Wednesday, March 14, 2007

This is a poem.Walang biro, poem nga ito:

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Appendix to Mein Kampf
How to Talk like you Know what you’re Talking about
Even when you Don’t

First, Enumerate
Enumerating makes people think several things
One, that you have more than one point
Two, that you know beforehand that you have
more than one point
Three, if you have many points, people can’t accuse you
of being pointless,
or can they?

Second, Cite Statistics
People who aren’t good at math can
be bullied into believing you through numbers
As a matter of fact, 89% (almost 90%!)
of those surveyed say
they are more likely to believe people who give percentages
Additionally, 89 is a prime number
and is the 11th term in the Fibonacci series
Isn’t that odd?
Yes, that too

Third, Quote from Impressive Sources
Like the Good Book says
“…And the Wiki shall inherit the Earth”

Fourth, Use Jargon
Make strategic use of exotic words in your talk
They will make you sound intelligence
Tessellated mendicant
Or even smart

Lastly, Make Bold Claims
This, among all the techniques,
is the best and is guaranteed to work
It will make anything you say totally believable,
help you make new friends,
and will even get rid of tooth decay

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Vote wisely!

lets try a poll

Which news source would you trust more?
Broadcast media (TV, radio)
Print media (newspaper, magazine)
New media (internet, podcast)
Friends and relatives
I don’t care about the news at all
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Why would I want a soul?

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We usually think of the soul as the essence of being human, of existence itself. It's also a comfort to think that when your body dies your soul survives and so you somehow go on in kind of disembodied ghost-like way. Then come the questions:

1) Do souls have memories?
I believe memories are stored in the brain. If it weren't, people who suffer brain damage shouldn't experience any memory loss, but they do. But the brain rots away when we die, so if there is a soul would it be able to carry our memories with it? Assuming that it could, could it also make new memories? Does the soul remember even the things we forgot? Can the soul think? For reincarnation, is memory of past lives affected by brain damage? On the other hand if it doesn't carry any of our memories with it, is the soul that leaves your body still YOU when it contains nothing about you at all?

2) Do souls have emotions?
The way psychology sees it, emotions are experienced by the body. You wouldn't feel fear if you didn't have a gut to clench and palms to get clammy. A soul has none of these and so would it be able to laugh, cry, feel anything that we usually associate with being human? If it can't would you be still YOU, the person with a sense of humor, the person who can empathize with others, or did that person die with the body?

3) Do souls know everything?
Plato says that souls know everything, or at least a lot more than we as embodied humans can possibly know. They are able to see things as they Truly are. It is assumed that in that state we would be perfectly content. But again I ask, is that enlightened being still YOU or is it such an alien state that there is absolutely no connection with the flesh-n-blood person you were, who loved and hated and tried to live on uncertainty and half-truths?

The argument I advance is this: If in the process of becoming undying soul you discard everything that makes you YOU, in short anihilating your identity, what life do you continue in the afterlife if that life is no more? It seems to me that even if we have souls the persons we are still cease to be and will never be again.

What do you think?