As you can tell from my posting the other day, I am sick of Georgia’s desire to both steal elections based on apartheid policies, and complain about the social and political consequences for doing so. [stderr]
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.
Maybe that’s why I feel the way I do.
God blames individuals for the actions of their ancestors.
God blames entire groups of people for the actions of individuals.
It’s pretty easy to side-track discussions of morality and ethical systems into one of two swamps: epistemological challenges and nihilism. [Read more…]