Posted on January 13, 2010 by bkingr
check out this CNN article. Seriously. Go read it.
(CNN) — James Cameron’s completely immersive spectacle “Avatar” may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.
“Ever since I went to see ‘Avatar’ I have been depressed. Watching the wonderful world of Pandora and all the Na’vi made me want to be one of them. I can’t stop thinking about all the things that happened in the film and all of the tears and shivers I got from it,” Mike posted. “I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it I will be rebirthed in a world similar to Pandora and the everything is the same as in ‘Avatar.’ ”
Other fans have expressed feelings of disgust with the human race and disengagement with reality.
“When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed … gray. It was like my whole life, everything I’ve done and worked for, lost its meaning,” Hill wrote on the forum. “It just seems so … meaningless. I still don’t really see any reason to keep … doing things at all. I live in a dying world.”
Reached via e-mail in Sweden where he is studying game design, Hill, 17, explained that his feelings of despair made him desperately want to escape reality.
“One can say my depression was twofold: I was depressed because I really wanted to live in Pandora, which seemed like such a perfect place, but I was also depressed and disgusted with the sight of our world, what we have done to Earth. I so much wanted to escape reality,” Hill said.
Really what can you say? just wow. what amazing incredible emptiness surrounds us if it can be filled by a three hour cartoon (in every sense of the word).
HT to Jonah Goldberg
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Posted on January 7, 2010 by bkingr
on a secular economic and political note, Jonah Goldberg’s book Liberal Fascism is celebrating its two year anniversary today.
What a perfect book for today’s political climate. A fairly easy to read but still quite serious and unvarnished look at the historical antecedents for the progressives currently empowered in Washington D.C.
If you haven’t read it yet, you must do so. Available in whatever format you consume books.
just get it and read/listen to it. you will be glad you did.
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Posted on January 6, 2010 by bkingr
we humans quickly accommodate to the status quo and become discontented and ungrateful in the midst of overwhelming prosperity and comfort.
the link above takes you to a Jonah Goldberg post which has a video to watch that you will then have to watch on youtube. Believe me it is worth the double click involved.
(warning for comedy use of a bleeped expletive)
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Posted on December 30, 2009 by bkingr
or as I keep saying, “you don’t replace something with nothing.” the blue people movie is more evidence that in our modern culture spirituality is fine, but Christianity or other specific organized religion is off-limits. Jonah has an interesting piece up called “Avatar and the Faith Instinct.”
a bit to tease you over there to read it.
But what I find interesting about the film is how what is “pleasing to the most people” is so unapologetically religious.
Nicholas Wade’s new book, The Faith Instinct, lucidly compiles the scientific evidence that humans are hard-wired to believe in the transcendent. That transcendence can be divine or simply Kantian, a notion of something unknowable from mere experience. Either way, in the words of philosopher Will Herberg, “Man is homo religiosus, by ‘nature’ religious: as much as he needs food to eat or air to breathe, he needs a faith for living.”
Wade argues that the Darwinian evolution of man depended not only on individual natural selection but also on the natural selection of groups. And groups that subscribe to a religious worldview are more apt to survive — and hence pass on their genes. Religious rules impose moral norms that facilitate collective survival in the name of a “cause larger than yourself,” as we say today. No wonder everything from altruism to martyrdom is part of nearly every faith.
The faith instinct may be baked into our genes, but it is also profoundly malleable. Robespierre, the French revolutionary who wanted to replace Christianity with a new “age of reason,” emphatically sought to exploit what he called the “religious instinct which imprints upon our souls the idea of a sanction given to moral precepts by a power that is higher than man.”
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Posted on June 14, 2009 by bkingr
Jonah Golberg has been the lone voice crying in the wilderness on behalf of proper funding levels for research into airborne-laser volcano lancing.
The only thing I can do at this dire moment is to add my small voice to Jonah’s and beg for more funding of this important project before it is too late. Faster please.
from New Scientist here is more on the possibly impending threat.
If the structure beneath the three volcanoes is indeed a vast bubble of partially molten rock, it would be comparable in size to the biggest magma chambers ever discovered, such as the one below Yellowstone National Park.
Every few hundred thousand years, such chambers can erupt as so-called supervolcanoes – the Yellowstone one did so about 640,000 years ago. These enormous eruptions can spew enough sunlight-blocking ash into the atmosphere to cool the climate by several degrees Celsius.
Could Mount St Helens erupt like this? “A really big, big eruption is possible if it is one of those big systems like Yellowstone,” Hill says. “I don’t think it will be tomorrow, but I couldn’t try to predict when it would happen.”
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Posted on June 1, 2009 by bkingr
the paperback version of the book is out. No more excuses for not getting and reading one of the most important books explaining the ideological antecedents of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton.
Get it tomorrow. Read it Wednesday.
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