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    I have less of a problem with associating some deity with the big stuff around us - earth, sky, sea, etc. - than I do with the assignment of their progeny. A son or a daughter - why? And how do the names get selected?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd 2014
     
    Bards, troubadours, skalds, tellers of tales. Good names are their business.

    Names are important.
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    "Skald" is a new one for me. It was a silly question. Science fiction writers make up names all the time.
    And the whole pantheon thing is basically story telling.
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    I realised recently that I may get through my entire life without anyone having asked me "Are you the Keymaster?"
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      CommentAuthormagic moment
    • CommentTimeAug 28th 2014 edited
     
    Are you the Keymaster?

    ETA: No, I am not the Gatekeeper.
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    Well, one more thing to check off the bucket list.
    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2014
     
    The GateKeeper and the Keymaster must have some wild parties.
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    Ocean. Spoon. Time
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    It's a good thing that reality is not predicated upon our understanding of it
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2014
     
    I can see you are not an adherent of the Strong Anthropic Principle.
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    I'm here because the Universe permits it, not the other way around.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2014
     
    No Anthropicists here, it seems.
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    Gentlemen, please do not conflate existence with the understanding thereof
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2014
     
    Cogito ergo sum.
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    And the universe does not give a tinker's
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    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanGentlemen, please do not conflate existence with the understanding thereof

    It's pretty hard to do much of the latter, unless you have the former well in hand.
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    Posted By: AngusCogito ergo sum.

    Circular and question-begging. Rather, the TKartesian formula goes "It thinks... therefore it thinks I am."
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    I like that a whole lot better
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2014
     
    Makes no sense
    "It thinks" is ok.
    But why does it follow that the it that thinks must think I am?

    How about

    "There is that which thinks which thinks it is me, I think"
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    If an alien mothership suddenly appeared and hovered low over some minor country - say Spain - what would really happen?

    I think we'd try radio and optical comms first. Then we'd try to land on it and enter.