rtaylor92: is believing in demonic possession really any more absurd than believing in Christianity, which most of the country does anyway? I don't find that statistic particularly remarkable as I would expect that if you believe in some sort of paradise alternate dimension where you get to live forever after you die and the world being created in a matter of days by magic, you would, at the very least, consider the possibility of demons, ghosts and manbearpig as plausbile.
MrBentor: So, what do I tell a Xian that I am actually a demon who is possessing the body of a human, however the human I am possessing is much more dangerous and evil than I am.
Mr. Cat Poop: We're dealing with a group of zealots who believe the world is going to be destroyed by the Apocalypse anyway, so who gives a shiat what we do to it.
jasimo: Whenever I hear someone going on about "God" I mentally substitute "Odin" or "Zeus" to give their statements the proper perspective.Yesterday on the news I saw a middle-aged woman surveying the broken timbers of what used to be her house in NJ/NY. She shook her head solemnly and said, "Well, nobody died. God sure has been good to us."
PonceAlyosha: whidbey: PonceAlyosha: neuro-feedback.Makes a lot more sense to me than "Baphomet possessed that poor girl for weeks."O rly?Neuro-feedback is the process by which a person learns to modulate their own "mental signals/rhytmns" [I'm actually a neuroscientist by trade so just let me use my dumbass words because it's way more complicated and not really pertinent], usually with outside technological help [an EEG or qEEG are the most common]. Contemporary magic[k] is pretty much what the ancient would call "theatre," the act of playing a role to reach ex-stasis. It's internal self modulation through symbolism and acting, the same way that "contemporary religion" is for the active participants.
give me doughnuts: HairBolus: Gordo: Obama Controlled by 50 Demons | Dispatches from the ...50 of them? Sounds like an overacheiver.
jasimo: /Raised Catholic, but at around 11 I realized, "Hey, this stuff doesn't make a damn bit of sense, any more than Norse or Greek gods do."
Via Infinito: give me doughnuts: Aquapope: So the takeaway from this poll is that republicans are gullible and/or stupid? Got it.How else do you explain Mitt Romney's candidacy?I'm still a little surprised that Mitt was chosen as the Republican nominee after seeing the look on Rick Perry's face when he offered to bet him $10K. If Rick Perry is looking at you like you're a giant douchenozzle, it should be blindingly obvious that you've got problems. And yet, he got the nomination. It's baffling.
Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: rtaylor92: is believing in demonic possession really any more absurd than believing in Christianity, which most of the country does anyway? I don't find that statistic particularly remarkable as I would expect that if you believe in some sort of paradise alternate dimension where you get to live forever after you die and the world being created in a matter of days by magic, you would, at the very least, consider the possibility of demons, ghosts and manbearpig as plausbile.That's what I don't understand about religion. Where do you draw the line on what you believe? Jesus is kosher but leprechauns are laughable? Your house is haunted, but the guy down the street is crazy for thinking his brainwaves are being monitored by aliens? I tried to ask a religious person about this, and they were genuinely confused, like I was speaking another language.
Stile4aly: Just tell them that the climate is possessed by demons and a cap and trade system is the means to an exorcism.Problem solved.
Saiga410: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/HalloweenRelease%2BResult s .pdfQ13 Do you think it's possible for people to becomepossessed by demons, or not?Yes......................... .57%No .......................... .35%By party49% Dem yes, 68% Repub yes, 55% Indipendant yes.
Aquapope: So the takeaway from this poll is that republicans are gullible and/or stupid? Got it.
Marcus Aurelius: Some of the Republicans I've met lately make ME believe in demonic possession.
Cythraul: CapeFearCadaver: Suppose it's time to exorcise them all.He could help with that.
CapeFearCadaver: Suppose it's time to exorcise them all.
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