Thursday, January 29, 2009

Little Golden Books That Never Made It

1. You Are Different and That's Bad
2. The Boy Who Died From Eating All His Vegetables
3. Dad's New Wife Robert
4. Fun four-letter Words to Know and Share
5. Hammers, Screwdrivers and Scissors: An I-Can-Do-It Book
6. The Kids' Guide to Hitchhiking
7. Kathy Was So Bad Her Mom Stopped Loving Her
8. Curious George and the High-Voltage Fence
9. All Cats Go to Hell
10. The Little Sissy Who Snitched
11. Some Kittens Can Fly
12. That's it, I'm Putting You Up for Adoption
14. The Magic World Inside the Abandoned Refrigerator
15. Garfield Gets Feline Leukemia
16. The Pop-Up Book of Human Anatomy
17. Strangers Have the Best Candy
18. Whining, Kicking and Crying to Get Your Way
19. You Were an Accident
20. Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will
21. Pop! Goes The Hamster...And Other Great Microwave Games
22. The Man in the Moon Is Actually Satan
23. Your Nightmares Are Real
25. Eggs, Toilet Paper, and Your School
26. Why Can't Mr. Fork and Ms. Electrical Outlet Be Friends?
27. Places Where Mommy and Daddy Hide Neat Things
28. Daddy Drinks Because You Cry

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


The platypus is one of the few venomous mammals.

Here is the list of venomous mammals.

Of the list, a notable is the Loris. The Loris is a primate with glands on the inside of their elbows secrete a toxin that smells reminiscent of sweaty socks. They cover their babies in the toxin to protect them from predators, and put it in their mouths to give themselves a venomous bite, delivering the toxin via their lower incisors.

Yes, sweaty socks.


My pirate name is:

Iron Sam Cash

A pirate's life isn't easy; it takes a tough person. That's okay with you, though, since you a tough person. You're musical, and you've got a certain style if not flair. You'll do just fine. Arr!

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

forsake |fərˈsāk; fôr-| verb [ trans. ] chiefly poetic/literary • abandon (someone or something) • renounce or give up

What would it take for you to change your beliefs in a radical way? What would it take for you to stop believing in god? Literally, what would it take? How about for you to start believing?

I spend a lot of time thinking and processing different aspects of philosophy and metaphysics (if there is such a thing). I watch debates online, and on television. Hours and hours of debates. I read books on the topics by various authors. I immerse myself in Ontological discourse and debates often. And yet…

I see something missing.

Its extremely rare to witness anyone disclosing what it would take to sway them.

Think about it. You're debating someone on a hot topic that you are well read on and passionate about. You can wield the Samurai katana of your intellect against the toughest logic. Yet most debates and discussions end in an extremely distasteful, if almost violent, divergence of sides. People attend these kinds of debates in order to cheer on a champion fighter who they wish to see smash the other side. I used to practically bring beer and popcorn to the ‘Atheist vs. Christian’ debates at my undergraduate university. I wish they sold big foam hands for each side, and every time I went I would fight the impossible urge to start a wave through the crowd. People just want to see blood. Sometimes this happens… most times it doesn’t. People usually walk away from these discussions and debates solidified in their position. Nothing constructive is accomplished.

So much of this is oriented towards a type of combat. Combat is rarely, if ever, constructive.

Even though people dont say this enough, Ive seen some popular Atheist proponents disclosing this info. Dawkins, Harris, Dennet, Hitchens… it would take a demonstration of kinds:
- The appearance of a deity directly to humanity as a whole
- Something miraculous (that wouldn't normally happen anyways). Like instead of a person getting well from an illness, how about an amputee grows their leg back??? See this website:

My point being that people debating this topic do not address this enough, even if they do address ti at all.

Yet I haven’t seen a person of ‘faith’ disclose what it would take for them to let go of their beliefs. Actually Ive seen professions of the complete opposite.
“There is absolutely nothing you or anyone can say or do to change what I know in my heart to be true. The god of the (insert holy-book here) exists!”

When this is the case, its not a debate... its a one-way-only heated discussion.

I think that we would make progress if we began discussions with two elements in place. This works for both sides (people who believe in a god, and people who have no belief in a god).

1- Non-violent communication with an attitude of curiosity about the other side.
2- Begin with the question, “What would it take, literally, for you to change your current beliefs?

When you approach these kinds of debates and conversations in this way, you disarm the opponent before they can create a verbal defense, and you begin by exploring the places in their mental model of reality where they designate that change can be made.
In essence, you have your ‘opponent’ do the difficult work for you and avoid many, many bickering contests.

So… the one question for both sides:

If you believe in a god, what would it take, literally, for you to change your beliefs?

If you do not believe in a god, what would it take for you to change your beliefs?

We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones...

"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Sahara. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively outnumbers the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here."
~ Richard Dawkins

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Monday, January 5, 2009


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