Monday, January 24th 2022

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Francis Berger

​This is neither here nor there, but I recently became fully aware of a subconsciously selected set of songs that have been cycling through my mind since the spring of 2020. Taken altogether, these songs have formed what I now refer to as my own personal "birdemic era soundtrack."

A dominant song in this ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

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Every jumbled pile of person has a thinking part

That wonders what the part that isn't thinking, isn't thinking of-- They Might Be Giants, "Where Your Eyes Don't Go"If you make yourself small enough, you can externalize anything.-- Daniel DennettEuryalus, is it

the gods who put this fire in our ...

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Author icon Bruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

Humanism is implicitly the belief system of mainstream modernity; being derived from the 'commonsense' idea that by putting humans first, people will treat one-another better.

Humanism grew among atheists-agnostics in opposition to Christianity, from the observation that it was a partial morality that ...

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Kevin McCall

Two well-known symbols used in the present day, one overtly, the other less so are the rainbow and the five-pointed star. But both of these symbols have a quite different origin.

The rainbow has been used as a religious symbol as far back as the book of Genesis, which reads (9: 12-15):

"And God said: ...

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Kevin McCall

This post is inspired by a recent Orthosphere post on the Turing test as well as the discussion in the comments. I also read Turing's 1950 paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" to see how he considered this issue.

The question of whether a machine can think involves two questions. Although these ...

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Sunday, January 23rd 2022

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

Note: This is not the first time I've asked this question.

I've just come back from a trip to Longfeng Temple, a Buddhist establishment in Pingtung which I visit from time to time due to its congenial spirit. This time, an iconographic detail jumped out at me which I had never really noticed before. There are three ...

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Francis Berger

All Christians agree that God is the Creator. But what kind of Creator is the Christian God?

A Creator of creatures and things or a Creator of (potential and actual) co-creators?

Much depends on how one understands Creation.

Is Creation a one-time event in the distant, nebulous past over which God presides as an ...

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Bruce Charlton

There have-ben and are plenty of religions, spiritualties and people in the world who regard meditation as a panacea - that is, a single cure for all ills, always good for everyone.

...Whatever ails you, whatever kind of personality; meditation will help if you do it right - and the more meditation you can manage ...

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Bruce Charlton

Francis Berger has highlighted a crucial negative fact, easily missed: that the peck has not been imposed on everybody in the world.

Since early 2020 (and under the blanket excuse of the birdemic) there is a global System of totalitarian governance that has shown itself capable of rapidly (by mere diktat) imposing ...

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Saturday, January 22nd 2022

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

I was on the highway today, en route to Kaohsiung (a city I hardly ever have occasion to visit), and passed a van for a pet care company. What caught my eye, since I’d just been posting about winged animals going to heaven, was the cartoon pictures with which it was decorated: a French bulldog and a cat, each ...

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William Wildblood

Adam Piggott has written an interesting piece on his blog about science and God that takes no prisoners. His conclusion is that you can have one or the other but not both. One part of me agrees but another part feels that science is just a word for knowledge and surely it is not wrong to explore the creation as long ...

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Bruce Charlton

Because God is our creator and Heavenly Father - he has placed us in this mortal life on earth with a good deal of inborn knowledge.

This knowledge - essential for our spiritual survival and salvation - is built-in.

In other words, a vital part of divine revelation - indeed the foundation of all divine revelation ...

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S.K. Orr

The cold here is deep and milky, with probing fingers and breath on the back of my neck. The quiet has settled in at our little farm, and the flames are waltzing behind the glass in the stove, and I, I alone, am awake in this room, this room lit only by those flames.

When I arrived at work, my crows were standing in ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

Just after posting "Non volo peccare," in which I discuss a punning mistranslation of that Latin sentence as "Pigs don't fly" (since volo can mean "I fly," and a peccary is basically a pig), I fell to wondering whether any of the early explorers of the Americas might have coined a real Latin word for "peccary." This ...

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Friday, January 21st 2022

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Bruce Charlton

It is understandable but grossly mistaken to want to take a reforming, rather than rejecting, view when it comes to the dominant evil ideologies of our world - such as the litmus test issues. After all, these are all cunning misrepresentations such that 'good intentions', bits of truth, are woven into the Big Lies. ...

