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Is the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? posted 15 May 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

but if what you percieve is your reality, why not shape it as you please? why limit it to the field of shared knowledge? in double-blind tests on antidepressants for example the placebo usually had almost the exact same effect as the drug they were testing. We have yet to unlock our full potential, and for some reason science and religion both seem to me to be a stepping stone. Things do work for the people who believe in them. Usually. view post

the bible is the solution posted 15 May 2007 in Philosophy Discussionthe bible is the solution by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Quote: "Jamara":2lnfp6to

If you want to put your viewpoint up as an intelligent arguement, then check your freakin' facts. Don't just blindly follow what is fed to you. Use that grey matter and question.[/quote:2lnfp6to]

I have the feeling Jamara, that none of what you say is gathered from first-hand experience and so perhaps you are the one who blindly follows what is fed you. and on top of that you don't change peoples minds by arguing angrily with them, if changing someone's mind is possible.

Not that I'm defending the christian, just think you went a little overboard. view post

Who will be President in 2008 posted 23 May 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionWho will be President in 2008 by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

McCain is reputed to be a mormon, which if it's true makes him one of my least favotire candidates view post

A note on other races posted 23 May 2007 in Author Q & AA note on other races by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I do have to say that the trilogy did play in my mind as the most awe-inspiring DM-ing I have ever read. Scott, perhaps you should try hooking up with Wizards of the Coast and creating some sort of evolving game world, perhaps using D&amp;D. Just an idea. I would start playing again if you did <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) --> view post

What is going on in Iraq? posted 12 June 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is going on in Iraq? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

as far as the fighting between the shi'ites and the sunnies is concerned, basically one of them (and I can't even remember which one) believes that their religious leader(s) are direct descendents of Mohammed. The other's don't. You can clearly see that if one sect of christianity believed it's leader was a direct descendent of Jesus Christ that many other sects of christianity would basically be at war with them. Mohammed of course was a general of an army, and it seems like the muslim religion is steeped in as much blood as Christianity. Or buddhism for that matter. I think religions tend to go through periods of extreme violence, and seeing as how Islam is one of the youngest religions around I hope that this is just a phase, as the Middle Ages were for christianity.

As for why we are in Iraq, I think that at first the America readily admitted that it was foreign investments we were protecting there. There is no war in history that wasn't based on economy, so why should this be an exception? The Islam religion is also their politic, so many parts of the constitution (separation of church and state for one) is seen as completely impossible from the viewpoint of Islam.

As for our military, I've heard it said that we face the same problems as Rome in that we have a military that is too small to do all the things we have planned for it, and too big to be maintained. view post

What is going on in Iraq? posted 23 June 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is going on in Iraq? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Sokar&quot;:1aj1g8wz

avatar_of_existence -&gt; I like your posts in other fields, wide knowledge there, but here you make a huge mistake. Iraq was not a religious state. There was a clear seperation of religion and state, that was one of the excuses for the Iran-Iraq war in the 80's as Iran has a religous state. Saddam was in clear opposition for this (and of course economics was the reason, I am just pointing out this important factor, maybe not that important after all).
So, at no point did I say Saddams regime was religious. It was a dictatorship, and as an autocrat saddam was able to ignore the entire religious aspect of his country, almost. He was still putting himself out there as a practicing muslim. But as a democracy Iraq will have a very difficult time seperating church and state, in fact I don't see it ever really happening which brings us to the question of whether any country has a true seperation of church and state, when the morals of the masses are dictated by their religions, and the morals of course dictate the laws. I will readily admit that I know very little about the conflict in Iraq, but I do know that the muslim religion is a political one. Their religion is their politics.
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Breaker of Horses and Men posted 23 June 2007 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Breaker of Horses and Men by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Cnaiur represents to me the sheer resilience of a mind under seige. Being able not only to survive but to thrive in the presence of manipulators (until of course the ending). Cnaiur is the tragedy of the Prince of Nothing series, not to say that he's the only one, just the biggest. When a friend asked whose plight I associated myself with most in the series the answer was obvious: Cnaiur, Breaker of Men. view post

What is going on in Iraq? posted 28 June 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat is going on in Iraq? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Jamara&quot;:g9ip2zaf
If your religion is in the far minority, you shouldn't cry about the christian influence on politics. They're the majority and you just have to deal with that. [/quote:g9ip2zaf]

Good observation on democracy: there is always a minority that doesn't get what it wants/needs. view post

Is the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? posted 05 July 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Tar.Aldarion&quot;:18oegj24
Christians, or whoever, will go and say they have a personal relationship with their god, and that is all the evidence they need that he is real(How could he not be if they feel it in their hearts I hear them cry), a god that says that he is the only god to exist... whilst some people of other faiths have the exact same belief that they have a personal relationship with their god and therefore no other god could exist.
Ah my ramblings...

