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Lewis Black: The Flintstones is not a documentary.

A slightly longer version of the clip that used to be here. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGrlWOhtj3g

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Comment by Grinning Cat on January 30, 2015 at 9:43pm

Patricia, I guess praying for more toilet paper doesn't work!

And thanks for the concise flowchart showing how praying to one's deity of choice is exactly as effective as praying to a jug of milk. [Unless taking part in the ritual helps the person go and be open to opportunities, and do things that actually help!] That argument was stated powerfully in GodIsImaginary.com.

The Best Optical Illusion in the World:

Comment by sk8eycat on January 30, 2015 at 8:03pm

Patricia, thanks for all the laughs! 

Srsly...I need them right now.  Just found out that Colleen McCullough died this week.  I hated most of her books except her "Masters of Rome" series.  THOSE books are amazing!  Damn.  So many of my favorite authors have died in the last 10 -15 years!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 30, 2015 at 8:00pm

The Tap-An-Apple performances are open to the public....at least I think they still are.  I took a tour of Temple Square the first time HOI played the Utah State Fair, and the Tap-An-Apple was part of the tour.  So, if you're ever in SLC and have an hour or two to kill...ask...

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Comment by Idaho Spud on January 30, 2015 at 5:24pm

Good one Rocky.  

Felaine, I'd like to hear that enormous tapanapple organ, if they had a secular performance.  I love those low notes, like the opening note of "Thus Spake Zarathurstra"

That reminds me.  I used to calibrate the instruments for measuring the performance of jet engines in a large bunker.  When the engines were running, I could feel my chest vibrating dramatically, and wondered how much of that a person could take before damage was done.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 30, 2015 at 12:55pm

There is also the sub-sonic factor in some churches...and the Moron Tap-an-Apple in Salt Lake City.. ENORMOUS organ!  (Did I just make a pun?) 

Musical notes, and other sounds that are too low for our ears to hear, but our bodies feel them.  They can produce all kinds of mostly distressing emotions...such as fear or awe.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 30, 2015 at 12:08pm

Thanks, Rocky, that's a keeper!

Joseph, I can see how churches are designed to evoke awe and mystery, with the subdued stained-glass light, and a clear sense of "this is not part of the everyday world."

Fortunately for music lovers, pipe organs -- the original synthesizers, past centuries' high tech -- are also available in some concert halls, and a few preserved or rebuilt movie theaters from the silent film era. You can surround yourself with those amazing vibrations in a completely secular environment! (A few churches also offer concerts without religious services.)

And the guys in drag are probably having more fun than the priests in vestments!

BTW, Dr. Stephen Uhl, former Catholic priest turned atheist and psychologist, wrote that he gets much more satisfaction helping people actually overcome addictions and other problems than he ever did absolving sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. He also attributed the sometimes "success" of prayer to the repetitiveness of much religious ritual inducing a sort of self-hypnosis, helping people make changes they didn't consciously think they could do. (Catholics don't say just one Hail Mary, for instance!) His book, in print or audio, has multiple titles, including Imagine No Superstition and No Gods, No Guilt.

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Comment by Bizu on January 30, 2015 at 7:54am

Guess i was lucky my grandmother had a "screw it" kind of attitude toward anything religious

 

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