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by Dubious
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 18
Views: 164

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

A lot of excellent insights and questions in this OP. Somewhat unusual since god most often is discussed by means of proclamation rather than explanation which the present age is more adapted to. People speak about God as if the notion is obvious. In truth, we could readily dispense with the notion ...
by Dubious
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:12 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?
Replies: 18
Views: 164

Re: Is the concept of "God" necessary, let alone real?

Nick_A wrote:
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:12 am
Of course the concept of God is real. God is meaning. Whatever satisfies your need for meaning is your God.
If god is meaning and meaning is god then god means whatever you want it to mean which defaults to god meaning nothing! For many god is a weed!

Bravo for pointing this out so succinctly!
by Dubious
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:58 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Born Again?
Replies: 17
Views: 598

Re: Born Again?

What if a man could die to his dogmatic clingings before he literally died? When one wakes to the idea that it's ok to be wrong, then he can die (let go) and be born again (realize new truth). It's not one's aptitude that determines altitude, but attitude. Well again, for me, the idea is a tad too ...
by Dubious
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Music
Replies: 2770
Views: 295680

Re: Music

I don't see the connection. Winston Smith, the protagonist of Orwell’s 1984 , was named after Churchill. Why do you suppose Orwell did that? Since 1984 was published in 1949 , Orwell could be forgiven believing in the noble mission and heroism of the Allied forces and its leaders. One of the greate...
by Dubious
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Aesthetics
Topic: Music
Replies: 2770
Views: 295680

Re: Music

Evil old warmongering bastard should have been hanged for war crimes and disposed of in a dumpster, but I do love this melody (not the sentiment). Good depiction of how pathetic 'hero-worship' is. Just look at the stupid, credulous faces, weeping over a mass murderer. If anything, idolised leaders ...
by Dubious
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Born Again?
Replies: 17
Views: 598

Re: Born Again?

Surely the sly man didn't get one over on you :D In order to have a new perspective/philosophy, the old one must die, but before that is possible, one must be aware. Somnambulism isn't conducive to philosophical growth. This is a very old idea constantly repeated in this way or that making it hard ...
by Dubious
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Born Again?
Replies: 17
Views: 598

Re: Born Again?

A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake. - Gurdjieff There doesn't seem to be a lot of promise in that formula; in order to die he must first awake. These little epithets which exist in profusion just roll trippingly off the tongue, don'...
by Dubious
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Born Again?
Replies: 17
Views: 598

Re: Born Again?

How exactly are you born again? A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake. - Gurdjieff There doesn't seem to be a lot of promise in that formula; in order to die he must first awake. These little epithets which exist in profusion just roll...
by Dubious
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Does intelligent alien life exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 101

Re: Does intelligent alien life exist?

For sure! and they all look the same as us to make it even more confusing! :?
by Dubious
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values
Replies: 70
Views: 482

Re: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values

What Needleman writes makes him out to be an utter idiot...or maybe not! He may just depend on idiots to deliver his paycheck! If there would be some "higher" dimension you all write about and could possibly disappear in permanently would cause more relief than regret. Manage that and we'll collecti...
by Dubious
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values
Replies: 70
Views: 482

Re: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values

The mess appears to me like a work in progress, still yet to be organised... That’s a valid point even though it seems the more we know without the time to digest causes more mental constipation and confusion becoming ever more insidious to ourselves and the planet. At this time in particular the p...
by Dubious
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values
Replies: 70
Views: 482

Re: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values

Ostensibly today's networks would allow for quick meme transmission but commercial enterprises with vested interests work to muddy the waters and slow the information's effective dissemination. That is true but personally I think the situation is made worse by the speed of transmission. One would a...
by Dubious
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values
Replies: 70
Views: 482

Re: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values

Everything you write on the subject and those you quote simply tender their ideas and only that. Regarding the ontology of the universe every "opinion" evaporates in speculation and for the last 3000 years opinions are the only thing we have. Why be so negative? Nothing to do with negative. It’s si...
by Dubious
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values
Replies: 70
Views: 482

Re: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values

...cocksure posturing tends to only work on the naive who, in lieu of understanding, seem inclined to simply follow the strongest pose of authority. That's always been one of the hallmarks of human nature; especially so when the "strongest pose of authority" colludes and confirms one's wishful thin...
by Dubious
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values
Replies: 70
Views: 482

Re: God or Man: the Source of Higher Values

Everything you write on the subject and those you quote simply tender their ideas and only that. Regarding the ontology of the universe every "opinion" evaporates in speculation ... ...cocksure posturing tends to only work on the naive who, in lieu of understanding, seem inclined to simply follow t...