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  • hardie karges 11:08 am on February 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Linguistics 101: the Uncertainty Principle 

    EMPATHY: the feeling you get knowing that you’re basking in the Arizona sun at temps of 72f/22c while the rest of the country is still digging out from the latest snow…

    GUILT: the feeling you get knowing that you’re basking in the Arizona sun at temps of 72f/22c while the rest of the country is still digging out from the latest snow…

    SCHADENFRAUDE: the feeling you get knowing that you’re basking in the Arizona sun at temps of 72f/22c while the rest of the country is still digging out from the latest snow…

  • hardie karges 5:46 pm on February 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: calculus, , Go game, kidney stones, , math   

    Renal Calculus and Differential Equations: DNAANDDNA of Language 

    I don’t know why kidney stones make me think of math any more than I know why the word ‘calculus’ is named for pebbles, BUT: I think the two are connected.  I think all language is connected if you go back far enough, only question is whether it was assembled from the ground up or whether it came down from priests and scholars up above (on the pyramid).  I’m going to suggest that basic naming words may have been created and shared amongst the peasant populace first, but the priests and scholars likely did all the rest.

    Still, this is no mean feat.  I mean, it’s not like we make up new words every day.  We don’t.  We adapt what’s already there.  Just look what ultimately derived from that proto-word for ‘pebble’ as probably first enunciated somewhere on the Anatolian peninsula or nearby Eurasian steppes, something that probably sounded a lot like ‘cal’ (Spanish for ‘limestone’ btw) or maybe ‘kalk’: calcium, calculate, chalk, calculus, caulk, calendar (maybe) and… the list goes on.

    If my theory is correct, I wonder how many naming words existed before the priests and scholars got wise (pun) to it? It is known that ‘core vocabulary’ consisted of body parts (makes sense, just throw in some onomatopoeia) AND (drum roll here)… small numbers. Thus the act of counting (or calculating, if you will), using pebbles, no doubt, is intrinsic to language.  Cool.

    So sentences are equations, so to speak.  That means grammar. Yuk.  There is no shortcut.  There is no way to ‘Learn Any Language in Three Weeks’.  That’s BS.  That’s marketing.  Throw that book away.  Throw that program away.  Save your money.  They’re laughing at you on the way to the bank.  If you want to crack the code, then crack the book.  There are different study methods, sure, and handy ways to ‘hack’ any language.  Try them all, then crack the book.  There are no freebies in life, except life itself… now let’s play ‘Go’.  Chinese chess.  Weiqi.  Japanese, maybe?

  • hardie karges 10:20 am on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Vaccinated by Religion, Innoculated by Love… 

    vaccination : Nurse holding syringe isolated on white backgroundAtheists are lucky. They get all the benefits of religion with none of the sacrifice: no long dark nights of the soul, no wrestling with questions of good and evil, or right and wrong, no giving to unnamed charities and the nameless homeless simply because ‘there, but for the grace of God, go I.’ No God = no grace; or not much, anyway. True, some secular humanists have adapted the same play-list without the figure-head, but still: more later on that….

    Many an atheist will proudly proclaim the stupidity, ignorance or ‘religulousness’ of religion, while preparing to fly 3000 miles to go hear some half-assed R&R band play some half-assed three-chord comfort-food ‘classic rock’ as perpetrated by some sketchy characters of questionable habits and likely moral turpitude, simply because forty years ago, all that felt good: ‘the Cuervo Gold, the fine Colombian’, etc; yeah, right. Life is more than sensation, I reckon, thank God… 🙂

    Vaccinations have been big news lately, and with the latest deadly measles outbreaks, the concept is worth analyzing. The deal is: as long as ninety percent or so of the populace is vaccinated, then everyone is vaccinated, by default. This is not just idle theory or abstract speculation, but can and has been proven many times over graphically and mathematically and in society itself. (More …)

    • Kc 2:15 pm on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      lou reed said music was his religion. yes, babs and her church family prayed for me at a time i was scheduled to have a tetrotoma cyst removed from left ovary. when i went in for the surgery, the cyst cd not be seen. those type (tet) have hair and teeth and such in them so yeah, you cd say i have some religion, it may be believing that other people have religion and i latch on. still believe nothing from nothing leaves nothing, hence, once you’re gone you’re gone. as for now i will continue to register voters.

      you tube lou reed’s entire album, MAGIC AND LOSS, if you can and if you do, plz let me know what you think. bye for now.

