and Web Development costs. Hosting for small sites can be anywhere from $10 to $20 per month. This should provide you with unlimited professional email addresses within your domain name as well. Domain could be around $10 - $15 a year. Development is the one that's got a lot of variation which I will discuss below.  
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How do people who don't believe we came from monkeys, respond to the fact that evolution teaches that those monkeys came from plants?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 19 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Haha! Yes indeed, people will definitely lose their minds trying to accept all that.  We should first be accurate however. Evolutionary theory does not say we came from monkeys and monkeys came from plants. Rather, we shared a common ancestor with monkeys who like us, share a common ancestor with plants.  Monkeys are our cousins. Monkeys and plants are cousins. For us humans, plants are more distant cousins than Monkeys.
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How could you fall in love with someone you never see?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 19 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Religious people do this all the time. They love gods they never see. But I think this question is referring to another concept of the word love and i think that is what this boils down to: what is your definition of love?  If I am talking to someone or messaging and developed a feeling for that person even though I haven't seen them and i haven't been with them in person, I would call it attraction or attachment. I would not call it love. 
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How many steps do we need to make an idea happen?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 19 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Yes you're right, the answer depends on the idea. However, we can make certain assumptions. Let's say, we need to build a product or a service.  I think the steps then are: 1. Create/Develop the product or Service 2. Sell it.  These are two seemingly simple steps, but to accomplish them require you to think, do and have what you need to make an idea happen. 
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I am a 13 year old atheist from a devout Muslim family from South Asia. How can I tell my parents that I am an atheist and then hopefully make them atheists too?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 09 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
The world needs more people like you: people who are seeing the folly and falsities of religions.  However at your age and in your circumstance as you've described, it may be better to not declare that you're an Atheist mainly because it sounds to me like there is a risk of it disadvantaging you severely and worse, have you persecuted for it.
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I've heard about startups who have CEOs who basically have the idea and implemented the business until it was a wealthy startup, only for board members / investors to then fire that person. Is this true? How could I avoid this happening to me?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 27 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
When Shareholders invest their money,  they invest in your company, not you. They would want that investment to succeed,  with or without you. If they think you're no longer the right man for the job, that's fair enough, right? All you can do is to continue proving that you are the right man for the job. 
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How does one get out of the deciding to the planning, to the implementation stage of a business? I decided to start but I don't seem to be able to get past the planning stage!

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 26 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
From your own assessment, it seems to me you're done planning and you're ready to take action. This means that you're  now really just procrastinating from executing your plans.
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If science proved that belief in a religion increased a person's happiness, would atheists consider believing in God to reap the benefits? How about increased "quality of life"?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 26 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
If science proves that believing that we have big diamond buried in our backyards makes us happier,  should I force myself to believe that there is indeed a diamond in my backyard? No!  Believing in things you know to be false just because it makes you feel good or happy is delusional and is a form of mental disorder.
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Are there universal truths?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 25 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Truths should be things that remain true regardless of someone's beliefs,whether they are Muslim, Christian,  Buddhist, Atheist and so on. Otherwise they are not really true. Are there truths like these? Yes there are. Scientific truths because their truthfulness can be verified and proven by anyone regardless of their religious beliefs.
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According to atheists, what happens after death? What do atheist think happens to humans after they die?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 24 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
The same thing that happens  when other animals die. Our remains would be no more special than the remains of anything alive today. We would decompose and be reabsorbed by the earth. Parts of us eaten by living bacteria, insects or animals so are then eaten by other living things.
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Have any atheists actually read the Quran before debating with Muslims?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 12 Sep 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
I haven't read the Koran in its entirety, but I researched it when I was writing the Tyranny of God. I read about how it is structured and the main verses and its claims.  However with regards to this question, it seems to suggest that Atheists should read the Koran first before debating Muslims.  I have 2 responses to this : 1. Why should they when many, if not most, Muslims have not read the Koran themselves. 
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Can love, compassion, and peace lead in the business world?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 28 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Have you ever heard of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett? They have given most of their wealth away to charity.  So long as consumers are educated and they have access to the information they need to reward the businesses that serves their purpose and buy from them, I'm confident business and businesses are a tool for good. 
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What is the difference between a self employed person and a business owner?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 13 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
At the start of a Business, when there's only one person doing  everything, I suppose there is not much to distinguish between the two. 
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I've got an idea and a business plan...now what? How do I ensure there's a market for it?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 14 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
A good Business Plan ought to show people, potential investors, officers and partners, that there is a market for the specific business  the plan is about.  A good business plan ought to summarise and highlight the conclusion of whatever research was conducted to convince everyone considering to get involved that it is worth their time. Further, it ought to outline how indeed it will ensure that there is a market for it's products and services. 
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What is the most pure example of an existing free market, regardless of size?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 14 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
In my opinion, I would have to say the Forex spot market due to minimum barrier to entry, minimum transaction costs (especially if you're dealing with brokers who allow minimal trade size and thus), no one holds an 'insider' advantage (at least for the long term) and everybody is relatively evenly matched terms of access to information, and anybody can avail themselves to any type of strategy big or small. Overall, it is an efficient market.
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How can I write professional business plan?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 14 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Important sections for a business plan? I would say...1. Research and Marketing Strategy You present your case about the opportunity available and why you, your team and your business are going to be best positioned to take advantage of this opportunity. Do a SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) Analysis. 2. Operations, Business Model, Law and Regulation
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Should business be familial?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 17 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
I suppose it depends on the business. However, I don't necessarily think so. If you happen to have a family who feels the same way you do about the same business them that's great, you should do business with them. The reality for most families though is that they are not really passionate about the same things. 
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What is the best way to pay someone when you first start a business, but don't have a lot of money?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 23 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Equity: Ownership of the company. If you don't have money and you want someone to take a risk with you at the start of your new venture, the only thing that makes sense to me is equity. You give them a percentage of the company. If you want and expect that person to work as hard as you do, then give him/her equal percentage: 50% if there's two of you,  33% of there's 3 of you, 25%if there's four, etc.
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Does anyone (14 years and older) still believe that Noah's Ark is a true story?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 17 Oct 15 | Update: 25 Mar 16 | Full View
Definitely. Yes there's plenty of people going over to the middle east every year to look for the ark. It's big business over there catering for tourists who literally  believe the Noah's story really happened.
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How much will it cost me to build a good 'whatever' site?

Q & A | Marquez Comelab | 20 Mar 16 | Update: 20 Mar 16 | Full View
There are variations to this question. For example: How much does it cost to build a Social Networking site, a Dating Site, a car sales site, a mobile phone exchange site? People used to ask about websites to sell their products and their services locally but now, they want to know how to build a Social Networking site, be the next eBay, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Real Estate site, etc.
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