News Briefs 24-10-2006

I know exactly what you mean Rick…

Quote of the Day:

Today it is the fashion to talk of “drugs” in a monolithic sense, as if they were all the same, and as if they were all necessarily bad….our culture is out of step with the entire record of human experience; it is our culture which is eccentric, bizarre and deeply obtuse.

Paul Devereux

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  1. Re: The Paul Davies book
    “…a magical set of laws that just happens to exist.”

    Is it not vastly simpler in all ways to think that Humanity is here because the laws of the universe are what they are than it is to believe that the laws of the universe were deliberately framed so as to allow our existence? No god, no turtle, none of the absurd collection of deities we’ve created over the years…just things being what they are because that’s what they are, with no supreme Human arrogance involved or needed.

    Cheers

    Good News: There’s a guiding force at work in the Universe. Bad News: It’s Irony.

    1. Que Sera Sera
      That’s Zen, my heretical friend. 😉

      If you don’t understand, things are just as they are.
      If you do understand, things are just as they are.

      Things are just as they are.

      1. Indeed, yes.
        What is, is, no understanding required. But the problem, in my opinion, is the people who drive themselves barking mad over finding an answer before, as Douglas Adams put it, they understand what the question means…before they even understand whether a question needs to be asked.

        cheers

        Good News: There’s a guiding force at work in the Universe. Bad News: It’s Irony.

        1. 42
          Only slightly related, I have a problem with the new-age people. They derive their views from eastern and pagan views, and say that our actions do not make a difference. We should accept the world as it is. Then they say that our actions are wrecking the planet, if not the universe.

          Which is it?

        2. Are things really what they seem though? Now that’s the question
          Things are as they are as things were what they were and will be what they will be. The things that will be will be the things that are as they are because things are as they are. Were you to take the things that were as they were, and ask why, why conclude that God let his will be done to be done with the things that were before the things that were and have become what things are now and the things that will be when the things that will be are the things that are now then?

          I certainly can’t see the logic in it.

          Things are as they are.

          1. It seems to me…
            that the logic is pretty straight-forward if one accepts it without preconditions. Things are what they are and they do not change; time may matter to us, and time may change our perspective on a given matter, but it matters not to the thing itself. The trouble is that the kind of folk who introduce god to the discussion aren’t looking for logic; they’re looking for a scenario wherein the existence of Humanity somehow ennobles the Universe and gives it purpose. As I said, supreme arrogance.

            Cheers

            Good News: There’s a guiding force at work in the Universe. Bad News: It’s Irony.

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