5 Questions to Atheists

These are five questions proposed to atheists by a theist Youtuber, I don’t know if I will answer him directly; but these are my answers:

1. When you die, if you find yourself in a place of judgment in front of God what would you say?
I would probably think of my family and others I loved who’s fate wasn’t yet sealed and if I thought there was some chance to help save them my fate them I would act upon that. For myself I would own the life I lived knowing that I applied the information available to me as best I could and accept the situation. Whatever it’s outcome.

In case you didn’t catch it, I see no reason why or how this event would actually happen.

2. What sort of evidence would convince you of the existence of God?
Evidence that would go beyond the realm of faith. You know… something tangible, testable, and verifiable through observation of multiple persons.

If there is a god, and that deity wants me to believe, have faith, or what have-you they would know how to get me on their side far better than you or I.

3. Do you think that the new atheist movement is ultimately a good thing or bad thing for freethinkers and skeptics?
“The New Atheist Movement” is an interesting way to put it… whatever you want to call it I haven’t noticed anything directly linked to it that could lead to any real trouble. On the other hand encouraging people to call bullshit when they see it can be a very good thing…

4. What sorts of decisions are affected by your atheism?
None consciously. Not really. But through morality and society the ‘what’ you’re asking is actually a nexus for practically everything. I realized this after I keep trying to get away from this subject of god and spirituality only to find myself wrapped up in it again… the topic is everywhere in this culture.

5. What is more important: gaining true beliefs about the world or not gaining false beliefs about the world?
Finding out that something is a false belief is gaining experience. Figuring out that something people believe is truth also gains new experiences. What matters is gaining experience/knowledge… the two distinctions are synonymous to me My answer to the question is both.

Dream of Flying

I had a continuation dream last night… meaning the dream I had last night is like a second episode to a dream I’ve had once before. It’s interesting that I never end up recalling my dreams unless they’re in a story format and usually there needs to be more than one of similar context before I pay them any notice.

I had the first dream some time this year… sometime in January I think. As you’d expect in the dream I play the protagonist.  What may be a little odd is that the protagonist and other characters in most of my dreams don’t have much in the way of physical details. They’re all basically just conceptual. I don’t know what I’m wearing and don’t conceive of what I look like. I may notice clothing on other people, but that’s more of a reference as to who and where they are in dreamy space/time. I never notice the head unless there’s some feature of particular interest there.

Anyway, this dream seems to occur around an air strip of some sort, all I recall is pavement and the curved warehouses you typically see at older airports. There is also a white single winged, single engine prop-plane (plane with a propeller) with an open cockpit… actually it went back and forth with the cock pit.

In the first dream my father bought this white plane but he wasn’t going to use it for whatever reason so I needed to take care of it. Then he was gone. The rest of the dream is even more vague. The most vivid memory is flying the plane into a landing on a short landing strip that was surrounded with trees and grass where curly hair girl and overall mechanic guy were waiting and thought it was a pretty special thing to do. The youngish female with curly hair, locks similar to what Brigid Brannagh usually has going on, and a mechanic that always wore tan overalls originated at the airport. I don’t remember any middle story.

The second dream the plane is there and for some reason the airport turned into more of a little strip of pavement like a boat dock for air planes to park and take off from. Curly hair girl was flustered that it was being so used and she made a new rule that planes needed insurance to use that strip… which reduced it to just mechanic guy and her… and I was looking for my paperwork because I recall my father talking extensively about it. I looked in the glove box… because planes have glove boxes, duh! My truck… because I own a old ~50’s pickup in my dream. Then a black leather pouch beside the plane… because dad needed his extra books and nick-knacks that he couldn’t put in the open-cockpit. I remember that there were some games from my mom’s usual rack of games in the pouch; I also remembering that I’m in a dream and thought it was silly. There were also lots of various papers and books. Then I asked curly hair girl what I was looking for and she mentioned the name of an insurance company, Platz I think (doesn’t really exist, I looked it up), and as soon as she said the name I found the yellow carbon-type paper. No idea where it came from other than a plastic baggie of various other papers.

To celebrate we flew to a movie in Salem… it was like a fly-in movie theater similar to the old drive-ins (there’s still one in Newberg). I was scared shitless because I had never dealt with air-traffic control and I anticipated being the cause of a sky-wreck. Luckily I was flying on the top of a large jet instead, which accidentally side-swipped another jet causing me to fall into the corner of two perpendicular white walls and slide down into a shelf at which point I blacked out and woke up to an alarm that I thought was mine, but turned out to be Caitlin’s first alarm clock of the morning.

After Caitlin went to her shower I was back asleep again at the movie with curly hair girl and overall guy. I don’t remember the movie, but I do remember holding curly hair up to the light of the screen and thinking curly, helix, hair was pretty freaking weird.


