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Discussion 6 to Talk Back 52
I suppose one can misinterpret anything

by Julie DiMauro

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Thomas J,

Thanks for your suggestions, but I've already seen I Robot, and all it seemed to me was a hackneyed bastardization of Asimov's robot universe. I'm not sure how you saw God in any of the films you listed, actually, but I suppose one can misinterpret anything if they want to believe the meaning they give it is really there.

It's amusing to think that you call me blinded, when one could easily think the same about you. Your evidence, apparently, for the existence of the soul is the fact that the body's weight decreases by 21 grams upon death. That is known as an urban legend, though it was based on an experiment around the turn of the twentieth-century.

I present to you several websites with information on the experiment that created this idea of a soul with a measurable mass, and the problems with said experiment:

You took on faith that one single, flawed experiment that was *designed* to show that there is a soul, was all the proof you needed. You didn't even bother to look up the information on it. That's the problem with taking things on blind faith alone.

Finally, allow me address your bizarre analogy:

"An elderly lady is waiting at the bus stop. A passer-by tries to help here across the road but she refuses. Again he attempts but she insists on getting the bus. At the third attempt she get angry so he departs. It takes 'two to tango', firstly there must be the messenger and secondly a willing recipient. So do you want to cross the road or get the bus??"

Why, exactly, is it a bad thing that the old lady in your analogy wants to take the bus? If she's waiting at the bus stop, logic would tell me that she is purposeful waiting for the bus. As such, I cannot see why she, or in fact anyone, would want to be dragged across the street by some stranger who thinks that's where she ought to be.

Incoherence of your metaphor aside, I read it differently. The problem with evangelists is that they think they know what's best for you. Let the old lady at the bus stop go where she wants to go. If she's not hurting you or anyone else, let her travel her own path. If you'd rather cross the street, then by all means go. But your way may not be right for everyone.