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  1. Uncle Joe added a topic in Explore   

    The Great Philosopher Yogi Berra
    Yogi is famous for his malaprops, but there is usually an element of truth within them:

    If you don't know where you're going, chances are you will end up somewhere else.

    I really didn't say everything I said.

    If you ask me a question I don't know, I'm not going to answer.

    It ain't the heat; it's the humility.

    It's deja-vu all over again.

    You should always go to other people's funerals. Otherwise they won't come to yours.

    The only reason I need these gloves is 'cause of my hands.

    You can't think and hit at the same time.

    If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be.

    If I didn't wake up, I'd still be sleeping.

    The other teams could make trouble for us if they win.

    I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.

    If you can't imitate him, don't copy him.

    Never answer an anonymous letter.

    90% of the game is half mental.

    It's never happened in the World Series history - and it hasn't happened since.

    I'm as red as a sheet.

    It's not too far, it just seems like it is.

    If you don't set goals, you can't regret not reaching them.

    Slump? I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hitting.

    We were overwhelming underdogs.

    A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.

    Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.

    You mean now? (When asked for the time.)

    We have a good time together, even when we're not together.

    Little League baseball is a good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets and the kids out of the house.

    The future ain't what it used to be.

    If you come to a fork in the road, take it.

    Pair up in threes.

    Don't get me right, I'm just asking.

    I wish I had an answer to that, because I'm tired of answering that question.

    You give 100 percent in the first half of the game, and if that isn't enough in the second half you give what's left.

    90% of short putts don't go in.

    We made too many wrong mistakes.

    Thanks, you don't look so hot yourself. (After being told he looked cool.)

    We're lost, but we're making great time!

    If people don't want to come to the ball park, how are you going to stop them?

    How long have you known me, Jack? And you still don't know how to spell my name. (Upon receiving a check from Jack Buck made out to "Bearer".)

    I'd say he's done more than that. (When asked if first baseman Don Mattingly had exceeded expectations for the current season.)

    He can run anytime he wants. I'm giving him the red light. (On the acquisition of Rickey Henderson.)

    I knew exactly where it was, I just couldn't find it.

    If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else.

    You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.

    The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.

    You better cut the pizza in four pieces. I'm not hungry enough to eat eight.

    I don't know, I'm not in shape yet. (When asked what size cap he wanted.)

    I want to thank you for making this day necessary. (On Yogi Berra Appreciation Day in 1947.)

    I don't remember leaving, so I guess we didn't go.

    I'd find the fellow who lost it, and, if he was poor, I'd return it. (When asked what he would do if he found a million dollars.)

    I usually take a two hour nap, from one to four.

    Steve McQueen looks good in this movie. He must have made it before he died.

    It gets late early out there. (Referring to the sun conditions in left field at the stadium.)

    It was hard to have a conversation with anyone - there were too many people talking.

    I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.

    Texas has a lot of electrical votes. (During an election campaign - after George Bush stated that Texas was important to the election.)

    You can observe a lot just by watching.

    No, you didn't wake me up. I had to get up to answer the phone anyway.

    I really liked it. Even the music was good. (When asked if he liked the opera one evening.)

    Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.

    Shut up and talk.

    Once, Yogi's wife Carmen asked, "Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?" To this, Yogi replied, "Surprise me."
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  2. Uncle Joe added a post in a topic What is your opinion.....!   

    I think that to some extent the so-called "culture wars" are the creation of media blowhards like Bill O'Reilly seeking to stir up trouble and thus enhance their show's ratings. A matter of the tail wagging the dog, so to speak.

    There are, of course, differences of opinion on such matters as evolution and Christmas nativity scenes. But to call these differences of opinion "culture wars" is a gross overstatement.
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  3. Uncle Joe added a post in a topic What is your opinion.....!   

    Here's a discussion from Wikipedia on "Religious Wars":

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_wars

    It's not mentioned in that article, but the colonization of the Americas, and the expansion of the American frontier, was motivated in part by a desire for the dissemination of Christianity.

