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  • Commented on The cult of justice
    >I don't agree about your distinction between religions >and witchcraft: holy books are not necessary for >religions. That's a matter of definition. I'm using the definitions from "Religion Explained" because it's the best model I've come across explaining why people...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    >believe Jews to be the chosen people of their God, yet >they themselves are in no hurry to convert to Judaism... FYI, Rob Bell is an Evangelical Christian with a sensible view on this specific issue. He believes he is...
  • Commented on PSA: Why there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy
    Google Books helped me find "the Wager". The relevant John Barnes is the science fiction writer, and the Wager is mentioned in his "In the Hall of the Martian King", among others....
  • Commented on PSA: Why there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy
    >And I'm wondering if I can get John Barnes' the Wager >declared a religion. Sort of a modern Confucianism for >assholes... The important question here is if they have some tangible representation that can be put on the lawn of...
  • Commented on PSA: Why there won't be a third book in the Halting State trilogy
    In other news regarding reality being more bizarre than fiction, Satanists have proposed an interactive display for children on the lawn of the Oklahoma State Capitol and I scored worse than chance on this Real news vs The Onion quiz....
  • Commented on The cult of justice
    There's case law and statutory law. I think we agree that statutory laws aren't narratives. Do we agree that case law consists of narratives? Then there's the distinction between religion (which has holy books) and witchcraft (which does not). See...
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    Some people who read "Childhood's End" take it at face value and assume that the truth is what the devil-shaped Overlords want people to believe. That is, the employer of the Overlords is benign. However, the evidence given to the...
  • Commented on The revolution will not be hand-stitched
    >IIRC an economist whose name I've blanked on noted that >if you start looking at un-developed world peasant >systems and developing/developed world intra-family >transactions it turns out that something like 75% of all >economic exchanges of value occur in non-fiscal...
  • Commented on (Flash fiction) A message from the Laundry public relations office
    Of course the Queen is not a reptoid. According to Neil Gaiman's historical document Study in Emerald, she's an immortal alien tentacle monster....
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    I assume the poppy sales happen in the UK, and I have no clue what you're talking about because I'm in the US. Searching Google Images for "four children poppy" and the like doesn't lead anywhere useful. Can anyone post...
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