---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <awoelflebater@...> wrote : ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <anartaxius@...> wrote :
No alcoholics in my immediate family. Sometimes I just like crusty old bastards. I have to shut down now. I have a couple of prescriptions I have to fill at the local hospital. They want to stick some needles in this old body of mine so they can construct a time line to the grave. There was no one in my family like Barry by the way. My best friend, who lives several thousands of miles away, whom I met in what is here called middle school, is a crusty old atheist scientist. He has no conception of spirituality at all and never seems interested in philosophical discussions. So this place, FFL, provides an opportunity for discussion, with its varied and mostly insane clientèle. Perhaps I am a lawyer; every scoundrel deserves a defence; would you deny Barry counsel? Free speech has a hard, sharp edge to it, especially to wimpy, contracted minds unaccustomed to thinking. You do all right though, there is hope for you. Lucky you having an addict-free home. You are in the minority I fear. Good luck at the hospital - I have a visceral fear of the place. I definitely don't want to die in one. Crusty old bastards are fine as far as they go but after a while it gets a little old when they can only continue to sing middle C and then bang on the piano until the keys fall off. I had a nice conversation with a driver carrying a biomedical hazard container in the elevator, and in fact he would be back in the later afternoon to collect the blood samples that were taken from me today by the lab vampires. I have no fear of hospitals, perhaps that is because without a hospital and their staffs and doctors, I would not be here, though I know a lot of people who have great trepidation when it is required they visit one. As for pianos, I would give them a violin. To get middle C you need to put the first finger in third position on the g-string pressing it to the finger board to get that note, and then you have to coordinate that with a stroke of the bow, and unlike a piano, if you are not skilled, you will miss the note. More variety that way. A cheap violin is a lot easier to replace than the complex piano. If they get frustrated, they might break it and silence ensues. Besides dirty old men like g-strings; that might hold their rapt attention better than a piano. Now that last paragraph contains an equivocation which is using a word with two different senses as if it had only a single sense. This invalidates a logical argument. Arguments about the existence or non existence of god often contain equivocations, and they are not easy to spot, especially for someone like me, who is not trained in philosophy. The Kalam argument contains a great potential for equivocation. Also the word argument in logic has a different meaning than the word argument used to mean a dispute.