> the legitimacy of sock puppets
― nerds being macho (remy bean), Thursday, 7 June 2012 12:29 (11 months ago) Permalink
you can take away my everything but don't take away my supernatural beliefs
― chris paul george hill (dayo), Thursday, 7 June 2012 12:49 (11 months ago) Permalink
My wife has a great many supernatural beliefs, but over a period of many years I have persuaded her to be self-skeptical enough that she does not use these beliefs as the basis for practical decision-making, and when she meets others who share her beliefs and set themselves up as teachers or gurus, she is very sensitive to whether these people have ulterior motives, such as money-making or power-seeking.
Under these conditions, I am very content not to directly challenge her beliefs in spirits and mysterious powers. If you treat them merely as interesting hypotheses that might have some explanatory power, but it is not clear whether other explanantions might not be stronger, then these become much more like intellectual exercises than belief systems.
― Aimless, Thursday, 7 June 2012 16:40 (11 months ago) Permalink