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Go to: The Richard Feynman Trilogy: The Physicist Captured in Three Films

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Jackpot!

Sat, 07 Jan 2012 01:45:03 UTC | #906118

Go to: Christopher Hitchens (Vanity Fair, Feb 2012)

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“Mr Definitely,” a name so belittlingly funny that it rendered even more risible the risible notions which Mr D was trying to advance."

Now that I've seen the video for myself, it is "risible" how inaccurate this portrayal is.

Mr. Rushdie has something to answer for here (no fatwa),

Sat, 07 Jan 2012 00:08:36 UTC | #906100

Go to: Christopher Hitchens (Vanity Fair, Feb 2012)

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Right, Gerry... So, "reactionary" is merely an adjective, not a criticism. So, what was your point again?

Because, my point was that Salman had rendered this incident incorrectly... which you now admit.

You're welcome.

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 16:52:21 UTC | #905955

Go to: Christopher Hitchens (Vanity Fair, Feb 2012)

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I wonder, which "US Nuclear policy" is gerryfromktown's favorite: Hiroshima or Nagasaki? So praiseworthy, it's hard to choose just one...

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 16:49:27 UTC | #905952

Go to: Christopher Hitchens (Vanity Fair, Feb 2012)

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Oh, and gerryfromktown also writes:

"In face of efforts by Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, Mos Def wanted ... what? He wanted the US to abandon nuclear weapons."

In the face of nuclear weapons, period, Mos Def calls for complete nuclear disarmament. How reactionary!

LOL...

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 16:43:06 UTC | #905944

Go to: Christopher Hitchens (Vanity Fair, Feb 2012)

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Gerry from KTown, I submit that you do not merely disagree with me: you disagree with the evidence at hand.

Salman writes:

"When we were both on Real Time with Bill Maher along with Mos Def, and the rapper began to offer up a series of cockeyed animadversions about Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, Christopher became almost ferally polite, addressing Mos, as he tore into his ideas, by the faux-respectful moniker “Mr Definitely,”...

You, on the other hand, write that "Mos Def was lecturing Rushdie and Hitchens on nuclear disarmament..."

So, in other words, not "animadversions about Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda". Which was precisely my point. Salman is mis-remembering the incident, and the video proves that unequivocally.

There was simply nothing incorrect about what Mos Def was saying... which may explain why Hitchens chose to change the subject and, lamely, irrelevantly, poke fun at a stage-name.

Touché? Not quite... 'Most definitely' not among Hitch's finest moments.

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 16:23:30 UTC | #905931

Go to: Christopher Hitchens (Vanity Fair, Feb 2012)

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p.s. I just looked up that "Real Time with Bill Maher" video that Salman refers to: http://itsmesherese.tumblr.com/post/14315883056/mos-def-salman-rushdie-hitchens-this-video-in

Unfortunately, in real life, it doesn't actually play out quite in the way Salman remembers it here. Hitch merely comes off as dismissive, for no particularly good reason. He fails to actually consider what Mos Def is really saying. Too bad.

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 15:22:52 UTC | #905906

Go to: Christopher Hitchens (Vanity Fair, Feb 2012)

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Of course, John Berger and Germaine Greer are famous know-nothings (to say nothing of those other befrocked idiots mentioned).

Still, "understood the insult" is about at bad as "supported the Iraq war"...As long as we're expressing our contempt, let's have some contempt for that!

I'm glad Rushdie had the courage to call out Hitch's biggest blunder. That's a friend.

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 14:54:29 UTC | #905897

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But, it was physics that made us want to drink the tea in the first place...

Thu, 05 Jan 2012 17:46:18 UTC | #905563

Go to: Everything and Nothing - An Interview with Lawrence Krauss

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Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument.

A far cry from religion...

Thu, 05 Jan 2012 15:09:28 UTC | #905527

Go to: Krauss finds something in nothing

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Ugh, the MTV style camera work makes him look like some sort of "hip with the kids" idiot. This guy is a world class physics professor, please try to show a little respect.

