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Religion Definition
are you mono or polytheistic?MU
do you subscribe to a major religion?Is Discordia major?
how do you feel about Jesus?He seems like he was a hoopy frood
what holy book do you feel is most accurate (Bible, Koran, etc)They're all collections of metaphors
do you believe in reincarnation?Not really
do you believe in the traditional heaven and hell?No
do you believe in ANY heaven and/or hell?Not really
do you think the god(s) are vengeful or nice?MU
do you believe in angels?No
do you believe in miracles?No
do you believe in predestination?No
do you believe in original sin?No
do you believe in freedom of will?Yes
do you believe in souls?Not per se, I waffle
what do you think will happen to you when you die?Fade to black, the end
do you think there will be an armageddon?Eventually the sun will consume the planet, yeah
why do you think we exist?Happenstance
do you believe in life on other planets?Statistically, yes
do you believe in evolution?Yes
do you think religion and science will always oppose the other?Probably - well, more like some adherents more than the principles
what would you say to God if you met him/her/them today?Whoa, you do exist!
anything else we should know?Hail Eris!


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eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: August 24th, 2004 06:55 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
what's "MU"?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: August 24th, 2004 07:59 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Stolen from dictionary.com:


/moo/ The correct answer to the classic trick question
"Have you stopped beating your wife yet?". Assuming that you have
no wife or you have never beaten your wife, the answer "yes" is
wrong because it implies that you used to beat your wife and then
stopped, but "no" is worse because it suggests that you have one and
are still beating her. According to various Discordians and Douglas
Hofstadter the correct answer is usually "mu", a Japanese word
alleged to mean "Your question cannot be answered because it depends
on incorrect assumptions". Hackers tend to be sensitive to logical
inadequacies in language, and many have adopted this suggestion with
enthusiasm. The word `mu' is actually from Chinese, meaning
`nothing'; it is used in mainstream Japanese in that sense, but
native speakers do not recognize the Discordian question-denying
use. It almost certainly derives from overgeneralization of the
answer in the following well-known Rinzei Zen koan:

A monk asked Joshu, "Does a dog have the Buddha nature?" Joshu
retorted, "Mu!"

I picked it up from both Discordian and hacker circles over the years. And the original meaning I picked up for it was either/neither/both/yes/no. All and none.
eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: August 24th, 2004 08:12 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Ah. I figured it was something like "does not apply" but was unclear as to what the abbreviation was for. It might have been slightly more clear if you had kept the capitalization the same as the "No" answers, but I would have asked anyway. People who use things like that are just begging the question and I'm happy to oblige instead of looking it up myself. :-)

I loved that question about beating your wife. Someone asked me that once and I said, "No." Because I figured that if I had a wife I would continue to beat her even if it was only an outward symptom of obvious dementia, but I'd forgotten that I was hanging out in a mostly male forum with a gender-less username. I was quite amused by everyone's lasting horror. But you're right, there are questions that need a "Mu" answer.
finstergrrrl From: finstergrrrl Date: August 25th, 2004 03:12 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

i could have sworn that was verbatim from the yellow book.
alienor77310 From: alienor77310 Date: August 24th, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Green on black background... At first, I read "what holy kook do you feel is most accurate". Then again, that may be some kind of Freudian slip.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: August 24th, 2004 07:55 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Green on black - my color scheme is inspired by my linux terminal settings. :-)
pawo From: pawo Date: August 25th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
What a poorly-constructed set of questions. Practically all of them need clarification. What do they mean by the word believe, for example? How about feel and think? These words can carry a variety of meanings. I can't give brief answers to most of these questions if the meanings of these words is left unclear.