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There is a quantum unit if matter.
brentan comments on Apr 1, 2020:
It is. It works well as a predictor but gives us no understanding of the reality. If Kant is right, it couldn't because we only see only appearances but cannot see things-in-themselves.
I couldn't decide on here or the coffee drinkers group, decided both
brentan comments on Apr 1, 2020:
This is really good. Vices becoming virtues. I believe this was a feature in the Middle Ages, when order was reversed for a day or two to let off steam. We should enjoy it while we can.
The best way to fall asleep!
brentan comments on Apr 1, 2020:
The dirty bitch.
🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮 The ...
brentan comments on Apr 1, 2020:
That's not half as daft as I thought it might be. One problem with common prayer is that one person speaks subjectively and everyone is asked to give their amen.
Update for those that care
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
That should give us lots of inner piss!
Trump said the next 2 weeks will be dangerous
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
It's a difficult time to deal with addiction.
This says it all....
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
An Important Health Advisory
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
Yes, ma'am.
Love French music. []
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
The French are not like us. Vive la difference!
I'm curious what you all think about this position.
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
I don't think it's fair either.
Devoted To You - Carly Simon & James Taylor - 1977 []
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
That's lovely! I never heard the song before.
For those that like to read books on the net FOC.
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
I'm really pleased with all the services to help us get through this. Imagine if it was all left to porn.
My Corona ..parody by Chris Mann. []
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
That's very well done! I love the bit about stocking up on boxed wine. Well OK, I'd like that bit anyway.
“Solitude produces originality, bold & astonishing beauty, poetry.
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
I'm going to guess that Thomas Mann is speaking from experience. The one bad thing I know about solitude, apart from loneliness, is that you can get caught in constant reinforcement of your beliefs because there is no-one around to burst your bubble.
It's all just part of the plan he set in motion millions of years ago.
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
He better call his Friend!
Anak -David Muzio - []
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
Lovely voices.
Thats right
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
Dark matter is probably one good reason not to trust science. I believe the 'discovery' of the Higgs Boson is another.
How dare you?
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
I think the virus has vindicated her. Climate change has contributed largely to this disaster.
"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to ...
brentan comments on Mar 31, 2020:
That's a great, and I assume, tongue-in-cheek observation. It clarifies for me what was a somewhat obscure line in William Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell: One law for the lion and ox is oppression.
It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. - René Descartes
brentan comments on Mar 30, 2020:
Will common sense prevail after this crisis is over especially given the climate crisis?
brentan comments on Mar 30, 2020:
I think people will want to 'get back to normal', even though normal is way off nowadays.
The story of my life summed up in only one cartoon! How sad is that?
brentan comments on Mar 30, 2020:
I blame the genes.
Has anyone been following musicians and their webcast concerts?
brentan comments on Mar 30, 2020:
I watched Aurora do one yesterday. She said the platform is going to feature many more artists during this lockdown.
Your travel plan for April
brentan comments on Mar 30, 2020:
Thank goodness it's just an April Fool's joke!
If you want to keep something concealed from your enemy, do not disclose it to your friend.
brentan comments on Mar 30, 2020:
With friends like that.... I've had one or two.
Two old codgers are sitting on a wrap-around porch, rocking.
brentan comments on Mar 29, 2020:
Onery cusses.
Increasingly I see the concept of critical thinking, and in part this group, being used in a ...
brentan comments on Mar 29, 2020:
I just left that other conversation. I couldn't see how I could get my thinking across to anyone who only thinks of spirituality in the context of religion. I put it down to people having been hurt very badly by religion. I empathise but I don't want to deal with their bad feelings being projected towards me.
"All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the ...
brentan comments on Mar 29, 2020:
I've come across the word 'affordance' recently. It means the way your environment creates possibilities. Maybe that's what Einstein meant. I think one type of lack of affordance is actually a social construct to enable a small number of people live well off the abuse of the poor.
Opportunities like this only come once in a lifetime so let's not waste this pandemic! Together we ...
brentan comments on Mar 29, 2020:
Your dead right. Make changes were they matter.
