Saturday, October 28, 2006
|You scored as atheism. You are... an atheist, though you probably already knew this. Also, you probably have several people praying daily for your soul.|
Instead of simply being "nonreligious," atheists strongly believe in the lack of existence of a higher being, or God.
Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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I placed this survey result first today because it relates in a prime way to the next item. My feelings on religion should be pretty well known here, but of particular interest to me is not only the overwhelming percentage of my responses that indicated atheism, but that Paganism came in a relatively close second which is right on the mark (on the other hand I'm not sure why Satan crops up so high on the list because I don't believe in him either, but a lot of fundamentalist Christians would surely think I know him extremely well). Christianity comes in dead last which is absolutely correct. Now continue on to:
Earlier this month Sandouri Dean Bey invited me to compose an entry in his long running series, Göz Lokumu ("eye candy" in Turkish. I had asked if only beautiful young men qualified as göz lokumu, because early in life I developed a major attraction to handsome, powerful men older than I. I used as an example a magnificent, larger than life sized Greek bronze statue of the god Poseidon. Dean replied with the invitation that I was delighted to accept. The result was posted on his blog, Aman Yala, tonight. Here's the link: http://amanyala.blogspot.com
I've enjoyed this week but I'm really tired and glad it's over. We had the Visiting Committee on the Arts with us on Wednesday and Thursday. They're a group of men and women distinguished in Industry, Academia, Business and the Arts. Whatever their occupations, all must have actual experience in the arts and humanities. They meet with us for two intense days of interviews and reports, after which they draft their own report and deliver it in person to the president of the Institute. The Committee acts as an advisory resource to the president and provost, advocating for us to the highest levels of the MIT administration (different Visiting Committees exist for at least a dozen other departments).
This year was especially important for us because it was the first Visiting Committee for the Arts during the presidency of our first female and first non-scientist president, Susan Hockfield (she's a neuro-biologist). Almost two years into her presidency, her commitment to the Arts--even her grasp of the importance of the Arts at MIT--was still somewhat unclear.
Over the years, I've developed some close and rewarding friendships among many of the long-standing members of the Committee. Aside from saying good-bye as this is the last time I'll sit with them, at my Section Chair's request I reported from the vantage point of my three decade plus experience of the growth and health of the Arts at the Institute. The Committee's final report to the president was a glowing endorsement of us and what we do.
Thursday and today the annual meeting of the Council for the Arts overlapped with the Visiting Committee which meant that we were running here and there to try to cover all the events and panels that were going on simultaneously.
Today at lunch the Council gave its McDermot Award for distinction in the Arts to one of THE hot playwrights in the world today, Suzan-Lori Parks. Part of the Award is that she'll come into residence with us in mid-winter to work with student writers, work with some classes and make a public lecture appearance. She's a petite dynamo with an irrepressible sense of humor, delightfully unaffected despite a MacArthur Genius Award, two Obie Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize. We're producing a play of hers, "Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom" in mid-winter. I just got the script to read and begin to analyze, but after meeting her today, I can't wait.
There seems to be no recognition of the religion of Jedi Knight, which is increasingly recognised in the UK.
Gert--If you check out my piece on Dean's Aman Yala blog, you'll see a bit about my feelings on Paganism, classical variety. I'm very aware of the Celtic variety's reverence for, and connection to, nature and I'm sure my answers to the nature questions got me that high Paganism score, like you.
Can't wait to go read your Eye Candy post!
You know, the couple of MacArthur people I have ever met always seemed pleasant and to have a sense of humor. Maybe when you reach that level of recognition, you can just relax more.
Christianity was also lowest for me at the same percentage (17%)