It’s like they say: “I’m right, the rest of the world is wrong.”
Or, as aptly said by the King of Siam:
There are times I almost think
I am not sure of what I absolutely know.
Very often find confusion
In conclusion I concluded long ago
In my head are many facts
That, as a student, I have studied to procure,
In my head are many facts..
Of which I wish I was more certain I was sure
But, seriously, folks!
When this was an agricultural country, weather was all important. It’s also a good way of starting a conversation with a stranger if one comes into your living room.
But even more seriously, it is part of the dumbing down process that seems to be inherent in making profits for the commercials which are often more interesting than the weather report.
When Lincoln and Douglas debated ,without amplification, crowds of common citizens traveled miles to hear them.
The quality of the debate was memorable. These men were orators. And the people came to hear them and understood the gravity of the issues.
I am sure that those people are genetically the same as the ones who saw the notorious Bush-Gore “debates”, where a shrug or a sigh of exasperation was really significant.
We are about to sponsor an election in Iraq, and we don’t really care how many people we kill to introduce democracy to the Middle East.
We are civilized people who have had 200 years of experience at the process of election. We accept the outcome with anger and disappointment, and go back to our jobs. The Iraqi voting populace carries a rifle or some of the missing explosives.
While we complain of the lack of discourse , they complain of a lack of water electricity and doctors.
They have religious fanatics and tribal leaders vying for the power that the over thrown regime monopolized.
As they observe the polarization in our country, what opinion must they have of the democratic policies we want then to adopt?
At this point I was forced to terminate my study because a new danger was emerging. The computer model I was utilizing predicted the development of an instability so intense between the mass of her head and the lack of mass of her body so as to create a fold in space similar to that which can occur if a black hole encounters a sub-atomic filament. If this were to occur, (and the event is imminent) every living thing within a half mile of the base of C.Rici’s’ skull will blink out of existence.
As a result of my findings, I’ve arranged for Christina to stay in the guest quarters at George W. Bush’s ranch]]>
Mark, you have not been doing your homework. The subject that bothers you has already been treated in Dr. Yarrum’s articles posted earlier. Reread the two titled “Chaos” and “Too much brain power”. There follows a comment I wrote. Our moderator buried somewhere. I now resurrect it.
Free Will Redux
Tomarken’s first “Response to a response.”
I start with an apology to Mark Nugent;
Back on 4/15/02, I posted an article on “Free Will”.
Only recently did I find that Mark had written a long thoughtful reply dated 5/23/02 .
So I am responding, responsibly.
The debate about free will is one of those puzzles that man has created to occupy his excess brain power, ( see Dr. Yarrum’s submission dated 5/31/02)
There is really no way of proving that we exercise free will.
To even start talking about it we might exclude social demands that we exercise some control over our bodily functions.
Our vital organs will function despite our free will.
The brain is also a vital organ and the assumption must be that this is the organ over which we ar able to exercise control.
The ultimate test might be that, to demonstrate his free will, some nut might commit suicide on the spot.
His opponent would counter that the dead man in front of him had eaten a pickle that disagreed with him, hence suicide.
Furthermore, over the millennia, such self destructive mutants would not have progeny, insuring the survival of the species.
I believe that it is vital to assume that we have free will, proof or no proof.
Without it, no one could be punished for criminal behavior, and society would have no one to blame for its own shortcomings.
Many religions have a problem accepting both an omniscient God and free will.
Would not an omniscient God know that Adam would eat the forbidden fruit?
The Hebrew Passover has been celebrated for thousands of years, rereading the story of their liberation from Egypt.
Each time Moses and Aaron went before Pharaoh to “let my people go”.the Haggadah reads, “and God hardened Pharaoh’s heart!”
Poor Pharaoh has gotten a bad press ever since.
Sincerely, Dr. yarrum]]>
Sorry for the delayed response. The New York Times Magazine article that I have linked from this submission is the most well documented story that I have seen on this issue and you should give that a look if you haven’t already. Other than that I am not exactly certain how to answer your questions with out some more specifics and clarification. While I studied these ‘characters’ I did so after all of the information came to the surface and since my report I have had virtually no connection with them.
Dan Beckmann, Moderator of Letters—-Thank you for interacting with tomarken.com/org]]>