Click on title to go to linked material. This was an entertaining (to me, anyway) interchange between me and a few folks who are immersed in laissez-faire capitalism.
....ran into God the other day, and he said, "Well, actually I do play dice with the universe. Craps is a good example of the consistency between causality and randomness: one is what happens, while the other is what is not known about what happens. Albert knew this, but he used a bad example. Of course, hee-hee, when I play with the universe, I am playing with myself."
These are of course very weird times. The majority of people on the earth believe in what I see as quite primitive beliefs. Those beliefs are religious beliefs. Where exactly in the universe is this god of which people speak? And who does that god care about?
As for me, I am a pantheist-atheist.
All organized religions are obsolete. Besides that, they suck. Why do I say they suck? Well, because they are all false. If even one of them were to be true, that would mean that all the others were untrue. So none of them has very good odds to begins with. Ultimately, religions today are there to make up for the weird world we experience, to try to bring in some "other" to save us from the absolute finitude of our lives and the cruelty of the universe we experience.
"It's only a paper moon, hanging over a cardboard sea....it's a Barnum & Bailey World, just as phoney as it can be." -- Nat King Cole.
Why am I a pantheist-atheist? Because pantheism in the sense of "all is god" is really the same thing as "nothing is god." The only difference is one of attitude.
Today I went out to a favorite desert wilderness area, where we go approximately every two weeks. "We" is a few old friends, old meaning over the last 20-30 years, and old being 54 to 67 years old. We hiked a few miles and we drank some beer and later some red wine and ate some turkey pesto sandwiches. Then a couple Pepperage Farm Dark Chocolate Pecans, and later half a tangerine. I took maybe 50 photos of 7 or 8 subjects found in these badlands. Our old group had several interesting discussions ranging over paleontology (Kim Martini) and cosmology (me) and art (Mike Hart) and some blues (Doug McKinnon). All of us love to go out there. We feel free and there are amazing and starkly beautiful views.
For you young folks, especially, here's the deal. The older I get, the faster time flies. If you think things are not happening fast enough for you, then you better find something different. Because time is going to fly faster than it ever has for you, and it will keep flying faster and faster.