Vruz, who quite obviously is not fan of religion, writes:Is it any wonder that striving on ignorance and fear whilst believing in magic solutions from a heavenly father doesn’t work better than a system for organised learning and sharing information in an orderly manner? it’s pretty amazing when those in their perceived higher moral ground use the internet to propagate their beliefs. Hint: the internet is a creation of science, through cumulative work and understanding of how the universe is organised. And you know what? A god didn’t make the internet! all those vaccines that saved you from a certain death in your childhood? God didn’t put them in the world for you! Clever scientists engineered them.
With all respect to Vruz, the Science vs. Religion debate has a lot in common with the Cats vs. Sharks debate. It’s nonsense. And, with the exception of a few zealots on either side, everybody who knows what they’re talking about—be they physicists, theologians, or marine biologists—understands this. They are debates that don’t even make sense. A shark is a water-dwelling death machine. A cat is an often-domesticated feline. Science is a set of empirical methods used to answer questions. And religion is … well, it’s something else. It’s an over-broad word that means radically different things to different people. But for now, let’s say religion is an individual or communal response to existential inquiries regarding value and purpose.
Vruz talking about religion is something like Ted Stevens talking about the Internet. You can sort of decipher a point—but it’s pretty clear he has no idea what he’s talking about. I don’t mean to be a hater, Vruz, but it takes hubris to write off the faith that has brought people through darker horrors than we bear to imagine with their minds intact as mere ignorance, fear, and superstition.
How long we take off probably counts for less than we think, and in the aggregate, taking more short trips leaves us happier than taking a few long ones.
We’re often happier planning a trip than actually taking it. And interrupting a vacation — far from being a nuisance — can make us enjoy it more.
How a trip ends matters more than how it begins, who you’re with matters as much as where you go, and if you want to remember a vacation vividly, do something during it that you’ve never done before.
And though it may feel unnecessary, it’s important to force yourself to actually take the time off in the first place — people, it turns out, are as prone to procrastinate when it comes to pleasurable things like vacations as unpleasant ones like paperwork and visits to the dentist.”
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