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Metal / Metal to Become Religion in UK
« on: January 28, 2010, 03:17:40 PM »
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In the last UK census, nearly 400,000 people listed their religion as ‘Jedi’. Now metal fans are hoping to do the same with their favourite music genre.

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/756477--metal-a-religion-for-some-uk-fans

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Metal / [META] New Burzum album info
« on: November 22, 2009, 03:58:12 PM »
Follow up article addressing the response to the first.

-edit-  There's a problem with the hyperlink.  Burzum dot org keeps being changed to burzum.com (is this a filter or something?)

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Interzone / You are not your brain?
« on: April 23, 2009, 07:44:55 PM »
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For a decade or so, brain studies have seemed on the brink of answering questions about the nature of consciousness, the self, thought and experience. But they never do, argues University of California at Berkeley philosopher Alva NoŽ, because these things are not found solely in the brain itself.

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The brain is necessary for consciousness. Of course! Just as an engine is necessary in a car. But an engine doesn't "give rise" to driving; driving isn't something that happens inside the engine. The engine contributes to the car's ability to drive. Consciousness is more like driving than our philosophical tradition leads us to expect. To be conscious is to have a world. The fact is, you and I don't have what it takes to make a world on our own. We find the world, we don't make it in our brains.

http://www.salon.com/env/atoms_eden/2009/03/25/alva_noe/print.html

This is one of my problems with philosophers; they're full of shit.  His analogy of the car engine is totally fucked.  A proper analogy would be that the engine is the heart and the person driving the car is the brain/conscious element.  Nothing irks me more than when people attempt to comment on topics clearly outside of their expertise.  I'm sure New Agers will eat this up, though.

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Interzone / Why Relativism Fails
« on: December 11, 2008, 11:31:39 PM »
Quote from: Vijay Prozak
Relativism is a funny name because it is an attempt to politicize a scientific "discovery." Only fifteen to twenty thousand years after the ancient Indian Aryans wrote a book called the Mahabarata in which they described, among other things, the explanation of the observational fallacy which we now know as "relativity," science came up with a simplistic doctrine of the same and expressed it in symbolic math. Those who wanted to gain political power saw their chance. They portrayed all of society up to that point as an ignorant conservative herd, and created a "new" idea, called "relativism." Relativism states, in short, that the individual only knows what he or she has experienced, and it is as real to them as any reality, thus when we make decisions involving those individuals, we have to consider what's inside their heads to be as real as the reality we all share.

When you look at it that way, of course, relativism is revealed as the sham it is. If you boil it down even further, you see that relativism is basically the doctrine that we can each believe what we want, and there is no reality check, ever. In short, reality checks are made illegal by the doctrine of relativity, even though reality has always been consistent for all of us equally. Even calling relativism a "new" belief runs afoul of reality, as the belief of relativism has been around for a long time, but in the past we called it something different: "insane." Our time is unhealthy, of course, so to claim that health exists is like saying the emperor is stark naked when the newspapers say he is not.

This is from an article that Prozak wrote, which summarizes the problem of relativism well.  I'm posting this here to continue a discussion that was derailing another thread.

Relativism stems from the idea that all people's perceptions of reality are equal.  This itself is derived from liberal egalitarianism.  By implication, it rejects any form of empiricism (science, for example).  So according to relativism, what is true is what everybody decides is true.  In other words, it's a form of absolutist democracy.  Relativism is ultimately flawed because it confuses people's perceptions of reality with reality itself.  This philosophy is ultimately suicidal, so I would recommend we work to remove it from society.

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