Monday, February 16, 2009

The American God

Have to give a shout out to my new favorite Youtube user pangeaprogress, clearly by his/her selection of videos, a Hitchens fan. In one of the Hitchens vids PP suggests an excellent thought experiment. He asks us to imagine the words of some of the more incredibly U.S.-centric televangelists being spouted in a sermon in (pick your favorite time and place of abject misery in the world - medieval Europe, most of modern Africa). Think of how utterly silly, mismatched, provincial and irrelevant these words would seem. For someone who thinks these are really the words of the all-powerful master of the universe, why does the message change so much from place to place? This little thought experiment might be an added dissonance induction tool.

In a similar vein, years ago there was a Jewish comedian who told a story about a redneck exhorting him to start worshipping the American God.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey thought you might be interested!

Ohlone College Psychology Club Presents
Dr. Michael Shermer
“Why People Believe Weird Things”

Friday, March 6, 2009
7:00pm

Tickets: $10

Smith Center at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd. in Fremont.

Michael Shermer is THE genuine myth buster, a relentless crusader against superstition and pseudoscience. He has appeared on Dateline, Larry King Live, Oprah and Unsolved Mysteries. In this presentation, he shares information and anecdotes from his book, “Why People Believe Weird Things,” and shares his investigations into paranormal claims, alien abductions and urban legends, explaining the reasons that people believe in them.

For tickets call 510.659.6031 or visit www.smithcenterpresents.com


If you could post this in your blog so your readers could also be informed and attend that would be great.

Thanks, hope to see you there!

vjack said...

The American god likes to be worshiped by hordes of drunken rednecks chanting "USA, USA" at professional wrestling matches.

Michael Caton said...

Sure am - I'll try to make it, and post it on here.