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Go to: The Stupidity of Dignity

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Kass' "philosophy" is a nightmare of weird contradictions.

On the one hand, he seems to be saying that the "animal" side of human nature is horrible and must be suppressed. We must (for some strange reason) show how "in control" we are from abstaining from everything from non-reproductive sex to public consumption of ICE CREAM for the love of @&*^@!!!! Its just and ICE CREAM CONE you freak!!!

But THEN he goes on to preach against us wicked modern liberals for wanting to be in control; for not submitting to the (in his mind) mystical, natural forces of fertilty and death.

He makes no sense at all, even on his own terms, and it is shameful that he is taken as an intellectual or philosopher by anyone--even Bush! There should be public service announcements on TV warning people that the government is "advised" by such deranged people.

Tue, 13 May 2008 13:14:00 UTC | #170539

Go to: Fear Is Stronger Than Hope When It Comes To Fitness

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I liked the article because it seems to support a favorite issue of mine--accepting all of our emotions, not just the "nice" ones. This important from a humanist/rationalist perspective because disowning and demonizing certain basic human traits is a big part of both the Christian and New Age mind control agendas. 'Don't ever feel fear, anger, envy, etc.' they tell us. 'Think only happy, group-approved thoughts.' Fear is as natural and normal as hunger. It is not a devil, but a useful tool.

Wed, 05 Dec 2007 19:20:00 UTC | #90156

Go to: Jesus Camp: A scary movie that should frighten us all

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My favorite part of that film was when the head nut-jobs did an extended prayer ritual to protect the electrical and sound systems from being attacked by demons! (since we all know that demons are what cause routine technical difficulties) :) Funny that no corporations or governments have exorcists on their technical support staff! And these people think they could run a modern nation even if they won.

Mon, 05 Nov 2007 15:18:00 UTC | #81502

Go to: Tests of faith over 'The Golden Compass'

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Great writing often contains anti-religious and anti-clerical barbs, as well as "heretical" reinterpretations of conventional religious views. Pullman is only one recent example.

These agitators for cencorship are like something out of the big 20th Century dictatorships. Art is useless or dangerous except as propaganda for their preconcieved "truth" and authoritarian agenda. (That appalling Donahue character seems born to be America's Goebells or Beria with his relentless bullying, worship of power and obsession with ideological purity)

Since they cannot hold their own in a reasonable discussion, all criticism and alternate points of view are seen as destructive. Someone should make a film of "Candide" just to watch them make anti-intellectual, bigoted fools of themselves attacking it! I guess the Muslims would get in on that one, too.

Mon, 29 Oct 2007 19:42:00 UTC | #79543

Go to: American kids, dumber than dirt: Warning: The next generation might just be the biggest pile of idiots in U.S. history

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I don't think its a matter of "stupidity" as such. IQ scores are supposed to be higher than ever, and it must take a certain amount of cleverness to use all these little handheld electronic gadgets all the kids are weighted down with.

I am by no means a Luddite or particularly old, but it amazes me how everyone under 23 seems equiped like James Bond with a new set of technological wonders on a monthly or weekly basis which they use effortlessly. Also, the sheer amount of memorization required to be a serious fan of sports and pop culture preclude true mental impairment.

The problem is more cultural:

--an obsession with the trivial.

--no respect for language.

--no idea of rational discussion and inquiry(passive tolerance for the left, non-negotialble demands for the right)

--TINY attention spans that get in the way of assimilating complex intellectual products. Movies that aren't "art films" or ultra-serious adult dramas (American ones, at least) are little more than flashing light. The Godfather and Taxi Driver seemed like cool pop culture in the 70s, but comes across as very cerebral and "high brow" by today's standards.

--No sense of history--even a contempt for a sense of history. All that exists is the present. The Cold War might has well have ended 100 years ago.

--The sense that to better oneself or cultivate an inner life is "elitist" and the feeling that education is justified only in terms of job training.

--Snobbish ultra-intellectualism among the "alternative" crowd as an understandable reaction to the general dumbing down. This polarizes a population into artificial extremes: "the best art is incomprehensible weirdness" vs. "the best art involves kittens, Jesus, Elvis or all three together"; "the best films are unnaturally slow and confusing," vs. "the best films are eye candy appealing to nothing but simplistic wish fulfillment" ; "eat nothing but health food or expensive cuisine" vs. "eat nothing but junk food," etc., ad nauseum.

Thu, 25 Oct 2007 20:28:00 UTC | #78419

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