September 30th, 2010

atheism

Do you believe in Railway Mutton Biriyani?

One group took a well travelled man's amazing story too seriously. It is by all means a very brilliantly told story incorporating his travel experiences across India and his urge to create a great epic soap opera called Ramayan. Of course, there might have been pressure from the publishers or the government, we may never know. The story involves a blue coloured super-human being. Hey, is it a coincidence that spider man, super man and many other  super-human characters are also blue coloured? Anyway, apparently he ruled this region when it was mostly forests and about the population of bangalore used to occupy the whole damn region. Talking birds, magical powers, flying machines, large scale battles with arrows producing flames when they hit each other while bands of monkeys fighting a band of demons and several morphing scenes will all be elements one would have to imagine while reading the story. But given we keep telling stories to ourselves to make sense of this place, and some stories have been around for too long, many tend to actually start believing these stories.

Another group thinks something to this effect: This sentence, by virtue of being a unique sentence, is a magic. These precisely worded sentences are therefore a miracle. This miracle has been performed by God, the one and only. He has a message for all of you. Now, kneel down and do what God has to say or he is gonna whack the shit out of you. To me, this is a very very clever, creative alpha male's story, frankly. In nature all alphas risk conflict and losing their position. Like all other species, humans too use clever methods that exploit the opponent's weaknesses in order to avoid direct conflict. It makes Energy Sense, certainly! So he figures out people tend to take stories too seriously and he starts out a story. "You know, I went up there to that mountain and I heard a voice...". Or maybe it was a prankster's seemingly harmless attempt to have some fun?

... and then there are the secular people. I think they realize their beliefs are as irrational as the others' beliefs. They just think, everybody has the right to their own imaginary friends. You know, someone you can keep talking to and asking for favours?

By nature, beliefs are irrational. I consider beliefs as needed assumptions in the game of life. The assumptions by themselves are alright, but ... not all edge cases are covered, is the most precise way to put the predicament. For the argument, It might be important to take my word if I said "There is a lion coming around the corner" in the wild because it might just be safer to "assume" my claim to be true and just flee than question my claim (and of course, have mechanisms in place to rank people based on whether those claims turn out to be true or false). But it is possible to sneak in a story through that same channel. Yes, I think that is a reasonable description of the Bug.

They say, the human body is structurally a bad design. It is more like a hack to let a four legged animal walk on two legs. The brain too seems to be a hack, I'd say. Humans seem to be more like robocop with a monkey body... and add this imaginary-creator-chip that you can talk to or use to rationalize away outcomes of this unpredictable world in order to keep the fuses from blowing up... and in some cases, i think they blow up to self destruction when they find existence in this pointless world pointless.

I think these people haven't tried eating that awesome Railway Mutton Biriyani at "Oh Calcutta".