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Recently, well, in the past few months I have been receiving some (mostly offline) comments on the posts I make on facebook. The status messages, the articles, the videos & even pictures. Well, let’s say there is some truth to it. I am not trying to make a case against it. In fact I don’t have to.

The accusations, if I may use the word, came from slightly varying angles. The main one is that all or at least majority of my posts are about atheism. I will attempt to, shortly, refute with reasons. The others are more genuine concerns like if I am pushing my atheism religiously across the social networking platform and the least bothering was why I can’t I just live n let live?

For the first point, in the past 4.5 months, I have made a total of 392 posts including the status updates. (This does not include me commenting on other pages, of course). And 304 posts, if the status updates aren’t counted. These include articles, youtube (or other video sharing links) & photos on my page/albums. The total number of links, with even a shade of religion in them, comes up to 82. Or 102 if status updates (even remotely) related to religion are counted. I have counted in some evolution related links/status updates within religion-related posts because the discussions that ensued on those posts were mostly me (and some others), not just, defending evolution, but also having to take the writers-axe at those trying to mix up religion and evolution.

So now 82 out of 304 is like ~27%. Or almost 1 in 4 posts (sometimes, remotely) related to religion. So to say that my facebook page is all about atheism is wrong. It is almost the case of seeing the hits and forgetting all about the misses.

This answers the 2nd question (Taking my atheism to a religious level), though not in its entirety. There is more to it. I agree that I see religion in a negative light. But I really do not want to spend any time with religion, or even debate it. I’d be happy if it did let me go on my way. When I say ‘me’ – I mean – the rest of the world that does not care about a particular religion, say X. Now extend that to every religion – I would let it be if it just remained ONLY with people who want to practice it. When it stops rearing its head where it is not supposed to be – which is progress of science, freedom of speech/expression, human rights, I would stop taking a stab at it. (On a side note: that should also make it clear that I do not bother with people having any sort of faith). But it just can’t. It has to intrude my news-seeking radar and I don’t hesitate to share it. I am sure a few minds are intrigued, some think, some try reasoning, some argue. And that is the intention: raise awareness, actively. (I am happy no one ever came up with the (by default – doomed-to-fail –) argument that I am trying to ‘convert’ people to atheism!)

Adding more to the case I am making, I do post a LOT that can be classified under the broad category – science. I don’t have the exact statistics now, but from the 222 not-related-to-religion posts, over a 100 would in the science field. (A wide variety of topics comprise of the remaining 100 odd posts). Most of the science topics come under cosmology and some in the field of evolution, some in cognitive neuroscience, and some in the field of computer science. I do post with intent.

There are two reasons. First is interest, just as much as others post videos of movie trailers, or their horoscope, favorite song of the day, what they did that day and anything and everything that interests them, I do the same. I find study of the natural world and the cosmos and everything in between to be absolutely awe-inspiring and be in a position where I can make a miniscule of addition to the vast knowledge our species has gathered over the ages, thrills me. Also, it was the best way to spend time (Consider the fact: in the past 1 year, my travel means and budget is highly limited).

The second reason: The intent is to keep the people informed. Of course, I am sure 85%+ of the people in my friends list just give it a pass. Some put in an effort to read, some are genuinely interested, some more knowledgeable than me who give me extra information or correct me. Here is where my belief kicks in – I believe, very strongly, that an educated crowd, at least those in some touch with the world of science, like me, can in fact make a difference or at least attempt to. Once scientifically literate – the world really does look a lot different.

And scientifically does not mean atheism.

I use facebook as a platform to share my interests. It is that simple. It just so happens that my likes are not in line with the usual stuff people post.

Cheerio!

-neo.

P.S: And I finally break the writer’s block!

I was chatting with a friend of mine, and it was Jan 26th in India. She goes off for nearly 20 minutes and returns, asking me to check out the new version of  ‘Mile Sur Mera Thumhara’ (Old & New). I was about to end my work shift, and being halfway across the globe and no TV – my quick search for the video on youtube/google ended with me getting 1 minute clips. She confirmed that the song was nearly 15 minutes long (turns out its 16+ minutes long).

