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"A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« on: December 17, 2014, 04:01:45 PM »
I was re-reading Donald Knuth's Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About (http://www.amazon.com/dp/157586326X) and was reminded of a little allegory by Raymond Smullyan that Knuth found interesting. I thought some of you folks might find it interesting as well. Here's the link:

http://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~uno/smullyan.html

Knuth, as you may know, is the author of The Art of Computer Programming series (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0321751043) and is a Christian; Smullyan is a mathematician, a concert pianist, a logician, a magician, and a Taoist philosopher; and he's got a great beard, too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Smullyan


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Re: "A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2014, 04:31:30 PM »
Well look who's back! :D Shaker's Law is right!

I'm just a student of the game that they taught me.


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Re: "A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2014, 05:11:39 PM »
Well look who's back! :D Shaker's Law is right!
We are theist porn, they can't stay away!!  :D
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Re: "A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2014, 05:30:55 PM »
Hey, Gerry! It's nice to see you again--and again--and again--and again!  :D


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Re: "A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2014, 05:31:34 PM »
Well look who's back! :D Shaker's Law is right!
We are theist porn, they can't stay away!!  :D

 ;D  ;D


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"Color me fascinated..." ~Asmodean, The Gray God.

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Re: "A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2014, 05:32:42 PM »
Hey, Gerry! It's nice to see you again--and again--and again--and again!  :D
One day he'll leave and mean it!

Sorry Gerry but your behaviour is a little bit amusing  ;D
If religions were TV channels atheism is turning the TV off.
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Re: "A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2014, 05:33:58 PM »
A little bit? ;D
I'm just a student of the game that they taught me.


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Re: "A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2014, 05:34:55 PM »
If religions were TV channels atheism is turning the TV off.
“Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.” ― Richard P. Feynman
'It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life.' - Terry Pratchett

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Re: "A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2014, 07:45:37 PM »
It looks as if we're avoiding the topic because we don't want to go through 19 pages of the same thing.  :D


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"Color me fascinated..." ~Asmodean, The Gray God.

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Re: "A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2014, 11:42:04 PM »
It looks as if we're avoiding the topic because we don't want to go through 19 pages of the same thing.  :D

Love the photo, Magdalena (I'm assuming, of course, that's you and not a musician or some other famous person I'm too "out of touch" to recognize).

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Re: "A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2014, 11:57:34 PM »
It looks as if we're avoiding the topic because we don't want to go through 19 pages of the same thing.  :D

Love the photo, Magdalena (I'm assuming, of course, that's you and not a musician or some other famous person I'm too "out of touch" to recognize).
:-*
Thank you, Gerry.
That's me!  :D
I remember you said people use avatars, and fake names and never show their faces here and you are right, so you inspired me, this is why I'm showing my face to the world. I'm an atheist, and I have nothing to hide. Thank you for that. You see? I listen to what you have to say, so it looks like we've found common ground!  :)
Do you agree?


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"Color me fascinated..." ~Asmodean, The Gray God.

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Re: "A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2014, 12:13:20 AM »
Thank you, Gerry.
That's me!  :D
I remember you said people use avatars, and fake names and never show their faces here and you are right, so you inspired me, this is why I'm showing my face to the world. I'm an atheist, and I have nothing to hide. Thank you for that. You see? I listen to what you have to say, so it looks like we've found common ground!  :)
Do you agree?
Yes, I agree. And I feel like I know you better already.

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Re: "A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2014, 12:32:46 AM »
Thank you, Gerry.
That's me!  :D
I remember you said people use avatars, and fake names and never show their faces here and you are right, so you inspired me, this is why I'm showing my face to the world. I'm an atheist, and I have nothing to hide. Thank you for that. You see? I listen to what you have to say, so it looks like we've found common ground!  :)
Do you agree?
Yes, I agree. And I feel like I know you better already.

That's great, Gerry! This is the first time I see you and feel you as simply--Gerry.  :)


“I've had several "spiritual" or numinous experiences over the years, but never felt that they were the product of anything but the workings of my own mind in reaction to the universe.” ~Recusant

"Color me fascinated..." ~Asmodean, The Gray God.

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Re: "A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2014, 12:50:45 AM »
Hey, Gerry! It's nice to see you again--and again--and again--and again!  :D
One day he'll leave and mean it!
In the meantime someone owes me 20$.  8)


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Re: "A Planet without Laughter" by Raymond Smullyan
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2014, 01:06:36 AM »
It looks as if we're avoiding the topic because we don't want to go through 19 pages of the same thing.  :D

Love the photo, Magdalena (I'm assuming, of course, that's you and not a musician or some other famous person I'm too "out of touch" to recognize).
:-*
Thank you, Gerry.
That's me!  :D
I remember you said people use avatars, and fake names and never show their faces here and you are right, so you inspired me, this is why I'm showing my face to the world. I'm an atheist, and I have nothing to hide. Thank you for that. You see? I listen to what you have to say, so it looks like we've found common ground!  :)
Do you agree?
I think there is actually a thread from way back when dedicated to peoples pictures of themselves. Can't find it, though.....


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