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Francis Berger

Getting people to willingly and actively choose their damnation has been the dominant theme of the birdemic since 2020.

Yes, there has been much persuasion, propaganda, and pressure -- and yes, there have been manipulations and machinations aplenty.

Terror tactics? Sure.

Bold-faced lying and devious dishonesty? ...

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Bruce Charlton

Maybe the goal is to convince all people that they are things.

(Once that's done, the work of damnation has been achieved - and the rest is just Satan having fun.)

To do this by making the world on that treats all-of-reality as things - only things are really-real.

And to make all things inter-convertible (e.g. by ...

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Bruce Charlton

The Romantic will always come-up against the fact that for most of the time he is mundane. Of course, life and (especially) surrounding people are often a real drag upon any aspirations to Higher Consciousness.

After all, our world is built upon assumptions of anti-God, anti-spirit materialism - and when we are ...

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Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

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Back in July 2021, William Wildblood wrote a post about the birdemic pecks titled "Non Volo Peccare," ending with this: "Note: I translate the title I Do Not Want to be Pecked but it's been a long time since I studied Latin so that may not be entirely accurate" -- a pun on our code-word peck and the ...

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Thursday, January 20th 2022

Author icon Francis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

An interesting video that briefly outlines Berdyaev's views concerning man's misinterpretation of creativity in the modern world since the Renaissance. The main points:the Renaissance released an unprecedented outburst of freedom and human creativity, personified most notably by DaVincithe creativity itself was good, ...

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William Wildblood

We come to this world to learn. On the spiritual plane, which is our true home and point of origin, we exist in a state of peaceful bliss but without challenge. We are still united with our source though we are not able to comprehend that or express it in any serious or creative sense. If we are to engage with God in ...

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Bruce Charlton

This is the end of an era for many more reasons than are usually comprehended. It has become a standard view that 2020 marked an inflexion point: things have changed, permanently.

Almost everybody who has thought about it agrees on that - but there is a near-total divergence as to whether this social transformation ...

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Wednesday, January 19th 2022

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Bruce Charlton

For me, this mortal life does not suffice. But what would?

Not reincarnation - because if one mortal life is not enough; then why should several suffice?

Not an endless continuation of this mortal life - because if this mortal life does not suffice, then why should its perpetuation?

...Even in paradise; because ...

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Francis Berger

The satanic elite has redefined human beings as hazards.

This redefinition of humanity served as the cornerstone of the satanic elite’s successful coup of 2020 and has become a permanent feature of the global totalitarianism implemented thereafter. Reclassifying human beings as health and safety hazards who ...

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Bruce Charlton

These extraordinary times are made the more so by the stunning inability to see what is plain. We are living through the end of a great tradition and long history of Western Civilization; rooted in Greek and Rome, and, for some 1700 years, the Christian church - in its various forms.

Insofar as this reality is known ...

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Tuesday, January 18th 2022

Author icon Bruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

This is adapted from a comment I wrote at William Wildblood's blog in answer to his question - Are Atheists Bad People?

From my perspective, of having been atheist most of my life; the badness was in what I wanted rather than what I did (and in many ways, most people would probably regard me as more good - certainly ...

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Bruce Charlton

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Bach's Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered (i.e. equally-divided-octave tuning) Clavier (keyboard instrument) comprise two volumes (each of 24 pieces) of a prelude and a fugue in each of the twelve major and minor keys.

The first volume of WTC is generally fresher, more varied in style and ...

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Bruce Charlton

A religion might offer some version of Paradise to its faithful adherents, it might give them exactly the experience they have asked for - and yet this may also be a demonic bargain.

If paradise is considered as an experience (that is, a 'subjective' experience) then there is the fact that getting 'what you asked' ...

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Monday, January 17th 2022

Author icon Francis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

I travel to work by commuter train every day. The trip is relatively short -- twenty minutes -- and I usually spend the time reading or gazing out at the passing landscape. On this morning's commute, I opted to stare out of the window. The train was passing by a dense stand of black locust trees when I happened to ...