The first of the 1 minute clips had one by a singer unknown to me – it sounded ok. The next had Deepika Padukone in a new-age bollywood *cough cough* dress doing something like a rain-song singing ‘msmt’ (shortened it :P) in an (for lack of a better word) erotic tone, and evidently lip-synced video. I wasn’t sure if this really was the song my friend was talking about: it sort of didn’t reflect the ‘spirit’ of the song. I checked further – Priyanka Chopra doing something that looks like a song bit from a cliched … i mean, bollywood… movie. Totally out of place, with kids – out of place because of her lack of sync with the song, the setting and the emotion (if there were any). Then I realized the ‘Zoom’ channel logo towards the end. I had a dread growing in my mind that it was a hostile-bollywidiot (not my original) takeover. But I thought to myself  – “hey, this is just 3 out of 16 minutes” and I left my workplace.

The next day (when it was 26th where I am), I check my facebook to see posts by atleast 2 people who said it was awesome and one by my schoolfriend who completely detested it. I got a couple of 8-minute-each links to the new ‘revived edition’ of ‘Phir MSMT’. It took me atleast the rest of the day to get a link to the entire song. It started off with traditional AR Rehman playing what I understand if a ‘Fingerboard’. In a post I shall link to, towards the end, the blogger doesn’t really put that instrument at par with other music-machines. Anyways. About 1 minute through what sounded really soulful, here comes Big B with the Taj setting. Now I was beginning to form some sort mental image about this video (combining it with what I saw the previous night).

I am going to keep this short and not detail what the other singers did. It was what can be put mildly as crass, narcissistic bollywood piffle. Those ratbags of bolly-morons have made what is being elevated as ‘The Song of India’. They have tried to make Bollywood the face of India. Which it isn’t. These bunch of actors who are just the clay for those, rarely creative and even more rarely original, directors and script writers have been hoisted as the new face of our country. Only if I had dictatorship for just one day…

I do not want to reiterate this excellent review of ‘pmsmt’, but I want to, just, highlight the lows of this disgraceful rendition of the original:

1.) Bollywood overkill

2.) Disappointing editing – with plenty of lip-sync issues, clear-as-day-with-sun mismatch between the bollyacting (read: overacting) and the setting and lyric.

3.) Failed attempt to add the armed forces towards the end to wither out of all the inanity that preceded it. (This is the last one minute).

4.) Just the movie stars? Where is everyone else?

5.) Specifically – the Salman bit – is he selling his brand? The children in the background are only hearing impaired. He is mentally impaired, well – so it seems are many others in that video.

6.) I am developing this new found disrespect for Aamir Khan for his part.

7.) There is no ‘Soul’ in this song, no life to it. It looks like a marketing gimmick, and confirms that once the ‘z00m’ logo comes up at the closing. (Now that’s one retarded channel, imo).

8.) Shahid Kapoor doing the singing bit. Come to think of it – every thing that an actor in this song does is replication of what they did in one of their movie. Damn, they copied their own actions as well. Not that those ‘stunts’ have any coherence with what the song is all about, its that they (of course, the director’s involvement as well) can’t be original. how hard they try, they just can’t. And Shah Rukh Khan really has to stop the arms-wide-open stunt.

I have been thinking, how did this come about to being? Our media is now almost free-for-anything.Maybe we should reconsider our opinions and support for this industry. Perhaps reminding the bollywidiots that they are just actors. That would be a start.

Directors/Produces/Actors/whoever-related, perhaps it was done with all ‘your’ real interest in mind, but it didn’t reflect on anything that the rest (majority) of the sane nation has to display. This remains a marketing gimmick and I hope its soon forgotten. The 1988 version still remains the only one. And there no need for revival – it is still timeless. As for this – it ain’t in phase with me or almost anyone I know nor with almost anyone that anyone, I know, knows!

Really, “Mile Apasur Mera Thumara”.

Damn, a nice holiday spoiled by some disgusting news. Hypocrisy oozes. The double standards of the catholic church came to light – actually just news that piles on.

Here it is-

Link 1 – the Int’l version.

Link 2 – the Indian version.

