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Cybershaman
Michigan, USA
Speaking to you from the Third Eye of the Society Machine...
Interests: Quantum Physics, Astrophysics, Philosophy, Mythology, Artificial Intelligence, Cloning, Genetics
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DP=Death Penalty
Gee...do I have the strength for another DP debate? I guess I'll just throw out what I have to say and just be done with it. Let this stand as my marble monument with a plaque that reads "This Is What I Think And If You Don't Like It Then,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at The Existential Reality Lab
Take a moment and watch as much of this video as you can: It's really hard to comprehend the level of brain washing that goes into stalwart belief like that. It goes back to what I like to call an "Algorithmic Approach To Reality". The way people like Ray view... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at The Existential Reality Lab
I think (hope?) that there will be a shift from programming kids with what amounts to a basic "knowledge dump" to actually learning how to understand and use the (now) vast amounts of information that is available to us. In todays ever changing world, it is even more important to learn to sort the good from the bad, the junk "science" from the real hard data...and how to interpret it on our own. The down side is that as we rely more and more on technology to allow us to access the vast storehouse of knowledge that is The Internet we are also depending on it to actually remember things for us. Retention is faltering. Knowledge - and attention spans - is increasingly becoming ephemeral. And when the technology goes down, as I recently found out when my main PC went down, the potential is there for people to literally shut down mentally. “It was in that moment I realized, I can’t get my work done because I can’t search on Google,” http://www.wired.com/business/2013/09/google-search-revamp/ Thanks for the reply! I'm going to try and do more regular "memory dumps" of my own here in the future. There's just way to much crap rolling around in my cranium just to keep it all to myself. I hope that someone out there finds it useful. Of course, I look to your blog for inspiration. For example, this post was waaaay too long. If I had planned it better, I would have made it a two parter. But, hey, I'm learning. And it's just fun to write even if I don't have a massive audience to cater to. Take care and keep on doing what you are doing so well, Margaret! I know you are busy so your input is GREATLY appreciated! :)
The World Wide Web recently blew out twenty candles on a virtual birthday cake. It is interesting to note that while the Web piggybacks on top of the Internet, they are often referred to as one and the same by virtually everyone. While the spirit of “The Forest for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at The Existential Reality Lab
I wonder how long it took after the invention of the telephone for someone to fart into it. Is there perhaps more to the story of Alexander Graham Bell and why he REALLY wanted Watson to come into the next room with him? For that matter, who was the first... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at The Existential Reality Lab
"God" is simply another name for "unknown". When people face the unknown they look for similarities in familiar things and if they can anthropromorphize something they more than likely will. This is just a simple survival mechanism that has served humankind throughout the ages. When you are spending all of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at The Existential Reality Lab
I guess what is maddening is that someone in George's inner circle really needs to have the balls to grab his head with both hands, force him to look into their eyes and yell "STOP IT!". Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2011 at The Existential Reality Lab
...anyone making over 200 grand and who is still finding it hard to "make ends meet" is doing something horribly wrong budget wise... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2011 at The Existential Reality Lab
How many of you have cruised along in your daily sojourn through your Facebook Home page when something odd caught your eye under a post by one of your Friends? You were not quite sure what it was so then you took a closer look. There was just something there... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2011 at The Existential Reality Lab
Yep, so many people consider subjective reality to be the ONLY reality. They never even consider that what they experience could be explained in other ways. Just this last Wednesday I was tempted to watch a show on ABC called "Beyond Belief" in which they were going to "explore" what people call "near death experiences". Now, I consider such shows to be mere entertainment. However, again, there are so many people out there who are just primed to to say things like "See! I just KNEW it! That lady almost DIED and she said she most certainly saw god! There you go! Take THAT science!" It's so hard to try and tell these people that what they experienced was in all likelihood the last glimmer of consciousness existing in a dying brain. But regardless of whether or not by talking about this stuff you are squashing someone's warm and fuzzy feelings about death, I would much rather deal with the truth than a false fairy tale. Are people just so limited in their mentality that they can only seem to believe in made up stories in order to get through their life and, yes, death? I'm with Mark Twain when he apparently said (you know, I have yet to find out where and when he "said" this. this is yet another example of why we should question the authenticity of our information. however, this is still a fine "quote") "I was dead for millions of years before I was born, and it didn't inconvenience me in the slightest." With that in mind, I