I found this sentence particularly telling, in regard to how the Gospels were written:
“As a rumor travels, it is altered in a fashion that brings it more closely in line with the hopes, fears, and world view of those who hear it and retell it’.“
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Now I know where she got the title of her post. Just think it all started cause one christian couldn’t bare to see me in a tank top and shorts. Good thing he didn’t read my post the culture of rape where I went actually naked for Naked Jihad!
Lol good blog now following.
Hey Michelle! Yeah, Insanitybytes likes to be mad at me. It’s a job 🙂
Looking forward to checking out your blog, it’s interesting so far 🙂
Cheers, my friend, and welcome! There’s a lot of mischief here, so don’t take things too seriously 🙂
Ohk, that works for me! 🙂
I’m reading your post on homosexuality. Great reading so far. I like the way your mind is set up.
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Thanks, I enjoyed reading “Omnimalevolence”, though obviously there’s a lot more to be read!
john zande: is it possible to send email to you??
Of course. It’s email@example.com
John – got something you might find interesting, email me at archaeopteryx@in-His-own-image.com
Arch, I sent you an email. Did you get it?
Send one to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Done X 3
I just wanted to say this: “Gulliver’s Travels” was also one of my many favourite books as a child. I need to buy another copy to replace the one that got lost so many years ago…
Gulliver’s Travels? That’s Alice up there 🙂
Yes…but the header that I see at the top, clearly shows the head of Gulliver as he is being tied down by the Lilliputians. I could be wrong, I’ll admit…but that’s what I see!
Ahhhh, true! I completely forgot about that up there! 🙂
Hope you don’t mind, I’ll make it go away if you do – I posted a link to “Linguistic Creationism” on Quora.This is one of the comments…
I honestly can’t tell if that link is supposed to be real of if it is an atheist site mocking creationism. At any rate, I suspect that the group of people who would believe that kind of thing would be a perfect overlap to the group of people who believe in plain old creationism.
If you want to follow the question, here’s the link –
Of course I don’t mind, Notes, but I didn’t even pen this one. It’s from Uncyclopedia. The link is at the top of the post.
Paul Braterman (a biology Professor) and I looked into it a little after posting and it turns out there are linguistic creationists. Christians, of course. The power The Dumb is truly astonishing 🙂
I saw the link but preferred linking to your blog. I’m in a snarky mood (one freaking wedding too many) and wanted to stir the pot for shits and giggles. Sigh.
“I’m in a snarky mood (one freaking wedding too many)” – I went through that phase once, back when I was young and foolish. Unfortunately, I had to attend each time, I was the groom. That can make one snarky.
Oh, notes, did you see the frame-video from DSCVOR showing the moon transiting earth?
Gorgeous, and yes I did – it gives me goosebumps 🙂
Just called in here to offer my profound thanks for your recent decision to follow Learning from Dogs! That means a great deal to me.
Cheers Paul, I enjoyed dashing through your blog earlier. I have three dogs, and cannot imagine life without them.
I nominated you for the Sunshine Blog Award 🙂
Wohoo! I’m hopeless at these things, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart 🙂
Nice blog, John!
John, having a small debate concerning the creation. Opponent said what caused the beginning? i replied “Bang” They replied what caused the bang? I thought i remembered you giving an explanation of this somewhere. or at least a logical response.
Short answer, no one knows if this universe had a beginning. If someone tries to say it did, they’re lying. The Big Bang has never been proven. It’s still a hypothesis. A strong hypothesis, but still a hypothesis. The problem is, we have exactly zero information in this universe of what was happening before Inflation. All physics breaks down, leaving the only honest answer to be “We simply don’t know… Yet.”
The cosmological argument is a favourite of theists, but it commits a shocking logical fallacy. For the argument to work the rules of causality must be unbreakable, meaning you can’t have an infinite regress. This in itself is wrong. As Anthony Aguirre said: “Given eternal inflation, the universe may be free of a cosmological initial singularity, might be eternal (and eternally inflating) to the past.” Still, the theist relies on this premise, but then they throw in god and say it is not subject to those rules. Viola! It’s magic!! It’s also a festering case of Special Pleading. So, if your friend is trying to posit a first cause (ie. god), then the simple thing to ask him/her is: If you’re willing to grant an exemption to the rules of causality to your particular god, why then not grant this exact same exemption to the universe itself? Why one and not the other? If they try and answer it’ll typically be a word salad of “metaphysical” nonsense.
