47 comments on “Irreligion.

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  2. “Despite the strong influence of his day job, Paulos says, there isn’t a single mathematical formula in the book.”

    Ah!

  3. Looks like an interesting read. I’ll have to get it out when the library has it.

    Hey, Selena: You forgot the egg and shamrock variants.

  4. I must admit to having stalled a bit on fiction lately; I keep meaning to make more progress on the novel or even on the short story I’m in the middle of, but I keep not doing it. Non-fiction and commentary seem to be the order of the day.

    I’ve just downloaded trothg1.pdf, too, btw, and will give commentary if you want…

  5. Mike~ “You forgot the egg and shamrock variants.” LOL. That’s funny you mention that, I just recently heard the shamrock one, I like the math one way better. Plus I made Gary feel like a math genius.

    Gary~ You would read books by creationist authors if I mailed them to you?!? When you have time to read, send me your mailing address. Mike, if you are interested I would do the same for you.

    Talk to y’all later

  6. Selena — “Plus I made Gary feel like a math genius.” About that. I’m now not sure you did. 🙂 My immediate conclusion was that the Trinity would make more sense as 1+1+1 rather than 1x1x1, but I suppose that wouldn’t add up, would it, from your point of view? 1x1x1 isn’t a Trinity, though, is it, and…

    Oh, gosh, my head hurts. 😉

    I was teasing about the book, hon. I wouldn’t dream of having you spend your hard earned cash. If you want me to read it, though, I’ll get a copy myself and read it — but judging by the excerpt and his fuzzy understanding of the term “evolution”, I think you can expect an interesting discussion afterwards 😉

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  8. “1×1×1 isn’t a Trinity, though, is it, and…”

    One represents one set of one in the equation, so each view of God represents a distinct set of one. I married a mathematician. He plays with numbers for a living. What can I say? I have thing for Geek Chic. Serioulsy.

    “I was teasing about the book, hon. I wouldn’t dream of having you spend your hard earned cash.”

    Well, I don’t regret offering, I am willing to put myself out there even if it means REJECTION. And I get it alot, hehe. 😀

  9. “One represents one set of one in the equation, so each view of God represents a distinct set of one. I married a mathematician. He plays with numbers for a living. What can I say? I have thing for Geek Chic. Serioulsy.”

    Well, I would never presume to argue with a mathematician, but… 😉

    Rejection: Well I find that hard to believe. You’re a Creationist and, yet, even a grumpy old evolutionist like me finds you charming 😉 And I will read the book, eventually. ‘Onest. If only in a “know thine enemy” kinda way 🙂

  10. “even a grumpy old evolutionist like me finds you charming.”

    Awwwww.

    *twirls about in her dainty little dress feeling all charming…
    trips on a nearby rock and lands straight on her butt*

  11. Received, Mike! Cheers. I agree with your assessment (to a frightening degree, actually 😉 ) and would even go so far as to say that I found it extremely encouraging. The fundamental problems (relatively few, when your critique is taken as a whole) boil down to one thing, I think; I haven’t yet had the benefit of working through it with a professional editor. Which is why such considered critiques are invaluable.

    Would you like to see the rest? (Feel free to say no.)

    *Picks up Selena and briefly considers dusting off her butt*

  12. Spooky. Criticism is good for us – it’s possible to be too close to something to see it objectively, after all. Particularly something so personal as a novel.

    Yes, I’d be interested in seeing the rest. Bang it on over. And I will not use the work printer to make a hard copy. Nuh-uh.

  13. Well, you know how much I hate saying that I told you so…

    Wait, no, I LOVE IT! MWAHAHAHA! Ahem.

    Yeah. That’ll be the whole being overeducated and reading lots of books thing. Seriously, I’m educated far, far beyond what I need to be. Mostly my fault, really; autodidacticism gone wild!

