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Sat Dec 29 14:50:04 PST 2007
On Dec 29, 2007, at 12:05 PM, Dr. Ernie Prabhakar wrote:
> Hi Lucas,
> On Dec 29, 2007, at 9:13 AM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
>> Lately I have stopped saying that I am an atheist. Instead I am
>> saying that I am a materialist.
>> I like this because it rejects all kinds of mysticism, not just the
>> mega religions. This is good because private beliefs in informal
>> magic are more common among my peers than active belief in
>> Christianity, Judaism, or Islam.
> I appreciate the attempt to frame things in a positive light.
> Could you perhaps elaborate a bit more? For example, do you also
> consider belief in things like "love" and "beauty" aspects of
> mysticism? Or do you have a way to define so-called "transcendent"
> values in material terms?
> -- Ernie P.
Sidebar: can these things be quantified, or do they have to be
unquantifiable / ineffable in order to "matter?"
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