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If only life were really like this
« on: July 25, 2014, 08:21:35 AM »
A cute short story about the effect scientific ignorance SHOULD have on a persons life.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v489/n7414/full/489170a.html

I wish…
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Re: If only life were really like this
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2014, 01:32:31 PM »
“I never heard anything so ridiculous! Who decided that?”

“The Universe.”

sorry, i couldn't get past this point... the "universe" decided... really?  unfortunately, the universe is dead, full of pitiless indifference.
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Re: If only life were really like this
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2014, 01:39:06 PM »
“I never heard anything so ridiculous! Who decided that?”

“The Universe.”

sorry, i couldn't get past this point... the "universe" decided... really?  unfortunately, the universe is dead, full of pitiless indifference.

Metaphor? Adjusting your speech to the listener in order to convey the information you want to more effectively?
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Re: If only life were really like this
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2014, 01:43:39 PM »
“I never heard anything so ridiculous! Who decided that?”

“The Universe.”

sorry, i couldn't get past this point... the "universe" decided... really?  unfortunately, the universe is dead, full of pitiless indifference.

That was the point the good Doctor was trying to make though. Because of the fact that she was no longer allowed any science he would just appeal to "magic" or mysterious things, in order to show her how utterly absurd her views were.
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Re: If only life were really like this
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2014, 08:35:40 PM »
“I never heard anything so ridiculous! Who decided that?”

“The Universe.”

sorry, i couldn't get past this point... the "universe" decided... really?  unfortunately, the universe is dead, full of pitiless indifference.

Ah, I think I can explain.

New Agers, and sometimes those that claim to be spiritual but not religious[1], will often anthropomorphize "The Universe" - aka "god" but without all that rather embarrassing O.T. violence, misogyny, and Bronze-Age practices - as a means of explaining or justifying their magical, sorry spiritual, beliefs and practices.

tl;dr, it was a piss-take at a group that is often vocally-proud of "denying science".[2]

"Magic" story though. Thanks for posting it PP!.
 1. Yet nonetheless believe in a version of "god" that seems remarkably like a SPAGed version of the god they used to believe in.
 2. See So-Called Alternative Medicine for examples.
« Last Edit: July 25, 2014, 08:38:01 PM by xyzzy »
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