Fat Thinking

Mr Chaput added: “Caloric overcompensation following intellectual work, combined with the fact we are less physically active when doing intellectual tasks, could contribute to the obesity epidemic currently observed in industrialised countries.

Full article from: 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/4043727/Too-much-thinking-can-make-you-fat.html

I agree. 

I think Arthur Pink’s advice on diet should be made public and recommended to all who think a lot.

Tuesdays with Morrie – A Quick Read

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4 hours. 4 full hours. 

That’s how long it took me to finish this short book, through Youth Camp. That means this is not going to be an extensive review on the structure and the intricate (subtle) messages conveyed. I thought this was quite a straight forward story written by an established writer. 

It is not gripping, but it (the writing) flows smoothly, making it not a burden to flip the next page until you have finished it. 

My quick thoughts on this (which I will address more thoroughly in Youth Fellowship, next few months):

  • It brings out a very important question that was previously overlooked in popular books – death. 
  • It conveys the much-sought after affirmation for non-believers that death is not a problem for atheists or non-believers. Here is one who is not afraid to die. 
  • It conveys the message that “how you go out of this world” is more important than “where you go after this world”. 
  • It does not address the issue of ‘absolutes’ in life. It depends on a relativistic mindset, which strangely embraces that ‘doing good’ is the ultimate direction one should take in facing death. Does not try to address the question, why that is important, given that everything is relativistic. 
  • It believes that utility (hedonism) is a valid measurement even in death. Not fleshy hedonism, but could be intangible ones. 
  • It does not believe in judgment of God (which of course is logically given that they are relativistic in nature). 
  • I like the way Albom paces the chapters (each chapter is short, putting no burden in the reader’s mind). Very good way of encouraging people to read. 
  • Guides the thoughts of the reader, by creating emphaty, and then immersion (in the writing style). Something I will remember to use next time (in letter writing).  
  • It truly believes that man can change and sustain that change by themselves. Self-sufficiency is the underlying foundation that is presupposed on the reader; the issue is the ‘driver’.
  • It tries to break the readers mindsets very early in the book. I recognise the techniques from the Creativity class which I thought previously in university. Edward de Bono…. hehehehe….

I think I can see why many are ‘entranced’ by the message of the book. It is a ‘hopeful’ message. It gives the reader, the inkling that ‘there is a chance to still make your life count for something’. However, significance is never by itself, devoid of measurements. This is where the logic (or the premise) falls down. The measurements proposed are relativistic, and thus, it shifts according to the person’s persona, and is not consistent for the various backgrounds which the readers will likely come from. 

Positive point: It deals and brings the reader to the taboo of ‘death’ in the modern world. It wants to be honest and frank about it and not to shy away from the topic. 

The end.

Cancer Causes Part 2

Earlier reports have already linked their use to brain tumours, headaches and premature ageing. Now scientists sat exposure to the phones’ low-level radiation causes red blood cells to leak haemoglobin. The build-up of haemoglobin, which carries oxygen around the body, can lead to heart disease and kidney stones.

The findings will heighten alarm over the safety of mobile phones which are used by more than 13 million people in Britain. In the latest research, scientists exposed samples of blood to varying degrees of microwave radiation for periods between ten to 60 hours.

Even at lower levels than those emitted by mobile phones, the cells leaked haemoglobin. Professor Edward Tuddenham, a haemotologist at the Imperial College Medical School based in Hammersmith Hospital, West London, said the findings were worrying and he wanted to see the study followed up. ‘The accumulation of haemoglobin in the body could result in heart disease or kidney stones,’ he warned.

The Department of Health said yesterday that the new study – carried out at the European Research Institute for Electronic Components in Bucharest – would be examined by a Government-appointed committee due to report on phone safety next year.

Full report here:  http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/4904/54/. But I am wondering where the real reports are? Cannot seem to trust all these ‘reports’ without looking at the real documents (or having a reliable source do that for us consumers). 

Aiya-ya-yai-ya…..

😦

Hmmmm…. mobile phones…. what about the radiation emited by computers? I think we are living in a radiated environment! Arghhhhhhhhhhhhh!

I need one of those cool protective suits (ala Half Life!). Hahaha…. hmmm…. not much of a laughing matter anymore.