But ultimately, on the question of origin, no one knows. That is the only truthful answer.
“Opponent said what caused the beginning? i replied ‘Bang’” – You walked into their trap, Larry. You should have answered their question with this question:
“What do YOU think caused the beginning?” – then when they say, ‘god,’ you ask, “What caused your god?” Then you follow with this:
“If you’re willing to grant an exemption to the rules of causality to your particular god….” – As the video points out, John, that’s special pleading.
When Man was earthbound, His god lived in the clouds, above the earth, hence the Tower of Babel fable. Then, early in the last century, Man learned to fly, so their god put in a change of address card and moved into space. Then we went to the moon. Now their god conveniently lives in a place beyond time and space – a location the Bible authors would never have dreamed even existed, and where theists are certain Man can never go.
One of the greatest theoretical physicists who ever lived, Richard Feynman, had this to say:
Just got round to watching this. Wow! Wow! and once more for emphasis: Wow! Thank you so much for posting this.
Hey John, I stuck a few words up on Amazon U.K. – let me know if there’s anything you’re uncomfortable with:
All the best, Hariod.
Hariod, I’m not sure this is a valid link. I am unable to see your review over on Amazon. I am fairly certain that the URL should be: http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/1512263524/
This goes to a review from a certain “Laconic sesquipedalian”. Would that be you? (But you may prefer neither to confirm nor deny that!) 😉
Hi Paul! Both those links take me to the same page from here, though thank you for including the shortened version. And yes, I am indeed the mysterious Laconic Sesquipedalian. I read your own review earlier this evening in fact; it seems we both got much from John’s work. See you soon my friend, Hariod.
Same here Paul. Can’t see it on the general Amazon page.
I’m gobsmacked! That’s an awesome review, my friend… and I utterly adore this line:
”just as does the invisible and unknowable God commonly worshipped by much of humankind”
Now, I must apologise for the time its taking me to finish your work. It’s not something you pick up for a 5 minute pre-sleep read. Presently I think I’m about 2/3’s of the way through, but I need time to dedicate to it… and that’s been proving difficult these last few weeks.
Harriod, how did you put that just on Amazon UK? For some reason, its not showing up on the general Amazon page.
My account is with Amazon U.K. John, so when I signed in to make the review it tracks me as a verified purchaser within the U.K. and posts the review to the relevant site. In the U.K., the Amazon.com reviews are accessible, but you need to click a link to see them all – so what appears first are U.K. reader reviews, of which mine is the first. I have no idea if the same applies in reverse, though assume U.S. readers can see my review somehow? If not, I can probably duplicate it on Amazon.com for you.
There is no need in the least to apologise for not reading my own book John; I suggested at the outset that it’s not going to be your cup of tea, it being an introductory guide to formal contemplation and all that malarkey. Also, you oughtn’t feel in the least that you must wade through it so as to leave a comment on Amazon, by way of reciprocation – really. I am more than happy to have the engagements we do on each on other’s blogs, and the book is very much secondary to that.
Did you understand the remark I made in the review about the greyed-out sections? I thought I should leave some minor gripe there, yet not one which in any way detracted from your amazing words, which were a thrill to read.
I loved that you made some criticisms. Hell, I’m waiting for someone to lambast it completely!
I didn’t know Amazon UK would be different from Amazon.com. You’d think all reviews would be bundled together regardless of geography. Odd.
And, my friend, formal contemplation and all that malarkey is my cup of tea! I used to devour Jane Roberts’ books and have explored a universe of alternative concepts. I’ve even seen the Dali Lama speak twice. Atheism doesn’t mean non-spiritual. Buddhists are atheists, after all. In fact, I’ve been meaning to ask you about how much influence Buddhist thought has been on you. I get the sense you’ve read Jainism, too. The concepts come through, but I’m curious to know if you follow those trains of thought through to similar ends?
