The Big Picture: Nerd Gods

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Nerd Gods

This week, Bob looks at the really big picture.

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I already worship Stephen Fry, that counts right?

Interestingly put on the whole affair Bob; made me realise that I've been agnostic my entire life without really putting a label on my beliefs. Which is rather ironic, as that alone, (not putting a label on it) basically IS agnostic belief.

Dam it! You had such a good thing going and then... Reality set in
Mediclorians are lame, but they're still better than thetons

Catholic school? My (non-denominational, existential deity) Man!
You've still got quite a few points left on the deviant meter if you ask me.
You know who else went to Catholic School?

Pretty nice take on it all. Good job, Bob.

The reason I refuse to recognise Jedi as a religion personally is that I'm not convinced that those did it do so out of genuine belief in the concept of Jedi as a religion instead of just doing it to say "look at us! we made Jedi our religion! aren't we clever!" and as such I refuse to indulge them.

For a minute I though you had open a whole can of heated discussions on this until you point out scientology at the end. Nice way of dosing it!

Coca-Cola didn't invent Santa Clause (or even the red and white suit I believe, they just put him in it since it went with the branding).

I already worship the greatness that is Clint Eastwood. KNEEL BEFORE HIM!

Actually the philosophers have had a pretty static perception of what the term 'God' means (refering to Bobs comment on humans perception of gods changing over the course of history). The premises is actually more than 2000 years old.
Why do I mention this? Because philsophers or people with a certain degree of philosophical knowledge seem to be the only people who work on the question on higher metaphysical entities on a rational level. I rarely see anyone from any church do it and amny of the atheist community that writes books on the subject lacks knowledge on metaphysical analysis.
And about the latter half of the episode, although many younger philosophers would probably find the ideas cool, but if one where to show up everyone would sigh: "another scientolgy-church!"

Haarooohee, Bob? Haarooheee?

You just lost all nerd credibility with me. Stop your preaching now. Right now goddam.

It's pronounced Haruhi ffs visit a speech therapist.

so that make you a what? agnostic about your agnosticism? my head hurts

All hail the mighty Haruhi and her disciples Mikuru and Nagato.

Captain Pooptits:
Haarooohee, Bob? Haarooheee?

You just lost all nerd credibility with me. Stop your preaching now. Right now goddam.

It's Haruhi ffs.

Oh be quiet, he can pronounce it however he pleases.

OT: I was laughing so hard at the end, good one Bob!

I don't think the modern world could accept a new religion in massive numbers unless it was founded on a modern day miracle. For example, if someone claimed to be a healer and then suddenly made good on his claim by healing a dozen cancer patients, there would be thousands of people that would rush to worship his patron.

Danial:
I already worship Stephen Fry, that counts right?

you and everyone else, dude

"The premises is actually more than 2000 years old."

Well obviously, they call it 2011 AD for a reason.

Morrison's All-Star Superman is pretty much a religious text already.

Have you heard the good word of Superman today?

Hey, im an atheist and im not boring =(

I think. I mean, im probably not...

Maybe we should go over this thing scientifical-

OH MY GODDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, good episode. Loved the bit about sceintology.

Danial:
I already worship Stephen Fry, that counts right?

He will lead us into an age of enlightenment and inner peace if its really of no trouble to anyone. All hail Fry he shall save us from our wicked ways when we can fit him in!

Gundam shrines... Hell yes

According to the holy rule book of Warhammer 40K, the God-Emperor should allready be among us...

Maybe we could go back to having a group of gods, however instead of worshipping them we could follow their teachings. For example, we could disallow nuclear weapons as said in Godzilla 3:15. Also our holy book would be an E-book called the bible 2: Revenge of the nerds

I'm seriously loving this series!!! It's making me look forward to whatever today is!!!!

Oh, and let the religious shitstorm begin!!!

God doesn't exist!!! :P

I guess it's time to join the Church of the Shrike. Really, though, what could encompass anything western religions have determined is god more than the unknowable terror that is the Shrike?

Really appreciated the Scientology joke, I was waiting for it throughout the entire video and just when I thought you weren't gunna do it, BAM!