I hear people praise the church for its greatness, kindness and being the cornerstone of moral values. Ah, “What a f***ing Joke?”.  When a bad news comes along – only those people involved are picked on. As can be read, nearly 4 archbishops were involved in keeping these scandals down. I wouldn’t be surprised that others are involved. These ‘Men of God’ are just humans, and evidently involved in pedophilia – how could they be the ones who pass on the word of the great santa jesus? Not that I am accusing the pope – but he too came through these ranks – ought to be a human just as much, so how can you be even sure what he is saying is something God told him (like the birth control joke)? How can be considered to be someone greater than us (of course, lesser than jebus)? Yet these very people are still looked up to. Kinda double standards, aint it? Ah, add the word ‘Religious’ to any act, and lo n behold, its an one that is beyond human control and laws of the land. Everything becomes legal. Christopher Hitchen’s made a statement in his book “God is not great”, a one liner – ‘No child’s behind left’ – pointing out the issues of child abuse within the catholic ranks (using the tag of the NCLB law that was passed in 2002 in the US). And the atrocities continue. Moderately religious people, knowingly or (most often) unknowingly become the facade/wall for these sexually repressed people, just as much it fuels the fundamentalist. Please take a look at the cost at which your solace and comfort comes.

This is what happens when moral values, religious beliefs, politics & money are conflated. “But I believe in the church” is really a stupid statement in this regard. It is based on circular reasoning. The church is the very body consisting of the clergy. and those are the very people involved. A great many number, I hear. Maybe I am wrong about the number, but still. And I also agree, there are good people as well. But lets look at it this way – when satyam computers was charged with the scams (actually its CEO), a lot many number of employees were considered to be a part of the sham. The actions of a few people in charge defamed everyone else, just because we couldn’t be sure. Why is the church so immune to this? The very clergy who are part of this atrocity are the people who ‘pass on the good message’. Just because they pass on a good message don’t make them good people. When was the last time someone went to a convicted criminal to seek some good values? Something I can’t understand is the lengths to which people go to justify these atrocities.

Take this: (from Link 2)

Dr Paul Thelekkat, a spokesman for the Syro-Malabar Catholic church said he had some sympathy for sister Jesme, and respected her freedom to express her views, but he believed her claims were trivial. “How far what she says is well-founded I can’t say, but the issues are not very serious. We’re living with human beings in a community and she should realise this is part of human life,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

Just wow. :|

My point is – we are all human – even the pope/mullah/high priest. Understand that they are fallible. How silly are people when they look up to priests, esp when many are tainted by such crimes? Hence ergo, that what all the leaders of the religions say/preach should be reasoned within our current framework – morally, logically and be evidence based. Just because we find something going against our belief doesn’t mean that the evidence is wrong or fabricated, but that we may have to reevaluate our sources of reason and in this case – morality. The pillars of faith are only as strong as what the constituents of those pillars are. And we can see, now, clearly, that these break down. Hence be sure the ‘high ground’ built on these pillars might fall.

Be humble, we may fall, our beliefs might be proven wrong, but realizing that these beliefs might be replaced by new ones would help a lot in preserving our ability to reason, to be objective, to be moral, and not let such cretins and bigots run the show.

I am torn between the meaning of the day – ‘Thanksgiving’. I had great time with my friend’s at a home, the family had invited us. Yes, I did enjoy the lunch and the time there – very nice people, but these questions lingers in my head where I am unable to get a clear picture –

Do we really have to pay such a price to enjoy such a holiday? How far are we going to remain silent? Have we lost sight of our humanity in the name of the divine? Really, has evidence no more value with rise in subjective thinking, that objective truths have no value?

Most importantly – who is to blame?

Shakespeare’s quote that is apt, and true:

“But then I sigh, and with a piece of scripture,
Tell them that God bids us do good for evil.
And thus I clothe my naked villainy
With odd old ends stolen forth of holy writ,
And seem I a saint, when most I play the Devil.”

:angry & confused:

neo.

“Go Green”. “The Earth Hour”. “Global Warming”. We hear these terms at least once in a day. At least once. What exactly do we do about it? What do we know? What can we do? Some scientists have given us a deadline of few years, I think 2012, prior to which if we don’t reduce our carbon emissions, the effects of global warming would be irreversible. There are skeptics who say we are so small and compared to the planet, we are incapable of causing such damage. Probably they are talking about their brains.