Hi John, I’ve made a couple of minor tweaks to the review and posted it on Amazon.com because it wasn’t showing any option to display reviews from other territories, such as the U.K.
Thanks for asking about my interests and training. I spent about 25 years having a very close involvement with a Buddhist monastery here, practising dry insight meditation. I was typically male-obsessive about it, and used to meditate 4 hours every day, except for the retreats, which comprised about 7 weeks a year, when it would be 8 hours a day. This was entirely due to my lack of perspicacity of course.
After that, I drifted into the self-formed practices you see in my book, which are somewhere between Vipassana and Zen I suppose, but really neither – particularly not the non-local stuff, which you may not have got to yet. That came about due to what some might call a Satori experience, when everything fell into place, and was so powerfully obvious, yet never realised before then. There had been glimpses of this and that, but never a full-on disappearing act, which was so striking in what I can only call its revolutionary ordinariness. It comes and goes.
I realised that the whole conception of a subject becoming ‘enlightened’, or absorbing into something conceived of as ‘enlightenment’, was a complete fallacy, a total conceptual failure and misunderstanding. That’s why I write on my blog about the unattainability of spiritual freedom – much to the annoyance of some, as the seeker necessarily conceives of themselves as a subject apprehending objects. In other words, enlightenment is conceived as an object (knowledge) attained by a subject (me the seeker). At some point, the seeker has to disappear, and for it to be seen that subject and object are purely mind creations. Of course, the physical world is still there – Transcendental Idealism is nonsense – but the constant referencing to a point of centrality (my self) is not.
Awareness is apprehended as non-local, not presumed as something that channels as if along a unique conduit to ‘me here’ from objects or people ‘over there’ (in the way that particles of light do, say). Yes, there is ‘my body here’ in physical reality, and ‘things over there’ too, but the awareness knows of itself that it’s not a localised point of centrality for apprehending the world. It’s bloody hard to explain of course, but there are practices that gently introduce this idea, and even quietly asking of oneself ‘where is awareness?’ inclines the mind to being open to new possibilities. There’s a certain contentedness in it John, or that’s what I choose to call it, as it removes the erroneous idea that there’s something special to be attained, something out of the ordinary and ‘spiritual’ to be grasped by the mind – that can never happen. Some say differently of course.
Reading this I couldn’t help but think of Jonathan Livingston Seagull… The fastest way to travel is to know you’re already there 🙂 This is sort of what you’re hitting at, right?
I suppose that’s one way of putting it, but knowing something intellectually isn’t much help; if it was, then sometime in the last 5,000 years we’d have it orally transmitted, then documented or formulated, and the best anyone’s managed is expressing it in terms of a ‘via negativa’ – a way of knowing what it is not. But yes, obviously there are not two ‘realities’, two ‘truths’, so we can never be removed from either – not that those particular terms are helpful in any way. The mind is stuck in the gearbox of its own comprehension, dividing everything up into a subject/object dichotomy as a reflection of the physical world – it just doesn’t know it’s doing it as a fabrication, a meta-level abstraction from that physical world. We can appreciate that is so intellectually, but it’s not enough for it just to be an accepted concept. The shift is far subtler than we imagine, like a 1db attenuation in signal noise or some visual equivalent, but weirdly it seems revolutionarily different – at first anyway. The lasting effect is that thoughts lose their power over what is now known as an imagined subject, and given they are the prime source of discontent, so we feel more at home in ourselves. Blathering on here!
Feynman’s one of my heroes, I never tire of lauding his praise. I chose the shorter version – click on YouTube, and it will take you to the original, where you will also have the opportunity to choose from other videos he made before his untimely death.
Yes, after a brief look at what’s on YouTube I noticed that. His videos will most certainly be watched. Will likely feature one or two of them over on Learning from Dogs. Once again, great addition from you.
Looking for your email want to send you my blog regarding your book, prior to posting for your approval.
Should have said inspired by your book.
Thanks for being a new follower!
No problem! Haven’t had a chance to poke around too much yet, but I like the way your mind works.
