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SFN Die Hard

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Posted - 11/06/2006 :  06:52:24  Show Profile  Visit marfknox's Homepage  Send marfknox an AOL message Send marfknox a Private Message
From a friend of mine's blog: "Philosopher Daniel Dennett was recently rushed to a hospital for heart surgery. He's since written his reflections on his brush with death, God & goodness, and good intentions & responsibility."

Link to Dennett's reflection, blasting prayer:

"Too much certainty and clarity could lead to cruel intolerance" -Karen Armstrong

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Evil Skeptic

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Posted - 11/06/2006 :  07:08:42   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message
I prefer real good to symbolic good.

Well said...

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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SFN Die Hard

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Posted - 11/06/2006 :  08:29:27   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Gorgo a Private Message
Thanks. Amazing.

I know the rent is in arrears
The dog has not been fed in years
It's even worse than it appears
But it's alright-
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SFN Die Hard

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Posted - 11/06/2006 :  09:34:57   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message
See Gorgo, we can agree on something.

That is a fantastic essay.

Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
-- Thomas Jefferson

"god :: the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument." - G. Carlin

Hope, n.
The handmaiden of desperation; the opiate of despair; the illegible signpost on the road to perdition. ~~ da filth
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Posted - 11/06/2006 :  12:49:18   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
Wow, great article. Thanks, marf. Good bless Dan Dennett and the mighty goodness of all those who have given him more wonderful years with us!

It's so refreshing, for a pleasant change, to see someone thank all those hard-working, dedicated, science-using people who were actually responsible for his survival.

Strange, isn't it, how the same kind of people who thank God for their survival after some close call rarely seem to blame God if things go bad? Rarely, but it does happen.

I seem to vaguely recall a couple of cases where people caught in Katrina's awesome devastation had expressed an opinion that their God had either deserted them or didn't exist. (Unfortunately, the goodness of people must have seemed to have deserted them, too, as disaster response was not prepared to bring goodness to them.)

Epiphanies work both ways, I think. I'd like to collect a few examples of epiphanies of atheism.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
Edited by - HalfMooner on 11/06/2006 13:02:57
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