I was going to post the same objective criticism of this video production... objective criticism is allowed here, right?

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 06:15:27 UTC | #905201

Go to: Krauss finds something in nothing

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Wed, 04 Jan 2012 03:59:24 UTC | #905176

Go to: Delete anti-religious posts: Court to networking sites

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Way to let Troll-wit hijack the thread, guys...

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 20:56:06 UTC | #905065

Go to: Delete anti-religious posts: Court to networking sites

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Wholewitt = Troll-wit.

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 14:16:12 UTC | #904933

Go to: Violinists can’t tell the difference between Stradivarius violins and new ones

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So, what do you call half a Planck length?

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 13:55:13 UTC | #904918

Go to: Delete anti-religious posts: Court to networking sites

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Why does this seem so familiar to me... oh, right. ... a few years back, angry Hindus successfully petitioned the mayor of Edmonton to (violate my constitutional rights and) have my sculptures (based on hindu mythology) removed from public display... fun times.

Not that my sculptures were anti-religious, even... but still, in their view, since I'm not a Hindu, i had no right to make those sculptures... they were mad that I depicted Ganesha decapitated (as he is in the traditional myth), and that I depicted Ganesha nude (as he is depicted in some traditional imagery), and that I depicted Ganesha near a female breast (symbolizing his mother who, in traditional stories, Ganesha serves as the guardian of her bath-chamber)...

So, clearly, all reasonable objections.... LOL.

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 13:38:30 UTC | #904909

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So much scientific work to be done in the realms of the obvious, when it comes to the arts. So many myths to bust.

This result doesn't actually surprise anyone, does it? Sometimes, I think that the arts are so misunderstood, that people literally think there's some sort of magic involved.

Spoiler alert: wine is just fermented grape juice, no matter what price. Paintings are just pigmented goo spread on a canvas, good ones and bad ones, cheap ones and priceless ones. All books are man-made, whether they are silly stories or 'sacred' scriptures. A messy bed and a Tracey Emin artwork are qualitatively identical.

Any other questions?...

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 12:57:29 UTC | #904894

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"He also, by the way, turns out to be a rotten singer with a fake vibrato..."

What on earth is a "fake vibrato"?

Mon, 02 Jan 2012 04:11:10 UTC | #904427

Go to: Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness

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Self is just the personification of an experiential perspective. Your "self" is indistinguishable from the unique perspective of the totality of your physical experiences. It is the experiencing of experiencing. Just another thing perceived in the world, only this time, we don't see the source, so it seems special.

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 16:30:00 UTC | #904235

Go to: A Clash of Cultures in the Holy Land

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"... Shortly before reaching her stop, a 45-year-old man accosted her and demanded that she move to the back of the bus.... The man, a father of 11, was arrested and charged on Thursday before being released against a bond worth the equivalent of €4,000 ($5,200). He is not allowed to ride the bus until his court date."

Looks like they've got things under control, actually. Religious nutter beaks off, and gets arrested. Sounds about right to me!

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 13:36:58 UTC | #904039

Go to: Unknown Sixth Toe Discovered in Elephants

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Not unknown, and not a toe.

Wed, 28 Dec 2011 13:58:57 UTC | #903294

Go to: Gender Segregation Row Splitting Town

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The connection between Ultra-Orthodox Judaism and sodomy is lost on me...

Both are backward ideologies?

Wed, 28 Dec 2011 02:24:32 UTC | #903175

Go to: The atheist who tried to steal Christmas

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So much anger...

Tue, 27 Dec 2011 22:25:32 UTC | #903118

Go to: Why We Lie

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Coincidentally, I had a set of those exact same brass 'hear-no-evil, see-no-evil, speak-no-evil' monkeys, as seen on Trivers' book cover.

