Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Recommended reading

I ran across this talk by Douglas Adams today. Whether or not you agree with his notions, I think it's worth reading. What do you think?

3 Comments:

Blogger Kipmaster said...

Wonderful!

Thanks for the link.

16 August, 2006 11:39  
Blogger Kipmaster said...

Wonderful!

Thanks for the link.

16 August, 2006 11:40  
Blogger Evil Director said...

As always, the distinguished Mr. Adams' writing style is witty and worth reading. I regret not having sampled it until later in my life.

However, this document, while witty, did not contain new arguments. It is the same atheistic arguement that deities are fabricated to explain undefined phenomena.

While the idea that a deity arises from a creation myth is a possibility, I have to say that from a social scientist's point of view this arguement is unscientific because it isn't being tested.

Being that, there is no unified definition of a deity, that there is no means of testing for one, and certainly no means of testing for the origins of one, then why are we arguing?

What we have then is like arguing whether or not the Summer of Love happened. The Summer of Love is/was a zeigiest of a large number of hippies congregated into one spot. Did the zeigiest create the summer of love or did the hippies? How do you test for that?

So we are left with a debate (and in some cases, wars) over something that we cannot define, and therefore can't understand or discover origins for. Yes, I realize I just ended a sentence with a preposition.

17 August, 2006 13:08  

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