Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
Democrats more likely to believe in ghosts
Writing in the Washington Examiner about the results of a poll by the Pew Center on Religion and Public Life, Byron York may have stumbled upon why more Democrats than Republicans agree to programs that will leave our great-great grandchildren a massive public debt, believe in voodoo economics, predict a rosy future for programs that have no solid basis in facts, and other bizarre behavior.
New study: More Democrats than Republicans believe in ghosts, talking with the dead, fortunetellers
. . .Democrats are far more likely to believe in supernatural phenomenon than Republicans.
“Conservatives and Republicans report fewer experiences than liberals or Democrats communicating with the dead, seeing ghosts and consulting fortunetellers or psychics,” the Pew study says. For example, 21 percent of Republicans report that they have been in touch with someone who is dead, while 36 percent of Democrats say they have done so. Eleven percent of Republicans say they have seen a ghost, while 21 percent of Democrats say so. And nine percent of Republicans say they have consulted a fortuneteller, while 22 percent of Democrats have.
There’s more. Seventeen percent of Republicans say they believe in reincarnation, while 30 percent of Democrats do. Fourteen percent of Republicans say they believe in astrology, while 31 percent of Democrats do. Fifteen percent of Republicans say they view yoga as a spiritual practice, while 31 percent of Democrats do. Seventeen percent of Republicans say they believe in spiritual energy, while 30 percent of Democrats do.
I think it might have something to do with worldview.
For awhile I’ve been noticing that conservatives and liberals both see themselves as insignificant in relationship to the universe overall, but in different ways. The conservative mindset sees life as a gift, and the span of that life as a fleeting opportunity to show oneself worthy of it. The liberal viewpoint is similar; one is saddled with an obligation to demonstrate himself to be worthy. But the conservative is readying for adjudication by some unseen Higher Power, whereas the liberal, being more secular, is continually laboring to impress peers. I’m a good person; I have pure thoughts; I’m an “intellectual.”
The conservative sees his deeds and works as potentially significant. His feelings about things are not. With the liberal, it is the reverse — feelings reign supreme, but we’re not really put here by anything or anybody, therefore we don’t carry a burden to get much of anything done unless we happen to be “serving” in politics.
So if you’re a conservative, if you have some friends or relatives who’ve passed on and you’d dearly like to see them again, you’re probably inclined to figure it isn’t going to happen. Not that your love is unrequited; it’s just that the deceased have better things to do.
The liberal view of the universe is inextricably intertwined with me, me, me. All who doubt, look no further than the next Barack Obama press conference or teevee appearance for the next piece of evidence you need to explain-away — and you never have too long to wait for that! So it stands to reason that in the liberal mind it is “inevitable” you’ll see Aunt Sally again someday…it must be. When am I going to see my parents. When am I going to see that friend of mine. When are they going to be visible to me.
Naturally, whoever thinks it is just a matter of time before he sees a ghost…that guy is probably gonna see one.
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