Your web page has been a treasure trove for me! I am a big fan of the late author Richard Wright and after reading your comments on "Pagan Spain" it spurred me to reread it and I have a more nuanced understanding of the book. I loved the quote you cite by him about having no religion,race,tradition and having any country one is obliged to belong to,possesing only freedom
and moving forward into the future, wow! His understandings are still spot on. I've placed that quote on my bulletin board so I can read it everyday. I also enjoyed your review of the film "Bulworth" if this film was well intentions, it totally missed the mark, I still cringe when I think of the Hallie Berry remark to the Warren Beatty character. I looking forward to more of your treads.
Ralph, I have referred to the article by Harvey that you found in a discussion which I have started in the Philosophy folder in the main forum entitled "Is it more rational to be an atheist than a Christian?". I though that certain issues raised in the article may be of interest to atheists in general. - D
Cārvāka is a system of Indian philosophy that assumes various forms of philosophical skepticism and religious indifference. It is also known as Lokāyata. It is named after its founder, Cārvāka, author of the Bārhaspatya-sūtras.
In overviews of Indian philosophy, Cārvāka is classified as a "heterodox" (nāstika) system, the same classification as is given to Buddhism and Jainism. It is characterized as a materialistic and atheistic school of thought. While this branch of Indian philosophy is not considered to be part of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy, it is noteworthy as evidence of a materialistic movement within Hinduism.
Thanks for joining in the "conversations" group. This topic touches most people, whether they know it or not. Sometimes we don't talk about it because we don't have the right language, or because it's too heated of a topic, or because we already think that we know it all.
Im not sure that I always have the right language, and the fact that it's a heated topic probably shows its importance. I know that I don't know it all.
Thanks again, will look forward to your input, experiences, thoughts. I hope that we can get a good critical mass of people involved, and we'll continue learning together.
Hi. I don´t have the best english so forgive my faults. Here in Brazil we have a lot going on. Our people suffer under the chains of neopentecostalism(?) and prejudice. Prejudice not because of the color of skin but the color of the ideas. See that: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/4968239/Brazils-president-attacks-Vatican-for-condemning-nine-year-old-rape-victims-abortion.html. Sad. 2009 and counting... bye see you soon!
Thanks Ralph. I would surely subscribe to Africa related groups though I have been hoping to seek out Zambian atheists and agnostics. I know there quite a good number around but we are so isolated that each one thinks s/he is the only one. Having your like in close proximity makes it easier to get easier exchange on local issues. Most of the times topics are so western oriented you find it irrelevant to participate. Good day
Thanks for asking about the availability of an Ernie Kovacs DVD--it made me look it up on Amazon, and now I've got to put it on my wish list.
Kovacs had a show with an audience in the early days of his career. (I was in the audience once, too, when I was about 4; I don't remember much about it.) His later, more brilliant stuff, was just him and his crew and the camera.
Posterity owes a huge debt to his widow, Edie Adams, who went deep into debt herself to preserve his work. So much of early TV was just bulked for the silver content of the film or, worse, simply to make room in the networks' warehouses. Edie kept Ernie's stuff alive because she believed in him.
Kovacs' stuff may look primitive and slow to the modern eye. Just remember, he was doing this 50-60 years ago, before computers and special effects. Everything had to be done physically. His genius was in seeing what could be done in ways no one else ever thought of before.
Kovacs appeared in about a dozen movies, too (probably the best was Bell, Book and Candle), but he wasn't spectacular. Movies weren't his medium because he didn't have control. TV was where he shone. (BTW, he also contributed some material in the early comic book days of Mad Magazine.)
Kovacs broke the ground for everyone working in the business today--and he had to build the tools from scratch to do what today's people can do with the touch of a button. He took people's breath away. And to think...at the time of his death, he was making a pilot for a series starring Buster Keaton. Two of the most original comedic geniuses of all time together. The mind boggles!
There is a video of the Pope's 'exorcism' caught on film. The man isn't demon possessed, there are likely no 'real' demons. He's just delusional and doesn't want to accept personal responsiblity for his own behavior for his own dysfunctional life.
There is an ad that reads ' Do you support 'traditional' marriage? Vote Now"! .
No, I don't support 'traditional' marriage because there is no such thing. I support heterosexual and same-sex couples marry each other legally , yes. 'Traditional' marriage promoters largely do not believe that heterosexual women are co-equal to their husbands. Their only purpose in 'traditional' marriage is to sexually satisfy their husbands if they can and raise children and do all…
i've got no problem with everyone saying "merry christmas" on christmas day. however, they've turned it into an entire holiday season where it lasts a month or more. in those situations it should be perfectly acceptable to say "happy holidays" or call it a…
I posted the bulk of this on another thread, but wanted to add some context separately.
I finally confronted my faith and embraced the fact of my atheism late last August, 2012. Days after I revealed my "epiphany" to a few friends who knew me from another message board, my sister died from Lou Gehrig's Disease (which pissed her off because she hated catching a disease from someone she never f---ed).
THAT was my sister, understand? She was a beautiful, life-loving, potty-mouthed…