December 23rd, 2006


They're coming straight at us!

Sat 23/12/2006 11:36 23122006156

Wild ponies on dartmoor.

Off for a walk this morning in the dog, which started out quite nicely but was then interrupted by a stray dog which followed us around for 5 minutes until Mum and I took it back down to see if we could reunite it with the owners.

Nobody in the car park recognised it but one man was able to tell us the phone number on its collar (which I'd called to on availwas) was local. So we headed over to the national trust station and talked to the ranger there. He recognised the dog and pointed us a mile down the road to the lane the owners live on.

We drove down, let the dog out and (after detaching it from my right leg) drove off fast enough that it couldn't catch up with us. The owners eventually called me back and are now presumably shouting for it from their front door. We then drove back to the car park and got fifteen minutes of actual walk in before meeting up with Dad, Mike, Tam and Tara on their way back downhill. This afternoon - lying about, lunch and more board games.

Change of self-identification

I've long identified as an agnostic, due to my acceptance of the fact that when it comes to matters of the supernatural, I just don't know.  I felt that this lack of total belief in something was worth highlighting - that I wasn't just taking a standpoint without any evidence, but was keeping an open mind.

However, over here I ended up finally admitting something I've been feeling for a while - that this position is (in normal, day-to-day life) a cop-out.

While agnosticism seems on the surface to be the only totally rational approach, presuming that something with no evidence might be true is only ever applied in the matters of religion. With no positive evidence of the supernatural, it seems a tad pointless to even bother thinking about it, let alone adopting a fence-sitting position.

I mean, I _might_ exist purely in a virtual simulation running inside a computer system run by AIs that won the war against humanity. But with no positive evidence that this is the case, I wouldn't claim to be agnostic on the matter.  So why claim agnosticism on the matter of gods, demons, souls, free will, giant sky cows or any other claims for which there is no evidence?

My basic position is that these things do not exist, and in fact I spent 99.99% of my life treating these ideas with all the contempt they deserve (except in fiction, where I think they're great).  So, yes, atheism for me.  Odin - I deny thee!