I would make all [students] learn English. Then I would let the clever ones learn Latin as an honour and Greek as a treat. -Winston Churchill

i was at the media current issues seminar yesterday.

… as usual, being very discreet…

… behaving like a true angel…

… totally minding my own business…

… and being pleasently sociable:)

thanks jacky, for the invite. i had a great time.

the seminar presentation was a good insight into research done in the area of media and use of language in communication. i was expecially flabbergasted by a presenter yesterday who exposed literature equating women as ‘egg-makers’ and men as ‘sperm providers.’ it’s supposed to come from a 1989 book by frank and treschler. i did an internet search this morning but could not find any references of the sort tho. hmmm…

i’ve finished the book the da vinci code. yea, it took about two weeks… of was it longer? anyway, i agree with lin and viney, this book is highly recommended. it has a good pace i.e. it is not draggy and overly descriptive. it tells you exactly what you need to know when you need to know it. excellent plot. good twists and turns. highly contemplative.

here’s an excerpt from the book:

“…every faith in the world is based on fabrication. that is the definition of faith- acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove. every religion describes god through metaphor, allegory, and exaggeration, from the early eqyptians through modern sunday school. metaphors are a way to help our minds process the unprocessible. the problem arises when we begin to believe literally in our own metaphors…

…the bible represents a fundamental guidepost for millions of people on the planet, in much the same way the koran, torah, and pali canon offer guidance to people of other religions. if you and i could dig up documentation that contradicted the holy stories of islamic belief, judaic belief, buddhist believe, pagan belief, should we do that? should we wava a flag and tell buddhists that we have proof the buddha did not come from a lotus blossom? of that jesus was not born from a literal virgin birth? those who truly understand their faiths understand the stories are metaphorical…

…religious allegory has become a part of the fabric of reality. and living in that reality helps millions of people cope and be better people…”

“but it appears their reality is false.”

“no more false than that of a mathematical cryptographer who believes in the imaginary number ‘i’ because it helps her break codes.”

pages 369-370

anyway, i have research methods final exams this saturday. brrr…

happy ramadhan, friends!


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