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News Briefs 16-04-2008

I’m so sick I’ve completely lost my voice. I can only make wheezing sounds not unlike a Victorian mansion’s rusty iron gate blown by chilly winds off moonlit, fog-shrouded moors. My head feels like it’s filled with congealed porridge, so I’ll have to watch out for Scottish zombies. It could be a gypsy curse, or because a cat sneezed in my face last week. I may be feverish, but said cat is right now telling me to get on with the news…

Thanks Greg.

Quote of the Day:

Descartes believed the only kind of mind was the conscious mind. Then Freud reinvented the unconscious. Then Jung said it’s not just a personal unconscious but a collective unconscious. Morphic resonance shows us that our very souls are connected with those of others and bound up with the world around us.

Rupert Sheldrake, from an interview with Salon (Nov. 23 1999)

  1. Dawkins again
    I was initially surprised to see apparent criticism of their darling, Dawkins, in the Guardian. Until I read on a little, that is.

    “Christianity is a myth.” He says. Full stop. Not an opinion but a cast-iron fact. With those four words he devalues his own point to nothing more than a patronising sop: let them have their fairy tales so long as they are inspired to create great art. It goes unsaid but is abundantly clear that the writer is another Dawkins disciple.

    I happen to think that much of Christianity probably is a myth, or at least deeply symbolic rather than the literal truth. But I would not be so arrogant as to leave out the “probably” or, at least, the “I think so”. I would applaud the the article unreservedly if only he had the good grace to show a little respect for the beliefs of millions – many of whom are deep thinking, intelligent human beings.

    Dave.

    1. Myths to live by
      Well said Dave, and good catch with the “Christianity is a myth” line. Even if it is a myth, it’s a myth to live by. I wonder what Dawkins thinks of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung?

      Brian Joseph recently posted a blog about shathiyats, poets and writers who write works that are seemingly inspired from the divine, unconsciously in most cases. It’s a testiment to the mysteries of life and the universe. Sadly, Dawkins and his disciples seem to lack all sense of wonder in their zeal to pursue materialist explanations for everything.

      1. Gabe
        [quote=Rick MG]
        Brian Joseph recently posted a blog about shathiyats, poets and writers who write works that are seemingly inspired from the divine, unconsciously in most cases. It’s a testiment to the mysteries of life and the universe. Sadly, Dawkins and his disciples seem to lack all sense of wonder in their zeal to pursue materialist explanations for everything.
        [/quote]

        I bought and read Brians book, “The Gift of Gabe” and I found that it resonated with ideas I’d had for a long time about inspiration. I mean to read it again one of these days.

      2. Just human nature
        Insisting that the universe is in compliance with one’s own thought patterns.

        This kind of stuff happens at every level of experience.

        It happens in this crusade, which is not unlike that of past Catholic crusades against heresy, it happens in politics, it happens between competing ideologies and systems, it happens within households, it is the same mechanism regardless of the ideology being supported.

        So, basically, this man’s mind is like that of those he despises or fights against, whether he admits it or not.

        This stems much from the ignorance of the fact that each individual has an experience that is perfectly adapted to his own needs for evolution at this point and time, and that they are entitled to their personal path.

        And in view of this, all paths contain a level of illusion, otherwise no one would thread such a path.

        Arrogant pride is the death of intelligence.

    2. Yep
      I agree completely. I’ve tried making the same points many, many times.

      ————————————–
      My apologies go out to all who were just offended by this hostile, confrontational and completely unreasonable post.

      1. Huzzah!
        I agree with you, Anonymous, and we should discuss these kinds of topics more often. I got tired of the Christian-bashing a long time ago, and I’m not even a Christian. Most Christians, just like most Muslims and Jews, are intelligent, caring human beings. It’s just a loud minority who would make us think otherwise, and we need to ignore that noise. I’m not saying Christianity is innocent of all charges — the Church has done a lot of harm in its 2000 years of power, and continues to. But this harm has been caused by people who don’t follow the teachings of Jesus Christ at all. To be Christian, one must follow what Jesus Christ teaches, not what the Church says.

        Anyways, it’s a complicated issue, and I don’t think anyone can say the Christian Church is all good or all bad. It’s when a belief turns to totalitarian authoritarianism — whether it’s the Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Communism, Democracy — that trouble begins.

        And this is the other side of the coin to the “faith-based art” argument — Christianity, Islam, etc has been just as negative when it comes to art as it has positive. It’s the faith within the individual, not the church, that inspires.

        Phew, don’t try to tackle this topic when you’re whacked out on medication!

        Anyways, I’m sure many readers are getting over the shock of me agreeing with you Anonymous. I’m a [troll] too, and it’s getting lonely under the bridge. πŸ˜‰

        1. an old friend
          With respect to the effects of medication –

          An old friend of mine (she didn’t want me because I was 8 years older, so she married a guy who was 20 years older) once told me, don’t trust sober people.

          You see, sober people can keep their story straight. Drunk people tell you what they really think, eventually.

          πŸ™‚ <------ see ? ---- if everything is under control, you are not going fast enough (Mario Andretti)

          1. What?!!!
            Rick said:

            ‘Anyways, I’m sure many readers are getting over the shock of me agreeing with you Anonymous’

            We’re all doomed!!!

            The balanced adult retains an inner child

            Anthony North

    1. Alibi
      An Alibi? Yep, sure have, Rick. I’m only 5 foot 4 inch, and I only have red eyes after getting p*****.

      The balanced adult retains an inner child

      Anthony North

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