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Lion Man trioA CONCLUSION!

Jump to it …

But there are other possible conclusions too: perhaps the sculptor wasn’t really all that talented?

Or maybe it is actually an accurate depiction of a hunter wearing his ‘blending in with the prey‘ stalking camouflage?

So if the words are to be believed we are looking back about forty thousand years. Wow … and we are enjoying a modified mammoth tusk. It took about 400 hours to create this wee one-foot high image; and the supposition is that it is a religious thing. Here, have thee a nice close-up—

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—and here’s some of the words that go with it—

Lion Man is the oldest known evidence for religious beliefs and Stadel Cave suggests that believing and belonging have a deep history crucial to human societies and originating long before writing.

QUERY:

Which would be the more reliable ‘passport to Paradise‘—

(a) belief in the redeeming power of Lion Man (above), or

(b) belief in and supplication to Our Lord Jesu Christo etc etc?

(or if you are feeling a bit tetchy you may throw in your own choice of other variations on Salvation—Islam, Judaism, any of the myriad Christian cults/sects/franchises, or of the possibly millions of other gods, goddesses, divinities—down to but not necessarily including saints, demigods and/or angels?)

POINT

One can imagine that the devout of the time held the wee Lion Man in much the same awe as todays devout hold crucifixes and other holy stuff. Does the validity of Jesus etc nullify the ancients, so they were—although doing the best they could with what they had at the time—worshipping false gods? Doomed to eternal damnation and hellfire for not being Christian?

OR (HORRORS~!)

did they have it right and our modern Christians, Jews, Islamics and other religionists are all doomed to the eternal flames instead?

Can both be right?

Even though our modern religions claim exclusivity, whilst all others are false?

IF WE APPLY

Occam’s razor I’d have to say that all of them are false. No? But wait, there’s another outsider in the race …

… what if it’s just an ordinary everyday snapshot, and those guys really did look like that back then? Brrrrr.

It seems that to an archaeologist everything unknown is a ‘ritual object’. Saves ’em a lot of angst, I guess …

 

 

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So I said to him “Hey you! Cat face! You had your chance, it’s MY world now!”

 

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OH GODS

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a genuine genius (aw, shucks). But enough of this modest salesmanship and on with the brilliant idea. Tally ho …

IN OTHER SOURCES

we have things like Weekly Photo Challenge” and stuff. I love dabbling with the WPC, as do many others. So?

SO WHY NOT

(and this is where pure genius*  kicks in) extend the idea to a

WEEKLY PHILOSOPHICAL CHALLENGE

?

INTERESTED PARTIES

could come up with suggestions, make their point—and hope to have other interested parties dump all over it run with it (but said point may only be in accordance with The Challenge for that week). Or not.

AND NOW, HERE TO

help us all along a bit by establishing a datum for reference:

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EVEN BETTER NEWS

Anyone (with absolutely no reference to me) may raise their point and be prepared to defend it.

THE ONLY RULE

please keep it seemly. At least until after initial broadsides have been exchanged, and even then the first to use naughty words loses.

AND

I’ll be even more impressed if** the suggestion be used to advance the perspectives of any (r) any school of thought. Just be aware that you (hopefully) may will get dumped all over.

“Mr Argus, Sir?”

“Yes, Little Virginia?”

“Sir … haven’t you just reinvented the blog?”

“… … … bugger~!”

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* SFX:  insert modest ‘Aw shucks’ here please (make it good)~!

** when …

SCIENCE SEEMS

MOST RELUCTANT

to try to answer the myriad unasked questions. Hell, it can’t even begin to answer the asked ones—

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… Considering how remarkable it is, the Antikythera Mechanism has received comparatively scant attention from archaeologists or historians of science and technology, and is largely unappreciated in the wider world. A virtual reconstruction of the device, published by Mike Edmunds and his colleagues in this week’s Nature (see page 587), may help to change that. With the help of pioneering three-dimensional images of the fragments’ innards, the authors present something close to a complete picture of how the device worked, which in turn hints at who might have been responsible for building it.

