This recent bit of news had me asking myself some rather strange questions, once I accepted (arguendo) one of the hidden premises, namely ensoulment.
In a flanking maneuver, let’s attack St Nicholas. A friend of mine sent me this gem:
[Content Warning: death, sexual abuse, suicide]
A young fellow I knew recently ended his life. We had discussed it before, and he was often miserable, saw no point in being alive, didn’t enjoy it, and as he said “never asked for it.”
First: a cloud of disclaimers and protective exposition. A lot of this is going to be my opinion, and it probably disagrees with many practitioners’. Take that into account. Also, please remember that I am deeply skeptical about a lot of popular psychology, and attempts to explain hypnosis often lean heavily, perforce, on nebulous pop psychology concepts such as “peer pressure.” For the sake of keeping this readable and tolerable I am not going to fill my writing with skeptical bafflegab about pop psychology bafflegab, other than to note here that hypnosis is full of bafflegab. In other words, I’m asking you to be prepared, if you challenge me in the comments, “that sounds like bullshit!” for me to reply “yup, but it’s not my bullshit.”
If you expect someone to trade “quid pro quo” (this for that) you can’t randomly renege on the deal.
God Does Not Comprehend Forgiveness.
The topic of who god forgives, and for what, and why, is central to christian belief. If you discuss the topic of forgiveness with a christian, they may make an opening move along the lines of declaring that god is infinitely merciful and forgiving – and then, strangely, they stop there. Forgiving whom, for what, and why? [Read more…]
Being an anti-scientific chucklefuck kills people.