LS - I haven't read either of those yet. Who are they by?
It. It's one book. Murakami, popular Japanese novelist.
Heh, could very well be I read that here... "pardons if it was already posted". I kinda look forward to that if it is done well and without a lot of product placement.
I can just see the Lion carrying a can of Pepsi, the Witch wearing Tiffany crystals, and the Wardrobe by Calvin Klein. :)
by Sam Harris
From Publishers Weekly
In this sometimes simplistic and misguided book, Harris calls for the end of religious faith in the modern world. Not only does such faith lack a rational base, he argues, but even the urge for religious toleration allows a too-easy acceptance of the
motives of religious fundamentalists. Religious faith, according to Harris, requires its adherents to cling irrationally to mythic stories of ideal paradisiacal worlds (heaven and hell) that provide alternatives to their own everyday worlds.
Moreover, innumerable acts of violence, he argues, can be attributed to a religious faith that clings uncritically to one set of dogmas or another. Very simply, religion is a form of terrorism for Harris. Predictably, he argues that a rational and
scientific viewbone that relies on the power of empirical evidence to support knowledge and understandingbshould replace religious faith. We no longer need gods to make laws for us when we can sensibly make them for ourselves. But Harris overstates
his case by misunderstanding r
<curly> I think Sam Harris should hvveave highlighted the ointpoint more thatat a major causation
is that religion is a socially acceptable frorm of insanity. rrationality. Without
a counterargueement and with encouragement irratiionality runs amamok. Naysayers are under attack by the irrational while irrational arguements and attacks are encouraged. This leads to a downward spiral.
The whisky tasting 2 months back was great. Got to hear a good lecture. Got to try 6 different types. I think I'd be willing to buy a case of "Oban", but at $65 a fifth, I think that'll be a dream purchase. The brands were: Talisker, Oban, Lagavulin, Dalwhinnie, Gragganmore, and Glenkinchie. I think I was the only person in the room who had ever made whisky. On other alky stuff, if you're ever in Gatlinburg, stop in at Smoky Mountain Brewery. Good food, great doppelbock.
nice guy, slightly geeky but overall friendly and good natured, despite looking very tired. I was more scared of the crowd than him though, serious nerd alert! :)
wow, how is it that i've gone this long without reading any Bruce Sterling to speak of?
reading Distraction. It's pretty damn cool... almost as good as early Stephenson.
Ooooh! A free online library!
Literature about beer!
The following poem is as best as I can remember it. I discovered Poe at about the same time I discovered beer. For years I read all the Poe I could find,
and this poem still pops into my head whenever I've had a few.
Lines on Ale
Lines of cream and amber mingle,
I will drain the glass again.
Such hillarious visions clamber,
'round the chamber of my brain.
Quaintest thoughts and queerest fancies,
Come to life and fade away.
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today.
I swear, these fake blogs by famous characters NEVER get old.