  14. *Picks up Selena and briefly considers dusting off her butt*

    Aww,thanks for picking me up, but I’ll take it from there. I recall reading, and I quote, “Don’t stick your finger in the socket and wiggle it about, cos it’ll sting a bit!” Frankly, that gave me the willies, hehe. I am just messing with ya! 😀

  15. Selena, Selena, Selena… being around Mike is definitely warping your mind, girl 🙂

    One file per chapter, Mike, always been my way. Most other authors seem to do it that way, too… the ones I know, at least. Not too much of a problem, I hope?

  16. I have several stored in my head, but this one is a scifi-ish rewrite of Arthurian legend, sort of in the mould of Zelazny’s Lord of Light.

  17. I’ve never really attempted anything like that… sounds fascinating, though. How are you approaching it? Huge, detailed outlines or just diving in?

  18. Yes.

    Hehehe…

    I have a rough outline which I flesh out when approaching it. It’s been on the back burner a while, tbh; I’ll never forget the story, though. I have it whole and entire in my brain.

  19. Actually, that “yes” makes a lot of sense. It suggests a flexible approach. Always a good thing.

    “I have it whole and entire in my brain.” That explains a lot 😉

  20. I have a creative writing piece, it’s not a fancy novel, but a poem 😀

    lucid wings

    Catastrophic calloused analysis
    clairvoyant bells are ringing
    tip toe round these broken pieces
    while violins continue singing

    precarious puzzled uncertainty
    this I know
    hearing you is knowing me
    i know us

    delusions deluded conclusion
    make believe is real
    it’s how i feel (i want to feel)
    dancing on unseen clouds with you
    no void here
    surreal

    playfully passionate afterglow
    completion is our halo
    connected by lucid wings
    transparent and serene

    contented countenance in denial
    can we dream a little while
    tip toe round these broken pieces
    while violins continue singing?

    I hear them singing
    bells are ringing
    a clairvoyant soul is screaming…

    I hear them singing
    bells are ringing
    a clairvoyant soul is screaming…

    I hear them singing
    bells are ringing
    a clairvoyant soul is screaming…

    WAKE UP
    I choose to dream

    Selena Parsley~ 2002

  21. Some “catastrophic” events in my life lead me to delve into a type of escapism. I was choosing to live outside of my reality even though I knew it would lead to destruction. That was a very dark period. I wrote more things when I was a child, a very melancholic, lonely child. I am so different now. Sometimes I think, “Who was that sad little girl?” And then certain circumstances may arrive and in my response I quickly remember, she is still there.
    Have a good weekend! 😀

  22. I started writing novels about 21 years ago 8-0 but I always wrote from about 7 onwards, on and off. I was an only child with and imagination that kept me busy creating even when I didn’t write 🙂

  23. I am a mom of an only child and a creative one at that!! 😀

    I have an idea for a novella, but I would never commit to writing it myself, but here’s the plot idea: (Hopefully it’s never been done.)

    This man grows an online community with about seven different faithful “on-line friends.” Each character brings something interesting and unique to the “cyber community.” Little things play out that would keep reader’s interest and everyone can relate to each of the characters (typical.) At the end of the story, the reader discovers that this man’s small, faithful, thriving community was really made up by his multiple personalities…

  24. You should write it. It’s good.

    The whole Net culture thing is something I’ve considered writing about, actually. I’ve been online for over ten years now and had a fair few adventures 😉 Seems silly to waste them.

    Have you read Julian Dibbell’s My Tiny Life? Fascinating (especially since I inhabited LambdaMOO for a while… very weird ‘place’!)

  25. I am judging the book by the cover, and ooooh, I am going to have to get that! That looks very weird!!

  26. It’s essentially an account of his time spent in a text-based online world called a MOO (MUD Object Oriented — a “MUD” being a Multi-User Dungeon/Domain.) It covers the internal politics/dynamics, the schisms, the (ahem) “relationships” etc in a very intelligent and thorough way. Well worth a read.

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