June 10, 2006

Writing and Fighting

Posted in film, novelists, philosophy, science, theology at 2:25 pm by Jerry

I haven't touched my novel since before last Christmas. I don't know how many books I've read since then, but I like where they have taken me.

I opened up my novel and started reading/editing. It was fun! Hard work at times. But fun nevertheless. I could see that I had definitely taken a long enough break to gain new and better perspectives on what I had created.

Right now I'm on the 14th of 35 chapters. So far, I've only bumped into at least two chapters that were complete bombs. Wow, were they horrible. I did what I could with them. But I'll have to wait until next time around to do any tidying up.

A new chapter is brewing in my mind that will probably have to be between chapters 5 & 6. But I'm not putting anything to paper until it becomes a need.

I must confess, working on my novel isn't the only thing that's kept me from writing here. Over the last week I was heavily involved in debate/arguments on other people's blogs. I enjoyed it, for the most part. I learn a lot when I have to explain myself. And I think fighting (if I can call it that) reveals a lot about people. In one of the Matrix movies a character says something like, "You don't truly know someone until you fight with them." Nice.

I hope the others that I sparred with enjoyed it as much as I did. The main theme was about "objective knowledge" and whether it exists. Personally, I thought this was a no-brainer. But I was surprised to find a lot of opposition. All I can say is, the only way I would believe all is subjective is if that subjectivity included all that is objective. And if God exists, then you have someone who can do that.

But to be fair, they were talking about what can be known by a human being. And my response to that is, "A person without objective knowledge couldn't add 2 + 2 or say, 'Today, gravity exists, and the earth is round and it revolves around the sun.'"

As you can see, there was also a sub-theme about whether science has de-mystified ANY of our natural world. I don't know how anybody can say it hasn't. How else would doctors be able to do what they do with internal organs, and then patch the bodies up without stopping them from working? (I didn't say this in the dialogues, but as far as I know, it doesn't contradict my other comments.)

I hope I didn't offend people. I tend to do that quite easily on the net. Was I offended? Not by the people.

So, I 'm off to work on the novel. I just thought I'd drop by and say a little something of what's been going on.

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