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Before I go to de street rapper talk dat I learned growin’ up in de streets of Brooklyn, I gotta say that we need to and gonna question everything and everyone like dey all liars. I just listened to the famous atheist Richard Dawkins and the scientist Laurence Krause discussing Krause’s book “Something From Nothing,” on youtube in Australia. Strangely, they said nothing about how you get something from nothing, meaning the universe. I like Dawkins and am willing to hear Krause:
If we wish to draw philosophical conclusions about our own existence, our significance, and the significance of the universe itself, our conclusions should be based on empirical knowledge.
A truly open mind means forcing our imaginations to conform to the evidence of reality, and not vice versa, whether or not we like the implications.”
―LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS
Dat was fine before dey decided to ignore de metaphysics of de quantum mechanics. Dawkins clings to his lifeline in de “real” universe of “Where’s de evidience.?” Quantum physics and metaphysic tells us dat de evidence is probablistic in dis universe where God plays dice. Dere ain’t no evidence Richard, and dats okay cuz whatever anyone believes may be a good throw of de dice. Dawkins and Krauss like de rest of us knew a helluva lot more before we thought dat we knew anything.
Atheism like de snake oil salesmen of de religions vanishes in de quantum foam of de infinite universe dat functions above and below de consciousness dat we got from evolution. Dere is so much bullshit wrapped up in de religions and de sciences dat you got to dine at dis smorgasbord of Secrets of Eternal Life, De Book of Everything. Dats to feed your brain and keep it young! Dere ain’t nuttin I gonna spout about and dere ain’t nobody including me and you guys and gals dat knows anything. Dats why we is the best learners dere is and we eternal youths are de world!
When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
— JOHN MUIR
No intelligent designer or feckless wise guy God could have made a sloppy, ruthless mess like us! Hurrah for the mess, quantum uncertainty and an indeterminate world! What you and I don’t know is the barest beginning of wisdom and intelligence. Whether you’re religious or not, the world is never what it seems, it’s crazier. “A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring . . .”
The creative process, like a spiritual journey, is intuitive, non-linear, and experiential. It points us toward our essential nature, which is a reflection of the boundless creativity of the universe.
–JOHN DAIDO LOORI
Drink to the universe and to the cosmic intelligence. Eternal youths, guys and gals, drink like you are in a desert filled with fabulous ideas buried in crystal clear pools deep beneath tall and windswept sand dunes. Drink like you are in an oasis with sparkling spring water. Eternal youths, dance on the dunes like a whirring flock of tall white cranes, graceful wings fluttering in the solar wind. Dance eyes and mind wide open. Knowledge and curiosity are the miraculous wines of the gods.
Watch Richard Dawkins, the famous biologist-atheist on YouTube having a debate with a Catholic scientist and minister who had been the head of the Vatican Observatory, He said he believed along with the pope in much of Darwin’s theory of evolution, and was equally certain the Jesus walked on water, turned water to wine, created miracles, and rose from the dead after the crucifixion. Maybe all of that happened. Dawkins said, “Where’s the evidence.” Dawkins is deliberately politically incorrect like the god that he says doesn’t exist. He’s like the horned devil Satan who preferred to rule in hell instead of bowing to omnipotence in heaven. To hell with any solipsistic God. Dawkins is a helluva a lot more fun.
Dat don’t mean he knows wat he is talking about! Dawkins or de devil, we gotta take it all wid de grain of salt and to hell wid de mind benders and de brainwashers. We eternal youths, gals and guys, wash our hand and feet in de springs of knowledge.
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
–RICHARD DAWKINS, The God Delusion
Dats politically incorrect and it’s a ball to read his blather even when it is overspiced with too damn much of de angry hyperbole. What did de God ever do to de Dawkins except make him famous? Sit in a pew if you want to be bored to death by de holy preaching. You ain’t goin’ to heaven and hell is for de dumb. Eternal youths, guys and gals, if you listen to dis book and strain your back and your brain, you ain’t goin’ off this green earth for a long, long time, maybe never. And, you are coming back! Faith cannot rely on de evidence alone. De belief comes from deep inside our ancient instincts and de gods of intuition. Nurttin, nuttin at all, may be right or wrong.
To be simple means to make a choice about what’s important, and let go of all the rest. When we are able to do this, our vision expands, our heads clear, and we can better see the details of our lives in all their incredible wonder and beauty.
—JOHN DAIDO LOORI
“There are more things on heaven and earth Horatio, than are dreamed of in your philosophy.” wrote Shakespeare in Hamlet. Now dats a mouthful dat can give you de headache! Shakespeare’s omniscient intuition is enough of de evidence for me and I hope for you guys and gals. Believe dere is a spiritual world (a little bit at a time) and we be a part of the crazy mysteries. The bard’s intuitive bare faced embrace of quantum mechanics, physics and metaphysics with Lao Tzu and the TAO reinforces dese ideas and dat’s de way it is.
God is not a spectator, but a fellow-sufferer, who has himself absorbed the full force of evil. In the lonely figure hanging in the darkness and dereliction of Calvary the Christian believes that he sees God opening his arms to embrace the bitterness of the strange world he has made. The God revealed in the vulnerability of the incarnation and in the vulnerability of creation are one.
He is the crucified God, whose paradoxical power is perfected in weakness, whose self-chosen symbol is the King reigning from the gallows.
Dat’s okay John, you are hanging from de cross like slick snake oil salesman. A Catholic scientist arguing with Dawkins said he was certain dat the living god was a person who spent time helping him the scientist to understand and that He had made de universe. Maybe too much time! He could have done a better job here and on de rest of the earth. But what the hell do I know?
Polkinghorne is de renowned quantum physicist who put on a white collar and got well paid for it, a million or so of green stuff from a Catholic organization. Dat ain’t hay and dat’s de payoff. I like his chutzpah and laugh at his godly antics. A brilliant monkey is still a monkey. Darwin proved de descent from the trees, but not everybuddy came down. No insult intended John.
De galactic light show is fine! How many diamond necklaces of stars does it take for God or an intelligent designer to make de galaxy filled universe John? I’ll hang around for de next few acts or forever. We gotta love, chortle and laugh at many of the weird scenes He made here on de green earth anyway. Learn de scriptures, learn de atheist’s way, learn Einstein’s losing battles against his own discovery of de quanta and quantum physics and metaphysic. Enjoy de rich atheist, de clever iconoclast Dawkins, Polkinghorne and de rest, learn it all, de entire Internet! Try it! Good, you lazy bums, for keeping your damn plastic brains young. You is my gang and you is de best!
The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain, by fear, nor to exact obedience, but contrariwise, to free every man from fear, that he may live in all possible security; in other words, to strengthen his natural right to exist and work without injury to himself or others.
— BARUCH SPINOZA