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Philip Tottenham
Posted over 1 year ago
Is God energy?
Famous answer to Exam Q, Is Hell endothermic or exothermic? "First, We postulate that if souls exist, then they must have some mass. If they do, then a mole of souls can also have a mass. So, at what rate are souls moving into hell and at what rate are souls leaving? I think we can safely assume that once a soul gets to hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for souls entering hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, then you will go to hell. Since there are more than one of these religions and people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all people and souls go to hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change in volume in hell. Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in hell to stay the same, the ratio of the mass of souls and volume needs to stay constant. Two options exist: If hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter hell, then the temperature and pressure in hell will increase until all hell breaks loose. If hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until hell freezes over. So which is it? If we accept the quote given to me by Theresa Manyan during Freshman year, "that it will be a cold night in hell before I sleep with you" and take into account the fact that I still have NOT succeeded in having sexual relations with her, then Option 2 cannot be true...Thus, hell is exothermic."
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Philip Tottenham
Posted over 1 year ago
Why are we here?
I respect what you're saying, but am philosophically opposed to purism and perceived rigour, I think it silences objection in the wrong way. But many thanks for the reference - is that from the Crito? Swift also wilfully misquoted - whatever he actually said is in a letter to Alexander Pope, and sounds a bit less like Groucho Marx.
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Philip Tottenham
Posted over 1 year ago
Why are we here?
That is the question - why are You here? Regarding religion and science - people talk a lot of rubbish, and nobody knows anything, though they suspect everything. Even the famous boast of Socrates, that at least he knew he knew nothing, is entirely rhetorical and disingenuous. Whatever brought about your being can bear its own crosses. What are you doing here? Finessing your clever enquiring and not least provocative mind? Or passing the time? Religion and religious talk make my blood boil. That's why I am here. Because it fraught with half-knowledge, double-speak and passive aggression, not unlike Science and Scientistic talk. And anyway, what's with this misty-eyed "we" business? I'm with Jonathan Swift on this one - "I am everywhere for the individual. For example, I hate lawyers, but love my solicitor" Why are we here? Well, we are here, like travellers caught in a holding area. Now what? The world, or at least the holding area, is your oyster. Traditionally travellers in such a predicament tell each other stories. Have you heard the one about the three wise men? Topical, and seasonal.
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Philip Tottenham
Posted over 1 year ago
Is God energy?
Hi Toby - nice question. just words: God - Ill-defined, changing in definition throughout the Bible and history: for Isreal, a way of keeping his people together, for Moses, a moral authority to allude to, for Jesus of Nazareth, something to re-invent in the light of these two, coming up with love as the very plausible answer. Energy- Again, just a word, subject to various uses - in the history of science, something indestructable and related to matter. In the history of human relations, inspiration, maybe self confidence. However, the move to try and describe reality hit a wall when (some, intelligent) people realised they were not describing phenomena, but regularities in phenomena - around which there are significant margins. The rules for these descriptions (ie - calling "this" a photon and "that" a miracle) are for this reason essentiallly provisional, and the devising of these rules cannot - on the fringes of knowledge, where meaningful science and religion take place - be taken for granted. Regarding your beliefs - Jesus of Nazareth says, "Do as I do". Well, he goes around saying, I am the Way, which relates to what our Taoist friend below is saying - but we must avoid the evils of purism, mystification and identity, and constantly refer to the touchstone of our experience. Jof N also says, "I have spoken to you in the language of metaphor, but soon you will see that you are in me and the father is in me and I am in you". Added to which, Erasmus got in trouble with the Church for pointing out that St. John's Gospel embarks with the words, "In the beginning was the conversation, and the conversation was with God and the conversation was God," - which makes any attempt to decipher "in the beginning was the Word etc. etc." highly entertaining. We become who we are by engaging with each other, and we carry these engagements - as "energy", if you like - with us. In this sense, God, as spirit, love, etc. - is Energy. But don't miss the humorous aspects.