like to say that I look forward to hopefully having a nice "mammalian death". This causes some confusion in certain people since they don't understand the fact that we mammals for some reason are pretty much wired for it. Like the gazelle that goes limp and glassy eyed when it's throat is held firmly in the jaws of a lion, I imagine that I too, if I am fortunate enough to have a peaceful death, will drift softly into a strange mental realm where time will start to have no meaning and I will more than likely see bright peaceful lights and the "spirits" of my dead ancestors. But that is to be expected from a brain that is ticking off the last few functioning seconds of its life. If I were to be suddenly revived by today's medical technology, I certainly would not preach that whatever I experienced was in fact "real". As interesting as I'm sure it would be, I would instead talk about it from a more scientific standpoint. But I digress. Yes, many people subjectively believe that things like "higher powers", "energy" and "spirits" exist. What is sad is that these same people think that you are a heartless, soulless, empty shell of a person if you try to tell them otherwise. Yet, they simply fail to see that just because the universe doesn't work like the fairy tale that they have been taught that it is in no way any less wonderful and amazing. The human mind is amazing. The atom is amazing. The black hole is amazing. Everything is simply amazing! And what is even more amazing is that we, both individually and as a group, are on this amazing journey together! Why waste so much time trying to convince people of fairy tales when the truth is by far more fascinating and can only lead to yet even more amazing truths? How can they expect or even hope that the entire human race will just suddenly stop asking questions since, well, it's so obvious, isn't it, that based on the various religions on this planet everything has already been figured out for all time? How ignorant can they be? What level of hubris is this? And so willingly obtuse even? Somebody pass me the DMT. I have to figure this out... Hehehehe... ;)
As we tackle the challenge of addressing various religious devotees spouting their diatribes of regurgitated drivel, I think that we have forgotten to address a certain group. A group of people that really is a true "sleeper cell", if you will. I actually count several people in this group among... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at The Existential Reality Lab
Update: Response and, well....my response! :P Auntie Relative: My point was only to suggest that perhaps it isn't the Christians that judge the unbelievers, but the unbelievers judge the Christians. Sweeping generalizations and derogatory comments about people who believe differently than you is exact...ly what you yourself do not want. I made reference to my own education as an example of a Christian that does have an education. I received my first bachelors degree from Biola University. It was a university. There are 'bible colleges' where there is no accreditation, they have value as well. My education was in an accredited university. I also completed degrees and U of M Kansas City which included research. And a masters degree at UM Columbia. I made reference to myself as an example only. I didn't personalize what you had written. Are the lights dimmed? The music cued? My response... Read on... Again, honey, I need a description of these "educated" professors that profess to be Christians. I'm not looking for their names, although that would be helpful. Hehehe... Christians are always proud of trotting out so called "scientists" or "professors" to "prove" that "See! Even they believe it! So it MUST be true!" What is interesting is that the vast majority of Christians that like to do that, really have NO idea about who it is they speak. They just speak it by rote. Dare I say that they are programmed? Anyhoo, yes, basic education in stuff that gets you by or that you might even excel in SHOULD be accredited. I'm not attacking your experience or education. I DO question the position that if "so and so believes it, then it just HAS to be true". So, you mentioned several professors that had bla, bla and yet another bla, bla... And they were Christians too! That proves nothing. Again, there was a time when many people, many "educated" people, thought the world was flat and that the Earth was the center of the universe. And they even "proved" it by using the Bible! The basis of science is that a core part of the process is "repeatability". Repeatability produces something that we like to call facts; again, that is something that is repeatable and can be used to predict. A collection of facts become "theory" which, again, so many idiots out there misunderstand as just an idea. I presume you studied Music Theory, did you not? Is music just an idea? Or is it a set of principles and repeatable concepts? Is the Theory of Gravity just an idea? Is it a "god" holding us in place? How about the "Theory" of Evolution? Is the evidence just a trick by a "devil" to steer us away from the true origins of life on this planet? The sad thing is that I really feel sorry for people who are just so closed minded. We are at a point in human development where times are changing so fast; new information is being accumulated at an astonishing rate. Religion, which used to have the sheer luxury of essentially having close to 100% of the population behind it (let's face it. If you weren't you were in danger of burning or "losing your head") and also had many years if not decades to deal with any sort of "heretical" knowledge, is now reveled as the ponderous beast that it is; taking its last stumbling steps into this new millennium. While the U.S. lags behind the rest of the world in quality of education is it any wonder that we also are still one of the most fundamentally religious? We're a close second to the U.K. in that respect and