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April 16, 2013

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Did you know that punchcards were originally designed in the 17th and 18th centuries to making weaving patterns for yarn in Jacquard looms?

If only you had been around to tell Babbage and Hollerith that they were wasting their time using them to program their early tabulating machines, you could have just told them that the best way to find out what the "real" purpose of something is is to call the person who originally designed it, and stop wasting their time trying to invent the modern computer!

p.s. "Humans breed pigs for a purpose -- making bacon. Does that make life meaningful for the pig?" - Sverker Johannson

It's your wife's utensil? Your wife's kitchen? This is pretty unfashionable language. Among traditionalists it might go unnoticed, but you shouldn't talk this way to liberals - unless you want to go into the whole feminism issue.

Oh, please.

Did you know that punchcards were originally designed in the 17th and 18th centuries to making weaving patterns for yarn in Jacquard looms?

If only you had been around to tell Babbage and Hollerith that they were wasting their time using them to program their early tabulating machines, you could have just told them that the best way to find out what the "real" purpose of something is is to call the person who originally designed it, and stop wasting their time trying to invent the modern computer!

This breaks down very quickly. If I take a mouse trap - a very simple mouse trap and use it as a tie clip, it works very well as a tie clip. It looks ridiculous, but it works. However, it's a mouse trap. And as long as it's being used as a tie clip, it cannot be used for what it was designed - to be a mousetrap.

Same thing with human beings. You can make up pretend purposes for life the way a child makes up imaginary friends. You can be as sexually promiscuous as you want, you can do anything necessary to obtain wealth or you can live a quiet life in the suburbs with a wife and 2.5 kids. But are you dong what you were designed to do? And if say naturalistic Darwinianism is true, would any of those things really matter at the end of the day?

@ John Moore

Your language about women's "proper" roles in the family is offensive on a conservative blog post about meaning, purpose, and destiny as it relates to God.

Your argument is invalid.

How about talking about the actual subject of the post? That would be way more productive and intellectual.

Feminism aside, I have known women who would take your head off if you suggested it wasn't their kitchen. Men can claim the basement but they had no say in the kitchen.


I guess these women where sexist and need sensitivity training to curb their misogynistic views.

If you are made for a purpose, but ignore it in favour of a purpose you made up on your own, how does that not make you delusional?

Sorry to go off-topic, but I just wanted to point out that certain kinds of language-use brand you in certain people's eyes and perhaps disrupt your message.

Maybe this blog post was never intended for liberals, so I apologize again. On the other hand, if you do want a conversation with liberals, it's important to know their language and not throw out any red flags that send them off on a crazy tangent.

By the way, I wasn't saying anything about women's proper roles.

So you are saying that if you deal with a liberal you have to act as if you are defusing a bomb, because the slightest mis-step will cause them to blow up in your face?

Sounds unstable.

That being said, I have met a few who seem to think not agreeing with them on something was a hate crime. It came, in their case, from thinking purely with thier emotions. If you pointed out a problem, or simply disagreed that a slogan wasn't an absolute truth, you were saying their whole world view was wrong and they would lash back. I think it came from a shock that other points of view ( ie. non politically correct ones ) might come from people that looked like they weren't foaming at the mouth hate filled people.

Let me just say as a deranged sexist myself, the point of the post was not that there is no possible world where a spaetzle maker can be used as a cheese grater, or an electron microscope--but that, other things being equal, it's going to take a lot of contortion to claim you can throw every little invention into the blender and--voilá! out comes the Mona Lisa.
It seems the objection commits the fallacy of the imperfect illustration – that an imperfect illustration is automatically an invalid illustration. There is a real kernel of truth in the idea that things work amazingly well when their true purpose is discovered. It's like the Coke bottle in "The Gods Must Be Crazy." Yes, it works great for hitting your little sister on the head, and also as a pestle to grind up cactus, but there is a higher purpose.

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