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The compact web page on death, philosophy, religion, science, time & revelations.


 


DEATH:

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me --
The Carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality. -Emily Dickinson

Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
-- Shakespeare, _Macbeth_

One bright morning at midnight
two dead boys got up to fight.
Back to back they faced each other,
pulled out their swords and shot each other.
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
and saved the lives of the two dead boys.
If you don't believe this lie is true,
ask the blind man, he saw it too.
 

THE HEARSE SONG

Have you ever thought
when the hearse goes by,
That you may be
the next to die?

They wrap you up
in a big white sheet
and then they bury you
six feet deep

Things are OK
for about a week
but then your coffin
begins to leak

Your eyes cave in
Your hair falls out
the worms begin
to crawl about

The worms crawl in,
the worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle
upon your snout.

They eat your eyes,
they eat your nose,
They eat the jelly
between your toes.

And a big green worm
with rolling eyes
Crawls in your stomach
and out your eyes.

Your stomach turns
a slimy green,
And pus pours out
like whipping cream.

You spread it on
a slice of bread,
And that's what you eat
when you are dead.


PHILOSOPHY: There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. -- Shakespeare

A witty saying proves nothing. -- Voltaire

I used to think that the brain was the most important organ in my body, but then I realized who was telling me this. - Oscal Wilde


If you study the logistics
and heuristics of the mystics
you will find that their minds
rarely move in a line

So it's much more realistic
to abandon such ballistics
and resign to chopped
like a leaf from the vine
-Brian Eno (from Before and After Science : Blackwater)


RELIGION:
A 1-L Lama, he's a priest
A 2-L Llama, he's a beast
And a 3-L Lllama is a spicey Thai feast!
(in response to Ogden Nash's original
which, in place of the last verse said,
"But I'm willing to bet a silk pajama
that there's no such thing as a 3-L Lllama.")

Visit the psychology of religion homepage.

SCIENCE: SCIENCE VS RELIGION / HEAVEN VS HELL:
The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed. Our authority is Isaiah 30:26, "Moreover, the light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of the Sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days." Thus Heaven receives from the Moon as much radiation as we do from the Sun, and in addition 7*7 (49) times as much as the Earth does from the Sun, or 50 times in all. The light we receive from the Moon is one 1/10,000 of the light we receive from the Sun, so we can ignore that ... The radiation falling on Heaven will heat it to the point where the heat lost by radiation is just equal to the heat received by radiation, i.e., Heaven loses 50 times as much heat as the Earth by radiation. Using the Stefan-Boltzmann law for radiation, (H/E)^4 =50, where E is the absolute temperature of the earth (-300K), gives H as 798K (525C). The exact temperature of Hell cannot be computed ... [However] Revelations 21:8 says "But the fearful, and unbelieving ... shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone." A lake of molten brimstone means that its temperature must be at or below the boiling point, 444.6C. We have, then, that Heaven, at 525C is hotter than Hell at 445C. -- From "Applied Optics" vol. 11, A14, 1972


science vs. atheism (as psuedo-science and quasi-religion)


TIME: When the tide of life turns against you
And the current upsets your boat
Don't waste tears on what might have been
Just lie on your back and float

REVELATIONS:
Ladies and gentlemen
Take my advice
Pull down your pants
And slide on the ice

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