26 December 2008

Anthropological concept

"It seems to me that the idea of a personal God is an anthropological concept which I cannot take seriously. I also cannot imagine some will or goal outside the human sphere.... Science has been charged with undermining morality, but the charge is unjust. A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death."

-- Albert Einstein, "Religion and Science", New York Times Magazine, 9 November 1930

24 December 2008

Reading


Lately, I picked up the following volumes from Page One, MPH, Time Machine Studio and Borders:

'Anatomy of a City' by Kate Ascher
'The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and why we will never run out of Energy' by Peter W. Huber and Mark P. Mills
'Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities' by Alex Marshall
'Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Medieval Warrior: 1000-1500 A. D' by Martin J. Dougherty
'Pocket Battleship: Admiral Graf Spee' by Siegfried Breyer
'The German Battleship: Scharnhorst' by Siegfried Breyer
'German Rocket Launchers in WWII' by Joachim Engelmann
'The Yellow-lighted Bookshop' by Lewis Buzbee
'Mere Anarchy' by Woody Allen
'Iraq Insurgency: US Army Armoured Vehicles in Action (Part 2)' by Carl Schulze
'LAV & Piranha: The Extended Family' by Gordon Arthur & Steve Hearn
'German Sturmartillerie at War: Volume 1' by Frank V. De Sisto
'German Artillery at War 1939-45 Volume 1' by Frank V. De Sisto
'German Artillery at War 1939-45 Volume 2' by Frank V. De Sisto
'Panzerkampfwagen III and IV 1939-45' by Tom Cockle
'The Italian Army at War: Europe 1940-43' by Philip Jowett & Dmitriy Zgonnik
'Special Ops: Journal of the elite forces & SWAT units Volume 42'
'Barbarossa' by Robert Kirchubel & Bujeiro
'The Ascent of Money: A financial history of the World' by Niall Ferguson
'The War of the World: Twentieth Century Conflict and the Descent of the West' by Niall Ferguson
'Revolt in 2100 / Methuselah's Children' by Robert A. Heinlein
'Warhammer 40,000: Ice Guard' by Steve Lyons
'Warhammer Fantasy: Malekith' by Gav Thorpe
'Warhammer Fantasy: A Massacre in Marienburg' by David Bishop
'Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicum' by Graham McNeill
'Fairchild-Republic A/OA-10 Warthog - WarbirdTech Volume 20' by Dennis R Jenkins.

I have finished the Schiffer pictorials on the German warships. I have also finished the Concord pictorial of the LAV and Piranha family, the one about the A-10 and the one about the underground of the metropolis. I am presently reading the book on bookshops, one about German rocket launchers of the Second World War and one of the infrastructure of New York City. Whee!

What are you reading?

Three anti-human sky-god religions

"Three anti-human religions have evolved -- Judaism, Christianity and Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are, literally, patriarchal -- God is the omnipotent father -- hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years in those countries afflicted by the skygod and his earthly male delegates. The sky-god is a jealous god, of course. He requires total obedience from everyone on earth, as he is in place not just for one tribe but for all creation. Those who would reject him must be converted or killed for their own good. Ultimately, totalitarianism is the only sort of politics that can truly serve the sky-god's purpose. Any movement of a liberal nature endangers his authority and that of his delegates on earth. One God, one King, one Pope, one master in the factory, one father-leader in the family at home."

-- Gore Vidal, "Monotheism and its Discontents," from The Nation Magazine

Evolved out of chicanery, fear, greed, imagination and poetry

"No man who ever lived knows any more about the hereafter ... than you and I; and all religion ... is simply evolved out of chicanery, fear, greed, imagination and poetry."

-- Edgar Allan Poe, from Rufus K Noyes, Views of Religion, quoted from James A Haught, ed, 2000 Years of Disbelief

22 December 2008

Early morning anger

More comedy from Ol' Kuoby on the Windows Live Messenger:

Kuoby says (10:57 AM):
shut yer pie hole

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:57 AM):
That's nasty.

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:57 AM):
Why this early morning anger?

Chuang Shyue Chou says (10:57 AM):
It's bad for your heart.

Kuoby says (10:58 AM):
it's 2pm you fool!

Kuoby says (10:58 AM):
damn your idiocy, you'll die a horrible death soon.

Kuoby says (10:58 AM):
before xmas too i hope!