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About Ghaleon

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  1. Thank you all for your replies. I've ordered a funnel head from hookahcompany. I can't wait to try it. Thanks again. I love this place.
  2. Hi All,I'm in the market for a new hose. I'd like to get something that will last a long time - prefferably something washable - but all of the washable hoses i've seen are such eyesores. Any suggestions? How long can I expect a leather hose to last before it starts tasting funny? Thanks.
  3. Ghaleon

    Do you believe in God?

    no response yet; just asking for some clarification. "Religion is a larger social order than nationality" could you comment on this statement a little? You are arguing that religion once served a basic and universal purpose; that this purpose is the unity that religion has throughout history and that, as we now have stabilized government, we no longer need it to serve said purpose, correct?  If so, is it really true that religion served the same purpose everywhere in the world? Also, while this may be true, or may have been true, I have a hard time believing that this is the only primal funciton of religion.  What of religion as an expression of or response to the human condition in the world; that of uncetainty and insecurity? I think such a formulation would go a long ways in explaining why religion still exists at all.    
  4. Ghaleon

    Do you believe in God?

    "That's your interpretation, to be sure. The bible is "the word of God", literally the divinely inspired writings of men."  Sidenote: that isn't my interpretation; but i'm arguing that it's a legitimate and not-necessarily-destructive one. "religion cannot exist if it is not dogmatic" This, i think, is true.  That's what faith is; believing in a proposition or belief system regardless of other forces.  Thus a Christian has the dogma that "Christ is Lord" or something like that, and will not allow himself to be budged by reason or empirical evidence.  But this is all it means and is not necessarily negative.  For instance, I can hold the dogma that "God wants me to love my neighbors" and cause no harm whatsoever.  Holding to a dogma does not mean that you have to kill other people who don't believe in it.  Granted, relgions have done that before, but they do not do it everywhere or all the time.  You're objection would be like me saying "I hate Germans because they kill Jews."  The correct formulation of this statement would be "I hate a particular group of Germans (the Nazi's) at a particular time in History (WWII)" As for your examples, you seem to have adopted a strictly anti-religious interpretation of history. In doing so, I think you make 2 mistakes.  1) you speak of 'religion' as though it were some homogenous force; as though the cummulative 'spirit' of religion wreaks havoc throughout history.  But religion has no such unity in history.  There were religious thinkers for and against the reformation; for and against the crusades; for and against the vietnam war; for and against the war in iraq; and, as a matter of fact, for and against dogma (Erasmus, the anti-reformation catholic poster boy, desired to reject all dogma).  religious thought and activity is as varied as the people who accomplish it. Another objection I have to your philosophy of history is this: do you really think that religion can explain that much?  I think that it's very rare that you see a historical event that is actually caused by a system of ethics or dogma.  For instance, there are certain marxists interpretations of the reformation which hold that the germans revolted because they were the people being most opressed by the midievil economy and stood to gain the most from a free market system.  I find this interpretation much more convincing, illiterate german peasants could not understand Luther's writings enough to care about them.  My point is that there are other and, if not more powerful, at least more frequent sources of history than religion.  I agree that there have been many instances of people being oppressed or killed in the name of a religion but I do not believe that religion is at the heart of these conflicts.  Don't get me wrong, i'm not trying to protect religion from all criticism. I just think that it's probably not that frequent a source of history.  People will be people, they do good things and bad things, they'll find reasons to kill each other and reasons to love each other whatever framework they're opperating under. I'm very intersted in your prediction that religion will die out.  Freud made that prediction in the 1920's, I still don't know what to make of it.  I guess we'll have to wait and find out. 
  5. yeah, I know a few people who smoke it like a cigar, but the general method of practice is to inhale...deeply.  If it's burning right you wont feel a think.  Good luck!
  6. great ideas.  I like setting cups/cans on a table in front of me and trying to blow rings around them.  When the ring gets close to the table it starts slanting downwards horizontally.  It's possible if you time it right.
  7. Ghaleon


    i'm sick too... thanks for caring, kustard
  8. Ghaleon

    Hookahs and astronomy

    well taken.  And for those cloudy nights, check out this program.http://www.shatters.net/celestia/
  9. Ghaleon

    Do you believe in God?

    woah woah woah tangeirs.  this assault on the Bible is unwarranted and, strictly speaking, nonsense.  Have you ever read any Christan theology?  I've been studying it for 3 years now, and the array of accepted 'perceptions' is dizzying. The word 'heresy' is used once in the bible, in the book of revelations.  The context is a Christian being persecuted as a heretic, not the other way around. "But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets"  (no, i didn't have that memorized, I ran a search engine ) Heresy is a term coined by the Catholic Church, and is currently only used, I think, by it and the Eastern Orthodox church.  Don't get me wrong, i'm not too pleased with the concept either, but that's a problem with a specific part of Christianty, and not the body as a whole.  And even so, the Catholic church has made great strides towards tolerance in the past hundred years.  The Eastern Orthodox Church, as far as I know, has always allowed its members the freedom of intellectual exploration (is this right, pavlakos?). Also, where on earth do you come out with the conclusion that the bible is necessarily taken literally?  The Bible itself certaintly never says it.  The Bible also never says that all Christians even need to acknowledge the Bible as an authority.  How could it?  It wasnt compiled until hundreds of years after the last book was even written... People 'believe' in the Bible because they choose to.  Rather, they have faith that it is, in its entirety, inspired by God and holds some kind of truth, metaphorical or otherwise...  The Bible does not set forth Dogma, some churches do.  you're objections are both exagerated and misdirected.
  10. Ghaleon

    Water on Saturn

    that'll do.  thanks allot. Here's a link to a similar article for all who are interested [url="http://www.physorg.com/news6237.html"]http://www.physorg.com/news6237.html[/url]
  11. Ghaleon

    Water on Saturn

    whoah.  could you provide a link to said article?
  12. Ghaleon

    Water on Saturn

    Haha.  Yes, very satisfied.  Thanks Tangiers.
  13. Ghaleon

    natural coals

    I also use a hotplate.  works like a charm.
  14. Ghaleon

    Water on Saturn

    Oh, and speaking of astronomy, was anyone else able to see the solar eclipse last week?  It was about 80% from where I was.  Quite impressive.