I am glad to say that I finally did my blaspheme challenge, it took me long enough.
I did it on this episode while preaching like a pentecostal preacher and speaking in tongues. Enjoy.
And if you haven't lost your soul yet join me in denying the holy spirit.
I am happy to announce that after approximately 3 months of podcast, the Mindcore show has acquired listens from over 1200 unique IP addresses. What does that mean, 1200 computers have gone to my podcast, and hit play.
That is awesome!
I am currently on schedule to graduate in December with a B.S. in neuroscience, and my wife is starting at Regeneron in June in Tarrytown, New York. Tarrytown is a suburb about 45 miles outside of NYC. I am very excited about that. I will follow her there in December.
So for the next 7 months, I'm planning on finishing my short stint in Dallas, TX. very strongly.
I started a vibrant student club at UT Dallas, which is Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists at UT Dallas, or A.S.H., I have also begun to do fundraising talks at the North Texas Church of Freethought, which is an accomplishment that I am proud of.
I am also hosting a Skeptic's at the Pub meeting at the Absinthe Lounge in Dallas on June 17th.
With any luck I will be attending the CFI student leadership conference in Amherst, New York, this summer on July 17. CFI is a think tank, which I have decided must some day become my employer.
This summer I have a prestigious S.U.R.F. fellowship doing neuroscience research with superstar Kim Huber. Kim Huber is a neuroscientist who works on understanding genetic and epigenetic factors in neuroscience. I am very honored to have this prestigious opportunity.
My wife and I are huge fans of Penn and Teller's show "Bullshit."
On it, they once said, everybody's got a gris-gris. What is a gris-gris, you say?
Kalisa said that her was dreams. We know from neuroscience that dreams may be as little as "screen-savers" for the mind. Mostly just random firing, and some memory consolidation. But because of therapy, Kalisa reflexively tries to analyze her dreams.
I make fun of her for this, but then I found my gris-gris.
There is no destiny. It is foolish to believe in destiny, it makes you lazy. Instead of destiny what actually exists is opportunity.
Opportunity is striking while the iron is hot.
Opportunity is searching for profit like a buzzard hovers for carrion.
Opportunity is real.
Destiny is false, most of what we interpret as destiny are mathematically predictable events with statistics. Carl Gustav Jung believed in synchronicity, that the universe would occasionally act as a guide to us through coincidences. What madness.
The universe does act in predictable ways, ways in which the mathematics of statistics has the final word.
Even the most amazing of parallel coincidences is predictable to the point of inevitability.
In Natalie Angier's wonderful book "The Canon" she talks about a professor who does a demonstration of the power of statistics.
Here it is. Was 9-11 an inside job?
Once a month I'm going to do a summary like this one:
I just saw the film Marjoe, it totally changed my life. This movie is a Academy Award winning documentary about faith healers, word of faith preachers, and generally the huckstering and thievery that thrives in the charismatic, pentecostal, Assemblies of God, and other types of churches. The dirty world of the tent revival.
I lived for a time in this world of fantasy, and Wizards of Oz who wear the giant curtain on their sleeves. These preachers practice a kind of manipulation the likes of which makes one wonder if the story The Emperor's New Clothes was based on a true story.
I was born again at the age of 19 in the year 1998 in the month of October. I was lead to Jesus by begging for food in a moment of extreme poverty at the heights of the infamous 17th street Punk rock house in Lubbock, Texas. If you've never heard of the 17th street house hear it now, no working plumbing, booze, drugs, skinheads, knives, guns, violence, robbery, it was awesome. I was Peter Pan surrounded by drunken Lost Boys. But instead of finding Wendy to make love to, I found Jesus. What a goddamn waste.
I became a fanatic very quickly. Before I knew it I was speaking in tounges, prophesying and healing my friends of their illnesses with my healing hands as promised in the New Testament of the Holy Bible.
It was fun.
I am decidedly liberal. I believe in a really big government. I believe that we should all have a high standard of living guaranteed by the government. I believe that this high standard should be funded by high taxes. It doesn't get much more liberal than that.
I guess I could be a communist or an anarchist. But I have roots in both these philosophies, and they have influenced me.
But on some issues I am decidedly conservative. So lets talk about this.
I am for one, pro-money.
Lets take it further. I love money. I want money, when Cartman says "Kyle's money!!!" and wallows in a swimming pool full of pennies on Southpark, I relate to Cartman. I become Cartman!
I would wallow in money, in a heartbeat.
Now that I own my own business, I do a lot of bartering. I'm glad that people are willing to barter with me, but you know what beats barter anytime -MONEY!
Money allows me to have one unit for all bartering.
I would always rather have money. If you offer me $100 in trade or $100 in money, I will prefer the money every single time.
So I like to protect my money.
But, wait didn't I say I believe in High Taxes, I do, but as a percentage of income, which increases as income increases.
I always pay my taxes, I like public libraries, roads, cops, armies, public schools, public parks, etc. etc. etc.
But whatever I don't pay in taxes, I want to keep.
Lilly Ledbetter Act H.R. 2831
Contact your senator and ask them to support H.R. 2831. It needs to be done in the next 3 days.
H.R. 2831 would allow a woman (or man) to sue the company they work for anytime if the company
is paying them less due to their gender. The current limit is 180 days, so if you discover you were getting fucked by your bosses 180 days after they start, you have no rights. That is the current law.
H.R. 2831 changes that.
Call the senate NOW!