As You Were

I’ve been prodding myself back into addressing something that I kind of dropped back in January. Since I’m not sure what to say today… I’ll just start writing stuff down and try to hammer out something somewhat cohesive; hopefully I’ll come up with something useful.

Some Precursors:

I have had an eye on The Venus Project (TVP) and Zeitgeist Movement (ZM) since about the time I discovered the evolution debate on Youtube (2007). To give a brief description of these groups The Venus Project is the brain child of Jacque Fresco who has been brainstorming the last 40+ years about getting society out of the greed and corruption of a monetary based economy. The Zeitgeist Movement today is toted as the activist arm of TVP, but the origin is independent. As I understand it, ZM started as a people’s response to Peter Joseph’s documentary (Zeitgeist: The Movie 2007); the film uses three parts to put together a case for the corruption in society that lead to the 9/11 attacks. Peter Joseph has since come out with another Zeitgeist film (Zeitgeist: Addendum 2008) with a third set to come out in October.

That’s just a surface look; they address many aspects of society, history, and future that I could only begin to explain. They make a case for what’s been wrong up to what’s wrong now. Jacque is an architect and engineer who has made it his life’s work to keep his finger on the pulse of technology and think of how that could be applied in a future without money. What the third film hopes to address is the lacking middle ground… what we do now and how do we progress to this future of theirs. Without it their movement has no legs, it’s not going to do anything. We’ll see if they get rubber on the road, but this is the most dangerous part. Whether they confirm the cultist myths or give people something substantial to get behind.

A second point of view I would like to talk about is a group I’ve dubbed as the Ishtube Group. They’re a group I ran into while commenting on Zeitgeist related Youtube videos on Youtube. They have taken Daniel Quinn’s novel Ishmael to heart. They don’t really have an organized structure, that I can tell; but their general goal is to work as individuals encourage society to reach a point of being sustainable with the Earth we came from. That’s basically it, it sounds like different people in the group have different ideas as to what that literally means… but they generally admire societies that are able to live off the land without excess.

The Current Situation:
Commenting on the Youtube videos of a Zeitgeist member a couple people from this Ishtube Group gave their ideas of protest saying that it’s no different than what we have. Our consumption in society may be different, but what does it matter if we’re still consuming earthly resources?

I’ve been thinking about it since then… these two groups both have something going for them on paper and philosophically. Obviously there’s something there because people are attracted to them, and so am I in a passive sense. But, at the same time I see flaws in both when applying what they say to the real world. The question is where go with the conversation from here? Is there anywhere to go in this land of hypothetical solutions?

I’ll try continuing tomorrow.

Hilarious: New Never Seen Yoga Poses
Funny: Smoking Smells Different to Non-Smokers
Funny: Toy Story 3, Woody’s Roundup
Funny: Pooh vs Hobbs
Funny: Colbert helping Castas mount a moose
Funny: Colbert using speed skating blade to spread and cut sandwich
Funny: Jesus of the Bible vs Modern Day Jesus
Funny: What it’s like Debating a Creationist ala Luke and Vader
Funny: You’ve heard of tiny URL
Silly: Robots in Disguise
Awesome: Mario Turtle Guitar
Awesome: 23 minute Star Craft 2 Beta gameplay
Cool: Pluto
Cool: Nintendo Games remade in Flash
Cool: Civiballs Game
Cool: NASA to start using composites in space
Interesting: Record grooves under an electron microscope
Interesting: Evolution of Morality 1/5
Interesting: Evolution of Morality 2/5
Interesting: Evolution of Morality 3/5
Interesting: Evolution of Morality 4/5
Interesting: Evolution of Morality 5/5
Interesting: Shroud of Turin = Fake

The Music in Me

Last night Caitlin and I were watching American Idol two hour special where the judges (Simon, Ellen, brunet chick, and black dude) narrow the contestants down to 75 people before telling us about the top 24.

After that Caitlin randomly turned the channel over to MTV which was playing Ke$ha’s Tik Tok, prompted a conversation about the identity of youth reverberating styles from past identities. There’s a ton of crap that reminded me of the 80’s in Tik Tok. Tie-die-ish t-shirt with a neck hole that’s large enough to drape a ways down a shoulder, sitting on the ground next to a boom-box busting out her lyrics, while sporting big styled hair. The bling-cycle is pretty 90’s, imo.

We didn’t talk about this, seeing them just brought up an idea to ponder of where are we going next? We were in awe of the what’s already come about in within our available memory. When I was in late elementary school most classes had a Macintosh which rarely got used. I don’t remember there being a computer lab. My middle school was brand new, just made, and it had a small lab of Mac II’s that were on rolling tables! High school I was in a different school district and every teacher had at least one PC with Windows 95/98, there was a tech room, and a couple computer labs with 40+ more PC’s per. Today I have a phone more powerful than those school computers.

Fyi, the subject goes back to music in the paragraph after next.

