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May 15, 2005

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Frank McGahon

Your first grey hair? You poor little lamb! I've been getting a little salt in my pepper for about a decade now. Grey hair isn't really an intimation of mortality, at least not compared to thinning or receding hair. A guy with a full head of grey-flecked hair can look "distinguished" but a balding guy without a single grey hair, of any age, is always going to be a slaphead!

radek

I've been getting them greys since high school - roughly coinciding with my first serious love affair.

Jack

"A guy with a full head of grey-flecked hair can look "distinguished" but a balding guy without a single grey hair, of any age, is always going to be a slaphead!"

Watch it, now.

Won Joon Choe

Who knows, Abiola? Perhaps you may become persuaded by the logic of Pascal's Wager and turn Christian--as I have done recently. I know, I know; I am weak and completely defeated by the prospects of the "terrors of the cosmos" :)

Delmore Macnamara

"Perhaps you may become persuaded by the logic of Pascal's Wager and turn Christian"

I can't help feeling that the ill-tempered God portrayed in the Jewish & Christian Bibles is not the sort to look kindly on those who believe in Him merely because the result of a certain (mathematically somewhat shaky) NPV calulation is positive.

On the other hand I have always found Goedel's refinement of Anselm's "ontological" argument somewhat convincing; _per curiam_ I believe Anselm's original argument is what convinvced CS Lewis of God's existence.

What I never have been able to fathom, tho' is why people so frequently take the (to my mind entirely unjustified) step from "phiosophical Deism" to Christianity. The former belief seems to me to have had a far more beneficial effect on the world than the latter & after all "by their fruits shall ye know them".

My body-hair started turning grey before the hair on my head; as I am "an hairy man" like Esau, this has had the unfortunate side effect that my dear wife now refers to me as The Silverback Gorilla.

Jim

This is when you will know when you are really getting close to the inevitable demise, when all the youngsters you see are getting grey and/or bald. What is it with young people these days?

Neel Krishnaswami

Despite Goedel, I remain atheist -- he uses the law of the excluded middle in his analysis, and as a constructivist I can remain unconvinced. There is a fascinating philosophical science fiction short story in there, though. Our intrepid hero could find a constructive variant of Goedel's proof, and then use the Curry-Howard isomorphism to turn it into a computer program, and then he could run it to create a God.

Jim

"Despite Goedel, I remain atheist -- he uses the law of the excluded middle in his analysis, and as a constructivist I can remain unconvinced. "

So did Nagarjuna, and a lot earlier, and by the time he turns loose of your head, you're ready to doubt your atheism too.

Delmore Macnamara

"I remain atheist ... he uses the law of the excluded middle in his analysis, and as a constructivist I can remain unconvinced"

If you believed the argument was valid in classical logic, wouldn't the absurdity of the negation of the law of the excluded middle force you rather to be a nontheist than an atheist?

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