Global Warming and its effects are, simply put, an outcome of the excessive carbon, methane (and a few other gases) in the upper atmosphere causing heating and hence a temperature rise. This leads to higher temperatures, ice cap melting, increase in water levels, drastic climate shifts and considering the vicious cycle – to survive – we consume more natural resources, more energy hence aggravating the situation. I knew Agent Smith was right. He (or It) called us a ‘virus’ … a ‘parasite’.

“I’d like to share a revelation I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with their surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to another area, and you multiply, and you multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague, and we are the cure.”

Yes, I guess it would be for the better and the best if the machines ruled us. (Or don’t they already? Mobiles.. computers… internet… iPod…). Most of the human race are suckers for a control mechanism anyways. The rest are called the rationalists.  (I like taking a stab at those believers whenever I can. :D).

So where are we now, we have a decaying planet – at least its environment and atmosphere. I am writing this based on the knowledge of 2 cities I know off. Cochin and B’lore. The former is where I’m from and the latter is where I’m now. Over the last 2 years… yes, just 2 years – the climate has gone from almost always-heard-of cool-all-over-the-year to erratic and dry, almost unbearable. Cochin has become hotter than ever. And more humid. (Oh yeah, by the way, it was the best day [24 Mar’09] of the year, in b’lore, with respect to the weather!)

So are these changes not because of our interference? Consider this – if we were not there, ever. The planet would have gone revolving around the sun like other planets like Venus… Mars… :-??. I guess human beings are evolution/Natural Selection’s 1st mistake :P.

<This post restarts nearly a week after the ‘Earth Hour’..>

So I didn’t participate in the earth hour. I was adamant to be a loud voice against the Earth Hour initiative. Just to get the message across – I asked everyone if they were taking part, and when they, happily expecting the same answer from me, say ‘oh yeah!’… I give them that well-practiced sarcastic smile and say -“no.”. Oh I loved the look on their face. I am be leaving you with a puzzled face. Yes! You are one of those supporters of the ‘Awareness on Global Warming’ lobby, who usually does nothing. Ha!. Sir/Ma’am, earth hour is and was and always will be just one of those over-hyped, useless, waste of energy programs which are forgotten once the moment is past. Do you see people conserving energy? Taking a walk to their office? or Using the bike instead of the car? If you have, good, but chances are – you have not seen a single such case.

Now, again, I may leave some confused that I am skeptic or inconsiderate or even unpatriotic (Political parties have a way of connecting the wrong dots these day… watch TV, don’t you?). To clear the air – I am a skeptic, but not off Global Warming or the need to act NOW. I am skeptic, only, of the mass dementia causing disease- religion. (I am bit inflamed at the world, today. So no apologies.).

So, yes, we need to act. and act now. Our planet is on a perilous path now, accelerated by our actions. I, to be honest, find the idea behind the Earth Hour good. Yes, the WWF people are really concerned people and this is one task (not the earth hour, per se) requires co-operation from the entire populace. But I find their concern directed in a really wrong way and not at all far reaching. What the situation calls for is really long term efforts. We can’t cut out global warming in a day, a month or perhaps even a year. Nor can we, once we control the warming trend, get back to the way things are now. We no longer enjoy such a luxury. We are so many in number that we can make an impact. and it shows.

What can we really do? I hope you have cared to watch ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ – the documentary by Al Gore. If not, please watch it. I insist. Yes, getting back to what we can do – there are so many simple ways. We waste energy like a leaking tap. I shall make note of a few energy saving ideas and post them as a separate page.

I had an interesting conversation with a friend today. It came up as I was telling her about this post and the earth hour and that I do not side with initiative. But her response got me thinking. That it effects at least a few people. And everything starts with simple steps. Can it be really that effective? I hope the earth hour has changed a few. Have you changed? Also, I was watching Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time’ today on YouTube. I heard a few shocking facts – I heard this for the 1st time  – the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Seriously, 3.5 million tonnes of waste?!?! Also, pollution is space?! Seems like Agent Smith is right.

So, where are we now? I guess we are left with no choice but to act, and act wisely. If we wish to have a continuing human race and other species and the plant kingdom and the technological advancements, we have to act now. We as common citizens of this world, with moral and ethical responsibilities for our actions, should start cleaning up our mess, rather than crying out for government reforms, more technology, better waste disposal techniques… please, act mature, clean up and help clean up our world.

