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Friday, September 09, 2005

Ebert sucks part- what-5? 8? I don't know.

From his review of The Exorcism of Emily Rose:

"Demons exist whether you believe in them or not," says the priest at the center of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." Yes, and you could also say that demons do not exist whether you believe in them or not, because belief by definition stands outside of proof. If you can prove it, you don't need to believe it.

Okay, I don't know whether anyone needs this to be explained or not. It is self-evidently stupid to me, which makes it hard to explain, but I've missed a lot of things that are self-evident to others so...

Point 1. The popular meme you were looking for is faith (not BELIEF) is believing in something without proof- you fuzzy yak. "If you can prove it, you don't need to believe it." No, pistachio-teeth... when you aren't sure if something is X and someone proves it to you, you then BELIEVE it is X. Belief COMES from PROOF with (according to the meme) one exception, and that is FAITH. FAITH is belief WITHOUT proof, you overpaid Farigno.

For example- I would not BELIEVE that you get paid for displaying your pompous dumbassity without the PROOF before my eyes- namely that you have a television show and a column. Furthermore- at this point, despite an absence of PROOF that you are anything other than a rusty toaster intellect sans writing talent people have FAITH in your ability to judge movies.

What makes all this worse, though, is point 2.

Point 2. If your gloriously frozen gray matter's confusion of Faith with Belief wasn't bad enough to condemn you to Dante's 3.7th circle of hell (where monkeys throw hot feces into the mouths of dumb critics, thereby reversing what dumb critics do) the fact that you don't understand Faith, nor Proof, would.

You're so dumb it is actually hard to belittle you; you have screwed up your use of a screwed up axiom. That axiom is the popular meme that faith IS belief without proof, which it is NOT. Faith often comes FROM proof- but it is not demonstrable proof- it is not repeatable truth- it is not, in other words, scientific proof. This is NOT the same as saying it comes without proof.

You dumb dirigible. You indigestible planet. You flacid monkey. You sucktoid.


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