If you've never watched this musical, use isolation as an excuse! []
brentan comments on Mar 29, 2020:
Yes indeed. That's a classic. And this is a great time to do the things that time wouldn't normally allow.
It has been brought to my attention that there are members in this group who are not 50+.
brentan comments on Mar 28, 2020:
That power must be awesome!
"I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and...
brentan comments on Mar 28, 2020:
I think the problem is that the powers-that-be don't want to run an economy on educated citizens. So the society is constructed to have lots of ignorant people doing tough work for little remuneration. In the last few decades, they've done all they can to remove any form of expertise that would give an employee some clout in his job.Tech does the thinking; you're the human robot.
Would "the apocalypse of peter" have changed your mind about christianity?
brentan comments on Mar 28, 2020:
I could never relate to the idea that eternal punishment could be meted out to people for what they did in their short lives. "Not even Hitler?", I've heard some people ask. I think not even Hitler. So I wouldn't have been impressed to believe in this Hell-lite of Peter.
Something we should all remember in these times of crises.
brentan comments on Mar 27, 2020:
I think some switch in his brain never got turned on.
Ever stopped at a traffic light?
brentan comments on Mar 27, 2020:
And to think those reds used to be under the beds - now they're everywhere!
The Big Bounce has challenged the Big Bang! If correct, the universe is eternal-- it was never ...
brentan comments on Mar 27, 2020:
I think the universe came about as a result of turbulence from another universe - a cosmic fart, if you'll excuse the analogy, coming from a black hole in that early universe.
"Good memories are our second chance at happiness" - Elizabeth II
brentan comments on Mar 27, 2020:
I think she is right. It works for me, even though I have bad memories of stupid things I've done that make me cringe at times.
Hypocrisy at its best:::: "We have to get the US back to work.
brentan comments on Mar 27, 2020:
I guess Trump means we needs to get the world back on the same trajectory that has brought us to this calamity asap. This disaster is an opportunity to rethink what we're doing in this world. It's a chance to listen to the message of Greta Thunberg. It's an opportunity to stop murdering advocates for ecology. Trump, in his absolute ignorance of the significance of this virus, can only picture a return to the cause of the problem.
Religion in the 21st century from Humanist(uk) convention []
brentan comments on Mar 26, 2020:
Overall, it's interesting stuff. The only thing that jarred with me was the guy thinking Douglas Murray is a problem for minorities. Douglas comes across as a very reasonable person but a man who has little use for politically correct nonsense.
"It should be no wonder in why the poor are usually happy, they have less, of the less important ...
brentan comments on Mar 26, 2020:
brentan comments on Mar 26, 2020:
OMG. Human life is precious.
Tinariwen - "Iswegh Attay" []
brentan comments on Mar 26, 2020:
I don't know, but it didn't seem a world apart from my own folk music.
Oops shes pissed off
brentan comments on Mar 26, 2020:
It's an abuse of power.
I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from - Galileo Galilei -
brentan comments on Mar 26, 2020:
I believe that too.
Hello everyone! Does anyone here use Duolingo?
brentan comments on Mar 26, 2020:
I use it from time to time. Spanish too. I wonder is 'app' male or female.
Practice safe sax while in quarantine
brentan comments on Mar 26, 2020:
From one tube to another, just like the real thing!
"Do not waste your time on Social Questions.
brentan comments on Mar 26, 2020:
So it's not that they don't talk right?
Isolde's Liebestod (Isolde's Love-Death) by Richard Wagner.
brentan comments on Mar 25, 2020:
Words fail me. He was a musical genius. That was a terrific version. The only other version I heard was by Jessye Norman, which is terrific too.
