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https://www.thestranger.com/books/2018/09/26/32880576/hey-writers-stfu-about-the-muse

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The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling by Ted Chiang — Subterranean Press

https://web.archive.org/web/20140222103103/http://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/fall_2013/the_truth_of_fact_the_truth_of_feeling_by_ted_chiang

“People are made of stories. Our memories are not the impartial accumulation of every second we’ve lived; they’re the narrative that we assembled out of selected moments. Which is why, even when we’ve experienced the same events as other individuals, we never constructed identical narratives: the criteria used for selecting moments were different for each of us, and a reflection of our personalities. Each of us noticed the details that caught our attention and remembered what was important to us, and the narratives we built shaped our personalities in turn.”

Some very old, one quite new:

“It is no stranger for an atheist to live virtuously than it is strange for a Christian to live criminally. We see the latter sort of monster all the time, so why should we think the former is impossible?” – Peter Bayle

“We know the impression made on people’s minds by the idea that they are fighting for the preservation of their temples and altars … how courageous and bold we become when we fixate on the hope of conquering others by means of God’s protection, and when we are animated by the natural aversion we have for the enemies of our beliefs.” – Peter Bayle

“If the Multiplicity of Religions prejudices the State, it proceeds from their not bearing with one another but on the contrary endeavouring each to crush and destroy the other by methods of Persecution. In a word, all the Mischief arises not from Toleration, but from the want of it.” – Peter Bayle

“The cause of the worst crimes of Christians is repeatedly identified as false zeal, a passion that masquerades as the love of God but that really amounts to politico-religious partisanship mixed with hatred of anyone who is different.” – Michael W. Hickson

I have a reminder on my to-do list (Ultimate To Do List, if you’re interested) to post something. So here you go!

How to get a new body

  • Join a gym and submit to torture
  • Torture yourself by “eating healthy”
  • Become a Christian and die
  • Believe in reincarnation and die
  • Become a member of ISIS or al Queda and blow yourself up
  • Become an Apocalyptic Christian and survive the Apocalypse
  • Become a tech billionaire, invest in human cloning and mind uploading tech, then grow your new body and upload your mind into it
  • Order one on Amazon

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