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  • lungi Archives - Unreal Blog
    ithiyan pillerude appan guess what you re a central Travancore Syrian Christian Malayali If you have a Tamilian parked in front of your house every Sunday ironing your clothes chances are a you are a Middle Class Malayali If you have more than three employee trade unions at your place of work then ask no more you are indeed a Malayali If you have voted into power a Chief Minister who has not passed the 4th grade then ask no further YOU ARE A MALAYALI If you have at least two relatives working in the US in the health industry yes Malayali If you religiously buy a lottery ticket every week then you re in the Malayali Zone If you describe a woman as charrakku yep Malayali If you constantly refer to banana as benana or pizza as pissa you re a Malayali If you use coconut oil instead of refined vegetable oil and can t figure out why people in your family have congenital heart problems you might be a Malayali If you are going out to see a movie at the local theater with your wifey wearing all the gold jewellry gifted to her by her parents you are a newly married Malayali If you and your wife and three children dress up in your Sunday best and go out to have biriyani at Kayikka s on a 100 cc Bajaj mobike you an upwardly mobile Malayali from Cochin If your idea of haute cuisine is kappa and meen curry then yes you are a Malayali If you have beef puttu for breakfast beef olathu for lunch and beef curry with borotta for dinner yeah definitely Malalyali If your name is Wislon and your wife s name is Baby and you name your daughter Wilby have no doubts

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  • trade unions Archives - Unreal Blog
    Kettiyon ithiyan pillerude appan guess what you re a central Travancore Syrian Christian Malayali If you have a Tamilian parked in front of your house every Sunday ironing your clothes chances are a you are a Middle Class Malayali If you have more than three employee trade unions at your place of work then ask no more you are indeed a Malayali If you have voted into power a Chief Minister who has not passed the 4th grade then ask no further YOU ARE A MALAYALI If you have at least two relatives working in the US in the health industry yes Malayali If you religiously buy a lottery ticket every week then you re in the Malayali Zone If you describe a woman as charrakku yep Malayali If you constantly refer to banana as benana or pizza as pissa you re a Malayali If you use coconut oil instead of refined vegetable oil and can t figure out why people in your family have congenital heart problems you might be a Malayali If you are going out to see a movie at the local theater with your wifey wearing all the gold jewellry gifted to her by her parents you are a newly married Malayali If you and your wife and three children dress up in your Sunday best and go out to have biriyani at Kayikka s on a 100 cc Bajaj mobike you an upwardly mobile Malayali from Cochin If your idea of haute cuisine is kappa and meen curry then yes you are a Malayali If you have beef puttu for breakfast beef olathu for lunch and beef curry with borotta for dinner yeah definitely Malalyali If your name is Wislon and your wife s name is Baby and you name your daughter Wilby have no

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  • The Origins of Gods - Unreal Blog
    mere hypothesis My focus in this post is the possible origin of the God hypothesis The first point to note is that those who believe in God are overwhelmingly likely to believe in their parents God If God of any particular religion was absolutely the true one how could it be that the believers seem to have this faith in their parents God The only explanation seems to be that it is only a filial faith in their parents rather than any divine truth that is driving their subscription to any particular God The second point is the incompatibility among the one true Gods of the world s religions Those who believe in the God of their parents scriptures are forced to conclude that the adherents of other religions are condemned to eternal damnation They are in effect atheists with respect to the Gods of all other religions Given that all true Gods cannot all be true at the same time is it not more likely that all of them are inventions rather than discoveries That they are human creations This point by the way is one on which all the theist debaters are remarkably silent probably because political correctness dictates that they not speak ill of other religions Once you accept that all Gods are human creations you can ask the question why Why did our ancestors feel the need to create the concept of God I believe it is the same urge that created our sciences the urge to understand explain and control our surroundings Much like our scientific theories God also started as a hypothesis I heard this point in some of the debates and it is a point that I made in my teens when I first had to explain and defend my atheism Yes my godlessness started a long time ago As our real sciences expanded to explain more and more of what we saw around us the God hypothesis became progressively more superfluous But I can imagine a time when God was the only hypothesis that gave answers albeit circular and useless ones to all our questions At the current state of our collective knowledge however our filial affinity to God and adherence to religious practice is a liability at best and often a deadly obsession Even when relatively benign faith generated clergy to whom the general population entrusted their divine entreaties and therefore political powers The clergy thanks to their superior education probably appreciated the true nature of God better than the rest but stuck to their guns and held on to power In fact the true effects of faith in God went farther than such uneven distribution of power and wealth Faith also provided a ready justification to such inequities and an invitation to accept them with meekness with assurances of the this kind Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven The self proclaimed representatives of God always held sway over the general

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  • Nietzsche Archives - Unreal Blog
    and knowing Theist believe that there was a God to be discovered Atheists know that we humans invented the concept of God Belief and knowledge differ only slightly knowledge is merely a very very strong belief A belief is considered knowledge when it fits in nicely with a larger worldview which is very much like how a hypothesis in physics becomes a theory While a theory such as Quantum Mechanics for instance is considered to be knowledge or the way the physical world really is it is best not to forget the its lowly origin as a mere hypothesis My focus in this post is the possible origin of the God hypothesis Continue reading atheism Debates Nietzsche Humor Philosophy Quotes God s Blunder August 21 2008 manoj Scriptures tell us in different ways depending on our denomination and affiliation that God created the world and everything in it including us This is creationism in a nutshell Standing in the other corner all gloved up to knock the daylight out of creationism is science It tells us that we came out of complete lifelessness through successive mutations goaded by the need to survive This is Evolution a view so widely accepted that the use of capital E is almost justified All our experience and knowledge point to the rightness the Evolution idea It doesn t totally preclude the validity of God but it does make it more likely that we humans created God It must be just us humans for we don t see a cat saying Lord s grace before devouring a mouse And given the inconveniences caused by the God concept wars crusades the dark ages ethnic cleansing religious riots terrorism and so on it certainly looks like a blunder No wonder Nietzsche said On the other hand if

