8th May 2012

“Cult: a small, unpopular religion.
Religion: a large, popular cult.”

Anon.

17 Responses to “8th May 2012”

  1. R J Says:

    sinjin…………………….

    email me at this address. it’s not mine……….but it’s handy

    for private contacts per your suggestion .

    slgroton@gmail.com

    R J

  2. Dan Says:

    Sinjin, et al,
    I should be easy to find, since I post my G+ profile as my website with every comment.

  3. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Dan I’m following you on G+, R j I’ll email you addy, I’ve added a link to my yahoo profile or everyone.

    Glad the worst didn’t happen to our admin.

    I was wondering this morning how far science would have taken us had it not been repressed by idiot religious nonsense.

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Poster to go with today’s comment http://atheistpictures.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/atheism_motivational_poster_20.jpg

  5. R J Says:

    nice quote today

  6. Jeff Says:

    Sinjin,

    Great poster, only one problem…

    Some of us have been exploring the multiverse already. How about the rest of you beginning to catch up? Grin

  7. Capt'Z Says:

    Jeff – Can I assume you’re not talking about hallucinations?

  8. Jeff Says:

    Some of us have come to understand that the structure of the observable universe may have collapsed out of the 11 (or 21, nobody’s quite sure on that score) dimensions available to the 4 observable ones due to the structure of mulitiverse into which the bang occurred, thereby giving us the observed structures in the 3 degree K background radiation we are now beginning to map.

    If math is a hallucination, then I guess I’m talking hallucinations, otherwise just using the tool the universe has developed to understand itself for the stated purpose.

  9. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Jeff great stuff! I was speaking with my Mother this morning about introspection and the pursuit of knowledge. We discussed the masses of the uninformed who rest content to not seek answers to the questions of their lifetime. People who willing supplant faith and belief for that mental space where the pursuit of our questions should be.
    The intellectual laziness of putting faith in place of the knowledge.
    Plato’s Allegory of the Cave was mentioned.

    I listened to a Lawrence Krauss lecture on the multiverse the other day. Fascinating!

    I’d never trade knowledge for gossip, reality TV, and Sunday services.

  10. Jeff Says:

    Borrowing from Mr. Sagan, we’re all just star stuff trying to understand star stuff. Think about what an amazing achievement “Cosmos” was in its time, so much understanding condensed into digestible bits for non-polymaths all the while preserving the real wonder of the actual Cosmos.

    Thank you, Carl and Ann, and well done, oh good and faithful servants of reality.

  11. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    I loved Cosmos, and Broca’s Brain, and Contact, and Pale Blue Dot, and on and on. Practically grew up on Carl Sagan programs and books.

    I think my appreciation for people like Richard Dawkins, Edward O. Wilson, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and for countless others is rooted in the wonderful experience Jeff described as “understanding condensed into digestible bits ” that Carl Sagan provided.

    I’m so fascinated with so many subjects that if not for wonderful scientists with the ability to make the complicated accessible I’m afraid I might just be bored to death.

  12. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Indonesian atheist awaiting outcome of blasphemy trial
    http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/connect-asia/indonesian-atheist-awaiting-outcome-of-blasphemy-trial/939898

  13. Dan Says:

    Sinjin & Jeff,
    Cosmos and Pale Blue Dot were outstanding, Contact thought-provoking, and Broca’s Brain a decent early book I guess. And Demon-Haunted World was not to be forgotten. Cosmos best of all of course. But it’s worth noting that Cosmos was Sagan’s take off an earlier documentary – Jacob Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man. I spent a whole year in high school studying that in an advanced humanities class as a kid, and that more than any one thing in my life has elevated the perspective of my thinking. All of my friends who took the class that covered Bronowski still talk about how much influence that book had on us.

    I really never got as much out of Dawkins, Wilson, Harris and Dennett (plus Douglas Adams and Stephen Jay Gould) though. Although entertaining writings for sure, their books didn’t really influence as much as Bronowski and Sagan.

  14. R J Says:

    it is beautiful to hear you guys praise writers

    who’ve influenced you. does my heart good.

  15. R J Says:

    my all time favorite author………….

    A. A. Milne

  16. Capt'Z Says:

    No sense of humor at all, huh Professor Jeff?

  17. Jeff Says:

    Sorry, CZ, but when someone describes cosmology as hallucinations, nope, I don’t.