We should start using energy efficient lightings, a habit of switching off unwanted power hogging appliances, keeping our cars/bikes well maintained, use good fuel, start car pooling, dispose off waste in proper, defined ways, turn off computers, or at least on stand-by, while leaving for the day, waste less food… simple things, but oft overlooked. These are very simple things we can do, and we should do!

To quote Al Gore, from his documentary:

“You see that pale, blue dot? That’s us. Everything that has ever happened in all of human history, has happened on that pixel. All the triumphs and all the tragedies, all the wars all the famines, all the major advances… it’s our only home. And that is what is at stake, our ability to live on planet Earth, to have a future as a civilization.”

How better can anyone ever put it?

I end with a line, I heard in the movie ‘V for Vendetta’:

“We are oft to blame in this. ‘Tis too much proved that with devotion’s visage and pious action we do sugar o’er the devil himself.”

That’s from Hamlet 3.1.46-49 (From wiki.)

That summarizes our approach to (not) solving problems at hand and trying to push the blame from us…

Hope I have raised your conscience, hope you change & I hope this world changes.

Inflamed & Sad,

neo.

8 oscars. That’s what ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ won. I read the movie review on Roger Ebert’s site a long time ago, much before the movie even started making waves.  Think I read it on 12th Nov. (I am a regular on his site). I was absolutely amazed by the review and the PoV with which Ebert viewed it. I felt it would be really thought-provoking.

“Slumdog Millionaire” bridges these two Indias by cutting between a world of poverty and the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” It tells the story of an orphan from the slums of Mumbai who is born into a brutal existence. A petty thief, impostor and survivor, mired in dire poverty, he improvises his way up through the world and remembers everything he has learned.

Interested. Atleast that’s what I thought. I eagerly waited for the movie to be released here. Eventually through my sources (heh), I saw the movie. My first reactions were:

1. Was Ebert bribed into giving 4 stars? – No, can’t be… hmmm…

2. Was it that it’s just me? … I asked my roomies and my friends. Same question 1 in their minds.

3. Is it because of the ‘pity’, ‘sympathetic’ response of the English the reason? A lot of Indian ‘movie’ critics state it to be the reason.

I was soon given another shock by the sweep @ Golden Globe and the BAFTAs. I was shocked when it received 10 nominations for the Oscars including the Best Movie and the Best Direction. What?!

Here’s a consolidated list of awards from Oscars, Bafta, Golden Globes:

Best Pic, Best (Adapted) Screenplay, Best Director, Best Song/Music, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing.

Billions of Blue Blistering Barnacles!! WTF. I see it as the faux and set-up of the age with respect to movies.

Best Pic? It wasn’t worth kissing the toes of any of the other nominated movies. It didn’t have anything better than an ‘average’ storyline. It wasn’t good as the movie it was, almost, plagarised from: Salaam Bombay. (I’ve not seen the latter, but a new article states the similarities, so sorry if the story is ‘entirely’ different). The latter mentioned is more authentic as well.  Forget that, considering that oscars committee now looks into less ‘commercial’ movies, it overlooked one which is even more worthier: ‘A Boy in Striped Pajamas’. And not to mention ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Wall-E’. Two superlative movies in EVERY damn award that this less than mediocre movie has won. These 2 movies tell a tale of ‘hope’ in much better ways than bumdog millionaire. What a travesty!

Best Director? Danny Boyle is talented and genuinely humble in his approach. I agree. But Oscar for this?! If so, then trainspotting should’ve gotten 10 Best Director awards… given 10 times over.  Again, Clint Eastwood and Christopher Nolan – the latter NOT even the listing. Wow. :|  Who are the Oscar Committee sucking up to?!

Best Music/Soundmixing/Original Score: Truly disappointing. It was like making fun of a great musician. A.R. Rahman deserves an oscar, but not for this. ‘Jai Ho.’ – Was that even a good song? Atleast a likable one? Compare his work in Delhi-6 to Slumdog, you’ll see… Again, the OST in Slumdog – except for ‘Latika’s theme’ & ‘Mausam and Escape’ were less than average.. no, infact, considering the usual substandard quality of songs in bollywood, it was average, or slightly above it. That’s it. But again, it wasn’t really gelling in with the movie as much as Hans Zimmer’s work for DK. That was truly dark, haunting and totally enhancing the movie experience. And the mixing work too, was just a 100 times better than SM. Atleast, that’s how I felt. And so did many I know.

