Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Law

Atheist, anarchist. No gods, no kings. No rulers, no ruled. Just people.

You and me.

 Now, imagine neither of us doing what we wouldn't the other to do.

 That really is the only law. To follow it is to have peace; to break it is the cause of all conflict. It is the foundation for community and society. Where the law is respected, humanity thrives; in its absence misery is the rule. The law inflicts its own punishment as inevitably as gravity.

 Why do people want to make it complicated?

Not too shabby

For all her obvious bias, Rachel Maddow actually does journalism from time to time.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Where's My Flying Car?

They promised me a flying car...

Puck T. Smith shared Economic Freedom's photo.
Friday, June 8, 2012 at 4:44pm

Todd ZombieHunter Boggia
Friday, June 8, 2012 at 5:50pm
Where is the flying car? Hasn't been much change in the last 2 pics if you think about it...

Rocco Stanzione
Friday, June 8, 2012 at 6:09pm
If you take what the law says a car can be, and what it says an aerial vehicle can be, there's no intersection that conforms to any possible reality. The flying car has been invented a hundred times, it just isn't legal to sell or operate.

Todd ZombieHunter Boggia
Friday, June 8, 2012 at 6:19pm

A Sense of the Divine...

"A sense of the divine" does not constitute proof of the existense of divine beings.

I have that sense myself.

I feel it as a sense of connectedness, this Alan Watts video tickles it in me.

Read William James or Sam Harris.

I had a good philosophy teacher: he taught me the informal fallacies and kicked me out the door with the admonition to ask questions and think.

One of those questions is that of epistemology: how do you know what you know?

That sense can just is also called the sense of the numinous;

2) a surpassing comprehension or understanding; mysterious."
It is far older than the thundering Levantine war king of Sinai.

The fact that you, I and maybe everyone else has that sense does not say anything about how you, I or anyone else learned what we think we know about it.

You also have a sense of sight, but how did you acquire knowledge about the things you see? You did not know what the objects you perceived were until you were taught either by experience or other people once you were capable of understanding them even on a pre-verbal level.

The fact that you have a sense of hearing does not tell you what a sound signifies or a word means; that is learned.

The fact you sense the numinous says nothing about the properties or nature of what that sense perceives.

How did you come to identify that perception with an eternal, personal, omnipotent, purposeful, conscious being?

It does not follow.

In the same way the idea that some people must rule others is learned, the idea that something must rule everything is learned.

Neither the state nor gods exist except as ideas in people's minds.