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They're Made Out of Meat

They're Made Out of Meat

by: Terry Bisson

"They're made out of meat."


"Meat. They're made out of meat."


"There's no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They're completely meat."

"That's impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars?"

"They use the radio waves to talk,… Continue

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 11:18pm

Why Are We Here?

So we were lying on our backs on the grass in the park next to our hamburger wrappers, my 14-year-old son and I, watching the clouds loiter overhead, when he asked me, "Dad, why are we here?"

And this is what I said.

"I've thought a lot about it, son, and I don't think it's all that complicated. I think maybe we're here just to teach a kid how to bunt, turn two and eat sunflower seeds without using his hands."

"We're here to pound the steering wheel and scream… Continue

Posted on July 27, 2009 at 11:54am — 1 Comment

The Master

The great swordsman Yagyu Tajima-no-kami became a teacher at the shogun's court. One day, one of the shogun's personal guards came to him and asked him to give him training in fencing. The master looked at the man and said, "As I observe, you seem to be a master of fencing yourself. Tell me to what school you belong before we enter into the relationship of teacher and pupil."

The guardsman said, "It shames me to confess it, but I have never learned the art."

"Are you… Continue

Posted on July 18, 2009 at 12:01am — 3 Comments

The Lawnmower

When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. I am a master procrastinator, however, and I always managed to have something else to take care first: the car, finishing up something on the computer, playing guitar - something that was always more important to me.

Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing… Continue

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 9:25pm — 2 Comments

Student History of Philosophy

(A compilation of student research, edited by Stephen Hicks, Rockford College)

Is philosophy a waist of time? Ethical debates have been around for a long time, but nobody seems to have any answers. Ethnics are very important. Ethnics are a code of values to guide human life. Basically, what you do with your life comes down to your personal ethnics. For the world to be good means having strong Altruistic people to help the society survive in this doggy dog world.

To… Continue

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 3:08pm

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At 1:19am on December 24, 2009, realteal said…
Merry, merry Christmas to you, Bill!

At 11:42pm on December 6, 2009, realteal said…

Happy Monday to You! Is it snowing there?

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At 12:26am on July 16, 2009, Lily Roth said…
Your blog was freakin funny. Thanks for the sound of one mouth smiling (kinda like one hand clapping) Don't you just love a good koan? :-)
At 2:46pm on July 15, 2009, Lily Roth said…
Thanks for the birthday wish! I'm having a zen-sational birthday!...lol
At 10:49am on July 15, 2009, Lily Roth said…
I really liked the Zen blog :-)



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