Monthly Archives: February 2010

Thoughts provoked by the movie Avatar

Like millions of others I succumb to peer pressure when it comes to seeing movies: Not just the media and reviews, but a goodly number of friends exert subtle pressure on me to see the movies I decide to see, … Continue reading

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Inspired Thoughts and from Famous Poems

Thomas Gray (in Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard) “Full many a gem of purest ray serene The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert … Continue reading

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Comments on Charles Taylor’s Comments

1. < To understand something you have to love it because understanding is never a completely disengaged stance but springs from inspiration.> I think I understand how light emerges from electronic transitions in atoms and how earthquakes result from tectonic … Continue reading

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Kim Stanley Robinson Equates Science and Religion

News Item: <“It’s a religion in the sense of religio, it’s what binds us together. It is a form of devotion: the scientific study of the world is simply a kind of worship of it, a very detailed, painstaking, and … Continue reading

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Conversation on Dawkins et al.

<Michael Shermer, Michael Ruse, Eugenie Scott and others are probably right that contemptuous ridicule is not an expedient way to change the minds of those who are deeply religious.> Dawkins is too intelligent not to understand the thesis of the … Continue reading

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An Exchange on Haiti

Thanks for that deeply felt and carefully considered analysis, Jerald. I did read Brooks’ piece in the NYT, and agree with him (and you) on the general points you make. And here are some of my further thoughts on the … Continue reading

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On the Armstrong-Harris Debate

As often happens when two intelligent people debate both are right from their respective understandings/convictions/definitions of the issue they are debating, each impervious to the other’s perspective. To Sam Harris the word religion evokes witchcraft, cannibalism, superstition and such. It … Continue reading

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