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Embraced by the numinous

Posted by c. wagner on November 19, 2009

Yesterday, I spent a mostly enjoyable two hours watching a video called The Four Horsemen–a conversation between Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens (I could have done without Hitchens’ closing statement as it tripped off one of my phobias.). I was very surprised by some of what I heard. For four guys infamous as flaming, militant, intolerant atheists, they said a lot of things I’ve also heard from my more spiritual friends. Here’s a bit from Dan Dennett:

Yes, it’s a sad fact that people, in a sense, won’t trust their own valuing of their numinous experiences. They think it isn’t really as good as it seems, unless it’s from God, and some kind of a proof of religion. No, it’s just as wonderful as it seems. It’s just as important. It is the best moment in your life. And it’s the moment when you forget yourself and become better than you ever thought you could be in some way. And see, in all humbleness, the wonderfulness of nature. That’s it! And that’s wonderful. But, it doesn’t add anything to say, golly, that has to have been given to me by somebody even more wonderful.

He describes the same feeling of oneness, of communion with a greater whole, of transcendence that I’ve seen advanced as a benefit of believing in God. But he takes God out of the equation without devaluing the experience. A beautiful observation and point.

Of course, there were also the expected statements about the harm done be religion and belief in the paranormal. You know, the sort of stuff you expect from the Four Horsemen of Atheism. Only, they’re generally more polite than you would think. I recommended watching it.

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Some comedy bits stand the test of time.

Posted by c. wagner on November 3, 2009

This cracks me up every time. Pure comedy gold.

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I swear they learn this from each other.

Posted by c. wagner on November 2, 2009

Here’s a little video in celebration of the second cat that has adopted the girlfriend and I learning the trick of looking in the window and meowing pitifully when she wants to be fed. *sigh*

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“Lucy’s in the details.”

Posted by c. wagner on November 2, 2009

A little more Mr. Deity hilarity for your viewing pleasure. This time he consults with his science advisor (science blogger PZ Myers) about ways to improve his designs for humanity. *giggle*

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They’re just like people.

Posted by c. wagner on October 30, 2009

Still one of my favorite bits of video on the interwebs.

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Be very afraid of people like this.

Posted by c. wagner on October 29, 2009

Because I’ve been asked, I’m posting this video. This is a homeopath trying to explain the physics behind homepathy.

Most of the science blogs I follow have been running surveys about how long their readers can stand the video before they are forced to turn it off because their heads start to hurt from the stupid. I made it about a minute thirty-five before I had to take a break.

You’ve been warned.

Read a fun reaction at Respectful Insolence.

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“You’re trying to take the magic from me.”

Posted by c. wagner on October 29, 2009

Discovered this in a backwards sort of way and it made me laugh pretty hard. It’s part of a series. Don’t be surprised if a few more episodes appear here.  (And in case it isn’t clear, the grey-haired guy is God and the woman is Lucifer.)

By the way, you can see Penn of Penn and Teller react to the video and the bullet catch trick Mr. Deity is talking about on YouTube.

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Crashes can have an adverse effect on your body.

Posted by c. wagner on October 27, 2009

You know, one would think video game manufacturers would try to get all of the glitches out before putting the game on the market. Apparently, the folks behind this game didn’t do that.

The expletive-laden commentary from a couple of gamers is fairly hilarious as well.

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