To mention the points that you mentioned, mainly to do with the gnostic ideals, that's something that I've followed quite closely since my departure from Christianity as a child. I went to a predominantly Christian school which seemed to have forgotten the whole part where you don't judge others. At the time I was around 7 years old and expressed my discomfort about being forced to watch something proclaiming the greatness of a diety that's existance I questioned, I'd been spoken down to quite harshly by my teacher at the time and from there I strived to find myself a religion that I was comfortable with, my eye first settled onto the old Norse Pantheon and I saw the strong, pagan ideals that were rampant within it and seeing the similarity between Odin and God I thought it natural in my young mind to follow the more moral guidlines set by it.

Over time I discovered more religions and more ways of thinking, Buddism caught my eye once I reached the age of 9-10 and I started to practise meditation exercises, I was a troubled child and the clarity that the meditation bought me changed my life greatly for the better, allowing me to deal with problems that I saw within myself a good while before they would have grown further in my puberty, now-a-days I follow my own hybrid belief that is based in and inspired by many different things, mainly rooted in Buddist and Hindu ideals.

Since a child I'd had a fascination with the symbol of the Swastika, I found its shape appealing and I always felt upset that it was associated with such a vile regime, I took it as my symbol once I discovered the deeper meaning of the symbol and realised that nazism had merly defamed it, much the same way the Klu Klux Klan use the Crucifix as a symbol of their beliefs. The fact you included a Hindu Swastika in the image that panned across a few religious symbols made me smile.

This comment got rather long, but again, thank you for that video! It was great to see that other people can, and do do what I do with my faith. You've aided in me setting a much more concrete foundation for my beliefs.

I like the Assassin's Creed series way of explaining religion. The alternate history the game creates is more interesting than anything else. The stuff told through the puzzles to unlock the Truth.

Hearing about worshiping modern people/characters reminds me of that one Family Guy episode. Hell now I'm going to worship various characters as gods.

This was a very interesting and humorous episode and I personally would like to hear more form Bob about this.

"[not to name names but some religions] Aren't Behaving themselves right now"........Really Bob? Do You REALLY wanna say that? Blame the ENTIRE belief system for the stupidity of some?

Aside from that *clears throat* Good video but personally, I disagree because, to me, Religion is a way for you to make sense of the world around you and explain it in terms familiar to you. If you wanna follow Spiderman's or Jedi ideals: Do so, by all means, but why would you need it to be "an officially recognized religion"? What does that even mean? Why does a "Govt. seal of approval" make my belief any less "authentic" than yours?

So yeah, I'm technically an Atheist, cause I was born Muslim (*AHEM*) but I now subcribe to the philosophy of "Sentient Luck" because it makes perfect sense for me. And i don't need any "scriptures". I make my own, and I'll never force anyone to read them. You can ask though, and I'll share.

I loved the opening about the secular version of Christmas. I recently predicted (based on no evidence and little thought) that Chanukah and Christmas would merge into a secular Xmas like holiday. Being a Jew (albiet a non-believing, cultural-only type of Jew, (will define if asked)) myself I wouldn't particularly mind, Christmas trees would add a nice touch to the menorah heavy Chankuah. Plus Christianity already has Judaism in its cannon, and adding a badass 300-style war story to the myth wouldn't hurt. Maybe this sounds crazy, but how many kids really care about the Jesus myth when it comes to Xmas? Why not move that story to whenever his actual birthday was, and leave Xmas to Claus and the gang. Finally it would resolve all the problems caused by a moving date and spelling issues and make sure everyone is home for their holidays.

GrizzlerBorno:

Aside from that *clears throat* Good video but personally, I disagree because, to me, Religion is a way for you to make sense of the world around you and explain it in terms familiar to you. If you wanna follow Spiderman's or Jedi ideals: Do so, by all means, but why would you need it to be "an officially recognized religion"? What does that even mean? Why does a "Govt. seal of approval" make my belief any less "authentic" than yours?

It brings a respectablilty to the belief system, as it stands my beliefs aren't reconised by law and such, people are free to infringe upon them and force me into situations where I have to choose between my faith or my ease of life.

The Church of Gundam

So who is the head honcho?
Katoki?
Tomino?
Char?

Danial:
I already worship Stephen Fry, that counts right?

Yeah. Stephen Fry is awsome is'nt he.

Atheist=/=Hating religion

Probably wasn't intentional, but the subtext was there.

Frank_Sinatra_:
The Church of Gundam

So who is the head honcho?
Katoki?
Tomino?
Char?

We already have Kira "Jesus" Yamato. Whoever leads, I'll be a lifetime member.

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