The Grand Ellipses

I listen patiently when I am waiting for reality to respond. I act impulsively when I have no idea what's going on . . .

"The Grand Ellipses … “? I love that moment when i’m thinking about something, or listening to something and i have that … moment. It’s that pause before you have your realization of clarity. So, i thought that would be a good name for this, to refer to that grand moment when we let our mind settle, let the questions and turbulence stir a bit and allow free thought to reign.

Demon Possession . . .

When I was a Christian, I believed that the devil was a real thing. I used to believe that hell was a real place that any non Christian would end up. I remember seeing a production of "Heaven's gates, Hell's Flames" at Parkview Baptist Church and it filled me with such fear and awe that I told everyone about it. The idea of us being demon possessed is frightening, especially when you actually believe in it!

Here's the deal though. Just like angels or god or jesus . . . . we can't see them or prove their existence. Virtually everyone in the modern world has a camera on that at any given time and yet, no one has ever gotten photographic evidence. These devices can also record audio, yet there is no audio evidence either. That's pretty convenient. Maybe the devil is just that much of a trickster. Perhaps god doesn't want to be seen and only wants you to "see" him/her in your heart. These are pretty convenient excuses. There are many famous exorcists and they have yet to provide evidence of any of the stories they have told. Here is a "news" report that was just done in Oklahoma:

The bible is clear. “The devil prowls like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Really? Is the Bible really all that clear? In the Old Testament, "demon" or "devil" are never used. Satan is . . . mostly in the detestable book of Job. Most people think that Lucifer is satan or the devil. I have spoken about this at length here

People will only believe that they are demon possessed when they are taught what a demon is. They don't have to have proof of this or to ever see a demon. Their actions and their personhood is demonized and they are said to be possessed. There are gay people who think they're possessed and that's why they're gay. It doesn't matter that we understand this as a matter of biology today. THEY ARE POSSESSED. People who are questioning their faith are said to be possessed. The struggling and rebellious child is said to be possessed. The atheist is said to be possessed. 

I can say pretty confidently that demons, the devil, satan, lucifer, evil spirits . . . call it what you want, they don't exist. ISIS isn't demon possessed. They are shitheads who follow a really shitty book. Hitler wasn't demon possessed. He was a deranged mastermind that had this to say:

The personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.
— http://www.evilbible.com/hitler_was_christian.htm

There is a massive list of really shitty people, but it comes down to this . . . these things do not exist. There is a great quote from the movie The Usual Suspects that any movie nerd knows.

The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

That's actually rephrased from Baudelaire, but clever nonetheless. I'd like to attempt a reverse rephrase of this. 

The worst idea the human race ever convinced itself of, was that the devil did indeed exist.
— Mark Stickney

We don't need to look any further than ourselves. We are the demons and the devils that we like to personify. We are the things that go bump in the night. We are the ones prowling, seeking someone to devour. We use these ideas as scapegoats because we are ultimately uncomfortable accepting the reality of a situation. Furthermore, there is a massive difference between the biological naturalism of homosexuality and, lets say, molesting a young boy or decapitating a reporter. Or the difference between being black and beating your wife for talking out of place. Certain things have been proven to be natural and not harmful in any way, even though we once thought them to be otherwise . . . for no good reason. On the other hand . . . other things will just, ultimately, take really shitty and uneducated people who cling to a constant disregard of reality.

Things I used to believe . . .

This is a new section i've added to the site. I'm using it to challenge myself. There a great many things that i have believed in in my short life so far. I'm also sure that there are things that I currently believe to be true, that are simply false. We all do it. We all believe in things that are untrue or that are unreal. That's been the purpose of this website from the start, is to attack and discuss ideas that are worth attacking and discussing. Not just religion and theology. I want to know more . . . about everything! I want to know if the the things that I believe to be true are, in reality, true. I want to know if I am full of shit on something. Sometimes there's not an easy answer and maybe not even a clear one. Sometimes, we just don't know . . . and that's ok. It's better than making things up or pointing to the wrong places and sources. 

That is all for this. I hope people are enjoying.

10% of the brain . . .

I remember when I thought that this was true, that we only use about 10% of our brain at any given time and that there are areas to be opened or activated. I think I believed this up until fairly recently . . . maybe 5 years or so ago. I don't know, I can't remember the last time I was telling somebody about using a hallucinogen when I was younger and recalling the "doors of perception" opening. I lumped "heightened" experiences via hallucinogens with the 10% myth. Do hallucinogens make us perceive things that we might not have otherwise? Of course they do. Does that mean that compartments of our brain are unused and need to be opened? Of course not. Through PET scans and fMRI technology, we know that all parts of the brain are used, unless there is brain damage. I'm no neuroscientist, but there are many out there that have proven this to be true. 

Even in sleep, our brain is heavily active.

Even in sleep, our brain is heavily active.

This gets a little more interesting when people use the word "potential". And by "more interesting", I mean that they have added another word to something that still doesn't make sense. Parents say things like this all the time to their kids when they feel disappointed in them. "You're not living up to your potential" or "You're only using 10% of your potential" . . . or whatever arbitrary percentage they want to throw on that statement. We now know that the brain doesn't stop developing until about 25 years old. We used to think it stopped when we were 16 or so. So, "potential" seems like a weird word to show disappointment in someone. What if they don't know yet? What if no one taught them properly, or taught them incorrectly? What if they are fully developed, but still haven't been taught properly or at all? What if they have brain damage?

It's weird . . . we don't know that much about the brain, but we know a hell of a lot more than we used to and we're understanding more everyday. I think there should be a modifier to this myth to make it real. EVEN THOUGH WE USE ALL OF OUR BRAIN, IT SOMETIMES "LOOKS" LIKE WE ONLY USE 10% BECAUSE WE STOP THINKING FOR OURSELVES AND USE FALSE KNOWLEDGE. That's more than just a modifier, oh well.

There is a movie coming out this summer called LUCY. I'm not gonna lie . . . it looks pretty badass. It's written and directed by Luc Besson, who I happen to enjoy a lot. Watch this trailer real quick so I don't talk about the plot at length:

I don't know if Besson believes this to be true and I don't really care. He's a story teller making a badass action/scifi film. It's nonsense that using more percentage points of our brain can make us stronger and better human beings because it's not a real thing. And when it comes to entertainment, that doesn't matter. I'm entertained all the time by shit that is absurd. However, in real life, we can't just make shit up or believe these things without question. 

Here are some things to read regarding the claim:

https://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/tenper.html

http://www.csicop.org/si/show/the_ten-percent_myth/

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/people-only-use-10-percent-of-brain/