polymer creep

October 25, 2006

Read on another blog (can’t rememer which):
“I rarely get involved in discussions about the existence of God. Since I’m a Christian, I’ve obviously had that question answered to my satisfaction or I wouldn’t be pondering the Resurrection, and dealing with arguments about whether there really is a God is like being sent back to first year chemistry class after getting an advanced degree in the practical application of polymers.”

This reminds me of a student I once taught who was vainly attempting to complete a degree in English language. He turned in a paper which, amongst other things, was filled with elementary grammatical mistakes. When I told him that these were in part repsonsible for his low grade, he said “you can’t take points off for those, they’re first form mistakes’. It is possible to construct the most elaborate arguments and theories on the basis of flimsy premises. Cathedrals and sinking sands is an image that comes to mind. Polymer creep is another. Polymer creep is, apparently, progressive deformation under sustained load and is something, I understand, that polymers are subject to. It occurs to me that a lot of belief systems constitute a ‘sustained load’ which can often lead to deformation of simple thought processes. Me, I’m a strictly monomer guy.


2 Responses to “polymer creep”

  1. SilverTiger Says:

    The Christian sounds arrogant. Religious people often are. (So are some atheists, of course.) This Christian is showing a form of arrogance common among religious believers (e.g. Terry Eagleton) namely that their supposed vast knowledge of dogma and theology makes other people unworthy to discuss even the basic questions with them. This means, of course, that they can never lose the argument. Unfortunately for them, an argument that can never be lost cannot be proved right, either.

  2. Juli Kotte Says:

    That does sound superior however i’m just still less than sure that I prefer it. Nonetheless will look even more into it and decide personally! 🙂

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