Heteromeles

Heteromeles

  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I keep thinking about how much of the Alt-Right is built up on pyramid schemes, and I wonder... My mantra is, "for every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong," and I suspect that will...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Not quite, I'm just not sure that was the best Japanese mythological concept to link to, given what the Japanese soldiers were doing to each other in, say, the PNG theater near the end of the war (since you already...
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    You're babbling, but I will point out the odd contradiction in Shinto, the idea that nature can be defiled by death. Weird, isn't it, that on a world that recycles everything, and stuck living beings with the inevitability of change...
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    You forgot the umlauts, dude. Way....
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    I think, to paraphrase GK Chesterton, compassionate religions have not been tried and found wanting, they have been found difficult and not tried. Also, I'm not going to argue that the Buddhists are necessarily correct. After all, if all sentient...
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    I think you might be missing the point slightly. Buddhism seems to be more about compassion than complacency. The idea is to not avoid the bad, not to accept it. This means, with torture and oppression, not turning a blind...
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    Again, (AFAIK) the point of the Bodhisattva vow isn't to make Mahayana Buddhism better than Theraveda (although there certainly is that interpretation in some Mahayana schools). Rather, it gets at the fundamental Buddhist process of eliminating personal aversion to things...
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    When in doubt, drop a black hole into the Earth. Then you either have Brin's Gaia or Dan Simon's Hyperion to deal with, and either way you're golden. Or you can bring six gems together and kill off half the...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Perhaps, but Nobunaga bore the brunt of the Ikko Ikki sieges. I suspect, based only on Japanese history, that when and if the Christians started acting like the Ikko Ikki, he would have turned on them too. Actually, if you...
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    You're right about the genocide, so far as I know. However, I don't know that much of the history of the eastern Himalayas, which is where the remnants of any genocide were likely to have ended up. And we do...
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    Sorry Charlie, it's a bit more complicated than the "we'll come back again, who cares?" argument. That's more typical of the old Celts and the Druze, IIRC. To my knowledge, Buddhism has at least three defenses for killing. Note that...
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    I do like the 11 regions idea. However... If you look more closely at California and its history (which I don't think Woodward did), you'll find that the far west isn't the way he described it. For example, San Diego...
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    See I don't mind this so much with Buddhism, mostly because it has a self-consciously tongue-in-cheek "Texas sharpshooter" approach to causality (if it happened, it was meant and perhaps is part of Dog's plan). There are definitely variants of Christianity...
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    There's the "weird stuff happens" part of magic, that's at the heart of magic, and people have tried to make weird stuff happen on cue pretty much since forever. Since weird stuff is less trainable than a rock, every intellectual...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    The Second Great Awakening wasn't just in the south. As I noted above, it was quite prevalent in the northeast, too. Indeed, western New York was known as the "burned over district," in (hyperbolic) reference to how many times it...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    According to the artwork, there were a lot of different helmets kicking around the Mediterranean at the end of the Bronze Age (see these examples). Thing is, we're still stuck with the Viking horned helmet problem, which was that the...
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    Yeah, I think the arguments about Knossos being a mortuary for Egypt hinged on the idea that the materials it was made out of were too soft and too undamaged for it to have actually been used. That one set...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    "As for the Minoans, do you think any functioning matriarchal society would value symbolically sexualizing the bodies of young women and men to that degree? Those murals were commercial memes aimed at foreign sailors far from home." Oh, really? Do...
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    @Hetero.You're showing your age. Please supply at least three (3) matriarchal societies in your analysis. Here's a hint: Siberia, Minoan (pre-split and then round-echo-chambers etc) or Native American or even Polynesian. Pfui. Try matristic rather than matriarchal, which (AFAIK) currently...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Well, one could argue that civilization is all about meme propagation for the purpose of continuing whatever system the memes are part of. Memes can be spread for utilitarian and pragmatic purposes of getting everyone to speak a common language,...
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    Getting back to the original what-if though, let's deconstruct that: Assume that magic works, and that the right spell can summon [horrible demon]. Why is it that the world's still around? It's a great horror trope, but it also suggests...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    Pennsylvania and the Quakers, perhaps? One thing I'd argue is that, while yes, America was founded by people leaving the Church of England territory for religious freedom (Quakers, Puritans), plus a bunch of slave owners (from Virginia to Georgia), plus...
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    This gets into the murky area of self-defense. I realize this is innately controversial, as people who are okay with abortion do not see a early term fetus as human, while people who are not okay with abortion do not...
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    Jinx (#13)...
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    Nice that this stuff is available online. I mean, James is pretty far back in the New Testament, but if anyone wants to be a real Christian, they've got to do more than read the first page and last chapter...
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    Yeah: imperialist archaeology, variation #1. Also: Snow Crash The sad part is it's unlikely that Iraqi archaeologists will get the stuff repatriated. On a more promising note, so long as the collection stays together, it might find a better home...
  • Commented on On hold
    I've never been (and probably never will go to) a Rainbow Gathering, but they're not deadheads, they've been around since around 1972, and they started as an interesting mix of countercultural hippies (the peace and love crowd) and vietnam vets,...
  • Commented on On hold
    So I don't see much alternative, forced secularization doesn't work any better than religion did in the first place. The problems aren't at the individual level but the answer is, people just have to gradually wean themselves off of religion...
  • Commented on On hold
    That's the problem, isn't it? If a country like China works to wean people of the Opiate of the Masses, how's that different than a Church that suppresses all heresy? They're both working for a better future: one the worker's...
  • Commented on On hold
    Ah yes, religion: My favorite definition is still "religion is whatever you do religiously," so for a bunch of people religion includes things like drinking beer at the pub and/or jogging. If you want a *really interesting* look at a...
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