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The misuse of 'literally' still annoys me. The worst thing is that I catch myself doing it as well, but I've gotten into the habit of quoting Stephen Fry when I do, adding "and I use that word quite wrongly"... It seems to work, although I still (sometimes even literally) smack myself when I do it.
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2009 on Literally at Greta Christina's Blog
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As Llewelly said: people find this thought frightening. To me it's alternately incredibly depressing (what's the point? I'm going to die anyway, and my life is just an unnoticable blip in the history of the universe), or inspiring (it's the only life I'll get,so I better do something, and do it now). I suppose it's a good thing I don't believe in reincarnation or an afterlife, since I'd probably end up putting everything off 'until the next life' :p I've never understood the logic behind the accusation that believing that you are not the pinnacle of creation and of supreme interest to the most powerful being in the universe is somehow more arrogant than believing you are.
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You've probably already read it, but an interesting perspective on the evolution of human sexuality can be found in a book called 'Why is sex fun?' by Jared Diamond. I'd highly recommend it.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2009 on The Ethics Of Public Sex at Greta Christina's Blog
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Ah...the good ol' "Shut up, that's why" argument... During Yule dinner last year, I said something rather critical of christianity. My aunt, who is rather religious (when it suits her, anyway) immediately got upset and told me I couldn't say that. When I asked why, she said I should respect her religious beliefs. Again, I asked why. She looked at me as if I were mad and hissed "Because it's my RELIGION!" Of course the exchange turned into a childish argument, with me asking 'why' and her repeating 'because' until my mother rather pointedly started discussing the weather...
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