defeated by literature…

Ever picked up a book, and only a few pages in said, “I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT ANY OF THIS MEANS SOMEBODY HAAALP!!” then throw it and run screaming? This happened to me with:

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The description sounded like a means to “legitimize” religion from a scientifically-minded viewpoint, to sort of bring them together as one or at least cooperate rather than compete. As a former atheist, such a thing sounded like excellent brain candy, especially considering the table of contents:

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The first few pages were promising:

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But a little later…

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Yeeeow! This material is already so far above my head that it hurt, it just HURT, made me feel UTTERLY DUMB. And I thought I was of pretty sound mind for kinda-sorta getting the gist of The Language of Metaphysical Experience — a piece detailing, partly, in how both scientists and theologians are on the same mission, and are failing in the exact same ways, for the exact same reasons. Anyway, perhaps I need to familiarize myself with the source material beforehand, or at least learn what in the world is scientific phenomenology, Thomist philosophy, Teilhardian hyperphysics, ontological cosmology, and so on…

Whelp, that one was too smart for me, so howabout:

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“Can we introduce emotion into the computer?” is how this book begins. And not even 25 pages in, I’m hooked. This one tickles my brain:

 

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Right now it’s still trying to convey a means of thinking about thoughts, how logic and reason vs. emotion and other more “dreamlike” and “poetic” states of consciousness can be thought of as a spectrum and are no more or less important than the other — though the former tends to be overemphasized by modern man, something I’ve long observed and contemplated. Though as a very “right-brained” or “gooey” individual (for whom thoughts are primarily sound and image [with very little logic or reason behind any of it] rather than words and other data as apparently are the form of most others’ imaginings) you could say I’m biased. 🙂

In any case, I can’t put this bloody thing down!

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Author: ma'habocath

ma'habocath knows some, tells much. ma'habocath knows few things others do. This one is a live-alone, full-time burger-flipper with an odd mind and too much to say. ma'hab always tries the best ma'hab can to keep up: • Chores • Bodybuilding and other health-nuttery • Japanese language studies • Culinary experimentation (see “other health-nuttery”) • Exploration of newfound spiritual territory • Exploration of my Self • Figuring out how to socialize well enough, mostly face-to-face • Backlogs: books, heavy metal, anime • Blogging, chatting, texting, and talking to whomever will listen about all of the above

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