Posted with some trepidation: Bill Gates on the Spiritual opportunity given us by the coronavirus.
brentan comments on Mar 25, 2020:
I guess we can choose to understand spirituality as bound at the hip to religion or understand it as the human spirit, a power that can be harnesses for good and bad. Just as Jesus is supposed to have said: You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it's headed next. That's the way it is with everyone 'born from above' by the wind of God, the Spirit of God - John 3:8. These days, we understand these things in paradigm shifts and I was just reading George Monbiot write about a possible complete change of perspective when you posted this one by Bill Gates. It will take a new shared spirit to reach the tipping point necessary to bring in a new world. It certainly sounds religious but that’s because all humans, religious or not, have a spirit that can aspire to a better way.
When I was a kid I used to visit Grandma all the time.
brentan comments on Mar 25, 2020:
Grandma must have been a very interesting person!
[] DOOM Eternal. Alex Jones edition.. 😂
brentan comments on Mar 24, 2020:
I've heard nothing but good about this game. Nothing but bad about Alex Jones.
Just too good, had to share it. :)
brentan comments on Mar 24, 2020:
Long overdue.
I'd like to make an analogy to dead religions and the Jesus story.
brentan comments on Mar 24, 2020:
I think it was a great idea at the time. It brought the Jewish idea of man as made in the image of God and the Greek idea of the logos as the rational for life together in one package. It gave people a sense of independence from both mortal and immortal tyrants and a feeling that ultimately, they determined their own future. No need, I'm sure, to comment on how it all went bad.
He makes sense
brentan comments on Mar 24, 2020:
This is cool. It hasn't been about me since I was a child.
Ready to head out!
brentan comments on Mar 24, 2020:
Not a lot of people wear that stuff outside the house.
Portland strip club forced to close, so dancers now do delivery -
brentan comments on Mar 24, 2020:
A girl's got to make ends meet Especially down on Jubilation Street - Nick Cave.
Love this 🤗😍
brentan comments on Mar 24, 2020:
Wouldn't that be great, and even better if we kept the unity after the virus!
Here is what I think about life and my 80th birthday! Michael Bolton Steel arms wrapped around ...
brentan comments on Mar 24, 2020:
Best wishes. That's a great age!
Science vs.
brentan comments on Mar 24, 2020:
All I know is that while I love knowledge, the world needs plumbers as well as philosophers, and plumbing is a body of knowledge anyway.
Most of us are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve in te garden.
brentan comments on Mar 24, 2020:
It was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Are these the only references of "germs" Judges 13:4 Therefore be careful and drink no wine or...
brentan comments on Mar 24, 2020:
My guess is that they didn't understand any more than that cause and effect idea of David Hume, i.e., we know because it always works out that way. A lot of the purification rules were designed to keep the temple holy, in the sense of separated from impurity. For this reason, even cripples and the mentally ill were barred from the temple.
I just joined. thank you for the jokes
brentan comments on Mar 23, 2020:
Welcome aboard! I hope you enjoy yourself here.
If you are tired of reading about the virus, skip to the end sections where Nafeez Ahmed is talking ...
brentan comments on Mar 23, 2020:
That was very hopeful. I hope a return to 'normal' doesn't send people back to sleep. For me, this was the heart of the article: Getting through coronavirus will be an exercise not just in building societal resilience, but relearning the values of cooperation, compassion, generosity and kindness, and building systems which institutionalize these values. It is high time to recognize that such ethical values are not simply human constructs, products of socialization. They are cognitive categories which reflect patterns of behaviour in individuals and organizations that have an evolutionary, adaptive function. In the global phase shift, systems which fail to incorporate these values into their structures will eventually die.
Just received. WTF?
brentan comments on Mar 23, 2020:
Or move over to redtube.
Today is march 23rd - Atheist International Day. Happy Atheist day to everyone
brentan comments on Mar 23, 2020:
Happy Atheist Day! Half-Happy Agnostic Day.
Does the term "agnostic atheist" imply that those who self identify as such should accept that it is...
brentan comments on Mar 23, 2020:
I think both agnostics and atheists should feel it is acceptable for people to believe in gods. I'm not sure whether we should think it's reasonable. That's subjective. But live and let live is most important.
Tuba Skinny plays "Some Day I'll Be Gone Away" []
brentan comments on Mar 23, 2020:
No drum for her bum!
