P.Z. Myers Sock-Puppetry

Yet another tiresome skeptical rant from P.Z. Myers on the occult...

Last night at the Cheltenham Science Festival, I attended a Q&A between Robin Ince and Alan Moore... Much of the talk was about Moore's belief in magic Alan Moore— in a science festival, you say? Yes, and it actually made a lot of sense.

Moore has an affinity for a 2nd century oracular sock puppet, but he doesn't worship it. He believes in magic, but he doesn't believe in the supernatural. He also doesn't like religion. I agreed with almost everything he said 100%...

...So keep on trusting in the sock-puppet, or (once upon a time) taking hallucinogenic drugs, or staring at crystals, or dealing tarot cards, or using random number generators to spark novelty. It really does work well, and better than relying on narrow reason, which tends not to deviate much from what has worked before.

Wha....hey?! Did I read that right? First I was like this, and then I was like hmmm. But in the end I just realised that Alan Moore is simply one huge gateway drug to the woo...and P.Z. Myers has been main-lining Moore for years.

Seriously though, nice to see P.Z. acknowledge an aspect of all this that most of us crazy irrationalists have been saying all along. Though (non-existent-)God forbid that any religious folk get similar inspiration from their faith...

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I believe skepticism gives the insecure security. The skeptic would argue the opposite, but it seems to me only believing in what can be measured, touched or felt is the biggest security blanket there is. It is far harder and braver to remain open to the unknown possibilities that may exist. Must be snuggly in the sceptic's tiny box.

Greg H.

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I don't remember when I started coming here, but this site is my absolute favorite (will send some $).

Greg, Kat, Red Pill Junkie,

You guys are awesome!

I don't know if the site is eclectic or esoteric or what, but thank you.

RP

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Now you've done it, started the stalker bots :3

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I'm glad you're pleased :)

But truly, there's also Rick, Jameske, G.C. and Perceval that form the TDG team.

PS: Unfortunately, we don't accept Bitcoins... yet :P

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But, I appreciate all of your work. It's a great team y'all have put together. So, apologies to those not mentioned earlier. Better yet, extend the thanks to all who make this work!

RP

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red pill junkie wrote:

PS: Unfortunately, we don't accept Bitcoins... yet :P

I'll take anything at this point.

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rickpetes wrote:

I don't know if the site is eclectic or esoteric or what, but thank you.

We really don't know what it is either, but thanks for the kind comments. Have added you to the trusted user group, so you shouldn't have to jump through any captcha hoops/spambot measures anymore.

Kind regards,
Greg
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