Monday, October 27, 2008

Longest Day Ever

Apparently it just takes a long day of racking your brain with the complex things in life to make your self appreciate the simple. I really do appreciate simple people. Happy, uncluttered, and free. They are the best people I know.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

God All Knowing and Our Agency

Our philosophy teacher posed a pointed question today. If God knows everything then does that take away our ability to choose? His argument was that if God knows what we're going to do before we do it then there is no way we can decide our own future, it has already been decided.

My argument to the contrary is simple. I begin by posing a quick example. Look in at the planets. Look at everything that we call nature. They all have certain tendencies and behaviors. They all react in specific patterns and they are all constrained to certain natural laws. Thus, they all have a certain nature that they cannot break.

So back to the original question. If God knows EVERYTHING does that mean that we are no longer free to make our own decisions? There is a key word that needs to be defined about us humans for this argument to be complete. That word is nature. In this particular argument I will use this definition: Our nature is our choices.

Every individual makes choices everyday based on influences. Whether the influence is his instincts, other people, or things in his environment. Individuals can change the pattern in which they make their choices, but that is again part of their nature. The choice to change choices is still a choice and it is still based on some influence. So for simplicity sake changes in our nature are still considered part of our nature.

With these definitions decided, this is my argument. God knows the nature of all things. He knows the patterns in which all things respond. This does not change the fact that they act with in their nature out of the simple fact that it is their nature, He simply knows what is going to happen before it happens.

This shouldn't be surprising either. We know what certain things are going to happen in nature because of their patterns. We know what will happen when we leave a plant in sun light with plenty of water and fair weather. It only follows that God, knowing every detail about everything, would be able to know much more detailed things about the nature of things than we would.

So, if God knows our nature as detailed as he knows the nature of everything else it would follow that he would know what we are going to do before we do it. Then it follows that his knowledge does not change our nature which means that our choices and decisions (our nature) are not effect.

Thus God knows our nature well enough to know what we will do before we do it. Our nature includes all of our choices, decisions, and changes. God's knowledge does not effect our choices.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Genious

So my Dad is a genious, I just didn't realise he was a REAL genious. Apparently he helped write some article called "Inbetweening Using a Physically Based Model and Nonlinear Path Interpolation," and I've seen it quoted on like 50 different scholarly sources. Funny.. but I didn't know I could site my Dad for a scholarly source! lol.

Anyway... That's all.

Monday, October 13, 2008

I've Been Inspired

Wow.. so many thoughts running through my head right now. The only thing I can really do is try to give you some fragments of whats happening with me.

First I would suggest checking out:
lpsprovo.blospot.com
Its our Provo Chapter of the Led Poets Society. Let us know what you think of our current project and if you would like to contribute any kind of sketch work to LPS. Seriously! If you do some form of art, and it involves led, then let me know and I'll give you posting permission.

Anyway... So I just think that you need to be honest some times and just let stuff out. I'd like to say I was good at this (like some of my friends) but I'm just not that guy. Normally I express through my art, but when I'm under this much stress I don't have much sketching capability. That means, yes you guessed it, you get another post of me rambling about stuff that I think I know about but really have no authority to talk about.

Smart honest people are difficult to come by. Simple people tend to be very honest. They don't really know any other way than to just express themselves as themselves. Thats what tends to make simple people very funny or very weird or occasionally both.

People that are smart. People that analyze, assess, create opinions, make educated judgments and choice, think for themselves, explore the world, apply themselves, seek to grow, seek to change the world around them, and just people that are looking to get their full potential. Its hard to find these kind of people and have them be honest. They may not lie to you vocally.. but their actions are often masks. They know their weaknesses and so they hide them. They know what society wants to see and so they become that. Rarely do these people find out who THEY are and what THEY really want to be.

Even those appear to be bluntly honest about everything in their lives are often not that honest. Many of these types are associated with a group that tends to be counter cultural and rebellious to any kind of authority. As much as this may appear to be a decision based on what their own personal desires are, they usually behave in this manner to cover up for some other tendency. Whether its an insecurity about who they can trust, the desire to choose is so strong that they disagree with common beliefs etc just to say they chose it themselves, or just a desire to stand out.

So who are the honest? No one. At least not for long. Children are honest, but only until they start growing up. Then with each passing year they become more jaded by the world and more indoctrinated with what everyone around them thinks. Some very old people are. The only problem is that if you've reached that point in your life you're most likely going to die soon.

That only leaves the third group, the crazy. I don't mean insane, but I do mean eccentric. You know who I'm talking about. The people you meet everyday that are just a touch different. Not messed up in the head, their personality just stands out to you because you question why they do the things they do. It appears that they are floating from one thing to another, not always because of some influence, but mostly just because they want to. It's the people that tell you things straight because they're not worried about what you think. The reason they're not worried is because they don't mean anything by it. If I tell you that you are unhealthily over weight its not because I want to upset you, it's because I'm concerned for your health. You see... there's a difference between being honest and being blunt. Honest people don't want to hurt others, blunt people do. It's very similar to what Aristotle said about being a friend. You can only be a real friend if you are virtuous (i.e. you love not obsess or hate, you courageous not cowardly or overbearing, you are honest not lier but not blunt).

Anyway... Thats about how I see it... I realize thats sort of an abrupt ending, but thats how I feel. I feel like I have a few really good and honest friends. Oddly enough most of them are girls, but a few are boys. The main point is that these friends are hard to come by, so if you find them, hold on to them.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Wake The Dead







Heres the most recent sketches for an animation project we're working on. Feel free to comment, and suggestions or post concepts. There will be only 2 characters... the zombie and the human. The song we'll be using is a shortened version of the song "Wake The Dead" by The Used. Here's the concepts thus far.