When I say I wouldn't worship a god, I mean I would not worship anything, nothing specific, as with my fellow Alatrists I'm sure. Also, 'god' is a paradox for me. As I said above, It is not possible for something to be a god rather than just a powerful alien, at the most.
This thing that might have created the universe etc, why would that be a &quot;god&quot; to you as opposed to simply an alien, even if that alien exists outside of your universe?
What makes something a god for you and something not a god? How powerful would it have to be?
I'm sure I had a topic in there at some point?[/quote:18oegj24]

You are leaving out the millions of people who do believe that all gods worshipped are one god (an idea that's been growing since the early 1900's), and that would explain how all these people have a personal relationship with 'their' gods. Us and Them is a myth, we are all human beings operating on the same level living on the same ball of water and dirt.
I believe that there are mysteries out there that science will never explain, Paradoxes is the word you used. I believe it takes more to look at the paradoxes in the world straight in the eye than to throw them out the window as 'superstition' which is what I believe you are doing here. You don't worship anything? I say that is impossible. Life itself is worship of existence, your every waking movement is worship. Okay, so worship is not the word you would use, but why not? because Christians use it? then it is true, your beliefs are defined by christianity.
There are mysteries we will never understand (I know this is true for at least my generation and those in the past). Faith is having the courage to accept that. And there are definitely ups and downs to that acceptance, especially when it prohibits science from breaking through (Galileo comes to mind). Still, life is more fun when you're the one in charge, and so if you hear voices in your head and want to call it God, I say, more power to you. view post

The idea of global beauty posted 05 July 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionThe idea of global beauty by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I agree with Zara, any global concept of beauty is going to be about what we are all familiar with on a biological and environmental level (familiarity). Like the feeling of coming home.
I think that the beauty Baudelaire was talking about was what I would call awe, a combination of wonder and terror. Not all the time he used the word but sometimes.
As far as beauty creating a feeling of unhappiness, it seems to me that humans have always considered the unattainable to be beautiful. The Gods, the Godhead, statues, etc. If it is out of our reach, then we can only admire it. And that is kind of depressing on it's own, isn't it? view post

Is the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? posted 07 July 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Dearest Tar.Aldarion,
In regards to what I was saying in regards to what you were saying, there is not much more I can say.
I can say that the dictionary doesn't give you the meaning of the word, but it's definition. What a word means to you is based on your own personal history with it and your personality more than it's dictionary definition. When I used the word faith I was talking about what it meant to me, and at another point I was talking about what it means to you.
Many people take their religions metaphorically, it is a narrative that explains the universe, essentially not very different from scientific theory. Science really doesn't do a better job of explaining why we are here.
Is it a matter of what we see, or a matter of what we want to see? I want to see God (throw away your silly definitions, let's say God is that which falls outside of definition). You want to see. . .well I don't know. What on earth would you like to see? The truth? HA!
Religious institutions are generally corrupt and ignorant, but that is true for any institution that's been around for even half the amount of time religion has been around for.
I call myself a nihilist. I believe in nothing, but I do feel it, those moments when time melts away and I remember exactly who I am and it still doesn't mean anything. And it feels great.
I just feel like the rigorous system you have in place could only have a negative effect on you. And I want you to know that above and beyond everything, I love you. view post

Kellhus + the Daimos posted 08 July 2007 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Kellhus + the Daimos by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

wasn't the whole idea that the Gnosis was vastly superior to the Agnosis or whatever it was called? Plus he's probably not stupid enough to bind his soul to a demon. view post

Is the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? posted 09 July 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I said above and beyond everything, and that everything definitely includes your girlfriend. It just felt like the healthy way to end a rather heated debate. I know where you are coming from, but we make different assumptions. Love is one of the great mysteries of the universe, and I've met many atheists who are believers. In love. view post

