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March 23, 2008


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* PrairieMary wonders if the westerns she just watched were really westerns at all.

* I'll bet they have questions.

* Didn't the name Sony at one time inspire trust and loyalty? No longer.

* Gil Roth and his wife adopt a retired racing greyhound.

* Jim Kalb questions whether science will ever give a complete account of life as we experience it.

* Gerard Vanderleun reports that San Francisco has lost a lot of its charm.

* Now this is a hobby and a half.



posted by Michael at March 23, 2008


Sony blew its rep three years ago when they put a secret rootkit program on all their CDs. If one played a Sony CD on a Windows PC, the CD installed secret copyright-enforcement software, which hacked up the OS to to conceal itself, and could break a number of system functions.

Posted by: Rich Rostrom on March 23, 2008 5:29 AM

More fun w/ r/c B-29s here - Glamorous Glennis! Brush with disaster! Aerobatics!

"Why, for example, expect it to be able to explain mechanistically why I lift my arm when it has nothing to say about my experience of lifting my arm, which is equally a matter of particular fact and includes my decision to do the lifting?" - Kalb
Leaving aside some of Kalb's confusion about what experiences are amenable to scientific investgation (I'm sympathetic to Forrest in the comments), I can't help but drop back to one of my (admittedly, personal) filters - motivations/internal experience are much less important that works/actions. Why is much less important than what - I have a hard enough time cutting through my own internal BS - to expect I can do it for someone else? A sucker's game. 'What' is very fertile ground for inquiry based on the scientific method. I am NOT trying to be snide, but I find that public folks w/ strong religious convictions whom I hold in high regard are do-ers rather than talkers.
"I watch what I do to see what I really believe." - Sister Helen Prejean

Posted by: dr.hypercube on March 23, 2008 8:52 AM

Happy Easter. Doesn't it bother you a bit that you don't even mention Easter? I attended mass last night. I'm just a cafeteria Catholic. Sometimes I even attend a black Baptist church in Jersey City. Don't know what I really think about God, except that he is the Father. The sense of community that I get from attending services is wonderful.

I left San Francisco because, even in the late 70s, hatred of white hetero men had coalesced into the civic religion. The article about homeless people shitting in the streets... well, it had to come to that. It will only get worse, too.

San Francisco is a beacon to white kids who hate authority and social convention with a bitter passion. Woodstock has this element, too. These people would rather that everything went up in flames and that we descend into a pit of shit rather than live within any type of structure. See Isaac Bashevis Singer's "The Gentleman from Krakow."

Woodstock recently had a 9-11 Truther bash. These people want to believe that the President intentionally attacked and killed his own people! Their hatred of America and its institutions is that extreme.

Woodstock's premiere commie, Jane Van deBogard died a couple of weeks ago. The local paper was filled with moving eulogies. She was a die-hard Stalinist and America hater... the most extreme, bitter and vengeful I've ever met. She was a graduate of Antioch College. Antioch has gone bankrupt and closed its doors. Why? The student body over time became so virulent in its hatred of authority that the administration retreated and threw in the towel. And, the students in the 90s indulged in a witch hunt centered on the rape and sexual abuse hysterias that ultimately led to a reign of terror on campus.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on March 23, 2008 10:36 AM

Unfortunately, Forrest's comments on Kalb's post are typical of the utterly closed mind-set of the hardcore physicalist. If you can stand reading more than one of his tirades, you'll see someone simply repeating his single non-point over and over, to wit: It's obvious that thoughts are brain-states. It just is! It just is! [Rinse and repeat]

Kalb and company spend too much time feeding that troll. Physicalism is nonsense, a self-refuting village atheist spitball not able even to begin to give an intelligible account of itself. And that's just for starters.

There are some intelligent physicalists, or near-physicalists, out there, like Jaegyon Kim, Daniel Dennett, others. Read them for the serious arguments for physicalism (or near enough), and drop Forrest. He's an embarrassment to the physicalist cause.

Posted by: PatrickH on March 23, 2008 12:00 PM

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