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  1. Guess is wrong, but well intended. About 50 of those books were in my field, the rest not. I can’t deny the significance of the range of issues the Bible and other ancient texts bring to the fore. I don’t buy, in principle, that any book has the last word, and I have a hard time granting societal design priority status to a tale of fiction. Why not Cormac McCarthy? Whatever topic the Bible brings up, that you and I might care to discuss, there must be hundreds of better researched and explained versions that are closer to “the data”, and on these three points better suited for reference. I’m not so much anti Bible as pro diligence, work ethic, etc in pursuit of knowledge that will help oneself and the world. Leaning on the Bible is not working nearly hard enough. Working hard is the key lesson UT gave me. Those words on the Union…
  2. Thanks, 956, another well informed and reasoned post. Fact is, I have read the Bible, numerous times - the number of chapters read a week was one of my challenges in COC Sunday school. How I know ( or thought I knew) there are 1008 chapters in the Bible. I imagine I just got sick and tired of it. But I’ve read perhaps 1500 books since then, predominantly non fiction, almost all of which seemed to me better, in terms of informing my world to the betterment of society. All of them give me context. There is no special sort of context. I guess I conjecture a special relativity applying to published thought: there is no center, and no common point of reference. How can there be?
  3. Beauty is a matter of taste. De gustibus, non est desputandum. Truth is not a matter of taste. More a matter of sufficient effort.
  4. A remarkably incorrect description of the real world. Seriously.
  5. I have stated this bottom line numerous times. Refer to Rorty for an extensive discussion. You can’t refute or otherwise inform the point by simply being pissy And did I give a single inference that Christianity was cruel? I simply said I learned the foundation of ethics without the help of religion, more so with the help of the kid up the street that ended up shot and in prison.
  6. The only public spectacles being made, that I have seen in nearly 7 decades, have been and continue to be made by religionists. If not all, the at a ratio of 1000/1 or more. As for reading, and we really mean study, I have to admit my curiosity is about world we live in, not an imagined world. As for ethics, the bottom line of not being cruel I learned on the street before 1st grade. Not a single individual in the world can stipulate the ethics of others.
  7. Everyone? Shall all Christians read the Koran, study the Buddha, etc. There are thousands of documented religions. Shall all of us study relativity, evolution, and Black history. I think these last three would be better for all to read, if we are seriously ranking reading opportunities.
  8. nbmishoid


    The wisdom just keeps coming, 😎
  9. nbmishoid


    Upthread, he said the truth: it is about money. He is not a citizen, merely a taxpayer who views the optimum as no tax, which is the logical result of only supporting tax cuts. This is also offensive, to be exposed to such vile selfishness. This is at the heart of Poe: conserve, strengthen, and enforce his world.
  10. Have to agree. There is no god that will drown the 40% of society in permanent, cruel delusion. Trump being gone only allows more clever, more focused, and more cruel leaders to satisfy the bloodlust. And how that lust gets removed from society?
  11. I almost think I could learn that, 5000 more hours or so. Seriously, maybe fewer. None of those positions looked extreme.
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