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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: From TH White

 Post subject: From TH White
Posted: 27 Nov 2012, 1:38 am 

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Specifically, pp 205-206 of the 1946 edition of Mistress Masham's Repose. The Professor speaks: "Do you know," he said, "I think that Dr. Swift was silly to laugh about Laputa. I believe it is a mistake to make a mock of people, just because they think. There are ninety thousand people in this world...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Books used anymore?

Posted: 27 Nov 2012, 1:34 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 1,839

The book will not be obsolete while I live.

That said, there are many reasons, from cost to convenience, why people - and the schools, which want to feel with it - would turn to evanescent miniature displays.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: What was Jesus' sexual orientation?

Posted: 27 Sep 2012, 6:28 am 

Replies: 128
Views: 28,491

O tempora, o Mores, o Panda. To be sure you have your pseudothumb on the pulse of the "religion" aspect of this forum - but is it worthy of you to panda to it? Was that pun worthy of me? Anyways, youse guys, I posted my quote and hung around long enough to confirm that only the names have changed, a...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Feeling of truth and spiritual substance

Posted: 27 Sep 2012, 6:19 am 

Replies: 66
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What can we say about this substance, if ever it exists ? Spiritual "substance" is fancy and illusion. Only physical things are real. ruveyn A problem of circularity. We define eg electromagnetism as physical lsrgely because we have decided it is real. If we took mana as real we would accord it phy...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Don't feel the love.

Posted: 27 Sep 2012, 6:13 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 682

By now, if you are indeed appropriately matched, this is working itself out. You are getting to know one another's moods, signals, etc. Herself and I are both fringe spectrals, with different sense space talk styles and issues. We do very well after 25+ years. Do not spend more time than you can hel...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Who was/is more religious? Mom or Dad?

Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 2:59 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 5,199

Really need to define / refine the terms.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: What if God was one of us.

Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 2:58 pm 

Replies: 47
Views: 10,209

If I recall correctly, the original Hebrew does not contain vowels. So Yahweh is written as YHWH and the vowel sounds are open to interpretation. Yahwah is just as valid, as is Yehwah, or my favourite (wish I knew where I found this now...) - Yoohoowoohoo. As a practicing Semitist and philologer, I...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why Does Christian Religion Make Me SO ANGRY?

Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 2:53 pm 

Replies: 39
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ruveyn is dead right fnord seems to miss that this behaviour is by no means limited to theists let alone Christians specifically. Why do people who pronounce "roo" a certain way make me despise them? Has our querier checked his reactions to a wide enough range of Christians, or just an inadequate an...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Just ran across this, though to drop it in.

Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 9:52 am 

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Neither JP nor I said anything here about faith in God. The thrust is rather against the inanity that says faith is inventing explanations where there are none. I myself have had few if any insights of the type described in physics or math.I doubt Dirac had linguistic flashes all that often. No indi...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Anarchy

Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 9:46 am 

Replies: 164
Views: 22,190

Hope springs eternal - same by doltishness.

Rational choice says why bother even talking - eppur one does beyond hope.

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Obama is the Antichrist and I can prove it!

Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 4:15 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 2,384

Well, it WOULD be funny if it were not such a human universal. Consider how unforgiving certain "liberals", how much some "conservatives" want to change things, and many other cases.

As for Obama - Antichrist? I would be hard put to see him as an antiBrian.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Help with taking notes.

Posted: 26 Sep 2012, 3:58 am 

Replies: 17
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Hi - life-long academic here, never could take notes worth a bean. The offer of note help sounds good, more than I ever had. Probldem is - for me at least - the notes that a note taker takes do not match my mind's structure. They would not help - if they fitted my brain, I could take notes. Througho...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Just ran across this, though to drop it in.

Posted: 25 Sep 2012, 11:53 pm 

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Greetings to the elders of fond memory. May you not share my nose. Ponder and / or enjoy: The ability of understanding to outrun explanation is intimately connected with the religious concept of faith. This is not a polite expression for unsubstantiated assertion, but it points to an ability to gras...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: All human action is necessarily rational. Yes or No

Posted: 25 Sep 2012, 11:49 pm 

Replies: 54
Views: 4,351

All human action rational? Hah! by any definition.

At times I wonder rather is any?

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Rumors of my return are pretty much hype

Posted: 08 Apr 2012, 1:38 am 

Replies: 1
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Khristos anestee, y'all [forgive the transcription, last time I tried to get Greek it came out stupefied]. Glad to see that the proportion of mature informed discussion of religion is about what it was when I was last here. Restores my faith in an internally consistent universe. Of course, the polit...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Homeopaths!

Posted: 08 Apr 2012, 1:28 am 

Replies: 68
Views: 4,529

Dear, dear dear. Will wonders never cease. A thread - initiated with [bei mir] unwatchable slurvids - knocking homeopathy with no sign that anyone here has spoken, will speak, or could speak either well or stupidly on the subject, and no to me obvious relationship between homeopathy [or any other of...
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