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I was running the same archetype... :-(
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lol, sad but also consistent with typical Chinese foreign relations.
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Excellent guest, thanks Craig.
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I don't understand why the cover photo has to be so entirely massive.
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Beware rubygems-bundler in RVM

Just had a hell of a time tracking this down. It turns out that RVM by default these days uses a gem called "rubygems-bundler" to automatically wrap ruby executables such that they use Bundler to load gems if there is a Gemfile somewhere along the path to your cwd. You usually won't notice, unless you are trying to debug performance issues and need to figure out why 50 gems are loaded instead of the 10 your app requires.
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Had to pro-up my gaming setup with the Mionix Naos 8200
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Good review of Hearthstone. I've been playing it too, but really it's only reminded me of how much I miss playing MTG. The problem with MTG though is of course Wizards of the Coast... in both cases, it's the overriding concern of profit that's killing these games.
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To understand anything, first look at what that thing does. What role does it play. What does it affect?

To understand belief in God, look at the effect belief in God has on people. God functions as a socially normalizing agent. People are naturally leaders and followers, but to maintain a society's social fabric over a very large geographic area, you need more than a person. You need an everpresent being, and while you're at it, you need that being to be omnipotent. This one has absolute authority. This is the cohesive substance that binds a nation together, or even a continent.

Or it was. Until human beings globalized. Until people discovered that there exist other vast geographic areas where people believe just as ardently in an utterly different diety, colored by that region's own culture and history. Or was it simply until human beings grew strong enough in conciousness to analyze their own beliefs, and the few brave who dared to challenge those beliefs. Surely, the more rationally minded one is, the more difficult it is to maintain belief in a contradiciton. Yet some of the brightest minds ever were also very religious. Look at Riemann… a perfect example of evolution in progress, advancing the state of mankind with his brilliant mind, yet also capable of compartmentalizing his religious beliefs, keeping them safe from the overwhelming force of his own intellect. Evidence that evolution builds upon what is already there, and never starts with a "clean slate." We don't simply lose that part of ourselves that just carried us through so many thousands of years.

God most likely existed even in prehistory, transitioning us from reflex and instinct into beings capable of reasoning and understanding. God didn't need to be any more "real" than he already was in the minds of men for him to instill fear, grant rewards, and to regulate man's overall behavior. Man was in the process of separating the perception of himself from the perception of his environment and God stood inbetween as the mediator, bring meaning to the events that man now perceived as being external to himself.

In fact, God didn't even exist at that time. There were many gods, everything perceived in nature also had a representation in spirit. Monotheism was, of course, a further development of the function of spirit, turning tribes into nations. Now we live in a world divided by a few Gods and the nations that were born from those Gods. However, it seems that we are on the cusp yet another monumental transition in our development.
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Wow that was a mouthful. You can setup your own special terminology to describe what God means to you on a subjective level, however none of your conjectures necessarily reflect an objective reality.

As the prospect of believing in the God of Abraham grows increasingly untenable, many proponents of religious faith employ this sort of argument. But it misses the point. The point is, that the God of Abraham, which is the God of the Bible and the God of the Western world, is undeniable and irrevocably dead. No amount of convoluted reasoning or clever disguise is going to resuscitate him. This is crucial because if you understand and accept it, it leads to understanding and accepting the world the way it really is. There is no longer any inherent "justice" in the universe, the only justice that exist is that which we create.

Since God is dead, we are now responsible for the virtue and redemption of humanity.
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