    Again, I'm not saying that the dissemination of Christianity has necessarily been beneficial. But in the course of world history it has had a greater impact on human events than the dissemination of other philosophies has.
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  4. Uncle Joe added a post in a topic What is your opinion.....!   

    The Crusades, for starters.
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  5. Uncle Joe added a post in a topic What is your opinion.....!   

    I was answering the question in terms of impact, good or bad, on human events.

    Let's put it this way. The dissemination of Plato's philosophy has not resulted in any wars that I can think of. The dissemination of Christianity has resulted in a bunch of wars.
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  7. Uncle Joe added a post in a topic Einstein & Faith   

    Yes, I meant to say that, due to the laws of physics, certain physical events are predictable.

    Please excuse my sometimes clumsy inability to express myself as coherently as I would like.
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  8. Uncle Joe added a post in a topic Einstein & Faith   

    David: My point about unpredictability had to do with your "How would the human psyche be exempt from the laws of physics?" question.

    The laws of physics are predictable. The human psyche is not predictable (at least not anywhere near the extent to which the laws of physics are predictable).

    I'm still mulling over the "why?" part of your question.
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  10. Uncle Joe added a post in a topic Einstein & Faith   

    Well, then, even assuming arguendo that our decisions are largely illusionary, we would even in that case have at least the illusion of making decisions, whereas the billiard ball does not have even that.
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  12. Uncle Joe added a post in a topic Einstein & Faith   

    But do you guys actually believe this "philosophically a murderer is not responsible for his crime" nonsense?

    Let's say you have jury duty. A guy is charged with murder. Upon hearing the evidence, it is obvious beyond a reasonable doubt that he did it. Are you going to go into the jury room and tell your fellow jurors: "My vote is not guilty because philosophically a murderer is not responsible for his crime"? Of course not. (Well, I would hope not).

    Here's my theory as to why and how Einstein misses the mark on this one. His life revolved around the laws of physics. Energy, light, weight, mass, gravity, that kind of stuff. And all that kind of stuff is subject to certain inalterable laws and equations.

    Einstein's mistake, in my opinion, was to assume that because all that kind of stuff is subject to certain inalterable laws and equations, well then, by golly, the human psyche must be subject to the same types of inalterable laws and equations. And that was an incorrect assumption on his part. That's my theory, at least.

    Bottom line: In my opinion the human psyche is not subject to the laws of physics like, say, a billiard ball is.

    I realize that I'm second-guesssing the greatest mind of the 20th century, but that's my opinion.
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  13. Uncle Joe added a topic in Explore   

    Einstein & Faith
    This is a re-post of my post introducing myself in The Tavern, now that I hopefully have the requisite number of posts to start a new topic.

    Earlier this week I read a fascinating article titled "Einstein & Faith" in "Time" magazine. The article got me to thinking (again) about my agnostic / Christian / deist / existential / pantheist / non-determinist religious views. (Yes, there is a certain amount of contradiction among those terms).

    Here's a link to the article:

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1607298,00.html

    Basically, I'm in agreement with Einstein's views as expressed in the article, EXCEPT for his belief in causal determination, with which I strongly disagree.

    So, do you agree or disagree with Einstein's views (including the causal determination part)?
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  14. Uncle Joe added a post in a topic Introduce yourself here...   

    Here's a link to the article:

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1607298,00.html

    Basically, I'm in agreement with Einstein's views as expressed in the article, EXCEPT for his belief in causal determinism, with which I strongly disagree.

    I don't have the requisite number of posts to start a new thread in the Religious Studies forum.
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  15. Uncle Joe added a post in a topic Introduce yourself here...   

    Hello everyone.

    Earlier this week I read a fascinating article titled "Einstein & Faith" in "Time" magazine. The article got me to thinking (again) about my agnostic / Christian / deist / existential / pantheist / non-determinist religious views. (Yes, there is a certain amount of contradiction among those terms).

    Anyway, in my research over the past couple of days I stumbled onto this site.

    Looking forward to some (hopefully) fruitful discussion.
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