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text 2017-12-11 20:49
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Hogfather: (Discworld Novel 20) - Terry Pratchett

"This is Hogswatch! It's supposed to be jolly, with mistletoe and holly, and-and other things ending in olly! It's a time when people want to feel good about things and eat until they explode! It's a time when they want to see all their relatives-" She stopped that sentence.


I laughed a lot at this! It describes it in a nutshell.

Thanks for getting me to start this again Broken Tune.

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text 2017-12-11 19:32

Some things are fairly odvious when it's a seven-foot skeleton with a scythe telling you them.


I've picked it up again and I'm laughing my ass off!



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text 2017-12-11 18:55
Shocking News, BrokenTune

It´s actually old news, because Themis has linked to the Tagesschau article more than once. But I really like that I found this random piece of information in one of the biggest German pharmaceutical journals.

So, Reinhold Messner might actually be on to something.


[Source: Deutsche Apotheker Zeitung; Ausgabe 49/2017]




I´m really looking forward to our upcoming buddy read :).

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text 2017-12-11 12:55
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Hogfather: (Discworld Novel 20) - Terry Pratchett

I've really been enjoying this, but I've been getting a little confused, so I'm going to go back to the beginning of the series and read The Colour of Magic. I don't want my appreciation of the author to be muddied by frustration! Hopefully I can join in another buddy read in the future. Have a brilliant time all of you participating. I hope you enjoy my updates about The Colour of Magic which will be hitting your screens ASAP.

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text 2017-12-08 22:52
Reading progress update: I've read 208 out of 414 pages.
The Science Of Discworld - Terry Pratchett,Jack Cohen,Ian Stewart

Stewart and Cohen redeemed themselves somewhat in my eyes, for the whole lies-to-children nonsense, with this quote:


"If you want to reduce carbon dioxide permanently, and not just cut short-term emissions, the best bet is to build up a big library at home, locking carbon into paper..."


proving to me, at least, that they are not completely irredeemable, but honestly I still can't say I like them much.  I can't fault their explanation of the science, and I'm enjoying their science writing, but when they start trying to talk about topics unrelated to science (like, again, the lies-to-children nonsense, or later in the book the concept of a soul) they come across at best as arrogant, disrespectful and condescending, and at worst, full of shit.  Stewart and Cohen repeatedly stress the point that science is about not knowing the answers, that science is about the questions, and then proceed to speak with false authority about things that are purely subjective by any standard.  


Everybody makes their own decisions about matters of faith and deism, but it would be in the best interests of a lot of scientists, including these two*, to remember that a very large number of the most important discoveries/theories in science were the result of work done by priests and monks**.  They didn't find their faith to be in conflict with their work, so why the hell should anyone else?


* In fairness, Stewart and Cohen don't actually cross the line into denigrating those who believe in something greater than man, but they do dance across the line once or twice, particularly in terms of the soul.  It's their prerogative to believe or disbelieve, but to try to state that they know nothing survives death is where they go wrong; they don't know.  Unless, you know, one of them is a zombie, but then they're still wrong.


** The list is so long wikipedia has to list them alphabetically: 


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