Bram Pitoyo, Etc., Links

Reader, This Is The Very First Blog On The Web That Is Filled To Its Entirety With CONVERSATIONS

That is, conversations about retro kitsch, which makes it about one thousand three hundred and thirty seven times sexier than SHAG’s Blue Miles and the web’s first open source collaborative writing all rolled into one.

I am also personally endorsing the blog’s two conspirators, Actress and Bishop for their luscious jive talking ability.

Good night.

Bram Pitoyo, Interlude, Links

Q: Can You Interview An Atheist, And—After Making Claim Of Producing A Movie About “The intersection between science and religion,”—Use The Said Interview In A Film About Intelligent Design And The “scientific conspiracy to keep God out of the nation’s laboratories and classrooms”

A: No, no and no.

His filmmaker partner said:

…there are certain questions you are just not allowed to ask and certain approaches you are just not allowed to take.

Agreed on the last statement, but the first one greatly angered me. Why? An uninsterested mind might as well be a dead one. The proof? Copernicus asked a lot of forbidden questions in his days, and it turned out that he’s right. Face it, poking around at taboos are incredibly fun regardless if you turned out to be right or wrong. In fact, having an inquiring, curious and nosy mind is fun in itself.

After all,

The goal of all life is to have a ball.
– Robert Ellis

On the opposite side, though, we have Dr. Scott, who said:

…the filmmakers were exploiting Americans’ sense of fairness as a way to sell their religious views.

That is right. But you shouldn’t reject the Fundamentalist’s belief simply because you think that they’re wrong (or unscientific, or whatever)—lest you want to become the very thing that you most hate. Because, remember, according to the principle that we have established in the above paragraph, their beliefs might as well be true and yours is screwed. I mean, who knows, right?

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
– Annie Dillard

So let me just say that they’re stiff-necked. And stiff-necks are no fun to chit-chat and play with.


Bram Pitoyo, Links

Q: Would “ our churches would be different if white supremacy hadn’t taken over”?

A: The answer to this question has historical roots in racism. You did not start it I did not start it but we are living in and out the consequences of it. I believe theology from the ‘white males’ perspective was embraced in our churches because of inferiority standards and to keep the races separated. And all other reasons are the results of this…

From unfinished, with an intriguing headline.

Good night.