Showing posts from September, 2012

The Paradox of Existence

"Cogito Ergo Sum" - I think therefore I am.  When the French philosopher Rene Descartes dug to the bottom of his philosophy, the only thing he found there amid the tattered ruins and bombed out shelters of his former beliefs, was the reflection of his own doubt.  Those doubts  "became a fundamental element of Western philosophy, as it was perceived to form a foundation for all knowledge. While other knowledge could be a figment of imagination, deception or mistake, the very act of doubting one's own existence serves to some people as proof of the reality of one's own existence, or at least that of one's thought."

"The statement is sometimes given as Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum (English: "I doubt, therefore I think, therefore I am"). A common mistake is that people take the statement as proof that they, as a human person, exist. However, it is a severely limited conclusion that does nothing to prove that one's own body exists, let al…

Walt Whitman on 9/11

This is a tribute poem to 9/11 stitched together purely from various poems by Walt Whitman. In other words, I like to think of it as Whitman’s tribute to 9/11.

When the thunder-cracking guns arouse me,
and million-footed Manhattan unpent descends to her pavements,… I will sing you a song of what I behold …Libertad.When the facades of the houses are alive with people, when eyesgaze riveted tens of thousands at a timeWhen Broadway is entirely given up to foot-passengers and
    foot-standers, when the mass is densest,
I too arising, answering, descend to the pavements, merge with the
    crowd, and gaze with them… To us, my city, Where our tall-topt marble and iron beauties range on opposite
    sides, to walk in the space between,

To-day our Antipodes comes.
it moves changing, a kaleidoscope divine,
it moves changing before us.
When the fire-flashing, when rude clouds canopy my city When gorgeous the countless straight stems, thicken with color
your legs are bent and broken
My stars and stripes f…

9/11 - 11 years later

11 years already since that day in September when everything changed    oh how I remember
A warm sunny day  the summer's last kiss  ended in tears for those we miss
 as the sky was ripped open  and the world was awoken,
from a dream to a  nightmare of “bombs bursting in air”
when Giuliani became The countries mayor And police and fireman,  heroes without compare
Great Britain played our national anthem in Buckingham square to remind us we’re not alone in the grief we all bear
11 years since a nation turned to God in prayer and we told all those we love just how much we care
since vigils and candles scented the midnight air and God Bless America rang from the Capital stairs
since bucket brigades tirelessly worked beneath the halogen glare and red, white and blue
blossomed from everywhere
since we forgot about
 “who wants to marry a millionaire” and we longed for those days of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire
     it’s been 11 years       since our great despair  when time itsel…

The Paradox of Motion and the Motion Maker

Another argument offered by theists as evidence of God is the argument from motion. This argument says that, because things move, God must have moved them. God, so the reasoning goes, is the "unmoved mover" who makes all things move. God, in other words, is the Motion Maker.
On its face, this argument relies implicitly on the division made between potential vs. actual motion, which is a division based on an Aristotelian world view.  This world view, however, is as outdated a belief as that of a geocentric universe.  "The Michelson-Moreley Experiment of 1887 undid much of Aristotle’s world view" and, by extension, Aquinas’s argument (since the latter is premised on the accuracy of the former). "Special relativity further explained how “motion” is no longer a property of just “one thing” – the observer or the object – but of both the observer and the object," independently or simultaneously.  Special relativity, then, helped show how the belief in an “unmo…