Why Geeks Don’t Need God

From the ever funny ’cause it’s true Married to the Sea.

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45 Comments on "Why Geeks Don’t Need God"

  1. <3. Now begin the dozens of adversarial comments about a humorous observation.

  2. I lol’d, I confess.

    Does  @Disinfo:twitter  know that they were the only online media website, maybe the only media of any sort, deemed praiseworthy for honesty without pretense in a Columbia Journalism School, or maybe in the CJ Review, article I read awhile ago? I need to find that.

    • Ellie, no we didn’t know that but would love to see the article – thanks! Please just send it to us via the contact form on the site (or you can put it in this thread if you find it soon – not sure any of us will check comments on this story weeks hence…).

      • I’d be delighted to do as you requested via contact form, as it might take awhile for me to find it. I’ll also try to send it to you as DM on Twitter. (I think we follow each other). I’ll delete this response in a moment, okay? I like y’all a lot, have felt that way for several years now. You do good work, with humor and grace.

  3. Anarchy Pony | Jan 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm |

    What, you gotta problem with Ponies? Don’t be a parasprite.

  4. DeepCough | Jan 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm |

    I don’t believe in Star Wars, Star Trek, steampunk, My Little Pony, and I think anime is the product of the Zaibatsu no Akuma [Corporate Devil]!

    So I guess that makes me a Geek Apostate. Go ahead, throw your dice at me like stones!

  5. Everybody knows Starwars was based on true events, it just happend a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

    • Check out a talk by George Kavassilas called “Our Journey and the Grand Deception”.  At one point he actually says something similar.  The guy is very entertaining actually.  hehe

  6. Fokkawolfe | Jan 26, 2012 at 7:47 am |

    totally read that as Greeks not Geeks!

  7. Gregory Wyrdmaven | Jan 26, 2012 at 9:54 am |

    It’s great…one can insist on not believing in the idea of gods…but then they will insist on believing in other ideas. 

    One of my cures for atheism:  Numbers and letters are abstract symbols that we made up.  They have no reality other than the consensus that they do mean something, otherwise they do not exist in nature at all.  But it would be silly to immediately stop using numbers and letters because we have found them to be necessary (although other “primitive” cultures do get along fine without them, although those same cultures can’t do without their gods).  Gods are abstract symbols as well.  Saying some abstract symbols are wrong while saying some abstract symbols are right doesn’t have anything to do with being rational…or even smart.  George Carlin made fun of the “Symbol-minded” but the reality is that our intelligence allows us to find meaning in symbols and without them, we’d be dumb as bricks, or Adam Sandler.

    The fact that we can see that the cosmos obeys certain mathematical laws that we have (key word) discovered…and we made up the idea of these abstract symbols that can represent values…shows that we only THINK we made up numbers.  Numbers and letters are abstract symbols that do not exist in nature…and yet we are able to interact with nature by using them.  The world of matter and the world of ideas are one, which is why ideas like gods, numbers, letters, etc. allow us to interact with matter.  You can’t have your Punch without your Judy. 

    If an atheist doesn’t want to recognize gods…he would however have to recognize numbers and letters as abstract symbols that came from a consciousness higher than our own.  We were given this information…Arthur C Clarke figured we got it from higher intelligences out there.  Others, most recently Graham Hancock and others, figure this information comes from within.  Of course it could be both, whathaveyou.

    In other words:  For (whoever/whatever) so loved the world that he/she/it gave he/she/its numerical system and systems of language, that whoever believes in these systems can get a fucking clue.

    Aww-man!

    • DeepCough | Jan 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm |

      “cure for atheism”

      And wherefore was atheism an affliction ab ovo?

    • DeepCough | Jan 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm |

      “cure for atheism”

      And wherefore was atheism an affliction ab ovo?

    • Are you seriously attempting to equate the significance/relevance of numbers and letters to god?

      Numbers and letters are required to form a civilized society…a diety isn’t. Your argument makes zero sense

    • Calypso_1 | Jan 27, 2012 at 1:40 am |

      “Numbers and letters are abstract symbols that we made up.  They have no reality other than the consensus that they do mean something, otherwise they do not exist in nature at all.”
       
      This is an ill-informed statement.
       
      Numbers are emergent properties of nature. This is one of the great mysteries of universe, just because the symbols we us are ‘made up’ the realities they represent are in many ways more purely real and have lead to far greater understanding of the world around use than any other method of human exploration. 
       
      Letters are also emergent –  listen to the sweep of frequencies on any resonant body and you will hear the vowel sounds aeiou.  Watch films on cymatics to see the physical correlations of this. When produced by the human vocal mechanism these sounds reflect different physiological and emotional orientations of the body and readily become attached to mind states around which language can cluster.
       
      Most spiritual traditions have esoteric elements that unify numbers and letters with their concept of God. 

    • Sorry, but mathematics tends to promote logical and sound thinking, can you say the same with religion?  Is mathematics used to justify atrocities that could not be justified any other way?  I wouldn’t be so anti-religion if it allowed logical though and modernized it’s tenets every so often, but it is happening way too slowly…

  8. And on the third day the Eternal Dragon said
    “Let there be Deus Ex Machina”
    And thus Goku rose, and there was much Kamehameha-ing

    • Anarchy Pony | Jan 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm |

      And Goku begat Gohan, and Gohan Begat Goken etc. etc.

      Is that accurate? I can’t remember the last time I saw anything from dragonball.

      • DeepCough | Jan 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm |

        “And yea, Goku called upon the planet to form the Genki Dama. And Lo! There he hath stood for 100 episodes.”

        • “And upon the 100th episode the ealier series hath been forgotten, and from them was born an American version of the show derived towards a younger audience edited by FUNimation  where they changethed references to post mortem so the dead characters were merely going to “another dimension”, and digitally altering two ogres’ shirts to read “HFIL” instead of “HELL”. Thus all was forgotten.”

          • DeepCough | Jan 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm |

            “And yea, it was after the beginning of the Namek Saga that a great miasma struck the throats of all the characters of DBZ, for they hath contracted the plague of BADDUB that rendered Piccolo with the voice of a constipated bear and Frieza with the voice of a bitchy 8-year-old boy. And YEA, all proclaimed that this new voice talent was extremely lame.”

          • But Lo! to the East, a star is born. And it was called  KAI. And it was shorter than the original, having removed the fluff, and so a new covenant was made with the people.

          • Anarchy Pony | Jan 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm |

            Best thread ever?

          • DeepCough | Jan 26, 2012 at 9:16 pm |

            What do you think comic book guy?

          • ComicBookGuy | Jan 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm |

            Worst. Thread. Ever.

          • And fans looked down on this new creation and lo they deigned it good.

            http://youtu.be/Uo5Rhn8zuPA

          • Anarchy Pony | Jan 26, 2012 at 11:57 pm |

            That was fucking hilarious. 

          • That was the funniest thing I’ve seen all week! I actually “lol’ed”.

    • Anarchy Pony | Jan 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm |

      And Goku begat Gohan, and Gohan Begat Goken etc. etc.

      Is that accurate? I can’t remember the last time I saw anything from dragonball.

  9. And on the third day the Eternal Dragon said
    “Let there be Deus Ex Machina”
    And thus Goku rose, and there was much Kamehameha-ing

  10. If think they are rational enough to separate anime and other forms of entertainment from reality. Some people aren’t that rational and just mix fantasy with real life. That people believe in god.

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