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“Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God.” — Thomas Sowell

There is something extremely ironic of atheists trying to play God, isn’t there?

 

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  1. I was thinking about the difference between the French and American revolutions. I think the French tried to play God. The American was more of do the same thing but independently. The Americans just left home but kept a lot of the teachings of their “mother”.  The French decided like a sixteen year old “I know best”.  One has to add that without the Ancien Régime American probably would never had made it. Their military support was invaluable.

    [Blumroch, if you read this send a correction or response by e-mail. ]

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  2. 10 Cents:

    Damocles:
    The (somewhat dated) tech industry perspective:

    Did you read this book? (Do you read any books?) Would you care to share some insights if you read the book?

    You bet!

    I think the most interesting takeaways are:

    • Oracle was a great example of the Innovator’s Dilemma.  They had features (ability to run on different kinds of computers, standard query language) which the big players didn’t perceive as important until it was too late.
    • Oracle was run by the businessmen rather than the technologists.  That’s why a lot of their early competitors didn’t succeed and Oracle thrived.  Interestingly, you can name many of the technologists at Microsoft, Google, Apple, etc, who are famous for the products they designed, but not so for some of the pretty amazing technologists at Oracle.
    • Oracle moved up the food chain to become the giant.  The Oracle database is a useful bit of technology for which you can charge a couple of millions of dollars —  Oracle financials controls the lifeblood of a company and you can charge a lot more. (from other experience, I know Oracle’s baseline is about .5% – 1.5% of the revenue that flows through Financials — not a bad deal for a company that runs in 97 of the Fortune 1oo!)
    • Larry Ellison is driven and probably not the most pleasant man to be around.  Once or twice he has nearly died from his hobby of ocean racing.

    Regarding the name, that was actually an old joke back in the day, but the question used to be better expressed:

    • “What is the difference between Larry Ellison and God?”
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  3. PS I do read books, you don’t get the level of erudite witty commentary such as what you see on display here without a vast literary storehouse on standby!

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  4. Damocles:
    PS I do read books, you don’t get the level of erudite witty commentary such as what you see on display here without a vast literary storehouse on standby!

    I just figured you copied and pasted your erudition.

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  5. 10 Cents:
    I was thinking about the difference between the French and American revolutions.

    One was a revolution of blood and guts and murder/heads on spikes, focused upon the Catholic church and monarchy. Worst of all, our valiant friend Lafayette had several female relatives beheaded and thrown into an open grave.

    One was a revolution of words and declarations and pamphlets entitled Common Sense. Violence? The Tea Party.

    This was one of the reasons Hamilton and Jefferson became enemies. TJ felt that the ends justified the means.

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  6. On the other hand, not all sock puppets are intellectuals, some pretend to be. In actuality, the one we are familiar with might just be in dire need of a run through the washing machine and then hung out to dry. The washing machine should clean out all the “I AM GOD” thoughts and innocent Ratburgers won’t be banned!

    His most recent “I AM GOD” episode was a result of determining what inhibited posting to this thread.

    (  Seriously now 10 Cents, damn good call, thinking out of the box there! )

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  7. Gerry D:
    On the other hand, not all sock puppets are intellectuals, some pretend to be. In actuality, the one we are familiar with might just be in dire need of a run through the washing machine and then hung out to dry. The washing machine should clean out all the “I AM GOD” thoughts and innocent Ratburgers won’t be banned!

    His most recent “I AM GOD” episode was a result of determining what inhibited posting to this thread.

    (  Seriously now 10 Cents, damn good call, thinking out of the box there! )

    There are no “innocent Ratburgers”.

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  8. 10 Cents:

    Gerry D:
    On the other hand, not all sock puppets are intellectuals, some pretend to be. In actuality, the one we are familiar with might just be in dire need of a run through the washing machine and then hung out to dry. The washing machine should clean out all the “I AM GOD” thoughts and innocent Ratburgers won’t be banned!

    His most recent “I AM GOD” episode was a result of determining what inhibited posting to this thread.

    (  Seriously now 10 Cents, damn good call, thinking out of the box there! )

    There are no “innocent Ratburgers”.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DfmWurRgmMM

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  9. 10 Cents:

    Damocles:
    PS I do read books, you don’t get the level of erudite witty commentary such as what you see on display here without a vast literary storehouse on standby!

    I just figured you copied and pasted your erudition.

    Actually I have Ratburger printed out and brought to my desk.  I annotate in pen and have someone type it in.[*] That’s when I’m not just phoning in notes to my staff.

     

    [*] non joke: I worked at a place where this actually happened

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