Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Adam Savage on Humanism

I went to Harvard on Friday, because the Harvard Secular Society was giving Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman (a.k.a. The Mythbusters) the The Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism.  It was a great time, and both Adam and Jamie gave inspired speeches on the values of science and humanism.  Adam's speech has been published online at Boing Boing.  I highly recommend you read it, and forward to anyone you know who might enjoy it.

It was given the title Food for the Eagle, after a story he recounted at the end of his speech:
There may be no purpose, but its always good to have a mission. And I know of one fine allegory for an excellent mission should you choose to charge yourself with one: Carlos Castaneda's series of books about his training with a Yaqui indian mystic named Don Juan. There's a lot of controversy about these books being represented as nonfiction. But if you dispense with that representation, and instead take their stories as allegories, they're quite lovely.

At the end of The Eagle's Gift, Don Juan reveals to his student that there's no point to existence. That we're given our brief 70-100 years of consciousness by something the mystics call "The Eagle," named for it's cold, killer demeanor. And when we die, the eagle gobbles our consciousness right back up again.

He explains that the mystics, to give thanks to the eagle for the brief bout of consciousness they're granted, attempt to widen their consciousness as much as possible. This provides a particularly delicious meal for the eagle when it gobbles one up at the end of one's life.

And that, to me, is a fine mission.

If I had to believe in a mythology, I'd like it to be that one.  Much more empowering and beautiful than a crucifix and a burning bush.

4 comments:

  1. the really SHARP END OF OCCAM’S RAZOR…


    they mix SKEPTICISM with ATHEISM…

    KABOOM…
    ______________________



    with the atheists:

    they start begging when they start dying...


    they PAY THE PRICE FOR ATTACKING THE SUPERNATURAL -

    with their LIVES...


    CRYSTAL NIGHT TONIGHT!

    Atheists,

    but you have NO ANSWER TO DEATH... therefore you FAIL...


    THE DEATH TRAP

    http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/FaceOff/
    ********

    THE REAL QUESTION:

    DOES ATHEISM HAVE A FUTURE?

    AND THE ANSWER - NO!

    visit:

    http://www.clubconspiracy.com/forum/f30/does-ath-ism-have-future-no-11202.html#post66570




    Shermer - Harris - Myers - Dawkins - Randi VS. NOSTRADAMUS - EINSTEIN - MARKUZE


    you're ANNIHILATED!

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  2. I'm sorry that such idiots feel the need to post on your blog Jeff.

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  3. No worries. It's incoherent nonsense. It just shows how intellectually bankrupt their arguments are. The links are actually quite entertaining; Deepak Chopra is always a good laugh.

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  4. Now I want you to listen to this little f*cker...

    http://www.ted.com/talks/james_randi.html

    Randi:

    When I see your UGLY FACE I understand why you are an atheist




    the really SHARP END OF OCCAM’S RAZOR…


    they mix SKEPTICISM with ATHEISM…

    KABOOM…
    ______________________

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