You’re in the Christmas play John: https://sonmicloud.wordpress.com/2015/12/21/the-cloud-nativity-christmas-carol-pantomime-2015-the-dress-rehearsal/
Awesome! Let me go read
Hi John, I am wishing you a happy new year! Greetings from the currently colder half of the planet.
Cheers, my friend, and a huge happy new years to you, too! Hope you also had a wonderful (white?) Christmas.
Thank you. Christmas was not white, we had something like 12°C. Up to now, there is no winter, at least not what we used to call winter. It is like this in most years since the late 1980s and getting warmer on everage every year.
Seasons aren’t behaving down here, either. I think the sun must be getting closer to the earth. Can’t be any other explanation 😉
“Can’t be any other explanation”
Considering, John, that the sun is a relatively stationary object, wouldn’t it be less egocentric – to which all humans are prone, else why would some humans believe that we are made in the image of their god? – to hold that the earth may be moving closer to the sun?
(No doubt greenhouse gasses may be playing some small part –)
Heathen! Why would the earth, the center of the universe and the apple of God’s eye, move toward the sun???
Hey, he works in mysterious ways —
It is just God’s will that it is happening like that. Since he took that weather making job over from Thor, Zeus, Jupiter and all those and handed it over to St. Peter, weather is under his control, so everything is all right. 😉
I feel much better now.
Absolute ages ago you asked me for recommendations re science fiction novels.First paragraph into tonight’s ponder (remarks on Heinlein”s novel Starship Troopers)finds me breaking away to send this link.With a “duh, why didn’t I think of it sooner”, followed immediately with “duh, I’m sure he thought of it himself” I send you to the complete list of Hugo Award winners since 1953. 🙂
Cool! I’d looked at GoodReads Best 100 list, which produced some good leads, but this list is better.
Have you delved in Robert Reed’s Great Ship novels? Utterly, stupidly, dangerously brilliant.
Thanks for the suggestion, I was looking for something fresh. Dangerously brilliant is the measure of great science fiction – I’m intrigued 🙂
John, Nan and Professor Taboo think that Leroyx10 and Bobbie are one in the same. I know they’re not. If they are, I’ve been truly fooled. Let me and them know you’re opinion. $Amen$
They are the same person. I thought you knew.
Actually they were both concerned that archaeopteryx was not my real name, and I’ve not met anyone else who has ever questioned that, so while they may not be the same person, I suspect that at least, they know and email each other.
No, they’re both Roy. He admits as much in a recent post here.
Are you saying, “they’re both Roy,” or, “they’re both, Roy“? – I ask because I wouldn’t want anyone speculating that my name was Roy.
Let’s eat Grandpa!
Let’s eat, Grandpa!
Commas, they save lives.
I agree. Either way, I’ll now refer to Bobbie Jr as Leroy. x10. If he’s not Leroy.x10 he’ll soon grow angry with that. 🙂
Same person. I only found out a few weeks ago. Strange man.
Ah. Sneaky fellow. Gets banned on a site under one name, then pops on under the other. The twisted, childish mind at play.
He’s a strange fellow
I was once pg gargleblaster —
I like that. I’ve a confession, I’m SoM.
My password was slartibartfast.
I like that, too.
My monika when I messed around on Fox message boards was Bardfast
You were on Fox message boards? How is it you’re still sane?
It was fun, until they shut the whole things down. That was where i first learned there were people, Americans, who believed the earth was 6,000 years old. I thought it was a joke at first, but…
Yeah, we’re a smart group, ain’t we?
LOL, not in the north, but I have my doubts about the south 😉
My son commented on the same site – he was Zaphod Beeblebrox.
Never came across him. There were some great names, like Teabagging4Jesus
You wouldn’t have, these were stock message boards.
He sort of has two “voices” when he writes, too. I don’t think he’s doing it completely on purpose either. Very, very odd, indeed.
Split personality. That sort of shows up when he gets filthy mad and starts swearing. Completely different person.
OK! I’m really, really glad that this is all settled! This whole thing last night had me going in circles (not too hard to do).
