What do you believe?

Question: Do you have a personal philosophy?

Moby:    It’s hard . . .  It’s hard for me to voice the personal philosophy without sounding like an overly earnest grad student.  But essentially . . .  I mean, what we’ve learned . . . the way . . . whether it’s through quantum physics or eastern philosophy, is that the world as we perceive it is not the world that it really is.  You know, the material world couldn’t be further from how we perceive it.  And once you know that, it has to affect the way that you view yourself and the world around you.  And nothing is permanent, you know.  All matter . . .  You know, the current manifestation of matter is just an infinitesimal blip in time.  And so we shouldn’t get too attached to it.  You know?  If you know that everything, including yourself, is gonna go away, enjoy it while it’s here, but certainly don’t be too surprised when it goes away, you know?  I mean I think that as humans, we’re always so surprised when buildings crumble or when people die.  And like really, these are the only guarantees that we have.

Question: Why is tolerance important to you?

Moby:    I don’t have this sort of like soft, new age . . .  I don’t think that . . .  I mean tolerance is a nice thing; but I think the underpinnings of tolerance have to be, that given who we are as humans, there’s no way any one person can be right.  And if we all approach . . . you know . . . . if we approach our belief systems in that way, that like, our belief systems are subjective and there’s no way we can be right, it naturally makes us fairly tolerant.  Because if I’m not right, and you’re not right, therefore we have to kind of respect and tolerate each other’s beliefs.  The only way that intolerance creeps into the picture is when one person is convinced that they’re right.  But given our limited capacity to understand the world or the universe in which we live, there’s no way one person can be right.

Question: Is there one philosopher that you think really “gets it”?

Moby:    Mmm . . .  If I . . .  I mean, if I had to pick people, they’d all be pretty obvious.  You know, I’d have to pick Buddha and Jesus and . . .  I mean I’m almost hesitant to say any names, because they’re the exact sort of names you would think I would pick.  So I mean, a part of me wants to be, you know . . . I don’t know . . . a little bit counterintuitive and say someone like Homer Simpson; but at the same time I don’t really live according to Homer Simpson’s values as well.  So I can’t think of anybody.

Question: Where is Christianity today?

Moby:    When I was in college, I studied linguistic philosophy.  And in talk . . .  You know, and it was basically a waste of time . . . a really fun waste of time.  But the one thing that you learned early on is that in order to use language, language had to be . . . you know . . . terms had to be clearly, objectively understood.  And a term like “Christianity”, it means so many different things to so many different people that – and I don’t mean this in a value judgment way – but it’s sort of a meaningless term.  You know, because if you say “Christianity” to a Russian Orthodox, it means something very different to them than it would mean to a Southern Baptist or a snake handler.  You know, Christianity to a voodoo priest or to a Roman Catholic mean very different things.  So I . . . I almost don’t know how to talk about Christianity.  I mean unless you wanna talk about, you know, contemporary, North American Christianity – specifically like the Evangelical Movement – which boggles my mind ‘cause it has absolutely nothing to do with the teachings of Christ.  Well the agenda of the evangelicals, there’s no biblical foundation for it, you know?  They’re pro family, pro . . .  You know, they’re patriotic, and they’re pro war, and they’re pro death penalty, and they’re anti-homosexuality.  And none of . . .  You know, if you look through the teachings of Christ, there’s no foundation for the evangelical agenda in the teachings of Christ.  And I just . . . that boggles my mind.  I mean, evangelical Christians are kind of like vegans who eat hamburgers.

There is no way one person can be right.

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
  • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
Keep reading Show less

How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Keep reading Show less

Scientists just voted to change the definition of a kilogram

The definition of a kilogram will now be fixed to Planck's constant, a fundamental part of quantum physics.

Greg L via Wikipedia
Surprising Science
  • The new definition of a kilogram is based on a physical constant in quantum physics.
  • Unlike the current definition of a kilogram, this measurement will never change.
  • Scientists also voted to update the definitions of several other measurements in physics.
Keep reading Show less