Europe, the Vatican notwithstanding, is ahead of them. Gee...Hmmm... What could it be? Could it be that we in the U.S....on the very fringe of the westward expansion of Christianity are actually... behind the times!!! While the Vatican accepts the Theory of Evolution and the existence of other life forms elsewhere in the galaxy, let alone the entire fricken universe, and again with the prevalence of the availability of sheer knowledge, how...HOW...is it that people here just don't get it? While the number of Atheists creeps ever closer to 20%, and trust me when I say that that implies that there are many more that are not willing to admit that they feel the same way, and I have heard so from several close friends, what is there left for the hyper religious to do? I will quote another friend: They will simply close their eyes and just ride on that inner tube over the falls to their dying day while the rest of us stand on the shore with our hands outstretched. There is an AWESOME universe out there ready to be explored and it already is. All you have to do is hop on board. Trust me when I say that whatever problems ail you, we can help. Really, there is a better way than believing in imaginary beings and creatures. Imagine a world where we all worked together...to help each other...to help our children... Instead of waiting and praying for an imagined "rapture" or coasting into a death culminating in a fake heaven replete with golden streets...join us... Trust me...we'll welcome you with open arms... :)
UPDATE: Here is a reply to this post from a relative followed by my reply: hmmmm. Bryan, I hesitate to comment because I know that the comments that will follow this will be of a jovial, joking and dismissive nature. Yet, I wanted to share the other side to your initial commentary. Your comment: "Pardon my French ...but, screw you guys and gals that think that without your mythical gods and creatures that we would just degenerate into a bloody mess.". Is incongruous with your statement: "And the best magic is what we are doing right here and now. That is: loving each other...supporting each other...helping each other." I think those who complain that we (Christians) are judgmental are actually the ones who are judging us (Christians). Are we not allowed to worship our God without those of you who disagree judging us? Calling us uneducated and dense? Can we worship our Father and marvel at the incredible universe that He created without judgement from those who profess to be Atheists? This reminds me of the fact that what we say is almost always about 'sayer', not the person we are talking to or judging. Who is truly judging? And, we are very educated. Each professor I had, had a PhD. I have the equivalent of 3 bachelors degrees and one masters and believe in God. One of the ways he reveals himself to us is in the stars and heavens. I realize that it is your blog and as such, you can say whatever you want. And I can say what I want. You have/had many people in our family who loved/love you without any judgment of you. We love you just because we do. Have we made mistakes or come down harsh and not in love? Absolutely!! So, please don't judge us simply because we also love Jesus. And...dim the lights...cue the music...here's my reply: Yes... I wrote that blog post as a “rant”. I created it because I wanted to give people the opportunity to click through and read it as opposed to having to see this ginormous post on their FB “news” page. The only part that I really focused on (because, let’s be frank, my eyes glaze over when people start talking about a big, bearded “kings” that sit on a throne in the sky) is the “incongruous” part. Granted, most people can’t read my mind but when I say things like “magic” I mean something wonderful that really shouldn’t exist in a true “dog eat dog” world. I think the incongruity you are referring to is the fact that you feel personally lashed out at and not part of my “loving each other...supporting...bla bla bla” statement. Let's face it, religious nuts are programmed from birth to feel as if they are perpetually being persecuted from all sides. (Thank you, in part, Roman emperors) Trust me, I speak from experience. It just fits right in doesn’t it? Said nuts tend to mix up the reality of fricken actually killing people with verbal debate, however “colorful” it might be. Yes, there have been certain individuals that have fed people to lions for sport or even rounded them up and burned them in ovens. (Again, thank you. I'm lookin' at you, heir Hitler) But pointing at you and laughing at your ignorance is a far cry from pointing at you and saying “You guys! Kill them in interesting ways!” Yes, the last time I checked, this country was free for a reason. It is so because the exchange of ideas will ultimately benefit the whole. Granted some of those ideas come in the form of “you are an idiot” but there is still some sort of an exchange going on, right? “Gee, why do so many people think that I am an idiot?” comes to mind. “Gee, why are so many people against the fact that I think that [insert whatever individual’s idea they have of a god] created things out of nothing and has a hand in everything we do because they claim that somehow that just destroys the concept of free will?” is another. Good, god. And, yes, I say “god”. You want to know why? Because it was programmed, i.e. hammered, into my brain from an early age. Why? Well, if you must ask, it's because my parents did it. Why? Because their parents did it. And so on and so on and so on. (And they tell three friends and they tell three friends...) If there is one thing that I am angry about, it is the wasted energy and time believing and praying to a being that doesn’t exist. Human beings are blank slates when they are born and, while initially animalistic in nature because they are simply reacting to a new world at large, whatever natural course caused our brains to grow allows us to be taught the value