Sigh.

Modern Assumptions-Churning Mindset

It is mind-boggling how modern day assumptions made on ‘weak evidences’ are taken as though it is factual. Case in point: http://digg.com/political_opinion/Barack_Obama_to_Swear_in_on_Homosexual_Atheist_s_Bible – the post basically was made in relation to recent allegations that Abraham Lincoln (yes, that Abraham Lincoln) is homosexual. 

Yes, that made me go    O_o     …. really? 

Made a quick wiki trip (not the best scholarly source of course, but hey, it’s just a quick trip) and found http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexuality_of_Abraham_Lincoln, explaining the recent ‘debate’ (more like speculation) that Mr. Lincoln could have been ‘soft’ and at worse… homosexual. 

Really….

That’s the allegations. 

But then again, this is the age where any ‘idea’ can be turned into a factual knowledge without actual solid, grounded evidences. Who are the ‘alleged’ diary keepers? How do we know these were not the equivalent of our modern fan-fiction writer who fantasizes relationships with other people? It is way too speculative to prove anything, much more, re-write history of a man who was known to be patient and with much wisdom (courtesy of his wife’s temperament and condition). 

It is a modern mindset. 

Speculate everything. Accept everything. 

Except those who forbid that. 

Go figure. Relativistic modernists. They breed everywhere. 🙂

The Problem with Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

… it was uninspiring. To me at least. I can imagine why many people would like his lecture; it was a celebration of what a human life could do… (to achieve your dreams). But the glaring assumptions and problems with that approach is very obvious. 

Imagine a person who is telling you how cool things are only if you happen to be within a particular upbringing, conditions and geographical area. What Paush says is totally irrelevant to the person who is dying in a foreign country that is under war for generations. It may sound ‘achievable’ but it only applies to some people in this world, and not to the human race hollistically. It is a wilful ignorance of certain things that have plagued man and woman since the beginning of Creation. 

His final notes?

  • Be good at something: It makes you valuable.
  • Work hard… “What’s your secret?”
  • Find the best in everybody; no matter how you have to wait for them to show it
  • Be prepared: “luck” is where preparation meets opportunity

I’m sad to see so many people thinking this is the best advice and best last words that man can offer, especially when the person is definitely an atheistic-hedonese.

Anyone can be the PM?

This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard from our political scene. Right off Obama’s victory: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/11/6/nation/2469131&sec=nation

It is possible for anyone from a minority group to be a nation’s leader, even in Malaysia, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi.

“It is up to the people to decide, just as the Americans had done through the democratic process,” he said while extending his congratulations to Senator Barack Obama.

This is funny because of our history, mentality and a whole lot of human sinfulness that are reflected in the socio-political arena in Malaysia. 

Anyone?

Hahaha… what a laugh.

Militant Atheism and Spore

Thought this was very telling of the characteristics of these ‘new’ Militant Atheists. By the way, Spore is a game which is best described as the “Sim of everything”. “Sim” as in simulation. If you have played SimCity, you already know the premise. Will Wright’s Spore is coming out soon in a lot of platforms.

Eurogamer: You describe yourself as an atheist; take the so-called militant atheists like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, who see faith uniformly as a bad, negative and dangerous thing. Do you see it more benignly, even if you don’t necessarily believe?

Will Wright: Oh, I definitely see it more benignly. I see a lot of benefit and danger in religion like anything[…] I think our bigger fear was that we didn’t want to offend any religious people; but looking at the discussion that unfolded from this thing, what we had was a good sizeable group of players that we might call militant atheists, and the rest of the players seemed very tolerant, including all of the religious players.

And most of the atheists were very tolerant as well. I didn’t expect to hit hot buttons on the atheist side as much; I expected it on the religious side. But so far I’ve had no critical feedback at all from anybody who is religious feeling that we were misrepresenting religion or it was bad to represent religion in the game. It was really the atheists! (bold is my own emphasis)

Full article can be read from http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=211273

There you have it. Interesting indeed.

Gone are the days where Voltaire’s purported words “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” are held. It is now a full on assault on those who are intolerant of religion, believing that their ‘discovery’ and ‘human pride/achievements’ are sufficient to belittle everyone else’s belief.

The irony is surely very clear.