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Interzone / How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization
« on: March 25, 2010, 11:30:51 PM »
How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

Has anyone read that book by Thomas Woods?

Article by th author at http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/history/world/wh0101.html

From the book as per the review:

The Jesuits were also the first to introduce Western science into such far-off places as China and India. In seventeenth-century China in particular, Jesuits introduced a substantial body of scientific knowledge and a vast array of mental tools for understanding the physical universe, including the Euclidean geometry that made planetary motion comprehensible. Jesuits made important contributions to the scientific knowledge and infrastructure of other less developed nations not only in Asia but also in Africa and Central and South America.

The idea that Jesuits introduced science to India and China is laughable when there has been and continues to be clear evidence that Vedic Hinduism or even post Vedic Hinduism much before the spread of Christianity, science and mathematics were well known.

Non-Christian cultures did not possess the same philosophical tools, and in fact were burdened by conceptual frameworks that hindered the development of science. Jaki extends this thesis to seven great cultures: Arabic, Babylonian, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Hindu, and Maya. In these cultures, Jaki explains, science suffered a "stillbirth." My book gives ample attention to Jakiís work.

This is even more ridiculuous. Thomas Woods provides no concrete proof of such history. Has this man read ANY eastern text? Has he read the Bhagavada Gita or the Yajur Veda(which contains science and engineering)?

Thomas Woods with that book revises history so radically it seems like he has expressed fantasies and wet dreams of any fanatical Catholic(looks like he is one of them).

I always have considered Christianity, Islam and Judaism as cancer to humanity. There are some noteworthy aspects to the Semitic religions but nothing special that non-Semitic religions don't have.

Ideally Semitic cultures should be confined to the Middle East. They have no place in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Interzone / How to end hipsterism, metalcore and deathcore?
« on: March 15, 2010, 10:37:52 PM »
How do we exterminate hipsterism in metal and kill off the awful styles of deathcore and metalcore?

I heard today that some metalcore fan said "All of the songs on Reign in Blood sound the same, Lamb of God is better! Tom Araya can't sing, he is shouting some words". The biggest problem with these kids into nu-metal/metalcore/deathcore is they don't  seem to have any sense of differentiation at all. Let alone metal, they can't even differentiate genres of music in general.

Any suggestions on how to end these trends? How do we defeat these mindless hipsters besides just arguing with them?