"Begin at the beginning,and go on till you come to the end: then stop." (Lewis Carroll, 1832-1896)

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked."Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat."I don't know," Alice answered."Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

"All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"

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I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. Like Arthur Dent from "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", if you do not have a Babel Fish in your ear this blog will be completely unintelligible to you and will read something like this: "boggle, google, snoggle, slurp, slurp, dingleberry to the power of 10". Fortunately, those who have had the Babel Fish inserted in their ear, will understood this blog perfectly. If you are familiar with this technology, you will know that the Babel Fish lives on brainwave radiation. It excretes energy in the form of exactly the correct brainwaves needed by its host to understand what was just said; or in this case, what was read. The Babel Fish, thanks to scientific research, reverses the problem defined by its namesake in the Tower of Babel, where a deity was supposedly inspired to confuse the human race by making them unable to understand each other.


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Monday, March 06, 2006

Atheists In Foxholes

What theists think happens in foxholes.

and what really happens...



Blogger Bacon Eating Atheist Jew said...

Some people believe that nobody is altruistic and that altruism doesn't even exist. We either do things that make us feel good inside, or to help us survive either now or at a later date, or to keep the world in order(either way there is a reward involved)
When the chimp picks up the clothespin he may be doing it because he feels the person dropping it is a protector, or a threat who might go berserk and hurt him if he doesn't find his clothespin.

6/3/06 9:29 am  
Blogger Bacon Eating Atheist Jew said...

OK, I didn't see the approval part and didn't notice my comment so I left a redundant message. You are free to delete the one you like the least.

6/3/06 9:31 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

As to whether altruistic acts are possible>>> "Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude" ~ Confucius.

An expectation of reward would suggest that the act was not altruisitic.

6/3/06 9:58 pm  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

Yah, I'm thinkin' the whole concept of Altruism is in the midst of a redefining period. At present, it tries to cover too much subjective ground.

I do things for other people for many reasons. Some of those are traditionally altruistic; ie, from the goodness of my heart or because I'll feel bad if they hit the skids cuz I didn't help them out.

Some are simply incidental. It was no big deal to me, regardless of how much it may have made their whole day worthwhile.

Actually, I've found the habit to be less than nurturing of my own prospects and desires on too many occasions. So I don't see where it's been the greatest personal survival tool for me, um, personally.

Go chimps, at any rate. {-;

7/3/06 3:25 am  
Blogger Bacon Eating Atheist Jew said...

Yes, but what if it is just done as a survival instinct?
What if someone panicking bothers you and you just do something to stop the person from panicking?

7/3/06 1:32 pm  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

Panicking could be viewed as a survival instinct gone haywire? Or an extreme expression of a survival instinct? Either way, I think that altruistic behaviour could possibly be a way to increase survival. It could be a way to forge alliances with a more powerful member of the society.

12/3/06 2:01 am  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

I have a slightly different view on altruistic behaviour than many people I speak to. The reasons for this could be something to do with age, and certainly to do with culture. Many people debate as to whether altruistic behaviour is possible. Personally I think altruisitc behaviour is possible but rare especially if you consider the definition of "altruism".
(Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.
Zoology. Instinctive cooperative behavior that is detrimental to the individual but contributes to the survival of the species.)
Most debate centres around the idea as to whether behaviour can be "selfless". But from a zoological perspective, it is acknowledged that the behaviour may not benefit the individual, but may benefit the survival of the species.

12/3/06 10:04 pm  

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