… also interested in finding the answer to a more perplexing question — once the technology arose, where did it go to? …

PERHAPS THE ANSWER

lies in the mechanism being an elaborate hoax. This is the obvious answer, because anything else is conjecture and impossible anyway. No?

FOR MYSELF

I like the idea someone threw up to the effect that it was one of the secret works of Leonardo, who was a Time Traveller … sure; and while we’re here he made the pyramids single handedly using machines of his own devising—which he subsequently sent by oopart rocketry to the far side of the moon because Mankind wasn’t ready for them*.

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“Mr Argus! My ancestors could make these …”

 

 

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* Yet …

 

 

 

GET ‘EM

pcYOUNG~!

Boom boom!

And that is mostly how it works. Capture their ‘formative years’ and reap tithes and donations forever. Great idea. I wish I’d thought of it first …

GIVE ME A CHILD

UNTIL HE IS SEVEN

AND I SHALL GIVE YOU

THE MAN

—oft attributed to Jesuits

 

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Hey … I like that! Can I use it?

I’VE BEEN READING

other blogs in the course of reinforcing my prejudices, especially the one based on “Get ’em young! Do it properly, and we have an income for life!” (Not to drift: did you know that Thoreau did time for not paying taxes to support the Church?)

Religion = unearned income* = power and wealth

Now try this snippet—

Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) in the UK. Since you have probably never heard of it, here’s an introduction.

Accelerated Christian Eduction is a fundamentalist curriculum from Texas, distributed in the UK by Christian Education Europe (CEE). There are approximately 2,000 students of ACE in the UK, including homeschoolers. ACE students work in silence in “offices” that Ofsted describes as “rather like a modern version of a monk’s cell in a medieval monastery.” Students are not allowed to turn around, talk, or move without permission, which they gain by raising a flag to get a supervisor’s attention. ACE students complete PACEs (Packets of Accelerated Christian Education), a prescribed series of workbooks.

Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/leavingfundamentalism/2012/04/19/what-is-accelerated-christian-education/#KEDyVAdY929iXO4r.99

—and now I can go finish mowing my lawns. Thank God from whom all blessings flow, God hath given me a superlative Godly lovely day (… bastard!).

Remember that battles are won by “whoever gets there firstest with the mostest” and the battle for the your buck is no exception. Indoctrinate them young and they’re your devoted slaves for life—what’s so hard about that? (Sunday ‘school’, anyone?)

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* For the clever unscrupulous, especially those with their hand in the government’s pockets … and worse, in my pockets.

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IT’S NOT NICE TO

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to Hell. No matter how cheerfully delivered such a wish always betokens ‘not nice’. When I do it it is different—I’m just a old cynical atheistic dog, and not believing in Hell I can’t possibly mean it anyway. But what about True Believers? What about the genuine 24 carat 45 calibre true-blue Christians, hmmmm?

Go to hell!‘ … is it a mere figure of speech with the true Christian, as it would be with me—or do they really mean it, both as a wish, a command, or a smug observation?

In a recent blog correspondence

I WAS DRAWING

attention to the fact that there are many other religious franchises in the market competing for the worshipper bucks. And I mentioned Mormons. Face it, you’d find it almost impossible to find better programmed Christians anywhere than the Mormons. And this was the response—

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So now we know. I don’t think the nice lady was expressing a wish so much as simply making a disinterested observation—much as a knitter might of a garden slug crawling up the other side of the window.

