TGA Podcast: Episode 116

Welcome back to another episode of The Good Atheist Podcast. This week, we talk about winter in Montreal, why I hate Christmas (with a bit more on the War on Christmas) and we review the movie The Nature of Existence. Don’t miss out!

Be sure to leave comments related to the show, especially if you have some thoughts on the nature of existence, and you’ll get a free bonus show.

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    Dayton

    This is probably in your lyrics section, but for those of us who listen to the podcast on the website, here’s a link to the film and the questions posed: http://thenatureofexistence.com/about/the-questions/

    I suppose I don’t quite understand the importance to pose questions like, “Why do we exist?” and “What is our purpose?” Responses will vary immensely from one person to the next. I’d like to know what’s the purpose of asking such questions in the first place? To tease out the “truth”? To settle one’s mind? Perhaps I’m the oddball, but I find my life (anecdotal evidence, I know) operates just fine without exploring questions of purpose due to the subjectivity inherent in one’s answer. But, if people want to have that conversation, be my guest. There’s a lot of bottomless pit questions out there I’m sure are a riot to discuss over some cold ones.

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    JPaper

    I can’t find anything in the Lyrics section. What gives, dude? You said we’d get links!

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    Tony

    I think that instead of Ravi Shankar, you may have meant to refer to Deepak Chopra or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

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    Tony

    Oh, I just found the Ravi Shankar (spiritual leader)you were probably talking about (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Sri_Ravi_Shankar). I previously thought you were mixing up the musician who is Norah Jones’ father, with Deepak Chopra.

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    Jacob Fortin

    My bad. I’ll re-upload the one with the notes later today. Sorry guys!

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    HereticsAnonymous

    Nature of Existence

    I make the assumption of methodological naturalism — i.e. assume that there are natural causes behind everything that occurs in the universe. I don’t think you can prove this is true, but it seems to me a reasonable and practical assumption. I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to call this a belief. What do you think?

    I also think there is something that I’ll call objective reality or objective truth. That not everything is relative to the observer (i.e. if all humans disappeared today the earth would still revolve around the sun) and that in practical term certain ideas can be said to be true or false. But philosophically, it seems to me that our efforts to reach truth are more like asymptotic approaches; and that it is OK to say in practise there is no god even though philosophically I can’t prove it.

    So I guess I’d say the nature of my existence is whatever I want it to be because I’m here as a result of natural causes that have no extrinsic meaning or purpose. But this isn’t depressing, it’s pretty fucking awesome!

    The main question about the nature of existence that I have is maybe phrased as “why is there this existence rather than nothing?” and “is nothing something?” If the universe came out of nothing then it seems to me that nothing was something…

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    Richard

    Hey! We had some snow in Vancouver… its not all rainbows and sunshine here.

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    MarleyMarl

    Another thing about Monk’s I see them ALL the time here in Bangkok buying stuff in the IT malls, it’s a real trip.

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    Josh

    I’ve listened to a few of your shows… the interview with God thing just makes you guys sound like hurt, bitter, people. Maybe the entire atheist audience is like that, but I would hope there is more to you guys than just poking fun at others. I listen in order to attempt to understand people in general and atheists specifically but some of that type of silliness reveals something more than simple reason. Does it reveal pain? Sorry I can’t stand religion either, but I hope I don’t become as hateful and bitter as you guys sound in that segment.

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    Jacob Fortin

    Bitter? Not really dude. I think you need to lighten the fuck up and take a chill pill.

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    Anonymous Atheist

    Since we weren’t ‘put here’ there is no intrinsic meaning of existence to find, only the meaning we create.
    “There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.”

    That ‘The Nature of Existence’ movie and the massive amount of bonus discs associated with it sounds very interesting, but I wish it was a whole lot cheaper for the full package so I could afford it.

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