    • hardie karges 11:33 am on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      good album… ever heard the Daniel Lanois song ‘the Maker’ or his first album ‘Acadie’, out about the same time as ‘Magic and Loss”? Check it out…

  • hardie karges 8:14 am on February 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Origins of Religion, Symbolism and Happyness in Magic, Meatloaf, and Sex 

    Image result for ekekoLaugh at me if you will, but I swear that one of my earliest memories of life on this planet go straight back to the womb, via a series of vivid abstract childhood dreams characterized by light penetrating dark that I can explain no other way. Fast forward a bit and that same dreamy child is wowing the crowds (i.e. mother and father) with his cuteness when asked what he learned in Sunday school that week. As always the answer was the same: “magic.” Cue laughter.

    They didn’t laugh so hard at my answer when others asked what’s for Sunday dinner: “meatloaf.” Hey, I was just being honest. Don’t shoot the messenger. But you’d need axes to cut stares when I laid down the word ‘sex’ at the weekly Scrabble game with my father, though I quickly added (with a sh*t-eating grin), “that’s a word, right?” Fast forward to the present and I’m still being honest, though I less often play for laughs (still get a few, though) and fewer and fewer people think I’m cute… but that’s okay. I’m not trying to win any popularity contests anyway (don’t forget to press that ‘like’ button BTW). (More …)

  • hardie karges 9:09 am on February 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Religion 101: the Great Atheistic Conceit 

    It’s easy to be an atheist in these modern times of high-tech and low intellect, thoroughly modern atheism something of a nod to the zeitgeist every bit as much as its opposite, Islamic fundamentalism, the two something of an odd couple of misplaced ideals gone horribly wrong, carrying an argument to its logical conclusion of death and despair, even when other options are available, most of them no little bit cheerier and more uplifting…

    But this is the era of ‘likes’ and lack, spiritual lack, in the midst of the greatest abundance ever known to ours or any species. For all the inequality inherent in the distribution of wealth, the sheer quantity of it cannot be denied but by only the most jaded and unappreciative of civilization’s overweight and overindulged malcontents. This is truly the era of abundance.

    But that can change in an instant. As in the principle of ‘yin-yang’: the seeds of one are in the other. Religion can help ease the transition and make sense of the ultimate realities. Ch-ch-ch-changes will likely be most difficult for those who are today most comfortable. (More …)

    • Kc 6:07 pm on February 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      got the david bowie references. here’s a david bowie joke for you. diamonds are a girls best friend, dogs are man’s best friend, david bowie’s diamond dogs is everybody’s friend. while i am not a scientist, religion is way confusing to me so i claim atheism. this whole town is christian. been trying to register people to vote, you wd not believe the people who will not register to vote because they read the bible and god is going to take care of everything, why should they vote? yi yi yi

  • hardie karges 10:24 am on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Religion 101: The Limits of Love… or Why the West needs Buddhism—and Islam 

    We all know what it’s like to be in love: that crush—of feelings and desires and… and… suffering, yes, suffering (we’re talking about passion, remember, as in the Passion of Christ OR the passion of hot steamy nights). There’s nothing like it in the world, absolutely nothing. It will make you do the craziest things or go to the craziest lengths, all for love, or the act thereof…

    But is this something to base a religion upon? If I remember correctly (from last week or last month or last year) there were two (2) equally effective ways of dealing with love’s ‘crush’: acting on those desires directly or simply waiting for it to pass (time heals all things, remember, including random bouts of passion). It usually does. That was one of the rites of passage in ‘growing up’, after all, wasn’t it? You never really wanted to ‘die for it’, now, did you? That’s just an expression, you know…

    Passion as a basis of religion is another matter. All sufferings of Christ aside, isn’t the willingness of various fundamentalist Islamic ‘jihadis‘ to die for their religion something we Westerners generally abhor and chastise them for, accusing them of all sorts of perversions and misinterpretations of divine intent? Yet it was Jesus, only one of Islam’s many prophets, who clearly saw such actions as appropriate. Muhammad (Mohammed, Mehmed, etc.) didn’t die for anyone’s sins, after all. (More …)

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