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Consistent Thinking

From Battleground God at TPM Online (The Philosophers’ Magazine):

You have been awarded the TPM medal of distinction! This is our second highest award for outstanding service on the intellectual battleground.

The fact that you progressed through this activity without being hit and biting very few bullets suggests that your beliefs about God are internally consistent and well thought out.

A direct hit would have occurred had you answered in a way that implied a logical contradiction. The bitten bullets occurred because you responded in ways that required that you held views that most people would have found strange, incredible or unpalatable. However, because you bit only two bullets and avoided direct hits completely you still qualify for our second highest award. A good achievement!

Click here if you want to review the criteria by which hits and bullets are determined.


Analysis of your Bitten Bullets

Click here if you want to see a complete listing of the questions that you answered.

Bitten Bullet 1

You answered “True” to questions 7, 12 and 15.

These answers generated the following response:

You’ve just bitten a bullet! You are consistent in applying the principle that it is justifiable to base one’s beliefs about the external world on a firm, inner conviction, regardless of the external evidence, or lack of it, for the truth or falsity this conviction. The problem is that it seems you have to accept that people might be justified in their belief that terrible things are right. You have agreed that the rapist is justified in believing that he carries out the will of God, and in an earlier answer you indicated that you think that God defines what is good and what is evil. Therefore, to be consistent, you must think the rapist is justified in believing that he acts morally when he acts on his inner conviction. Hence, you bite the bullet and justify the rapist.

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Bitten Bullet 2

You answered “True” to Question 16.

This answer generated the following response:

You’ve just bitten a bullet! In saying that God has the freedom and power to do that which is logically impossible (like creating square circles), you are saying that any discussion of God and ultimate reality cannot be constrained by basic principles of rationality. This would seem to make rational discourse about God impossible. If rational discourse about God is impossible, there is nothing rational we can say about God and nothing rational we can say to support our belief or disbelief in God. To reject rational constraints on religious discourse in this fashion requires accepting that religious convictions, including your religious convictions, are beyond any debate or rational discussion. This is to bite a bullet.

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Speechless. I used to serve mass with him. He is a good man.

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beer.

I am tired. I’ve spent most of the day in the warehouse. We had to open the boxes on 70 detectors, install photocells, then pack them back up. We’re done with 46 of them, and we’re doing the other 24 on monday.

I went out to Panini’s with Monk and Steve yesterday. That was cool. We had a couple of beers and just chatted (about waitresses, computers, beer, etc). That was good and relaxing. I like good and relaxing. I followed monk home after that, and got my ass kicked in Marvel vs. Capcom and chatted with melinda about various topics including her o-so-sexy radio. Come to think of it, swigging from the bottle of vodka probably didn’t help my game playing skills.

Yeah. I’m moving in this weekend (in theory). Yay, says I.

My stomach’s been bothered the last couple of days, which is a tad annoying. Of course, drinking yesterday didn’t really help. And any drinking this weekend won’t really help either. *shrug*

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stupid quizzes




Take the What High School
Stereotype Are You?
quiz, by Angel.

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So, Jim is evil. EVIL I say. He got me hooked on emulators. Like, I’m all rolling with the Sega Genesis, and the Nintendo Entertainment System. I’m getting my Megaman & Megaman 2 on! I’m ripping shit up in Castlevania. I administered brutal beatdowns in Streets of Rage and Spiderman (before dying – man, it’s been a while. I’m rusty). Even better, I went and downloaded Shining Force and showed the Runefaust baddies what a real armchair general can do.

Right. Anyway. Emulators: Good. car: good. Life: not bad. It’s looking less likely that I’ll be able to go see Concrete Blonde play, as I won’t even be able to pick up the moving van ’til 3, which doesn’t leave me much time to move my furniture even assuming I get everything else moved.

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In an e-mail I sent today:

But on the plus side, I’m going to go buy a bed today
(a Queen size – it’s only $30 more than the Queen!).

that’s completely not what I meant to say.

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🙂

I have my car. It is hot. I am about to post pictures. I am so unbelievably happy. The car rules. And then some!

Jetta from the Front Jetta from the Back
Jetta from the Side Jetta's Key!!

Enjoy!! 🙂

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Canucks, Gnome, telephones

We bombed Canadians.

Recall Magician: Apprentice, “Among man’s strange undertakings, war stood clearly forth as the strangest.”

I’m all about posting random little tidbits all of a sudden. Like, I went to high school with a girl who was a grip for a movie called Rose’s. I just think it’s cool that I know someone in the IMDb.

I’m trying to compile Gnome on Cygwin. It’s not easy. There’s a network mapping tool called Nomad, but it requires the Gnome libraries to work, and that’s the main thing I’m having trouble installing. Yay.

I grabbed a cup of coffee yesterday with Melinda. That was fun. Yay good company. And I got to talk to Christen and Dave! And Kiran! I spent a lot of time on the phone.

LJ‘s pretty cool, but I kinda want my own site back. I’m uber-interested in doing a nice clean php system with a db backend. That, and I’ve started doing a little research into importing PHP-Nuke data into a slashcode db.

Right.