Some of them still can't figure it out....
brentan comments on Mar 23, 2020:
Nonsense! Science is a religion and Richard Dawkins is the high priest.
Stunning 700-year-old giant cave used by Knights Templar found behind a rabbit hole in the British ...
brentan comments on Mar 23, 2020:
That's a behemoth of a place for worship.
A song I think particularly appropriate for the moment, "Oh No" by Gogol Bordello: []
brentan comments on Mar 23, 2020:
That's a very clever song!
Classic music Feeling alright Joe Cocker []
brentan comments on Mar 23, 2020:
I'm feeling better for that.
As a CAUCASIAN, I am a member of a worldwide racial minority, I deserve the same rights and ...
brentan comments on Mar 23, 2020:
It took a long time but it came around. Life is for learning.
I'm so damn tired of all the illogical inconsistent bullshit.
brentan comments on Mar 23, 2020:
One good thing about my country is that the clergy have lost all credibility. It must be awful to have to listen to them talk so confidently about nonsense.
brentan comments on Mar 22, 2020:
"How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.
brentan comments on Mar 22, 2020:
I think that's why no good deed goes unpunished.
Everyone is getting paranoid around here
brentan comments on Mar 22, 2020:
Hay there, buddy! You'll be OK.
Today's Bible lesson
brentan comments on Mar 22, 2020:
I gotta look that one up!
Walter White:
brentan comments on Mar 22, 2020:
Thank goodness for Jessie Pinkman. He has a heart.
Those were the daze!
brentan comments on Mar 22, 2020:
So much for weed calming the nerves - run, Jerry, run!
Beach Boys - Barbara Ann []
brentan comments on Mar 22, 2020:
A lovely day and surfer music - just the tonic!
Currently the Iranians and the Pakistanis are proving their worth.
brentan comments on Mar 22, 2020:
The thing about these gods and the people who follow them is their delight in the suffering of others. Thankfully, we're better than that!
Is it just me or does anyone else feel the last several days figures claimed by China are a little ...
brentan comments on Mar 22, 2020:
New cases probably go into camps with the Uyghurs.
Rising to the occasion.
brentan comments on Mar 22, 2020:
You cannot take what I haven't got.
To those who have a Christian background: How are New Testament theology and evolution compatible?
brentan comments on Mar 22, 2020:
I see the fall of Adam in Genesis in exactly the same way and I think its dishonest and disingenuous for believers to see Jesus nowadays as an archetype of perfect man instead of redeemer of Adam's sin. The ancient Hebrews looked on the human being as a composite of mind and body - nephesh. This meaning held for many centuries, as in 'the ship went went down and 200 souls were lost'.This composite of mind and body was activated in life through God's spirit. When we die, that nephesh dies and the 'spirit goes back to God who gave it' - Ecclesiastes 12:7. That indivisibility of mind and body fits well with Dawkins' idea of the mind dying because the brain has died. The door opening up the possibility that the mind lives on is gaining some purchase nowadays as the mind is perceived as outside the brain and the brain takes in these thoughts, processes them in real time, and returns them to the mind in updated form. After death, our mind would remain as part of universal consciousness.
UTTER FILTH!!! Pastor Steven Andrew of the USA Christian Church "God Sent Coronavirus because of...
brentan comments on Mar 21, 2020:
I can't bear to listen. Even my old compatriots, the JWs, have hopped back on the prophecy wagon. I thought they had wised up but it seems this was too good an opportunity to miss.
"God don't like ugly!" So my coworker told me a story about how she was laid off from her previous ...
brentan comments on Mar 21, 2020:
I think what 'comes around, goes around' in America goes around quite fast. I don't really understand why. Maybe it's to do with the intensity of the dog eat dog mentality. If that's what she meant, but wrongly attributed it to God, I see her point.
My first post in this group.
brentan comments on Mar 21, 2020:
Baile, mi hermano!