The world has gotten exponentially smaller since the computer and the internet came around. The Iran elections. The not so closed preceedings of the Prop 8 trial. China’s cyber attack on Google. These are just a few examples of how the internet is changing the world into something more transparent. Every aspect of media is being affected… the business side of it is just insane to think about how fast the ground shifts lately. How many different styles of music have come about in the last century?

When I let my imagination ponder the situation I see a blurred picture. Perhaps its bias, but it seems central to America: piano, guitar, various drums, wind instruments, other strings, bells, banjo.  All of these different sounds being brought from their origins to hands who don’t know their ‘proper’ place. They try and figure out what sounds good. I think my brain is breaking trying to think about it all at once.  It’s every bit as complicated as trying new foods from the super market and just making something with what you have.

For my generation and a couple that came before it, at least by my interpretation, music and language was a means of expression and setting yourself apart from your parents. Among other things it’s expression toward whoever the authority is and declaring individuality. My generation is already desensitized to the crime and the language.  It’s hard to believe that my daughter will find a new shock factor to throw at me. Will my daughter find a new alienation factor in her generation? Maybe she’ll talk as fast as the Ke$ha chick sings, that would be kind of annoying I guess.

Right now I’m thinking that thinks will keep going like a string vibrating where these styles aren’t really anything new, just different arrangements of what we already know. It will be interesting to see how humanity changes over the next hundred years now that all nations and cultures can talk to each other. Computers will obviously get more refined, practical, and hopefully more reliable; but that paradigm is done shifting for the most part.  The next big thing that’s going to blow minds is nanotechnology. The possibilities of some new stuff I’ve heard of will change the way we think about matter.

I let myself ponder this on the drive to work this morning and I inevitably came to a point that I got to when talking about behavior vs emotion in animals… I wont go into that though.

On My Mind
Learning: Peaceful Days, I found the guitar tab I wanted, now I just need the fingers to do it in time.

Writing: Getting to working out my expression on the Venus Project and the IshTube group

Active: I want to do 50 jumping jacks and 10 pushups every morning and evening

Stuff I found of interest while online today:
Hilarious: Stache Power
Funny: Training the cat wasn’t working out
Funny: If he hollers let him go
Funny: Calvin & Hobs on religion vs. science
Funny: Ash Wednesday
WTF?: Peeing baby toy
Interesting: NY Times Graph Economy vs Stimulus no idea how true it is.
Interesting: Road to recovery since Bush administration again, no idea of validity.
Interesting: Some Perspective Regarding the Above graphs
Interesting: NY Times: Obama Approved Nuke Power for Georgia
Interesting: Tampa getting religious perspective
Interesting: OKcupid makes a case for dating older women I didn’t read all of it.
Interesting: The next Mars rover?
Interesting: Why Space Exploration? I agree with him
Interesting: Cricket mothers pass information to young
Interesting: Scientology Exploiting Haiti
Interesting: Catholic Church Bails on DC Foster Care… Then Blames Gay Rights. It didn’t matter

Back to Projecting

It’s interesting reading my ‘sharing’ state of mind over the last couple years of having this blog. Its funny when old works come back and when I see them today I kind of wince and think, “That was a silly thing to say.”

This may sound weird to me later too…

The door I use to get into the building where I work requires a badge swipe before the swipper LED turns green granting access and the door gives a loud “CLACK” while unlatching. Yesterday the LED turned green, there was the “CLACK”, but the door didn’t open; the latch was stuck. Luckily there was a nice man there who had already called maintenance and let me in so I didn’t have to walk to the lobby side of the building.

Today I go to swipe my badge wondering if the door will be cooperative today… the access is already allowed, so it isn’t a problem. While walking in I notice something on the floor. It could be saw-dust, or it could be a little bug and I wondered what it was doing there. Then my mind went to an article I read yesterday about ants and altruism… sum up: in some ant species ants dying of a parasite will leave the nest to go off to die alone. Read the article here.

That led me to wonder about personality in general. How much of it is personal projection? Does that include my own actions/reactions that make up my personality? I’m inclined to say it’s not that easy, but there’s some truth to it.

Just a random thought.

On My Mind
Learning: Apple Cert
Learning down the pike: Network+, Security+
Learning: Peaceful Days, the song I play all the time on piano, now on Guitar
General Creating: Applying guitar tabs on a treble clef idea to Peaceful Days to help with learning and keep motivation on doing that.
Music: Made a mock-album of song names based on various topics that I get expressive over. This was actually yesterday, now I’m pondering how to start writing songs based on those titles.
Drawing: Got an idea for a Chrono Trigger fan art series of pics… a starting frame for each CT character. I already have the scene setups for 5 of the 7 characters.
Drawing: Got an idea for a drawing with a steam-punk music scientist who uses a pre-electric guitar electric guitar, gutted piano, and drums. Pretty Animusic esque, but with a human/steam-punk element.
Writing: In this blog… lots of little whys, but no real big one.