I used mine in an assemblage sculpture (titled "A Golden Age of Yellow Media", incidentally): http://i.imgur.com/0gb1E.jpg

Sat, 24 Dec 2011 17:59:48 UTC | #902453

Go to: Why We Lie

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Somebody should close that italic tag...

Sat, 24 Dec 2011 16:15:54 UTC | #902423

Go to: Evolution, Christmas and the Atonement

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Goru is the winter solstice ceremony of the Pays Dogon of Mali. It is the last harvest ritual and celebrates the arrival of humanity from the sky god, Amma, via Nommo inside the Aduno Koro, or the "Ark of the World".

In the Aegean civilizations, the exclusively female midwinter ritual, Lenaea or Lenaia, was the Festival of the Wild Women. In the forest, a man or bull representing the god Dionysus was torn to pieces and eaten by Maenads. Later in the ritual a baby, representing Dionysus reborn, was presented. Lenaion, the first month of the Delian calendar, derived its name from the festival's name. By classical times, the human sacrifice had been replaced by that of a goat, and the women's role had changed to that of funeral mourners and observers of the birth. Wine miracles were performed by the priests, in which priests would seal water or juice in a room overnight and the next day they would have turned into wine. The miracle was said to have been performed by Dionysus and the Lenaians.

Mummer's Day referencing the animist garbs, or Darkie Day referencing the soot facing ritual, is an ancient Cornish midwinter celebration that occurs every year on December 26 and New Year's Day in Padstow, Cornwall. It was originally part of the pagan heritage of midwinter celebrations that were regularly celebrated all over Cornwall where people would guise dance and disguise themselves by blackening up their faces or wearing masks. In Penzance the festival has been given the name Montol believing it to be the Celtic Cornish word for Winter Solstice.

-Wikipedia

Not to mention Sol Invictus, or Saturnalia...

The point is, it's cold and dark, so let's make merry, whatever you want to call the holiday! Names hardly matter, folks.

Sat, 24 Dec 2011 15:07:30 UTC | #902404

Go to: Evolution, Christmas and the Atonement

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Yule or Yuletide ("Yule-time") is a winter festival that was initially celebrated by the historical Germanic people as a pagan religious festival, though it was later absorbed into, and equated with, the Christian festival of Christmas. The festival was originally celebrated from late December to early January on a date determined by the lunar Germanic calendar. The festival was placed on December 25 when the Christian calendar (Julian calendar) was adopted. Scholars have connected the celebration to the Wild Hunt.

-Wikipedia

Sat, 24 Dec 2011 14:51:42 UTC | #902401

Go to: Evolution, Christmas and the Atonement

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In 248 Origen wrote that Genesis references to Adam are "not so much of one particular individual as of the whole human race".

In 2011, right here on this comment board, I write that the Bible's references to God are not so much of one particular individual as of the whole human race".

Done.

With a few keystrokes, I have outdone the "brilliant" Origen, who didn't go far enough in his thinking. Mainstream theologians, take note: my formulation is far more accurate, far more credible.

God is a metaphor. Riddle solved. Too easy, really.

Moving on...

Sat, 24 Dec 2011 14:49:12 UTC | #902400

Go to: Evolution, Christmas and the Atonement

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"If the Augustinian account is correct..."

... then, mortality is cause by original sin, and Jesus made up for that sin, so NOW we should all be immortal (again).

If the Augustinian account was just made up by him as an interpretation (which is precisely what the evidence indicates), then it is all meaningless fiction.

The truth is as obvious as it is mundane. "Surprisingly, perhaps, the Bible suggests otherwise."

No, that's not surprising at all... the Bible suggests many things, precious few of them are true, though. Obviously.

Sat, 24 Dec 2011 14:38:28 UTC | #902394

Go to: Evolution, Christmas and the Atonement

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Christmas is a pagan holiday with a Christian name. That's the kind of compromise I can live with.

Sat, 24 Dec 2011 14:34:36 UTC | #902392