of being kind to each other, to pursue knowledge and to do things that not only benefit ourselves but also each other. THAT is the “magic” of which I speak. A magic who’s mystery is really not all that mysterious if you would only care to look a little deeper. It is the reason that, while there is entropy in the universe, there is also, for lack of a better word, a “life force” and thus a balance in nature. Hence, the steady climb of life on this particularly toasty warm and comfortable planet. (Oh, wait. I can sense your eyes glazing over.) Am I angry? Well just as I would not be directly angry at my parents, should I have been born ages ago, for saying that the world was flat after hearing evidence to the contrary, no, not really. The only difference is that in that particular example the immediate observations DID dictate that the world WAS indeed flat. But the only reason for that is because people, existing in their own little individual microcosms, couldn’t see very far. Today, we see much farther and thus, and MOST do (can you believe THAT it's not EVERYONE???), know better. With the rapid rise of information sharing, there is NO reason for anyone to crawl back into their little individual personal holes of denial. They should at the very least GLANCE at the data and address it. To dismiss it simply on the basis of the fact that it is not in line with the old way of thinking is to revel in ignorance, hubris and, basically, sheer arrogance. My only regret is that at this point in my life I feel that I am going to have to continually fight on the side of truth while STILL debating about such things as worldwide floods, “miracles” (always explained by something other than a divine hand), genetic diversity and a many, many other phenomenon that never happened. Oh, I guess that there is just one more thing that I have to ask: what college are you referring to and just EXACTLY WHAT were the “Christian” views of your professors? Anyone can retain knowledge and spew facts especially when it means a pay check. But just who were these profs? I somehow suspect that their specific fields of expertise probably allowed them the luxury to believe in whatever sort of deity they chose to believe in with relative impunity. If I remember correctly, it was a “bible” college, was it not? I’m very sorry, but from this time forward, the gloves are off. Like I said before, if you want to believe in a whatever god living wherever, up OR down, and if that gives you the ability to get out of bed each day and face whatever is left of the reality that you have chosen to except, then so be it. However, I have left that sort of “reality” behind a long, long time ago. If you want to talk about real scientific data, that’s all fine and dandy with me. However, if you want to start quoting scripture, then you have already lost me. The world is FILLED with inspirational mythology. We humans have been around a lot longer than you believe and the good advice has always been overlaid on top of things like sun or wood or earth gods and goddesses. To engage in any sort of real debate with me you are going to have to come up with something better than quoting one of several ancient self-help books... ;)
Well! How to segue into what I am about to blog about... Well... How about the Facebook post that started it all? Presenting... A post from my friend... Jamie Kittel: "Mmmmm had lamb chops on the grill tonight! It does some good for some. But much worse for much more.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at The Existential Reality Lab
You are SUCH a nerd... Or so my wife would say... I think you're just OK... Heh... Rock on, Will...
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May 23, 2011
(This is in response to a comment posted by my Aunt on Facebook. However, I think most everything can be inferred correctly.) Don't sell yourself short, Lo! I actually think you would love the experience of playing a "MMO" (Massive Multiplayer Online) game. Think about it: you are essentially in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2011 at The Existential Reality Lab
So, my sister forwarded me an article (http://www.secularnewsdaily.com/2011/03/11/japan-earthquake-sign-of-the-end-times/) which talks about how, yet again, the religious folks out there are trying to point out that the "end times" are near at hand. She also reminded me about how as children we were instilled with fear concerning whether or not we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2011 at The Existential Reality Lab
I had the pleasure of taking part in an online podcast which talked about the challenges of raising a child in what is still, despite all of the many advances in scientific knowledge, a predominantly theist world. That podcast can be found here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thethinkingatheist/2011/03/12/raising-a-free-thinking-child. While the experience was enjoyable in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2011 at The Existential Reality Lab
Washington D.C. - Christopher Hitchens, who died recently at the age of 61 due to complications from esophageal cancer, began speaking to his wife yesterday morning through the commode situated in the master bathroom of the couple's home. Said Ms. Carol Blue, writer and Hitchens' wife of 22 years, "He may be dead but he certainly hasn't lost his sense of humor." Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at The Existential Reality Lab
Thank you for the kind words! We'll be in touch! :)
You know what? I thought about doing a little "WHO AM I AND WHY THE HELL FOR SOME SELF-DELUDED REASON DO I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN READING THE ADMITTEDLY CRAZY THINGS I WILL (READ: "MIGHT") WRITE ON A VERY IRREGULAR SCHEDULE" opening post for this blog. However, I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at The Existential Reality Lab
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Mar 1, 2011