Wednesday, January 26, 2005
I love 17th century philospephy.
But yeah, this cartoon was in the Daily Lobo today. It depicts I don't know maybe 25 years or so in the future, or whenever...
Ok, I had a sucky time trying to actually post the cartoon in my blog text, so here is the link (in the comment section) until I can get someone to put the pic up for me.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Tao Te Ching: Chapter 4
Anyways, here is Chapter four. Oh, and not that anyone cares, well maybe, but I can't find the copy I was using so I am using a different one...this one is translated by Ralph Alan Dale and will probably be the one I will use from here on out. It's a beautiful copy with nice "zen" pictures and commentary on each chapter.
Chapter 4: The Great Integrity
The Great Integrity is an endless abyss,
Yet, it is the inexhaustible fertile
source of the universe.
It blunts all sharpness,
unites the entangled,
and merges with the dust!
Hidden but ever present--
this parent of the gods--
whose child may it be?
Monday, January 24, 2005
Disaster stirs debate on God
Disaster stirs debate on God
By Rachel Stohr
Published: Monday, January 24, 2005
Nearly four weeks after much of southeast Asia was devastated by the Dec. 26 tsunami, UNM's Humanist Society is asking, "Where was God?"
Members of the secular group presented a series of prepared discussions to less than a dozen students in the SUB on Friday.
Fliers promoting the event drew criticism, vice president Kelly Cowan said.
"The title 'Where was God?' is a response to The New York Times piece by conservative columnist William Sapphire," he said.
Sapphire's Jan. 10 column referenced a similar natural disaster in the 18th century in Lisbon, during which more than 100,000 people died. According to the column, Voltaire's Candide savagely satirized optimists who still found comfort and hope in God.
Cowan said Sapphire was unfair in his criticism of Voltaire's novel.
"He's unable to distinguish between his job as a journalist and that of a preacher," he said.
Cowan said Sapphire and right-wingers like him are often blinded by their faith."
They think they can explain these things by saying, 'It's all for the best,'" Cowan said.Former Humanist Society president Ron Herman said he founded the group a year ago as a reaction to the open manner in which President Bush discusses his faith.
"There are about 10 active members, but we have a mailing list that includes 60 people," he said.Herman said he aims to recruit more students willing to speak out for minority rights as humanists. There are more of them than one might think, Herman said.
"If you're a skeptic and a freethinker, if you question authority and tradition, you're likely a humanist too," he said.
Cowan said he knows of numerous attempts by Christian leaders to justify natural disasters, such as tsunamis and earthquakes, by blaming victims and labeling them sinners. They rationalize such events so they don't have to face reality, he said.
Sophomore Abby Hernandez disagreed.
"They're trying to say that if you have faith, you're narrow-minded," she said. "I have respect for their right not to believe in God, but that doesn't mean they're free to put down all Christians."
Hernandez said she noticed the group's promotional fliers around campus.
"I think they're wrong, because it's obvious that God is there in the relief effort," she said. "He's there in the kindness of all the volunteers and average citizens who've sent their money.
"The overwhelming majority of charitable donations that went to the tsunami survivors were from Christian charities, she said.
Cowan said he's willing to admit religious groups have done some good but said Evangelical groups such as World Help attach conditions to their aid.
World Help had plans to raise Muslim orphans in Christian homes squelched by Indonesian officials, he said.
"They were going to bring 300 tsunami orphans to be raised in Christian homes," Cowan said. "It's in bad taste to attempt to convert people in a time of tragedy."
Hernandez said science can't explain everything.
"It doesn't matter if you help because you think God wants you to or because you think it's your duty as a human, as long as you help," Hernandez said.
Friday, January 21, 2005
Colleges, woman, and a few assholes who ruin everything
URG! I just wrote a nice long post, and then went to turn my pop-up blocker off so I could be professional and spell check my post, and everything was lost! I really don't feel like re-typing it AGAIN, I'm tired, still have a bunch of homework and obviously getting a little cranky.
So, just because I started this post last week and everything I will at least make a brief comment.
I am refusing to go to Colorado State University because of his treatment of Katie Hnida, who was on the CSU football team but then transferred over here to UNM. He also has had repeated controversies of taking recruitments to strip-clubs and the likes. He's an asshole, and I will not go to a school who's football team reflects badly on the school.
Second, I am not going to go to Harvard! I read an article and did some research about a speech that president Lawrence Summers recently gave, undermining women, and giving many false and dorky hypothesis on why women are lacking in science fields.
So there you go, a brief post of what a very good post was supposed to talk about. Sorry. And if you where wondering, I am leaning towards Berkeley for grad school ;)
Thursday, January 20, 2005
First Impressions: Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes
Mr. Joel Young
This class should be easy enough, and not to boring. Three tests worth 33.3pts each, all multiple choice. Plus, the option of extra credit essays, up to 3 worth 5pts each.
