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by Carstonio
Sun Oct 05, 2008 6:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: SCIENCE VS RELIGION
Replies: 8451
Views: 169947

I'm sure that Michael Medved and other conservatives will deride this as simply more religion-bashing by Hollywood. What they've never understood is that most movies that appear to bash religion, especially the comedies, are simply treating it as an authority to be defied and mocked. With rare excep...
by Carstonio
Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sarah Palin discussion
Replies: 537
Views: 13341

Palin was apparently chosen as an attempt to court both women and fundamentalists. If Palin left the ticket, I can imagine McCain's campaign using the same thinking except that the first group would be not women but African-Americans - that choice would be Alan Keyes. Scary thought, since Keyes is s...
by Carstonio
Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Sarah Palin discussion
Replies: 537
Views: 13341

I can't remember who said it, so I can't give proper credit, but someone once observed that the fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans is that Democrats see politics as a debate, while Republicans see it as war. That may be because conservatism is essentially authoritarianism and ...
by Carstonio
Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sarah Palin discussion
Replies: 537
Views: 13341

I find it emotionally difficult to watch debates between candidates. I expect the worst to happen in many situations in life, and in a debate I dread the prospect of my candidate making a Gerald Ford Poland gaffe and blowing the election while I'm watching. And with the other candidate, I often beco...
by Carstonio
Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.
Replies: 11791
Views: 227667

Sam Harris has a website, Harris has contact information, Harris has a fucking online forum! Oh, the fun I will have, defending Chomsky and my Islamic buddies. Carstonio is there. Thanks for noticing. Although I post there, I don't consider myself a true atheist because I acknowledge the possibilit...
by Carstonio
Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:31 pm
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2007
Replies: 0
Views: 8087

Name: Carstonio Source: unca20071007.htm After waiting eagerly for "The Discarded" for months, last night I mistakenly set my VCR for 4 p.m. and not 4 a.m. (My local ABC affiliate chose to air the show during infomercialdom's prime time, to make room for "Ray.") Is there any hope of a DVD release? ...
by Carstonio
Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:45 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2007
Replies: 0
Views: 8087

Name: Carstonio Source: unca20071007.htm Mark Goldberg, You know you're a hardcore Harlan fan when you hear about Merv Griffin's death and your first thought is of "Diabetes and the Anti-Christ." And when you reach the paragraph in the obituary that mentions Brent Plott and Deney Terrio, you instan...
by Carstonio
Mon Aug 13, 2007 6:05 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: August 2007
Replies: 0
Views: 8087

Name: Carstonio Source: unca20071007.htm Brian, What a coincidence - I'm currently reading GOOD OMENS. I didn't know that some of Heinlein's fans regarded him as a guru. Was this inspired by his earlier stories or his later novels? I enjoyed IF THIS GOES ON, BETWEEN PLANETS, and JOB. But I WILL FEA...
by Carstonio
Fri Jun 29, 2007 10:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: SCIENCE VS RELIGION
Replies: 8451
Views: 169947

Re: First Off

So, is it worthwhile to argue with the faith heads? Maybe, maybe not. I can't provide statistical evidence to make the case one way or another; however, it is a sporting endeavor, one that is more humane than fox hunting, so ... I'll continue to continue. By the way, Carstonio, I've enjoyed your po...
by Carstonio
Fri Jun 29, 2007 10:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: SCIENCE VS RELIGION
Replies: 8451
Views: 169947

Carstonio, paradoxically perhaps but understandably, it was only after I rid myself of any religious beliefs that I began to appreciate and love the Bible. Parts of the Hebrew Bible are equal to any literature by the Greeks and the formation of early Christianity is a completely fascinating and cur...
by Carstonio
Fri Jun 29, 2007 4:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: SCIENCE VS RELIGION
Replies: 8451
Views: 169947

My required religion courses were just that: religion courses. While there was conjecture about connection points between scriptural teachings of the universe and the "real world" (this is, after all, a university), it was always understood that the purpose of scriptural teachings was to ...
by Carstonio
Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SCIENCE VS RELIGION
Replies: 8451
Views: 169947

If you're familiar with the classical philosophical arguments for the existence of god, and at least somewhat familiar with the basics of Darwinian theory, you might find yourself wondering what the fuss is all about. You are obviously not the person for which this book was intended. Many of the po...
by Carstonio
Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:19 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SCIENCE VS RELIGION
Replies: 8451
Views: 169947

What did you think of them, Carstonio? Anybody else? When I found their books, I was gratified to find people who shared my misgivings about religion. Dawkins dissects theism from a scientific perspective. I appreciated his point about morality potentially having an evolutionary basis. Harris focus...
by Carstonio
Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: SCIENCE VS RELIGION
Replies: 8451
Views: 169947

In the past year I've read Harris' two books on religion and Dawkins' "The God Delusion." I define myself as an agnostic pantheist who reveres the universe but doesn't worship the universe or regard it as a conscious entity. While I don't rule out the possibility of the divine, I say the b...
by Carstonio
Tue May 01, 2007 11:10 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: May 2007
Replies: 0
Views: 8465

Name: Carstonio Source: unca20070528.htm Larry, In his WATCHING column, Harlan referenced Charles Fort's theory of Steam Engine Time. Do you suppose we are living in Atheist Time? I hope so - I welcome almost anything that would challenge the influence of the religious right. I read about the aston...

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