We have to share the world with people like this—and there’s no appeal to reason. My biggest fear is that religion will once again gain the power to set laws and enforce them … end of all discussion, debate, Freedoms—

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—and you may change the caption and clothing of the actors above to suit almost any (r) any religion anywhere at anytime; bearing in mind that for the Abrahamic religions at least—

You are either with us, Or against us

 

—with no fence to sit on, no neutral ground recognised. A church is nothing more than a money-garnering commercial enterprise that when able to do so uses ‘law’ and military force to preserve its own monopoly. Some hit the pot and make it big, as did the exemplar lady below—

a one

—who like any good entrepreneur studied her target market, the latest salesmanship methods, techniques, technology; and invested heavily in what she was doing. She’s gone now but her ‘church’ is still purring along and doubtlessly repaying heavily on investments* —

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (ICFG), commonly referred to as the Foursquare Church, is an evangelical Pentecostal Christian denomination founded in 1923 by preacher Aimee Semple McPherson. As of 2000, it had a worldwide membership of over 8,000,000, with almost 60,000 churches in 144 countries. The headquarters is in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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I could ask my devout correspondent “Are these people doomed to Hell also?” but I think the answer would be delivered even before I’d finished the question, and it’s unthinking callous acceptance would turn my delicate stomach …

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* More kudos to the Madam, then.

THE GUFF

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in droves is thought provoking, the thoughts often leading to “Yeah, right … now pull the other one, Bud, it’s got bells on!” followed by derisive snorts.

INTO MY

derisive snort box I put anything offering ancient aliens or time travel. As far as my closed mind is concerned we are all of us travelling through time, but in one direction only, a logical progression from past via present to future.

IN A SHORT STORY

once I invented a weapon that created the instantaneous and absolute disruption of any poor bugger on the receiving end. How so? By technical magicry—my energy beam hit the guy and knocked him bodily one pico second back into the past. No? Okaaaayyy …

To me it is a ‘given’ that no two tangible objects can share the same space at the same time. Can’t be done. Any forcible attempt to make them do so will cause disruption (actually, I think this is how atomic bombs work)(certainly it’s how a bayonet works).

Ergo: if you went back through time and had the sorry misfortune to ‘pop out’ into a rainstorm the raindrops which had already fallen (you are from their future, right?) will continue doing what they already did, and pass from sky to ground and go splat. Or splop, or whatever it is that raindrops do.

And because they’ve already done it (in their own future which is your past), they have no alternative to doing it as was/will be done. No? So if you are in the way they will pass through you and shred you like a burst of machine-gun fire only much more so.

Likewise any passage of anything, even the slightest breeze. Brrrr~!

No. I do not think that physical ‘time travel’ is or ever will be possible. Mind you, with the instantaneous creation of ‘other universes’ ideas … … naaaaa

BUT I DO

very much enjoy those ‘time travel’ videos the nice people keep posting as U-tubes. And some of their ghostie things are well done, and/or scary. Brrr.

Oops. 360 words already, so sufficient unto the day is the evil hereof and I await your indignation …

 

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IT NEVER COMES,

pcNEVER CALLS,

NEVER WRITES …

… but there’s no end of people cashing in on it.

Folks, I give you (SFX: drum roll here please, make it GOOD~!)—  

Tomorrow!

Boom boom!

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Bugger.

I’m not ready yet … so I’ll just have to add it to my list of World Endings. There’s oodles … and sooner or later they must be right (like expecting your Lotto numbers to come up—they will, eventually. Give ’em long enough)(the gamble is whether it will be in your lifetime).

“Mr Argus, Sir?”

“Yes, Little Virginia?”

“Sir … you know how last Sunday everyone was upset about the Vicar’s sermon? How he kept raving on about the world ending very soon?”

“Yes, Child?”

“I don’t think there’s any need to worry, Sir … I passed by his house on the way here, he was outside planting apple trees.”

 

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23rd?

Dammit, that’s tomorrow, for us Kiwis!

So we’re going to end tomorrow. Okay, I can live with that.

I imagine you rest-of-the-world folks will be a bit behind (after all, we were the first into the 21st Century~!) and the poor ol’ Poms (that’s them Brits) will be the ones to close the door on all our behalfs (behalves?).

THE TRULY SAD 

thing is that if they’re right the poor apocalyptic evangelicals will never get a chance to brag about it. (Not unless ol’ God sets aside a wee ‘Speakers Corner’ part of Heaven for them.)

 

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