Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Loving Tim Minchin.

' Thank you, Sam, for showing how my point of view has been so flawed. I assumed there was no God at all but now I see that’s cynical. It’s simply that his interests aren’t particularly broad.'

I apologize in advance if I already shared this with you. But I am totally in love with this guy.
Unfortunately, the video of Thank You God with subtitles has been removed because of some copy rights, blah blah. But I have found a link to a blog with the words...here.


and this is just FANTASTIC.

enjoy.




10 comments:

  1. I've never heard of this guy until today, and he has me thinking a lot right now.
    Is that his own voice? It sounds kind of familiar to me.

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  2. This is BRILLIANT!
    thanks for sharing!
    xx
    Noor

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  3. @Gabriela: he is a musician. The thank you god song is great, and it is his voice, yes. He was just performing in London and sadly, I could not go, because of the baby...But I heard he was brilliant. He does not just do the religion stuff. He is just very rude and funny. :)

    @Noor: Glad someone appreciated! Look up more of his stuff online. He is very very funny.

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  4. I showed this clip to my husband. He loved it and he apparently is a fan of Tim Minchin (I did not know that until now). Somehow he thought at first that you were married to Tim Minchin. :)

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  5. "this is just FANTASTIC."

    Except that it's akshilly fakshilly wrong.

    Example 1 for our scientifically minded fellows: Our great great great great great uncles didn't live to be 35 and then die. The low "life expectancy" of the Medieval period is a result of high infant morality. When one child in two dies, the average life expectancy is half what it would be otherwise. We have merely to look to traditional villages where modern medicine isn't practiced to see that, once a person survives the difficult years of infancy, living to 60 isn't remarkable. "Grandfather" and "Grandmother" are common features of classic fairy tales, and the words "great grandmother" and "great grandmother" would be of recent origin if people weren't regularly living long enough to see their great grandchildren born and thrive. The common Medieval physician's claim was that "I can cure anyone between 7 and 70" expresses this well - children often died, but adults fared rather better.

    Example 2 for our scientifically minded readers: "The supernatural" is not some wiggy idea which is contrary to science. It's been extensively researched by scientists, who publish articles in scientific journals, such as this little gem from _Psychological Bulletin_'s 115th issue (1994) asking, "Does Psi Exist?" And it turns out by golly that when we investigate paranormal phenomena, you know, scientifically, we find "Replicable Evidence for an Anomalous Process of Information Transfer."

    Don't believe it? Then you don't trust science, because Bem and Honorton, who authored the study, took meticulous care to avoid errors in their study, even employing professional stage magicians to report on possible flaws in their methodology. And golly gosh, guess what they found? Their subjects were able to correctly guess 1 target out of 4 possible targets 32% of the time (chance is 25%, for those scientifically minded readers who aren't so good on their maths), replicated the classic sheep-goat effect for people like Tim to score worse on these tests than ditzy idealists like Storm, replicated the classic finding for extraverts to outperform introverts, and lastly replicated the again previously demonstrated link between psi hitting and creativity. Skeptics can read all about it here:

    http://www.dina.kvl.dk/~abraham/psy1.html

    Now the truth is that we don't *really* know how long people lived hundreds of years ago any more than we *really* know that every scientist to report on the effectiveness of psi, or willow bark, or the gravitational constant, hasn't been cooking his books. But we definitely have no reason to believe that modern medicine didn't just double our lifespans, and we likewise have no reason to assume that there is nothing supernatural in this world. And ultimately, whenever people like Storm or Tim run their mouths, it's just a huge bother to sit down and explain why every stupid thing they say is dumb.

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  6. This from one who visits gypsy fortunetellers?

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  7. @Marianna: Your husband must have good taste. :-)

    @Mark: Come on, it was funny! Since when do you take everything so seriously, Kaweh? Oops, sorry a different reader....:)

    @Fab Cook: Long time to hear! I know, it was a moment of madness, everyone is allowed those? also, it was just messing about. I never REALLY believed in such things. But sometimes you just do stuff out of desperation.

    sorry took ages to respond to comments. Been without proper internet connection for two weeks.

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  8. They are both annoying. If there is no room for dialogue, lets just skip it :)
    Btw, what are all these links at the bottom of the page?

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  9. @ Scary: Look, if you like to see atheists bashing mushy headed folks or exposing religious tomfoolery, check out Nikolas Lloyd:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlKfcTruUKA

    Lloyd is funny while simultaneously making sense.

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  10. @Nata: I think it is automatically generated. Any site that links back to me shows up at the bottom here...so if they have scaryazeri in their blogroll, it will show below.

    @Mark: Cool. I will check him out.

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