Sunday School 7th March 2021
March 7, 2021 at 1:42 pm #36696
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While you are waiting for the kettle to boil……March 7, 2021 at 1:43 pm #36698
Have a great week everybody!March 7, 2021 at 1:43 pm #36699
Thanks, Reg!March 7, 2021 at 1:56 pm #36700
The discovery that gulfstream current is slowing down as predicted is frightening. Here we go….March 7, 2021 at 3:47 pm #36702
Three Polish women have been found not guilty of offending religious feelings over poster depicting the Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo. For readers who don’t know much about the Virgin Mary, she was about 13 years old when she gave her consent to be magically impregnated by the Creator of the Universe.
This gives rise to an interesting question:
If an Omnipotent, Omniscient Being–that, remember, has tormented and slaughtered untold millions of both humans and other species of animals and indeed destroyed a whole Planet once–came up to you and propositioned you for sex, knowing his past and present capabilities, are you really going to say “no?” Does “consent” have any meaning here?
If I recall correctly from the story, the angel just came down to Mary and basically said: “This is how it’s going to be. Might as well lay back, kick it, and enjoy the ride.”
That does not make me Christianophobia as I am attacking the belief, not the person.
Neither “Christophobia,” nor “Christianophobia,” nor “Islamophobia,” nor even “-phobia” are valid words that capture the essence of Atheism, Anti-Theism, or Anti-Religion. If a suffix is needed, it needs to be one for disgust or contempt. Must investigate further.March 7, 2021 at 4:10 pm #36704
I ended up following links through to the random Chopra quote generator, and you know what? I really like this little gem:
The Higgs boson is at the heart of personal silence.
edit: I see now you specifically linked to it yourself. Honestly, that would be a great party game for me. Everyone takes a turn trying to attribute actual meaning to the randomly generated quote.March 7, 2021 at 4:36 pm #36705
@kristina – Everyone takes a turn trying to attribute actual meaning to the randomly generated quote.
Yes, but only at the Quantum level. Using the term “Quantum” imparts Woo statements with so much more meaning. 🙂March 7, 2021 at 4:40 pm #36706
There used to be a website but I think it’s offline now. Basically you had to decide whether a sentence was a fake quote generated by the Chropra generator or if he actually wrote it himself. It was actually pretty difficult to guess and I only got half of them right.March 7, 2021 at 4:43 pm #36707
@Encogitatoner – Does “consent” have any meaning here?
Many junior schools in Ireland are still managed by a foreign state, namely the Vatican. We have campaigned to get them to stop telling young girls that is it a good thing to just “Say Yes” if a man comes into their bedroom, even if they are confused and afraid.March 7, 2021 at 4:50 pm #36708
@kristina – Everyone takes a turn trying to attribute actual meaning to the randomly generated quote. Yes, but only at the Quantum level. Using the term “Quantum” imparts Woo statements with so much more meaning. 🙂
That’s why I always refer to one-night-stands as ‘quantum entanglements’. Make’s the void seem just a little less empty.
Anecdotally, adding nudge-nudge-wink-wink completely counteracts the quantum effect.
Science, amirite?March 7, 2021 at 5:03 pm #36709March 7, 2021 at 5:10 pm #36710
There used to be a website but I think it’s offline now. Basically you had to decide whether a sentence was a fake quote generated by the Chropra generator or if he actually wrote it himself. It was actually pretty difficult to guess and I only got half of them right.
I doubt I would do well. I’ve always loved Jabberwocky because it is so evocative despite having little tangible meaning. I love that people had to translate the nonsense words into other languages. I have a strange fondness for parsing sentences as if they were puzzles to solve.
Conversely, I have a very low threshold for wisdom™. Canned quotes, aphorisms/ adages, or sloganeered pseudo-philosophy in particular really get under my skin. I find they can rarely be applied to much of anything without a great deal of reductionism and are readily rendered insipid even if there were limited contexts where they might have been thought-provoking.
Even without the pseudoscience, I can’t stomach listening to Chopra for real.March 7, 2021 at 5:12 pm #36711March 7, 2021 at 5:17 pm #36712March 7, 2021 at 5:48 pm #36713
In the survey, there was a question asking if there was anything I missed about the period in my life I was participating in religion (I belonged to an Episcopal/Anglican church).
I was tempted to say “Yes, the potlucks,” but I figured that was not the sort of thing they were looking for since it had nothing specifically to do with religion.
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