[FoRK] materialism

Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> on 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.
>
> Cool!
>
>> 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?"

jb



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