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Cosmic Quote #30

“In my next life, I want to live backwards: start out dead ….and finish as an orgasm.”–Woody Allen

I just had to put up another Woody quote after my last post.  Can you just imagine what Benjamin Button would have been like if Woody filmed it (or wrote it originally!).

OK, enough distraction; conjecture #5 is coming next.  I promise.

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Photo Op #7–Halloweirdos

“I haven’t seen my analyst in 200 years.  If I had been going all this time, I’d probably be cured by now.”–Woody Allen, as Miles Monroe, in Sleeper.

“We should have had sex, but there weren’t enough people.”–Diane Keaton, as Luna Schlosser, in Sleeper.

Halloween does bring out the weirdos.  In this case me, emulating one of my favorite personages to quote, and my better half.  The characters are from the Woody Allen 1973 classic, Sleeper, which in my estimation is one of the funniest movies ever made.  His comic genius reached an apex with great gags, including the orb, the orgasmatron and the discovery of a 200 year old Volkswagen Beetle that started up on the first try.

We'll get stoned with the orb.  We would have brought the orgasmatron to the party but it wouldn't fit in the car.

We’ll get stoned with the orb. We would have brought the orgasmatron, but it wouldn’t fit in the car.

Gimme that!

Gimme that!  (Don’t we look just like Diane and Woody?)

The original orgsasmatron.  Woohoo!

The original orgsasmatron. Woohoo!

The original Woody!

The original Woody!

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Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof and Family–Methinks the Lady Doth Protest Too Much

My monthly contribution to The Blog of Funny Names!

The Blog of Funny Names

“I hate ridiculous names;  my weird name has haunted me all my life.”–Peaches Geldof

Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof, (March 13, 1989–) is a British Journalist, model and TV host.  She may also be the one and only personage ever honored on these pages who actually claims to dislike her name.  As for the excess of protestation alluded to in the title of this post (thanks Will Shakespeare!) we’ll deal with that later in the article.

But first let’s get with the origins of the name and her celebrity.  The middle daughter of British punk rocker Bob Geldof and Paula Yates,  Peaches is situated between younger sister Pixie Geldof and older sister Fifi Trixbelle Geldof.  Let’s also not forget her younger half-sister, Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof.  It seems that her parents just couldn’t bring themselves to name their girls Mary or Sarah or Jennifer.  Pixie…Fifi…Peaches…Tiger Lily…these names sound like a…

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Cosmic Quotes) #29

“Science is magic that works.”-Kurt Vonnegut

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”–Arthur C. Clarke

www.cartoonstock.com Used with permission

http://www.cartoonstock.com Used with permission

If I could write like Clarke or Vonnegut, that would be indistinguishable from magic.  The fact that I can still get up in the morning–or most mornings, anyway–that is magic.  Now if that little fairy to the left would only tell me what to write next…

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Time Out: Possibilianism

“Our reality depends on what our biology is up to.”–David Eagleman

“What a life in science really teaches you is the vastness of our ignorance.”–David Eagleman

Note: Regular followers of this blog will have noted that I avoid discussions of religion and faith issues herein.  There is a reason for this:  I am not interested in discussing them.  Anyway, if you have read many of my posts you will likely have figured out where I stand on this by now.  However, I am making an exception with this post for a specific reason.  Possiblianism is to faith, what these Millennium Conjectures are to physics and metaphysics.  I am speculating on what might be the answers to unknown questions, based on what we do know about physics and cosmology–all the while keeping an open mind and not drawing any absolute conclusions.

In between theism and atheism lies a vast limbo generally referred to as agnosticism.   While the dictionary definition of agnostic is someone who believes the answer to the question of god’s existence and/or the meaning of life is unknowable, the term is often used more broadly.  The agnostic may be undecided.  The agnostic may not care and consider the question irrelevant.  Some point to such individuals and say they are just too wishy-washy to make up their minds.  The common thread among all of these, though, is that the agnostic sees no firm proof either way.  Along comes Possibilianism, which might be seen as a sort of proactive form of agnosticism.

The term Possibilianism was coined and defined by neuro-scientist and author David Eagleman, in discussion of his book, Sum: 40 Tales from the Afterlife.  When asked by an NPR interviewer whether he was a theist or atheist,  Eagleman replied that he considers himself Possiblian.   “I’m open to…ideas that we don’t have any way of testing right now,” he said.  That is a good way of explaining what my Millennium Conjectures are as well.

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I’ve read Sum, which is a compilation of 40 possible scenarios for what happens when we die;  none of these scenarios are typical religious views of heaven or hell,

or atheist views of eternal nothingness.   Many of the scenarios seem over-the-top bizarre.  Except when you stop to think about it.  None of them are really any more preposterous than what most religions already believe.  But all of them do have rather strong moral or philosophical points to them;  they are all excellent fodder for contemplation.   At any rate, it was a best seller that received rave reviews from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, The Observer and The Los Angeles Times.  

Below is a short You Tube discussion of the concept by Eagleman.  There are much longer ones available if you have the time and inclination.  As for my ever getting to conjecture #5,  I think I’m finally done with the preliminaries, so, yes, it’s a possibility!

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