Sunday 19th of September 2021




Ah!... the simple choice!!! The dreaded choice, the idiotic sophistic choice...

"You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to"
– C.S. Lewis,
Mere Christianity

Gus: Ah!... The simple choice!!! The dreaded choice, the idiotic sophistic choice contained in this simpleton mind.

C. S. Lewis of course, the writer of the "Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Space Trilogy" to me was a simpleton — a wide-eyed loony living in fairyland on the border of l'art brut — with the christian god as his friend. Fair enough... While he admired Beatrix Potter's anthropomorphic animals, he may not have realised that her many stories and those of "Animal Farm"  by George Orwell, were powerful "allegories" to show the depths of human psychological behaviour in relationships. Lewis missed the point on all counts in his "nariations". His writings are loaded with the christian beliefs using characters from greek mythology and Irish fairy tales... One can say, Lewis Caroll was also a fantasist but his literary nonsense did not try — or at least as I can make out — to bring in christian moral notions in his writings. Lewis did.

I am unfair. I should not call Lewis a simpleton... He had a great imagination. And when I say great I mean massive, rather than focused and/or related. For example Einstein had a super imagination which was focused and related to observations and knowledge.

C. S. Lewis' work indulged in the fantastic world, like in children's mind where things are mostly surreal, random and undefined due to lack of knowledge — or lack of prior interpretation of perceptions and where anything will fill the void between our ears. The trick here if for Lewis to harness this wild horsey with christian values and bob is your uncle...

Has C. S. Lewis really said or written the quote above?... If he has, it's a humongous con-trick, a naive sophism that does not allow us for one microsecond to believe that Jesus may have just been A "GOOD" MAN — a "good" man like Confucius or Buddha — as simple as that... No, this idea would be too horrid for those who believe he was the son of god. So either Jesus was the devil or god. No middle round... Middle ground is anathema to believers.

The only thing where Lewis could be right about in his space novels — written when the world populace was around 2.5 billion — is "the abolition of man". A dire prediction about the de-humanisation of "man's" life. As we reach our 7 billionth individual, probably a female of the species, we still face the prospect of a wipe-out... But it's unlikely to be total.

Change is in the nature of nature and of the universe. It's for us not to precipitate a disastrous change and/or to be prepared for change. Humans, at this stage of earth history, are the most adaptable species to change. Our travelling companions, some ugly and some beautiful, some nasty and some nice, according to our anthropomorphic thoughts, may not be so lucky.

I have news for you

As we have travelled the long corridors of the West, it seems that we cannot know ourselves. In the post-Lockean West, the self and the body are thought to be blank slates to be written upon, canvasses to be painted upon, clay to be moulded according to our will.

We looked into the space of the body and did not find the soul; we looked deep into our brains and did not find the mind. There was nothing to be known here in this body, in this self.

The true story is that told by those who abstract from names in the sterile spaces of the laboratory, who abstract from the real bodies and real lives.

We are, in a way, just corpses seeking to know other corpses. No names except those names of parts that the anatomist has laid over the body. No importance to this hand, or that face, or that womb that bore others. No meaning, just an empty vessel. Or at least that is the story we have been told, or that we have told ourselves.



Gus: While we are alive, we are defined by our memory, our actions, our relationships, our skin, our beauty our ugliness, our talents, our stylistic fluidity, our animality... and our foods. For many people, it is a horrific thought that the complex bio-structure, that we are, does not have an angel attached or a soul to survive beyond this strange world.

Thus according to some Xtians and other religious nuts, god is trying to test us with the fact we are built like other animals, including the beef we slaughter on this planet, halal or not... But if we believe in god, we get redeption from this body that eats and craps.

I have news for you:



teaching aid dummy — picture by Gus.

sex with the dead penguin to keep it warm?...

It was the sight of a young male Adélie penguin attempting to have sex with a dead female that particularly unnerved George Murray Levick, a scientist with the 1910-13 Scott Antarctic Expedition. No such observation had ever been recorded before, as far as he knew, and Levick, a typical Edwardian Englishman, was horrified. Blizzards and freezing cold were one thing. Penguin perversion was another.

Worse was to come, however. Levick spent the Antarctic summer of 1911-12 observing the colony of Adélies at Cape Adare, making him the only scientist to this day to have studied an entire breeding cycle there. During that time, he witnessed males having sex with other males and also with dead females, including several that had died the previous year. He also saw them sexually coerce females and chicks and occasionally kill them.

Levick blamed this "astonishing depravity" on "hooligan males" and wrote down his observations in Greek so that only an educated gentleman would understand the horrors he had witnessed. Back in Britain he produced a paper (in English), titled Natural History of the Adélie Penguin. However, the section about the animal's sexual proclivities was deemed to be so shocking it was removed to preserve decency. Levick then used this material as the basis for a separate short paper, Sexual Habits of the Adélie Penguin, which was privately circulated among a handful of experts.

Test Tube Baby

Test Tube Baby The first IVF baby was Louise Brown, born at 11:47 p.m. on July 25, 1978 at Oldham General Hospital, Oldham, England through a planned caesarean section. She weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces (2.608 kg) at birth. Dr. Patrick Steptoe, a gynecologist at Oldham General Hospital, and Dr. Robert Edwards, a physiologist at Cambridge University, had been actively working on finding an alternative solution for conception since 1966.

the fairies, the pixies and the gnomes of paradise...

Alister McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, and Gresham Professor of Divinity. Among his many books are The Big Question: Why We Can't Stop Talking about God, Science, and FaithC.S. Lewis - A Life. Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet and The Intellectual World of C.S. Lewis.


The ABC (Australian Bum Crap) religious division is yet again promoting the same religious Narnia-ism of Alister McGrath as five years ago, if my memory is not failing me. Annoying. Read from top. No-one can be a professor of science and religion in the same sane mind — especially at a so-called reputable university. Go away...

penguins versus devils...

A project to preserve endangered Tasmanian devils on a small island has backfired after the predators killed seabirds in large numbers, a conservation group says.

A small number of devils were shipped to Maria Island east of Tasmania, Australia, in 2012.

The move aimed to protect the mammals from a deadly facial cancer that had driven them towards extinction.

The devils have recovered since, but the island project has come at a cost.

The introduction of the devils to the island has had "a catastrophic impact on one or more bird species", according to BirdLife Tasmania, a local conservation organisation.

Citing a government survey, BirdLife Tasmania said a population of little penguins that numbered 3,000 breeding pairs in 2012 had disappeared from the island.


"Losing 3,000 pairs of penguins from an island that is a national park that should be a refuge for this species basically is a major blow," said Dr Eric Woehler, a researcher for the group.

Dr Woehler said the outcome was no surprise given what research shows about the introduction of mammals to oceanic islands.


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