Number of people in class: 150
Expected grade: Duh! A+
Religion 263, Eastern Religions:
Dr. Dan Wolne
My favoritist professor in the religious department! I had him last semester for world religions and it was so much fun. This class will be harder though, than the last one.
- 3 unit tests
- 1 short paper
- 3 quizzes on the reading
- In class discussions on texts and readings, mixed with lecture
Number of people in class 100
Expected grade: B+
History 384, History of Japan:
Dr. Jonathan Porter
You know those shows on PBS and the History channel...The experts of whatever it is they are talking about all have that same proper OMG I'm going to die of boredom voice, well....That's Dr. Porter. He is from the east coast, snob, told us all about his experiences at Harvard and how much harder the work is there verses UNM and blah, blah, blah....very monotone, very sleepy! The course will be fun though! I love Japan and know a lot about the history already, I am sure it will get more interesting when we start to actually get into the material.
- 3 big exams
- 3 short 5-6 page papers related to the readings (6 different novels)
- Will drop you after you miss 5 classes
- Will kick you out of the class for the day if your cell phone goes off, and your name gets written down in his little book of students who will be doomed to his hatred for the rest of there undergraduate career.
Number of people in class: 36
Expected grade: B
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
First Impressions: Tuesday/Thurseday classes
Dr. Enrique Sanabria
You would think that when you sign up for a class that is held in a lecture hall that it would be a traditional lecture class. Meaning, the teacher lectures and the kid takes notes...
- Discussions, pop quizes, surprise role call (this means I have to actually read all the books and GO to class).
- Online study guides and websites that must be visited
- 2 tests, one final, worth 20% of final grade each
- Participation, attendance, quizzes, 15% of grade
- One 4-6 page essay 25% of grade
My expected grade in this class: B-
Number of people in class: about 150 (and yes, he stood there this morning and called each and every name out to take roll)
Art Hist 204: Greek Civ.
- 2 take home exams: one on the Iliad, one on the Odyssey
- We will be watching 4 movies to compair and contrast Brad Pitts butt, I mean the adaptations of the movies to the books
- Movies include: Troy (2004), Unforgiven (1992), The Odyssey (1997), Oh Brother Where Art Though? (2000)
Expected grade in class: A-
Religion 232: New Testament
I had him for Old Testament last year and nothing much has changed, except for the new subject...3 tests and attendance is mandatory.
Sunday, January 16, 2005
9:00-9:50am (Soc 101) Intro to Sociology
11:00-11:50am (RLG 263) Eastern Religions
1:00-1:50pm (Hist 384) History of Japan
9:30-10:45am (Hist 102) Western Civilization 1600-presant
12:30-1:45pm (Art Hist. 204) Greek Civilization
5:30-8:15pm (RLG 232) New Testament
So, all together that is 6 classes, 18 credit hours. I also need to get a job ASAP, but that is a whole nother issue.
Some good news is that Chaz will finally be back from Ohio in 2 hours, so start looking for changes to my blog in a few days! Woohoo!!!!!
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Adam, Eve, and the Japanese
- The Jomon culture originated around the middle of the 11th millennium until about 300 B.C.E. (Meaning about 10,500 B.C.E)
- The Japanese language developed about 5000-35000 B.C.E.
Now, these dates are all fine and everything, BUT they're wrong. How do I know it's wrong? Because, DUH, the bible tells me so. Adam and Eve were the absolutely, very first humans, and the earth was created about 6000-5000 B.C.E. No way could the Japanese have existed and have there own language established way before Adam and Eve (or the world) came into the picture.
Or could they?
Where did the Japanese come from then? If not from the Middle Eastern area, then how did they appear on the earth and in that spot?
This is just one more odd, and interesting reason for me NOT to take the bible at face value, but to look at the deeper meaning. I think the Jews needed an answer about the first people, where they came from, how the earth was created, and the creation story found in the Hebrew Bible is there answer. Every culture has there own story about man and it's creation. There is no honest way of really knowing, and I personally think it's a waste of time. The Buddha didn't like to deal with such issues as creation, heaven or hell, because he couldn't give a real answer, an honest to G-d answer of what is right. No one knows!
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
I won a Mango Award for the category of "Only Blogger I Know Who is Studying Religion to Get "Insites".
This is so exciting! I would like to thank all my readers: David, Chaz, Liz and all the other souls who just tend to wander in and post one thing and never come back again (sigh) Anyways, thank you all for reading my not so interesting blog. I will try to do better in 2005, and definatly after the holiday season....meaning "winter break". I wonder if I am going to get a little sticker thing to stick on my blogg like they do with the BoB awards. That way you could tell the Mangos from the BoBs.....hmmmmm
PS: I hope everyone had a merry Christmas, a happy Yule, a happy Kwanzaa, a happy Chuanakah (sp?), a bitter bah hummbug, a great New Years, and whatever else is out there.