I'm simplifying things considerably, but Gervais essentially argues that "science can't prove God exists." I've always found this line of reasoning to be faulty because "science" seems to be the wrong tool for the job.
No one argues that "hammers are useless because yesterday I tried to screw in a lightbulb and my hammer just kept breaking them to pieces." Likewise, no one says "I don't believe in poetry because..." and then finishes that sentence with the same objections they bring to the God vs. Science Debate.
Poetry doesn't exist chiefly to tell us how molecules interact, but a good poet could probably tell that story in a compelling way. Poetry exists, and has its power, because it gets to a part of us in a way that nothing else can.
Science (do I really need to write this sentence?) is abundantly valuable and useful. But it cannot (nor should it) do for us what religion or poetry can.
This isn't the final word on "why I believe," but, among other things, faith in Christ helps me make sense of myself and this world in ways that science and even poetry never could.
literature |ˈlit(ə)rə ch ər; -ˌ ch oŏr; -ˌt(y)oŏr| noun 1 written works, esp. those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit : a great work of literature. • books and writings published on a particular subject : the literature on environmental epidemiology. • the writings of a country or period : early French literature. • leaflets and other printed matter used to advertise products or give advice. 2 the production or profession of writing. ORIGIN late Middle English (in the sense [knowledge of books] ): via French from Latin litteratura, from littera (see letter ).
dit lit |dit lit| noun written works consisting of 500 words or less. ORIGIN me.
There's got to be a word for this phenomenon, and until someone else proposes a better one, I'm going with: windmills + molestation = windmillestation.
UPDATE: This may take a while to catch on.
- I like watching Michael Vick play, and I like what he highlights about our national sense of moral indignation: we are still probably much more upset with Vick for the way he treats (or at least treated) dogs than we are with Kobe for almost-certainly-raping a woman. I say, let Vick play and win! Let him remain in the NFL for at least as long as Kobe stays in the NBA.
- I am getting more and more repulsed by football. Every time they wheel another guy off the field on a body board, I get a little more sick of the game. If I wanted to watch grown men brutalize each other into semi-consciousness or paralysis, I'd just tune in to UFC on pay-per-view. At this point, the difference is negligible.
On a separate but related note, I loved this video postcard from Cleveland to LeBron.
"The 747 represented the single largest industrial achievement in modern history and its abandonment in the deserts make a statement about the obsolescence and ephemeral nature of our technology and our society,"...etc.
And I think the words "Malibu," "meditation pavilion," "animal barn," [is there any other kind?] and "art studio" tell us everything we need to know about the homeowner.
She once took some friends to a bar she'd merely *heard* was a great place. Once.
She rarely attends live musical performances, but when she does, she follows along with the score in her lap.
Her ice cubes are twice as big as any you've seen before. And they will be next time, too.
She knows where the hammocks are.
She once passed up [or considered passing up, I'm not sure yet] an opportunity to meet a comedic idol, because attending the event would have put her in the company of a comic she hates.
She owns a hotel, consisting of a single lavishly appointed suite on the 6th floor of a residential building, and lives there year-round.
She has been visited by Seal at night.
She can predict her friends' future opinions by forming them herself and passing them off as her own.
She knows that the color Brown causes alcohol to induce day-long hangovers.
She thoroughly understands baseball, and loves it anyway.
She is...The Most Interesting Girl in the World.
Author Barbara Holland was a self-professed guardian of indulgences including cigars, bacon, naps and gin.
During her 77 years, she had written more than 15 books of eclectic, often quirky range: a historical look at the appreciation of cats, a biography of actress Katharine Hepburn, two wry books about the presidency and a lighthearted book on jousting...
I think I just found a hole in the space-time continuum.
I'm reading this web page, and scrolling down as I go, and notice that the vertical adspace (eat for less...iPad...Ellicott City Moms...) scrolls with me. Pretty cool, but not too unusual. Then, as I approach the end of the article, I notice that a banner ad at the bottom of the page is layered OVER the scrolling ad (see how the "wrinkle cream" ad comes out beneath it?). So, I stop to read the banner ad, and it is...an ad for advertising.
An advertisement for advertising that covers up another advertisement in order to gain attention.
To quote the least intolerable character ever portrayed by Keanu Reeves: Whoa.
Before the program, Chiquita Parker, a 25-year-old single mother with lupus, too ill to continue her job with special needs children, repeatedly made medication mistakes, although she knows she depends on warfarin to prevent clots than can cause strokes, paralysis, or death. "I would forget to take it," and feel "like I couldn't breathe," she said. Or she would "take two in a day," and develop bruises from uncontrolled internal bleeding. But in the six-month lottery program, she pocketed about $300. "You got something for taking it," Ms. Parker said. Suddenly, she said, "I was taking it regularly, I was doing so good."
"We've made our best efforts to say, 'If you didn't take your beta blocker or asthma medicine, you have a greater chance of ending up with a heart attack or dead or hospitalized,' " said Dr. Lonny Reisman, Aetna's chief medical officer. "It's going to take more. It's going to take incentives."
Results in two initial studies showed that many patients took improved warfarin use and that their blood-clotting levels stayed normal much more frequently.
Still, many said "the incentive had nothing to do with it," Dr. Volpp said. "They want to take credit for having done it on their own, not because somebody paid them," he said. "Most people on some level actually want to do these things. And we want them to feel like they did it on their own" to keep them adhering when payments stop.
But not everyone did.
"I really went backward," Ms. Parker said, after her participation ended. "I'm just forgetting all over again."
More than 72% of American families making the nation's median income of $63,800 a year, could afford to buy a home...Translation: about 1/4 of the families that make an average income cannot afford to buy a home. Obviously, that fraction goes up as you descend from median...
Homeownership continues its more than year-long trend of remaining within reach of more households than it has for almost two decades...What a grammatical monstrosity, in addition to being so circular that it almost creates its own field of gravity. Homeownership is "more within reach" than it has been for the last 20 years; but for OVER a year, this has been true. The last year+ is within "the last 20 years," therefore homeownership is getting exponentially more within reach every day. Ergo, by September, all homes should be free!
If the above were taken from a Bush commencement address, he would be mocked and ridiculed. Instead, these are the words of Obama, and he's somehow able to retain his reputation as an intellectual hero when he's willing to expose his ignorance so clearly. I mean, he's honest enough to admit he doesn't know how to operate these devices (one of which he gave to the Queen of England, loaded with some of his own historic speeches) but somehow retains enough moral superiority to pass judgement on their value to society?!
If the above were taken from a President Bush commencement address, he would be mocked and ridiculed. But these are the words of President Obama. He remains an intellectual hero even when he's willing to expose his ignorance so clearly.
Cheers, Mr. President, for being honest enough to admit you don't know how to operate these devices (one of which you gave to the Queen of England, loaded with some of your own "historic" speeches) but how do you manage to retain enough moral superiority to pass judgement on their value to society?