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  • Atheism and Unreal God - Unreal Blog
    they form seemingly distinct realms of existence they can causally influence each other When my mind wants to write this idea down my physical hand actually grabs a pen and writes it A physical substance a glass of scotch can effectively make my mental ideas fairly incoherent This dualism by the way does not enjoy currency in the philosophical circles of our time but it is the natural way we look at the world And theists love this world view because they can say that God is of mental substance residing in the spiritual realm immune to physical laws of existence and logical repudiation This line of thinking is echoed in the Hindu philosophy as well which considers our consciousness a droplet of a vast ocean of cosmic Brahma from which everything emanates and unto which everything will eventually merge The vast cosmic consciousness might as well be called God Stripped of the fancy lingo the argument simply means that God lives in our minds To a believer God is as real as his mind And to the extent that both believers and non believers don t understand mind and consciousness how can anyone logically dispute the claim I don t know why theists don t make this argument more forcefully Perhaps a God living only in our mind is a diminished God devoid of His omnipotence and omniscience Then again everything is in our mind The whole universe is only a cognitive construct in our minds So is the notion of cognitive constructs and minds it is all a baffling infinite regression a dream within a dream My only counter argument would be that this claim also is an attempt to conjure up a God out of our ignorance Sure we don t know everything about mind and consciousness

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  • craig Archives - Unreal Blog
    for this particular argument and make it more formal Continue reading atheism craig Debates god hitchens Debates Philosophy Physics Atheism vs God Experience May 6 2015 manoj I have a reason for delaying this post on the fifth and last argument for God by Dr William Lane Craig It holds more potency than immediately obvious While it is easy to write it off because it is a subjective experiential argument the lack of credence we attribute to subjectivity is in itself a result of our similarly subjective acceptance of what we consider objective reason and rationality I hope that this point will become clearer as you read this post and the next one Continue reading atheism craig Debates god hitchens Debates Philosophy Physics Atheism and the Morality of the Godless April 27 2015 manoj In the previous post we considered the cosmological argument that the Big Bang theory is an affirmation of a God and a teleological argument that the highly improbable fine tuning of the universe proves the existence of intelligent creation We saw that the cosmological argument is nothing more than an admission of our ignorance although it may be presented in any number of fancy forms such as the cause of the universe is an uncaused cause which is God for instance The teleological argument comes from a potentially wilful distortion of the anthropic principle The next one that Dr Craig puts forward is the origin of morality which has no grounding if you assume that atheism is true Continue reading atheism craig Debates god hitchens Debates Philosophy Physics Atheism Christian God or Lack Thereof April 21 2015 manoj Prof William Lane Craig is way more than a deist he is certainly a theist In fact he is more than that he believes that God is as

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  • hitchens Archives - Unreal Blog
    it off because it is a subjective experiential argument the lack of credence we attribute to subjectivity is in itself a result of our similarly subjective acceptance of what we consider objective reason and rationality I hope that this point will become clearer as you read this post and the next one Continue reading atheism craig Debates god hitchens Debates Philosophy Physics Atheism and the Morality of the Godless April 27 2015 manoj In the previous post we considered the cosmological argument that the Big Bang theory is an affirmation of a God and a teleological argument that the highly improbable fine tuning of the universe proves the existence of intelligent creation We saw that the cosmological argument is nothing more than an admission of our ignorance although it may be presented in any number of fancy forms such as the cause of the universe is an uncaused cause which is God for instance The teleological argument comes from a potentially wilful distortion of the anthropic principle The next one that Dr Craig puts forward is the origin of morality which has no grounding if you assume that atheism is true Continue reading atheism craig Debates god hitchens Debates Philosophy Physics Atheism Christian God or Lack Thereof April 21 2015 manoj Prof William Lane Craig is way more than a deist he is certainly a theist In fact he is more than that he believes that God is as described in the scriptures of his flavor of Christianity I am not an expert in that field so I don t know exactly what that flavor is But the arguments he gave do not go much farther than the deism He gave five arguments to prove that God exists and he invited Hitchens to refute them Hitchens did not at least

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  • Atheism vs. God Experience - Unreal Blog
    or is deliberately misrepresenting his experience But I don t think that is the case at all I can see that Prof Craig is an earnest man highly intelligent and educated with no reason at all to misrepresent anything However it is not my trust in his integrity or credentials that prompts me to take his experiential argument very seriously It is the fact that I also implicitly believe in certain things merely because of my immediate personal experience of them I am talking about my mind I know that I have a mind because I can feel it experience it every waking moment of my life It is the one that is doing the thinking process behind these posts It is the one that feels the pain when personal losses occur or when I walk into a coffee table It is the one that takes pride and pleasure in my little victories So it is real But how do I prove it to anyone that I have a mind This of course is the basis of solipsism that a lot of philosophers grappled with How do you know that there are other minds Sartre concluded that he could prove to you that he had a mind essentially because he could embarrass or shame you Granting that the French are pretty good at it feeling of shame as a proof for the existence of other minds is not totally satisfactory But of course about the existence of my mind I don t need any proof I know that I have a mind So it is with the believer Or so it could be because I don t know what it is like to be a believer To a believer no proof for the existence of God is necessary He can

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