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FlaGator
08-19-2010, 10:29 AM
Hot Hot Hot... and afternoon thundershowers. In short, the ususal.

TOTD: I was reading about the mythology of the older cultures. We call these myths but to those whole lived with the greek and roman god, demi-gods and heros these stories where real. What it got me wondering about was what are some of the things today that I believe will be laughed at as myths a hundred years from now. The big thing that I think will be viewed as a myth is Anthropological Global Warming. I suspect that future generations will get a good laugh at our expense much like we laugh at the Greeks who believed that Athena jumped fully armored from Zeus' head. What do you believe are some of our modern day myths.

Shannon
08-19-2010, 10:55 AM
It's freezing here today. I am taking a dear friend out for their 40th birthday tonight. I shall mock them mercilessly.:D


TOTD: Eh. I figure that at some point in the future all of today's big religions will be considered myths.

marv
08-19-2010, 10:58 AM
Hmmmm, what do you believe are some of our modern day myths?

TOTD: Man made global warming, flying saucers, alien abductions, "renewable" wind power,..........

FlaGator
08-19-2010, 11:05 AM
It's freezing here today. I am taking a dear friend out for their 40th birthday tonight. I shall mock them mercilessly.:D


TOTD: Eh. I figure that at some point in the future all of today's big religions will be considered myths.

They've been saying that for a couple of thousand years now.

djones520
08-19-2010, 11:37 AM
They've been saying that for a couple of thousand years now.

The Greco-Roman gods were a predominant religion for a couple thousand years as well.


I think for the most part the "age of mythology" is over. There may be a point in time where the big three religions of today are lost in obscurity, much like many of those in the past, but it won't be anytime soon that is for sure.

FlaGator
08-19-2010, 11:40 AM
The Greco-Roman gods were a predominant religion for a couple thousand years as well.

The God of Judism preceeds them and He's still around.

PoliCon
08-19-2010, 12:33 PM
The Greco-Roman gods were a predominant religion for a couple thousand years as well.

And with the exception of islam - all of todays major faiths existed alongside the greco-roman gods.

PoliCon
08-19-2010, 12:34 PM
TOTD: AGW, Keynesian Economics, Socialism/communism/fascism. Obamaism

noonwitch
08-19-2010, 01:40 PM
It's sunny and warm, but not hot. It's around 82 right now.

TOTD: I can't really think of that many myths-theories, but not myths. I 'd like it if in 100 years evolution is either proved or disproved beyond any doubt, so we can stop fighting about it and move on.

Gingersnap
08-19-2010, 02:05 PM
Highs in the 80s today but there is an excellent chance of rain for the afternoon.

TOTD: Many or most of the bedrock ideas of social Feminism are already crumbling in the light of research and direct observation. Men and women aren't identical creatures with differing genitalia.
Boys and girls don't learn, act, or play the same way. Most women are not "fulfilled" by their various McJobs or careers. You really can be too old to be a new mother. One night stands and hooking up are great for guys but these situations seem to cause emotional problems for girls and women over time.

Transgender anything. It's already been demonstrated that pumping hormones into a teen or adult does not make them think, relate, or behave like the opposite sex. It has a profound effect, of course, but it doesn't turn them into men or women other than superficially. They still carry around the kind of brain that their DNA dictates. Eventually, women will understand that both effeminate gay men and genetic males who ape female behavior and appearance are just another example of men co-opting and dictating femininity.

On a related note, prenatal testing and treatment will identify and correct any genetic factors that may contribute to homosexuality. No heterosexual Mom is going to turn down that treatment for her kid so the "I was born this way" defense of gayness is going to be out the window too.

The idea that kids don't really need a bio Dad and a bio Mom living together with some civility. Now that we have 50 years of research, it looks like divorce is absolutely devastating for kids even if they are unaware of all the damage at the time. Divorce hurts everybody.

The Lifestyle=Death mantra. While leading a wholesome life certainly doesn't hurt anybody and may extend life somewhat, I think we will begin to admit (we already know this to be true scientifically) that living beyond 35 is actually the causative factor for the vast majority of CVD and cancer. You can play with your lipid profile all day long but the reality is that people with perfect blood chemistry drop dead of heart attacks and strokes every day. Nuns get cancer - even vegetarian nuns. Your conversion to every health fad will not protect you from disease or death.

Articulate_Ape
08-19-2010, 02:18 PM
88F and sunny (and dry as hell).


TOTD: Modern day myths include: the opinions of celebrities matter, Democrats care about regular Americans, Justin Beiber has talent, and M. Night Shyamalan's next movie can't possibly suck worse than his last one.

Gingersnap
08-19-2010, 03:57 PM
88F and sunny (and dry as hell).


TOTD: Modern day myths include: the opinions of celebrities matter, Democrats care about regular Americans, Justin Beiber has talent, and M. Night Shyamalan's next movie can't possibly suck worse than his last one.

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malloc
08-19-2010, 04:58 PM
Not so hot today, only 106F. The monsoons are bringing us increased humidity though at 23% so those who only have swamp coolers may have trouble keeping cool.



TOTD: AGW, Keynesian Economics, Socialism/communism/fascism. Obamaism

I believe AGW will become a myth. Hopefully so will most of Keynsian Economics. I don't think socialism in any form will ever go away, because it is a societies' natural tendency. Friedman believed societies gravitated toward socialism for two distinct reasons. The first is that socialism, if it's not called that, is easily explained away. If there is something one, or the majority doesn't like, simply pass a law to forbid it. For instance, the Unions don't think workers are paid enough, so they get enough do-gooders together and pass a minimum wage law. It makes sense to the layman, and the layman doesn't have to take any time to think about it. What doesn't make sense to the layman is the destructiveness of a minimum wage law because the layman sees only what is there, and not what could be there, or the unintended consequences. Capitalism and individual liberty work best, but take time and thought to explain. The second reason is that capitalism and individual liberty require a certain amount of self denial, one needs to resist the urge to collectively spend another's money, or the majority must resist the urge to steal from the minority and redistribute to themselves. So the self interest that is very effectively leveraged by capitalism, is also a vehicle which gravitates societies toward socialism.

In my view this means one thing, socialists of any sort are just as greedy as capitalists, just not as smart or disciplined.