Making magic on a delightful afternoon

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Making magic on a delightful afternoon

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Dick the Damned says:
My purpose is to inform them that some people hold their beliefs in utter contempt.

Here’s a Hudibrastic verse on woo,
for superstitious folk like you.

The Christian’s Jehovah, an Almighty God,
is a capricious and cantankerous clod;
and, so far as I can tell,
the Christian often is as well.
Confused by dogma, the foolish fogey
can’t fathom the nature of that Bible Bogey.

Is it a father, his son, and a g-g-ghost too?
Well, it should be obvious that’s ridiculous woo.
And Christians claim this god, in its Empyrean lair,
is omniscient, omnipotent, benevolent and fair,
but, with the problem of theodicy,
their dogma is Christian idiocy.

The Jew’s Yahweh, the meshugener, the jerk,
set Jews strict rules on when to work,
how to dress, and what to sup or sip,
and giving baby boys the snip.
Myths of Bronze Age, goat-herding nomads,
have them, metaphorically, by the gonads.

The Moslem’s Allah, a fierce desert djinn,
demands under ‘Islam’, literally, ‘Submission’.
Apostasy is treated just like a crime;
they’ll threaten to kill you, to keep you in line,
and if you dare draw Mohammad in a comic cartoon,
there’ll be riots and killings from here to Khartoum.

Hindu, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhist,
Zoroastrian, Baha’i, Mormon, and Scientologist,
Confucianist, Shintoist, and Taoist too,
Spiritualist, Wiccan, and the New Ager into woo.
Yea, verily, those of each and every religion,
are mired in the miasma of superstition.

So, why should yours be the one true faith,
in a magic, phantasmagorical wraith?
Belief, without evidence, is just plain crazy,
ignorant, stupid, or thoughtlessly lazy.
When evolution happens, it’s due to Natural Selection,
and life derives no purpose, at a theistic god’s direction.
Making magic on a delightful afternoon

To be able to express myself as clearly as this person!

From http://www.smbc-comics.com/smbcforum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=3603&sid=7022f81e67d7449d2af2ea1c3e4b4254 (Comment by theosib) Emphasis mine.

"Another fallacy is the assumption that someone arguing a particular side of an argument actually firmly believes what they're arguing. Many intelligent people can compartmentalize, hold two contradictory ideas at one time, and argue effectlvely for (or against) an issue they don't (or do) agree with, because they recognize that there are rational things to say in that regard, even if they don't agree (or disagree) upon consideration of ALL of the evidence. I tend to argue against whatever people believe (whatever it is), because I think people should think carefully about whatever it is they believe and should be willing to think about things they find uncomfortable.

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In other words, what I guess I'm getting at is that being right or wrong at any instant is less important than having the critical thinking ability necessary to evaluate truth for yourself."

Also, I need to learn how to do the last bit more often. Heh.
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Part 2


Wow, it's really coming to an end isn't it? Watched the speeches Dan, Emma, Rupert and Jo give a couple of hours ago and starting tearing up, especially when Jo said the "Hogwarts will always welcome you." What would I give to have this kind of dialogue with writers like Madeline L'Engle and Susan Cooper. Still, maybe one day their works will be properly presented on .. any kind of screen really.

I will miss Harry. And Hermione. And Ronald Bilius XD And everyone at Hogwarts. Ahh this makes me want to go home and read the books over again. Speaking of which I really should go get copies of Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets. lol they were lent to me by a friend when I was 14 and I literally could not put the books down until I finished them. And I remember the following year when I was in America and spotted the hardcover of Prisoner of Azkaban I sneaked away from the teacher (yes it was a school trip to America) and went to buy the book. I don't think many people knew about the books then. That is also the reason why I have one American cover amongst all my British covers. XDDD

Well, I guess this is goodbye. But only for now. I'll be seeing you soon, Harry!

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Ideally I get a paper, maybe two, out of this work.

Also, manage to enter a PhD program because of the paper(s).

Would go on EPIC 6 month overland journey between end of work and start of PhD except for the fact that it's in the wrong half of the year.
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So tired.

So I finally managed to snatch a bit of free time today.

What have I been doing these past few months? Well, this and that, that and this.

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Yeah, that's about it.
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God not necessary for human beings - Hawking

AWESOME. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6811FN20100902

"Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist," Hawking writes.

...FYI for people not in the know: Stephen Hawking is a physicist. Not a biologist, and by no means an evolutionary biologist.