BTW, Jeff, did you really mean what you said in the comment on my blog about the grandmother and mother thing? You sounded very upset, but you do have a way with words that leaves one wondering at time whether you’re serious or not. 😉
Yes. I got an email from a hushmail account minutes after apologizing to Leroy that I didn’t know he was Bobbie. The email was filled with cuss words directed at me, and threats against my mother (who’s been dead for many years, btw) and and grandmother (who’s also been dead for many years). Why these 2 people, I don’t know, but the timing of the email and the language in it coupled with the fact it was sent from a hushmail account lead me to greatly believe it came from our friend with many personalities. Hushmail is encrypted and not traceable. Very creepy. The behavior here, with multiple online identities and the use of untraceable emails, is the type of thing online stalkers and pedophiles do. So, I’m outta the mix on your blog for awhile. That email was REALLY creepy.
That is odd.
Probably just a coincidence, but the timing was impeccably odd.
“So, I’m outta the mix on your blog for awhile.”
I can’t believe you’d let him control you like that, it just doesn’t seem like something you’d do.
It only lasted half a day. I’m back. Just really got weird-ed out, which I usually don’t. Talking about my mother kinda struck a nerve. I drank a lot, so the nerve’s fine now. Could be coincidence, but it sure is odd timing if so.
Besides, who else — at this particular point in time — would be sending such a message? I think your instincts are right-on. (BTW, glad to see you’re back on my follower list.) 😀
Yeah. Sorry bout that. Just felt really creeped out when I read that email. I think my instincts are right, too, but I can’t prove it.
Where is all this happening? Link please
Here’s the link to the post … https://sayitnow.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/is-the-republican-party-doomed/
I’ve deleted all the comments related to the identity of the individual so it may be very boring now. 😉
“…you do have a way with words that leaves one wondering at time whether you’re serious or not”
REALLY? I never noticed —
I’ve no clue what you’re talking about. 🙂
I agree. His 2 internet identities are different too. I started referring to “Bobbie” as “Leroy”, I even apologized for not realizing he was the same guy, and he stopped responding. Kinda creepy. Internet stalkers and pedophiles do this kinda thing. I tell ya, these bible quotin’ Christian types are not playing with all their marbles intact.
He said something that got me to thinking he was also SOM, but when I put it to him he denied it.
He very well might be. There’s strong similarities between the 3 with enough variation to show the split personalities. What a fascinating character. He’s a walking DSM 5.
So do doctors, but ya don’t see me stickin’ ’em in sentences, do ya?
Ahh, well… apparently I’ve missed this party by several days. LOL
I had sent you a Gmail John about the very “character(s)” you, Jeff/InspiredBy, ARCHAEOPTERYX1, and Nan are all discussing here. As Jeff is already familiar over on my blog — on 1 page and 1 post — the very topic all of you are sorting out here was manifested on my blog 2-3 days ago.
John, you may want to read my Gmail to you. 🙂
BTW, I’m Iron Man.
Hahahaha! Great to meet you Iron Man! Have you seen Ant Man? 😛
… the movie/film? 😛
You going to ask about that email you got?
Just read it
Replied to your reply. Thank you kindly John.
Ant Man? That bastard told me his name was Giant Man! Ya simply can’t trust anyone to be honest these days.
I’m also The Hulk, so don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.
Naw. Won’t get an honest answer from our pal with the duel identities and I don’t want to encourage more such things.
I can’t be bothered … but you may get a kick out of it~?
Here’s a You Tube clip with Sean Carroll I think you’ll like. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlWBsYx0Pag
Came home from work to a what the fuck moment and I need to vent, so – tag, you’re it. 🙂 Left a comment on this post,https://sepultura13.me/2016/07/08/still-speechless/#comment-6571 ( mine is the only comment, the next 5 entries are responses from the blog author to my comment. America is bat shit (even if this Canadian was 3 glasses of wine deep when she wrote it ) If the link doesn’t work, let me know and I’ll cut/paste.
Speak to your white fellows, then, you racist sack of shit.
What the f….? That person went off the rails pretty damn quickly 🙂
You should be able to get to my blog. Don’t know why you’re not able to.