Is the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? posted 11 July 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a &quot;god&quot; inherent in our minds? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Call it what you will, it is still a feeling undiminished. Those chemicals exploding in your brain. view post

OK Creation - but why? posted 23 July 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionOK Creation - but why? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I don't know when or why all this started, but I believe it was consciousness of some sort expressing itself. All of this in one form or another has chosen to exist. If god does exist and he created all of this then he is a part of us. We are God. It's a very active process on our side. view post

Zeitgeist posted 23 July 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionZeitgeist by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

A friend had me watch it a few weeks ago on Google Video. Like an updated more elaborate version of Loose Change. I liked it, detailed and well documented, though it would interrupt the flow of the movie I wish they would cite sources or add a bibliography. view post

The Aspect-Emperor posted 06 August 2007 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]The Aspect-Emperor by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I thought I read somewhere that the next book was going to be on Cu'jara Cinmoi and the nonmen struggle. I think it's gonna be one of those books where one chapter is present and the next is the past and on and on. view post

Do you believe a God exists? posted 01 April 2008 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Uncertain as to the existence of 'a god'. But I will say that for those who think that the truth requires proof: What proof have you that this statement is true?

I am, however, a believer in the power of symbols, and have a few around my house because I find them calming (mandalas, crosses, etc.) Sometimes I just need to be reminded that everything is gonna be fine. Even if it's really not, becuase me freaking out about it doesn't help anyone.

I also believe in universal consciousness, and I also believe in nothing. No-thing. view post

Personal Identity posted 01 April 2008 in Philosophy DiscussionPersonal Identity by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

the person in the mirror is more you than you are. this is a recent phenomenon of american culture view post

On the progress of the new novel posted 01 April 2008 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]On the progress of the new novel by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

does anyone have any idea when the book is slated to hit stores? Sorry if it's posted somewhere but I'm lazy and wanted to interrupt the long list of sex spam with something a little more relevant. view post

Does every individual share the same basic rights? posted 06 May 2008 in Philosophy DiscussionDoes every individual share the same basic rights? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

We do not have any inherent rights aside form those our environments allow. And even those aren't 'rights' in the unassailable and permanent sense of the word as our environments are not in a state of absolute permanence either.
As far as abortion goes: The woman carries that child. If she doesn't want to she doesn't have to, that's true if you believe in abortion or not.
Capital punishment: prosecutors who seek the death penalty for any alleged criminal are themselves seeking to murder said individual. I believe it is a barbarous anachronism.
Assisted Suicide: it is unbelievable that christian morals have superceeded our right to end our own lives and that is a choice we always have. It may not be legal but we can at any time in most situations end our lives if we decide that would be the less painful course of action.
In the end perhaps rights are simply choices. And for the most part we can always make our own decisions, it is up to our environement to decide the consequences of these decisions. view post

Is God Flawed??? posted 06 May 2008 in Philosophy DiscussionIs God Flawed??? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

It is interesting to note that according to christian mythology, whether or not God is Flawed, he is the perpetrator of all evil. It's no wonder satan rebelled. (apparently satan rebelling is not in the bible, but purely a creation of William Blake, can anyone confirm that for me?) view post

George Bush posted 27 July 2008 in Philosophy DiscussionGeorge Bush by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

recently I've come to believe more and more in anarchy, the idea of tribalism and the idealism of a leaderless community. George Bush is doing what those in power do, it's always been this way ever since the birth of agriculture and civilization. I had some faith in Obama until I learned a few things about him that aren't largely discussed, most remarkedly his feelings towards capital punishment (he's for it). It's business as usual, and I am tired of the aristocracy. I am ready for change. view post

Is Kellhus really a prophet? posted 27 July 2008 in The Thousandfold ThoughtIs Kellhus really a prophet? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I think the important thing is to define what it means to be a prophet. A prophet is someone who speaks the word of god and I do very much believe that Kellhus speaks the word of god. It is my belief that the Thousandfold Thought would enable one to reach the voice of god, mostly because I believe god is an expression for collective consciousness. There is none more suitable to the task of being a prophet, just think of it, he's the only one who can stop the no-god, he is mankinds last hope and he realizes that. It was too late for Moenghus, he couldn't outgrow the Dunyain and Kellhus realized that if he lived he would sooner or later realize the seriousness of the no-god and what they were about, sealing the rift between this world and the next to save their souls. Kellhus has chosen to save all of mankind. He has chosen to stop the no-god from destroying this world. If nothing else I believe that he believes strongly enough in himself to actually be the prophet he thinks he is. view post

