Mailbag!

With Light and Motion having wrapped up, it’s time for me to get back to bloggin’ and podcastin’ for you guys. I’m happy to report the event was a rousing success, as was my little “cafe” that I ran. It was an amazing experience and taught me some pretty humbling lessons about the restaurant business. Lots of exciting things for me to think about.

This week, the podcast will be a Mailbag episode, so if you have any questions you’ve been wanting to ask us for some time, now is your chance to have it answered! Just leave your questions in the comments and we’ll record a show with them later tonight.

Comments (17)

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    chocobar

    Canada has a new Conservative majority government. PM Harper has made no secret of his religious leanings. Thoughts?

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    Rayden

    Hey, uhm I just wanted your thoughts on the paranoia that is occuring in places like Europe, Australia and to some extent Canada, about the muslim world population, people are anxious and scared that as the muslim population increases in the western world they will somehow have more dominance.

    Do you think this is reasonable or just a general fear of say terrorism or the muslim culture.

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    Ryan

    Do you think it is possible to justify a fiscal and/or social political position as an atheist with a thorough understanding of evolution, especially where the parties (and platforms) are more distinct, like in the U.S.?

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    WolfeLinden

    Carisa, you coming back out to Burning Man this year? If so, are you camping anywhere specific? If not, why not?

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    Dayton

    A couple weeks ago we had a dugnad (Norwegian word meaning something like “mandatory community work”) at my apartment building. One of the several tasks this year included cleaning out the attic – its first cleaning in over 20 years. Anyways, during the packing and moving process I happened upon a book called “A Course in Miracles” from the Foundation for Inner Peace. It was published in the mid 90s and looks as if it has never been read. This obvious collectors item includes sub-sections on immensely revealing topics such as “Miracles as True Perception”, “The Only Answer”, “The Unbelievable Belief”, and “The Substitute Reality”. A section I think listeners of the TGA might find particularly appealing is called “The Denial of God”. This section tries to present an argument for why deniers actually love god.

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    (This kind of writing style is continuous throughout the 450 some pages…)

    Jacob: rebuttal?

    PS. Any chance you want this book for your library?

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    Dayton

    Strange. The text I posted in was removed. Please reading the following passage before my request for a rebuttal:

    “Son of God, you have not sinned, but you have been much mistaken. Yet this can be corrected and God will help you, knowing that you could not sin against Him. You denied Him because you loved Him, knowing that if you recognized your love for Him, you could not deny Him. Your denial of Him therefore means that you love Him, and that you know He loves you. Remember that what you deny you must have once known. And if you accept denial, you can accept its undoing.”

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    Nya Nya Cat

    Just wanted a little bit of opinion on the differences in religiousity between the US and Canada, why are they so diferent, I think in Canadas case it has something to do with how “multicultural” and “liberal” you are, but the US men I dont understand it why are they so religious? I doubt it has something to do with it been founded in part by puritans, I dont know dude just enlighten me please!

    P.s sorry for the bad grammar

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    BumbleBee

    What is it with religion and sex? I understand that they don’t approve of premarital sex, but sometimes it seems like they don’t want anyone to have any fun. What’s up with that?

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    BumbleBee

    More importantly, why do so many people back up that kind of talk and do whatever they want anyway? It has to be pretty horrible constantly doing something while saying it’s immoral.

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    GA_Wolf

    Amusing anecdote first, question below.

    My parents, who are religious, Church of Christ actually (from Tennessee, Ryan can relate), took my 8 year old daughter with them to North Carolina for a week to visit with some relatives. The one story my father felt compelled to relate to me, upon returning, involved taking my daughter with him to church with one of my uncles. Apparently this uncle goes to a Church of God. Crazy, in tongues, screaming from the pulpit stuff. It seems that my 8 year old spent her time in the pew staring in wide wonder and struggling not to laugh out loud.

    My wife and I gave up on even trying to pretend with my parents years ago. When we visit with them, she and I sleep in on Sunday and let them take my 8 and 2 year old kids with them to church. The kids spend the majority of the time in a play room.

    I’m gradually trying to explain to my father why I view his church services in much the same way he views my uncles. Haven’t gotten through yet, but there’s a dent in the armor there. He no longer gives me a second glance as I refer to just about every religion as some sort of cult, including the church I grew up in. Maybe there’s hope.

    Love the podcast, and I happen to love Carisa’s perspective. I was raised Church of Christ, then in college went the pagan route. I really believed around 13-16 years old. After a few inter-denominational arguments that didn’t make any sense in retrospect, I started realizing that I was just faking it. A few years after school, I finally started down the path of accepting that there’s no evidence for anything out there. Gotta say, I’m a much happier person since I stopped trying to perform for what used to be the little God voice in my head.

    Question:
    What are you reading this week? Would be cool to see more about what is on your current reading list from week-to-week, month-to-month. Might give insights for either argument or further questions. From what you say on the show, you’re a voracious reader. Favorite author you’ve read recently that the rest of us may not have heard of.

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    Clint

    I would LOVE to hear Carisa’s thoughts on this: http://www.blaghag.com/2011/05/were-not-here-for-eye-candy.html

    I’m not quite sure what I think of it but I think I’ve agreed with every single thing she’s ever said on the show.

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    Joseph Scott

    @Dayton, replace God with Zeus (or any other deity) in your text and ask yourself why you deny Zeus (or any other deity).

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    Dayton

    Yeah, the deity in question wasn’t the ridiculousness I was trying to point out. Rather, it was the section’s logic structure – how to rationalize, in a circular way, denial being acceptance of a deity. I found it particularly amusing, if not sad.

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    Tim

    G’day

    Do you think imposing an age restriction (Like an R18+ for movies) on exposure to relgious material would help eliminate relgious indoctrination (Of course providing such a thing could ever be effectively enforced)

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    Babosa

    Do you think there exists such a thing as an out-of-body experience? I am a lucid dreamer and can peal my body into two, with the doppelganger having the ability to fly, transform itself, etc. Is there a difference between my experience and that of the OBE?

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    Ryan

    Shit! I deleted conservative from my question. Thus my question was can you justify a fiscal/social conservative platform as an atheist. Well, now I look like an idiot. The question as written doesn’t make much sense as written, but great job anyways.

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    Rayden

    Monarchist or Republican, I of course im referring to the Canada

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