Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sometimes levity is very helpful.

I was discussing proofs for God with some friends online and the following post came up with my answer to give a funny view.


"Nothing changes itself. Apparently self-moving things, like animal bodies, are moved by desire or will—something other than mere molecules. "

This is, of course, untrue. If you want an example of molecules changing, concider the hydrogen inside the Sun being converted to helium. There are enormous-but-well-understood forces at work - mainly high temperature and pressure - which cause these molecules to change from one form to another. No desire, no will. That's just how molecules behave under those conditions. The same argument used to be made about lightning. What caused lightning? Must be the gods' wills! Once we understood static charges, the need for god simply vanished.

Oh CZ. You so misunderstand the way things work. The Hydrogen would not turn to helium without the Flying Spaghetti Monster touching each and every one with his (or is it her?) noodley appendage. Its like balls on a billiards table. Duh! It takes someone with the magical pool stick and a cue ball to get the balls going!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Well its been a while since I posted anything here. I put up a few things on my poetry and prose page lately but not here.

The last few months have been a whirlwind. My younger son played freshman high school basketball. The poor guys lost every game. But they had fun and didn't get to down. They had a great coach. He did an amazing job just getting them to where they were at by the end of the season. They just didn't quite meld.

Health is still problematic. I'm now handicapped and don't like being restricted in activity. My heart is in bad shape. Circumflex artery is completely gone. I'm still able to teach fencing and fence a bit with the students. I still can give them a run for their money. But its tough and I fight angina and breathing problems every day. Gets depressing at times but class picks me back up. I put everything I have into it.