Kids tell spontaneous truth...
brentan comments on Mar 21, 2020:
When I was a boy, there was a notion that you should wear clean underpants every day in case you had to go to hospital. Nobody really thought about what it meant. Nobody is really thinking what the toilet paper obsession means either. Me, I think it's about respectability and how we are perceived by other people is more important than anything else.
Coronavirus: Forget toilet paper - shoppers in the Netherlands are panic-buying weed
brentan comments on Mar 21, 2020:
I think they must be a very sensible people.
another tp joke
brentan comments on Mar 21, 2020:
Shit happens.
What a long strange trip it's been...
brentan comments on Mar 21, 2020:
No, that's not what happened at all. He became a Muslim but thank goodness decided to come out of isolation and meet the public again.
CHINA-19 - - Paul describes how the insanity of migration and political correctness spread the ...
brentan comments on Mar 21, 2020:
I think he means the virus has proved open borders wrong. The virus really seems to prove all movement wrong. So that's extreme measures for an extreme situation. How does that relate to immigration policy? It doesn't. Nonetheless, I think the days when immigrants were accepted into a country based on what they could contribute to that society were spot on.
Things like this are why I hate Christianity and consider a lot of Christians to be scum.
brentan comments on Mar 21, 2020:
Well, isn't he smug?
I wondered how long before they jumped on the bandwagon. []
brentan comments on Mar 20, 2020:
I couldn't believe it. I thought they had learned their lesson after so many miscalls. I think Letts must be as daft as he looks.
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to ...
brentan comments on Mar 20, 2020:
I shouldn't laugh but it's black humour too.
"Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance." ---- Carl Sandburg
brentan comments on Mar 20, 2020:
I've been reading lately that poetry has always been an attempt to return to the fully integrated world of ancient life. It is said to come from the right hemisphere of the brain that has been submerged by left-brain dominance. Curiously, The poet Shelley wrote in his A Defense of Poetry that poetry was the first expression of philosophy.
Trudeau: "We have decided to shut down the border." Trump: "And this was my idea first!"
brentan comments on Mar 19, 2020:
Time to build a good health-preserving wall to keep out those diseased furriners. C'est la guerre!
"We boast our emancipation from many superstitions; but if we have broken any idols, it is through...
brentan comments on Mar 19, 2020:
'Nor can we say that modern science itself is exempt from a similar patterning. For the modern intellectual landscape is informed with the same needs, and often in its larger contours goes through the same quasi-religious gestures, though in a slightly disguised form. These scientisms, as I shall call them, are clusters of scientific ideas which come together and almost sur-prise themselves into creeds of belief, scientific mythologies which fill the very felt void left by the divorce of science and religion in our time. They differ from classical science and its common debates in the way they evoke the same response as did the religions which they seek to supplant. And they share with religions many of their most obvious characteristics: a rational splendor that explains everything, a charismatic leader or succession of leaders who are highly visible and beyond criticism, a series of canonical texts which are somehow outside the usual arena of scientific criticism, certain gestures of idea and rituals of interpretation, and a requirement of total commitment. In return the adherent receives what the religions had once given him more universally: a world view, a hierarchy of importances, and an auguring place where he may find out what to do and think, in short, a total explanation of man. And this totality is obtained not by actually explaining everything, but by an encasement of its activity, a severe and absolute restriction of attention, such that everything that is not explained is not in view'. - Julian Jaynes The Origin Of Consciousness.
The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine ...
brentan comments on Mar 19, 2020:
As time goes by, it seems that atheism has left a void that is filled (or unfilled) with a sense of meaninglessness and nihilism. This problem has resulted in many trying to fill the void with meaningfulness and other practices. Sam Harris is a good example. Rupert Sheldrake's Science and Sacred Practices details the many ways sacred practices, such as pilgrimage, are being used today by all kinds of people to feel a part of something bigger than themselves.
I figured it out.
brentan comments on Mar 18, 2020:
I'm sure they won't see the truth. I was raised a Catholic. We believed it even without any understanding of the philosophical notions of substance and accident that was used as an intellectual underpinning of the transformation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ.


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