Same thing happened earlier on another blog. Let me try and restart the puter
I sent WP an email on this. My guess is, it may be an issue they’re having. You can access my blog via the WP reader, and by googling it directly. I hate not to get comments now that I’m “Poe’s Lawing” all this Trump stuff. The guy is a meal that simply does not not feeding me. 🙂
Weird, just tried again and got this message:
The previous page is sending you to an invalid url (http://variouspontifications.wordpress.comgoogle-site-verification:google9ce3f8b2afb4e25a.html).
But like I said, same thing happened with another blog just earlier. Problem must be on my end. Russia might be hacking my computer. I better move those 33,000 emails Aunty H sent me for safe keeping.
WP is working on it.
This week, several of Ark’s posts have given me, “Well, This Is Embarassing!” and informed me that that webpage can’t be found. But only on some of his, the rest, no problem.
There you go… there be ghosts in the material!
How are you, Arch. You been MIA for a while. Everything OK?
Still waiting for WP to get back to me after they said they’re checking on it. I pay them hundreds of thousands every year for my blog. You’d think things like this wouldn’t happen.
Yep, just tried again and same result. How odd,. Can’t get to it through email notification, or through your avatar here. You are working in the nude, aren’t you? You know WP doesn’t work properly unless you’re naked.
Others don’t have that issue. They can get to it through my avatar but not the variouspontifications.com address from the comment section. Very odd. Still waiting on WP. Can you get to my site from your reader or from a Google search? Oh, I’m always naked and sitting in a bath of warm scented oil when I blog. 🙂
Copy and paste variouspontifications.com into your browser and click on it. Let me know if that works. DAMN! The oil I’m soaking in has gotten to cold. Gotta add more coal to the fire under it.
Ah now, that worked!
Url issue’s been fixed. All new comments I leave will have a valid one. Praise Jeebus.
Still leaping into the air and clicking my heels together!
John- I am now following your blog. Thanks. How did you learn all this stuff? I looked for a biography or something but could not find it using my small, broken and hard to see notebook. I find myself asking myself if I am just slow at learning and remembering things or is everyone else just better at it than me? HaHa.
Very good blog. I would like to know more about you personally if that is OK. -MD
Hi MD. You’re talking about the stuff here? Product of simple curiosity and a deep love for the Lord Veles: the god of mischief, musicians, and magic… But I can’t play an instrument, or even do a card trick 😉
Hi John. Yes the stuff you wright. The Lord Veles eh. I will have to look that up on your blog. Any kind of biography? Is that even you in the picture or are you being mischievous? I think I need a new computer and a faster connection. -MD
Yeah, that’s me, MD. My biography, though, has nothing to do with the content here.
Just scanning through your blog, and I’m sorry to hear about your son. I’d never heard of YL until now, but they sound a little like the Good News Club, which I have written a post or two on. In fact, it’s because of organisations just like that why I started blogging.
I have a great blogging buddy here, Neuronotes, Victoria, who has experienced something along the lines you have. I hope your paths meet.
John- Doing my regular research on YL I saw that they are established somewhere in your part of the country and noticed that they are talking about expanding their influence there. Bigger and more more more seems to be their style. Neuronotes and I have met a little already. I really need to get a real computer that doesnt lock up and crash regularly. -MD
My part of the country? I’m Australian, but living in Brazil, MD. Are they down here?
YL is in both countries and expanding in both. I had noticed that they have a special site just for Brazil and expansion is all that they know. It operates like a pyramid scheme, always building up the bottom with energetic young people while the rich get richer and become “millionaire prophets” with ready made worshipers everywhere. -MD
Religion is on the decline here, but the evangelical brand is booming, which is really worrying. I’ll look into YL and see what they[re up to.
Merry Christmas, Jimbo! Writing to wish you a wonderful season, and many more.
Cheers Oldschool, and I hope Neptune blesses your Christmas season, too!
Cheers GP, hope your 2017 is remarkable in all the very best ways.
Thank you very much!
What’s the deal John? No more new posts? Everything OK?
All’s fine Roy, Bobby, whoever
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