Best Film Editing: Now, giving this to SM when the contender was ‘A curious case of Benjamin Button’ was indeed a curious case. What editing is there in SM?! Atleast compared to the other movie. There too, Dark Knight was better than SM.

So, why did it win? I am baffled. Also, lost all interest in Oscars. Atleast this time and maybe from now on.

Slumdog Millionaire does have something that it could’ve shown more and pushed deeper for: The state of our country. Abject Poverty. I am happy they showed it. But disappointed that it didn’t go deeply there. Perhaps because the story was just another weak, banal love story. That’s what I hate about the movie, especially for winning all these awards on these grounds. Baah.

I disagree with critics who claim that India shouldn’t be shown like this. It should be. For that’s what it is. What are we hidding from? If its itching you, change. Help improve quality of life. I disagree with critics and those who loved this movie. Unless they belong to the category: 1) Foreigners who give it the sympthetic look and take all the joy in writing oh-so-passionately about the poverty and the bad state of our country. 2.) Those who have not seen ANY usual bollywood movie. It had weak dialogues, implausible situations like the on-the-train-british-accent-training for kids from the slums who can’t really read english and dumb tourists at Taj. And more so implausible considering that all these events were instrumental in helping the main hero – Jamal to answer 20 question in an Indian show called ‘Who wants to be a millionaire‘.

Oh yes, coming to the term ‘bollywood’. What are we, Indians, so happy about when SM won those awards? I saw the news channels filling their prime time news to show how we have won. Let me make a few points here:

1.) SM is NOT a bollywood movie. Its by a English crew. Its like saying Blood Diamond was a Afrika-wood (or whatever the movie industry there is called) movie. Get over it. We didn’t win anything. Bollywood movies, if accepted at the oscars, belong to the ‘Foreign movie’ category. So, get the drift? Let those delusions go, Mr. Anil Kapoor. He proudly announced the ‘coming together’ of ‘Bollywood & Hollywood’. Haha. And why the fish, did he even get a filmfare award for his role in the movie?! O_O. These people of bollywood and their supporters should see a few movies from the hollywood scene and see what goes into them: Money (that shouldn’t be a problem considering their bank balances), technology(we have, but don’t know how to use),  time (oh, that we certainly don’t: over mainstream actors need to churn out 10 movies a year :P), creativity ( <> plagarism. :|).

2.) We, Indians, seem to enjoy basking in the glory of a non-bollywood movie which just showed the whole world, us, in our naked-villainy. The portrayal, true to a good extent, is nothing to be happy about, people!! All you yahoos celebrating the success of someone else’s, think what you are celebrating about. Have some shame.

3.) It seem to be taking the slum dwellers for a ride. I saw footage of kids and adults watching the oscars and going up in joy. For what?!? It’s unlikely any of those unlucky group would read this: they aren’t putting you in good light, folks. This is a story of fantastically implausible hope. It’s not hope actually. Its just a delusion. Please, don’t get carried away by the frikking media. The movie crew and producers say that the 2 main kids from the movie will get a substantial amount IF they complete their education. It leaves many questions unanswered. Like when? and how will they complete what education?! Please, sounds disgusting. and that too, if they were so concerned, why just TWO kids?!?

I am ashamed by the oscar’s show this time. By the reaction of the people from all over the world to such a movie. It got 10 nominations, 8 wins, deserved none.

Either way, that’s done. All the awards are given away. But I still vote for DK and Wall-E. Those were just the best movies I’ve seen over a long period of time!

Thats it, bask in your glory, slumHog. I am so tempted to use the dialogue from Tropic Thunder… the one by Les Grossman over the phone….

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Hume's philosophy says I am just a figment of imagination.

Physics demonstrates that I am, like everyone else, made of star dust.

Biology explains that I am, like everyone else, a product of evolution by natural selection.

Neuroscience clarifies that I, like everyone else, have no free will.

Reality, almost, threatens that I, like everyone else, occupies an almost negligible portion of time & space.

Whatever may be the case, where ever it may lead me to, I am on a journey, as should you, to find out more about the world and universe(s?) I live in and love so dearly for all I have. After all, we have this one life.

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