Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Doom, celebrity edition

"I practice transcendental meditation and there is a phase where you're meant to lift off the ground. It hasn't happened yet. I'll manage it one day. In fact, I'm aiming beyond levitation. I want to be able to fly like a superhero. I won't be happy until I can fly across oceans and cities, saving people from being murdered." --Heather Graham

13 comments:

imipolex_g-unit said...

Dammit, that's it, I'm not going to save anyone from being murdered until I get my magical yoga powers either.

Glaucon said...

"I practice transcontinental medication and there's a phase where you're meant to elevate from the state of nature to civil society. It hasn't happened yet. I'll manage it one day. In fact, I'm aiming beyond Leviathan. I want to rule like a supersovereign. I won't be happy until I can rule over everything, enforcing laws against murder." --Graham Cracker

Spiros said...

Glaucon: Genius.

Neil said...

Heather Graham is right: there is indeed a phase in which you're meant to lift off the ground in TM. Don't scoff: it actually happens. Video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHwhGUo90jw

Of course, some sceptics might question whether the lift off is really caused by bliss (as the 'professor of physics' explains in the video). But then some sceptics would doubt the existence of the external world.

Anonymous said...

Interesting video. My new goal is to "reject newton's laws of mechanics" as well. who needs'em?

Spiros said...

But how would being able to fly like a superhero help her to save people from being murdered? Seems irrelevant.

Justin said...

Sweet! Turns out I've been flying for most of my life; although, now it is mostly restricted to the occasional pickup game. I guess the TM folks didn't realize that when those Air Jordan commercials said he could fly, they didn't mean it literally.

On the bright side, learning to fly is sure to take up a lot of Heather's time, perhaps keeping her from making movies.

The Brooks Blog said...

Nice!

Anonymous said...

heather graham is HAWT.

(or at least was last time i saw her, which was 1997 in boogie nights.)

Toby said...

All of you are so filled with negative energy.

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Anonymous said...

Spiros,

Do you find it scary that you share the exact same political views as these freaks in Hollywood?

Let's take serious the views of these most ridicuous and frivolous people on earth--whose personal lives are train wrecks--on the nature of marriage. My rule of thumb is: if Madonna says that she supports something, I run in the other direction screaming. And yet, they line up beautifully with today's intellectually elite.

What explains this? Easy. The main commonality between today's celebrity and today's philosopher is self-indulgence and licence.

Anonymous said...

In 1973, when I had declared philosophy my major, I was under the influence of a 70+ venerated faculty member who had proclaimed the hiring "slowdown" of faculty in the 70's as a prelude to the days when he had completed his Ph.D., a time, he claimed, that a competent philosophyer with Ph.D. in hand,could literally pick an area in the country he/she would like to live and quickly and easily secure employment at most any university there. This was post WWII era. Things have not changed since 1973, except that this particular 'seer' met his maker many semesters ago. And his prediction of change in the philosophy faculty marketplace has occurred, it is completely in contradistinction blah blah blah. And it will NEVER get better. Philosophy is a dead end in this culture. Unless you enjoy being the laughingstock of the undereducated lower and middle classes and the arrogant upper class, you had better get an A.B. in welding tech., or better, become a nurse, and gather all the compensation, prestige, and self-satisfaction that goes with it. Don't spend your life wondering why you majored in Phil., did you waste your productive life (on your tenth anniversary as an adjunct teaching critical thinking to a sleepingclass of 40 students and barely making gas money). No, philosophy is at best a hobby kept secret from society and conversed only in the arena of full anonymity, such as the internet used to be. We are financial losers, but I would do it again in a heartbeat and, though kept largely a secret now that I am retired from another profession I hated 40 hours a week for 35 years,I continue to pursue my education aa a self motivated student at my new position as post-doc fellow at keyboard university.