Dating the year after next 2001 (Gregorian) has as much and as little validity as dating it 5761 (Hebrew) or dating it 128 (Pataphysical.) I think most people honest-to-Gawd believe the Papist date "is" the "real" date because they never stop to think about it.I suspect, also, that most people do and say most of the things they do and say for exactly the same reason: they never stop to think about it.
And: if we should follow faith instead of research, why don't you stop those ads that tell us to consult our doctors and make them tell us to consult the Tsar?You can imagine my delight when Daniel Coyle, a friend who recently  earned a Ph. in Chinese studies, assured me that Pound got it right.Dao, the process, seems more nitty-gritty and tangible since I acquired an apartment with a panoramic vista of Monterrey Bay and the surrounding hills. Waves, sun, fogs, seasons, dogs, dolphins, moons, planets, stars -- all seem flowing, as if every kind of evolution, cosmic to biological,parades before me.Sometimes lightning came from that roaring monster, and sometimes lightning killed somebody. Joyce uses this god=thunder equation repeatedly in Finnegans Wake [which drove me to read Vico...] I have also observed that thunder on the sound-track -- signalling oncoming tragedy or horror -- appears in films as diverse as those of Orson Welles, James Whale, Howard Hawks, Wes Craven, Monty Python etc etc....Hence Zeus bronnton [Zeus the thunderer], Jupiter, another thunder god; Thor, Donner, whose very name means thunder; etc.... Listen for it and note how bloody often it pops up...... The monotheistic idea implies a cruel and grumpy old electric donut surrounding Earth and ever threatening it.perpendicular to whatever place they're standing -- or kneeling or groveling.I deduce that they conceive of their "god" as topologically isomorphic to a huge donut, about a thousand miles wider than Earth.The commmercials are trying to lure me into following research-based ideas rather than faith-based ideas! Worriedly, Robert Wilson Thank you for e-mailing President Bush. Because of the large volume of e-mail received, the President cannot personally respond to each message.However, the White House staff considers and reports citizen ideas and concerns.Your obedient serf, Robert Anton Wilson Thank you for e-mailing President Bush. Because of the large volume of e-mail received, the President cannot personally respond to each message.I've recently noticed "as if for the first time" that when people pray they always look "upward" -- i.e.