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Quotation Of The Day

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Mark Twain's War Prayer.

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Andrew Apr 13. 9 Replies

The Last American

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Andrew Apr 8. 4 Replies

Dan Rather on "Alternative Facts"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by eric stone Mar 6. 37 Replies

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 18, 2017 at 12:04pm

Loren, that Hitchens comment is important. The RCC is miraculously adept at skating on its barbarous history as it hypocritically lays claim to being the true source of morality.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 18, 2017 at 7:52am
An interesting corollary to Dunning-Kruger: atheists who kick religion easily say others with fewer smarts or prospects should kick it.
Comment by Loren Miller on May 18, 2017 at 6:33am

Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace. But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse.
― Christopher Hitchens

It has been observed many times that religion is benign and tolerant and interested in minority rights when it itself is in the minority, without power or influence.  Once in the majority and empowered to act, minority rights and in particular the right to free speech and dissent go out the window.  Islam is an especial offender in this regard, and all you have to do is look at Saudi Arabia or Pakistan for examples.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 18, 2017 at 6:27am

I have liked that Asimov quote for a long time, Gary.  It is representative of the Dunning-Kruger effect, which may be a greater problem in the here and now than it has ever been before.

Comment by tom sarbeck on May 17, 2017 at 11:38pm
"Traits that are common among psychopathic serial killers--a grandiose sense of self worth, persuasiveness, superficial charm, ruthlessness, lack of remorse, and the manipulation of others--are also shared by politicians and world leaders."

-- Jim Kouri, vice president of the U.S. National Association of Chiefs of Police, in The Wisdom of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton, fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy.

Can it be? It can be.
Comment by Gary S on May 17, 2017 at 9:18pm

Those quotes also made me think of this one from Asimov:

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 17, 2017 at 12:42pm

Nice, Joan. One of The Hitch's close drinking pals had this to say:

A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

--Salman Rushdie

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 17, 2017 at 12:31pm

Bertold, it seems the artists, painter, writer, poet, comedian, musician, can touch people's consciousness in ways that reasoning  cannot.

“there is an old quarrel between philosophy and poetry”

~ Plato, Republic, 607b5–6).

"Reason is the enumeration of qualities already known; imagination is the perception of the value of those qualities, both separately and as a whole. Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things. Reason is to imagination as the instrument to the agent, as the body to the spirit, as the shadow to the substance."

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Defence of Poetry, English Essays: Sidney to Macaulay. The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 17, 2017 at 5:57am

An important pair, from where I sit:

I don't accept the currently fashionable assertion that any view is automatically as worthy of respect as any equal and opposite view.
-- Scott Adams

I've searched my conscience, and I can't for the life of me find any justification for this, and I simply cannot accept that there are on every story two equal and logical sides to an argument.
-- Edward R. Murrow

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 16, 2017 at 7:29pm

Joan-- Here's the actual song. Misty is a genius and his album is a dark wonder.

 

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