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QotD: The Last Movie(s) I Saw

What's the last movie you saw in the theater? Rented?

Theater: District 9 — A wholly original sci-fi film that explores many complex issues and doesn't shy away from pointing a finger at us…humans.

Rented: Some piece of shit Steven Seagal film that my buddy just had to rent because of some random urge to watch the worst movies of all time.

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Christmas Song You Won’t Hear In Church

I know it’s not Christmas yet but here’s an awesome song by Dave concerning a good man. Soft and beautiful.

She was his girl; he was her boyfriend
She be his wife; make him her husband
A surprise on the way, any day, any day
One healthy little giggling dribbling baby boy
The wise men came three made their way
To shower him with love
While he lay in the hay
Shower him with love love love
Love love love
Love love is all around

Not very much of his childhood was known
Kept his mother Mary worried
Always out on his own
He met another Mary who for a reasonable fee, less than
Reputable was known to be
His heart was full of love love love
Love love love
Love love is all around

When Jesus Christ was nailed to the his tree
Said “oh, Daddy-o I can see how it all soon will be
I came to shed a little light on this darkening scene
Instead I fear I spilled the blood of my children all around”
The blood of our children all around
The blood of our children all around
The blood of our children all around

So I’m told, so the story goes
The people he knew were
Less than golden hearted
Gamblers and robbers
Drinkers and jokers, all soul searchers
Like you and me

Rumors insisted he soon would be
For his deviations
Taken into custody by the authorities
Less informed than he.
Drinkers and jokers. all soul searchers
Searching for love love love
Love love love
Love love is all around

Preparations were made
For his celebration day
He said “eat this bread and think of it as me
Drink this wine and dream it will be
The blood of our children all around
The blood of our children all around
The blood of our children all around”

Father up above, why in all this anger have you fill
Me up with love
Fill me love love love
Love love love
Love love
And the blood of our children all around

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Awesome Vid

08/13/2009 2 comments

In case you haven’t seen it already, here’s a video that has recently been flourishing on the internet. It’s a fake but still awesome.

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QotD: After Death, Then What?

What do you think happens to you after you die?

I’ll be honest. I’m an outright materialist. So it should come as no surprise that I don’t think humans are constituted by an immaterial soul. But I’m not saying quite enough at this point to distinguish myself from other non-materialist positions because there are Christians who are also materialists with regards to human persons and yet nonetheless metaphysical non-materialists. Such Christians do not believe in an immaterial soul but they do think there is an afterlife, a material afterlife in which we have the same body (or a copy of the same body) as the one we do now. It’s a rather unorthodox position (in theological circles…although it is becoming more and more common among academics) and a position with many difficulties, one of those being the problem of identity, which I will not get into. Needless to say, materialist Christians (and theists in general) think there is an afterlife because there is a God who can make this happen. Being a wholesale materialist, this is where we part ways. Without God or any such supernatural force, the only plausible answer to this question would seem to be one that does not include an afterlife. We seize to exist once our material properties stop functioning in the proper way.

Bertrand Russell once summed it up this way:

But in the present state of psychology and physiology, belief in immortality can, at any rate, claim no support from science, and such arguments as are possible on the subject point to the probable extinction of personality at death.

In other words, both empirical and a priori considerations do not seem to be in its favor. For an incredibly enjoyable, enlightening, and very short introduction to this subject, check out philosopher John Perry’s A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality.


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