Halos about Kellhus' hands? posted 27 July 2008 in Author Q &amp; AHalos about Kellhus' hands? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

maybe once kellhus began to realize that he would have to save the world from the no god he really did recieve haloes of light around his hand. Whatcha think? view post

Thank You posted 20 March 2009 in Author Q &amp; AThank You by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

I don't even remember that thing with the heart happening, or wait, maybe it was Serwe's? I think I kinda remember it like that. It's been a while since I've reread that book however. view post

What music do you listen to Dr. Bakker? posted 20 March 2009 in Author Q &amp; AWhat music do you listen to Dr. Bakker? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

Music is very important to me, and so are you! Your work is imbued with such shattering insight that I find myself saying such aloud (often in public and using cuss words). So I was wondering what I would get in the area where music and you overlap. Another thing, you say in the Judging Eye that being a good student means possessing the willingness to be remade. As you are a teacher of philosophy (right?) I promise that I will be that student, if my trembling, awkward, naked eagerness to be reshaped by your hands doesn't scare you away. view post

A meaningful life... posted 20 March 2009 in Philosophy DiscussionA meaningful life... by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

You know, I came to the philosophy corner to ask relatively the same thing but in this light: is meaning important? I've been thinking about this constantly and I've come to the conclusion that I'm a born nihilst, much the same way many people are born christians. No, meaning is not important, but we place so much emphasis on it out of defense. Our minds are made to make sense of the world, and I don't believe that life has to be meaningful to be, well... meaningful. Take the afterlife for example! It's so comforting that I would reject it even if I had been there. What I'm trying to say I guess is that we will still do things, we can still have a desire to do and not have to presuppose meaning. Frankly I guess I just don't need or want that crutch (there are some days. . . )

I've largely started thinking this way in 9th grade, and I'm 24 now. I like not having an agenda, not feeling like I'm trying to sell people who I am and what I stand for, something I see people around me doing constantly. Even better, some get upset when they realize that I don't care. People remind me much of the time of fun-house mirrors, obscenely distorted reflections of myself.

My friend wrote me a letter on my birthday consisting of quotes from the Warrior-prophet and I remember the most striking one ending (roughly) like this: the only certainty is that there is no certainty. When I think about the problems and suffering in the world it seems like ALL of it comes from acting out of certainty. Perhaps it is certainty that is darkness and doubt that is light. I believe certainty is born out of meaning, and meaning out of terror. And let me end with this quote from the Judging Eye: The world is only as deep as we can see. This is why fools think themselves profound. This is why terror is the passion of revelation. view post

Who Am I? posted 20 March 2009 in Philosophy DiscussionWho Am I? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

It is funny how all the answers I can come up with ultimately turn into obstacles or become inert, useless information. I think who we think we are is a preventative measure to keep us from knowing who we really are which I don't think is something we can talk about so much as feel, like existence itself. As for WE as a whole, well I suppose the individual would be the best place to start looking for answers to that as they tend to be reflections of the whole. Could be it's the other way around, it's hard to tell which is more real, the you looking in the mirror or the you in the mirror. I tell people these days I feel like a mirror that's been shattered and put back together so many times that I'm more glue and tape then mirror now. view post

What if I told you, that nothing is real? posted 20 March 2009 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat if I told you, that nothing is real? by avatar_of_existence, Peralogue

After reading some responses and thinking some I just want to quote a part of the Judging Eye that I just quoted on some other thread (it's not really a spoiler as it isn't about the plot, but I do love it so):

The world is only as deep as we can see. This is why fools think themselves profound. This is why terror is the passion of revelation.

Thinking it's all an illusion might just be the illusion, eh? I've read too much Baudrillard recently to comment any further without my head caving into oblivion. <!-- s:? --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_confused.gif" alt=":?" title="Confused" /><!-- s:? --> view post


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