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Monday, September 11, 2017

Defining Terms

This is part of discussion going on over on Facebook that begins with someone asserting that, if the brain is a smartphone, then consiousness is its screen. There's a story about a teacher of philosophy who, one day, said, "Death is an illusion." The next day he taught, "Death is real." Naturally, a student asked, "So which one is it? Is death real, or is it illusion?" The teacher answered, "Death is a real illusion." By my definitions, a thing is real if it has an actual effect, therefore an... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

OMG, there is SEX!

It is worth some consideration of where the fear of sex and nudity came from--fear or condemnation or resistance or shame. There was the idea of modesty, perhaps that evolved to regulate sexual behavior so some work could get done. Add to that some ideas of controlling patrilineal descent: it was necessary to know who fathered which child, which required more stringent control than encouraging modesty: people had to be ever more consciously focused on not taking chances of confusing the... Sign in to see full entry.

OMG, there is SEX!

It is worth some consideration of where the fear of sex and nudity came from--fear or condemnation or resistance or shame. There was the idea of modesty, perhaps that evolved to regulate sexual behavior so some work could get done. Add to that some ideas of controlling patrilineal descent: it was necessary to know who fathered which child, which required more stringent control than encouraging modesty: people had to be ever more consciously focused on not taking chances of confusing the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

the illusion of darkness

The world is divided between two kinds of people: the people who care and the people who don't. There are the en-lightened hearts and souls, and there are the ones who live in the shadows cast by fears and falsehoods, ignorance and mistaken beliefs, and just plain wrong information. Education is the way to dispell the shadows. Tolerance of difference, patience with lack of understanding, generosity in the face of greed... All are lights in the darkness. If you light a candle in a dark place, it... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 24, 2017

THE CELESTINE PROPHECY

The book has been recommended to me for years, and I finally have just watched the movie. Now I understand why it was recommended, and why by whom. It is a presentation of a number of Insights that human beings become aware of as we evolve, eight of them leading to the ninth hidden one. The story is about the revelation of that ninth Insight. Then, of course, comes the revelation that there is yet another, the tenth Insight... The Insights are a logical progression, a map of a pathway to a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The mathematics of emotions

We all make them, learn them over time: They derive from and reflect our experiences from earliest consciousness. While we forget the learning of them, bury the logic that led to them, they remain powerful forces in our lives. A child experiences warmth and affection from parents, experiences appropriate responses to crying and other expressions of need, of emotions, experiences measured and appropriate correction: learns trust of authority, and makes an equation that Authority =... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Interpreting Jesus

Jesus Christ Superstar Do you think you're what they say you are...? I suspect this 1969 "rock opera" by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber was created to strip off 2000 years of filtering and interpretation, to challenge us to appreciate the actual context of the world Jesus lived in, to get a sense of the culture and society, the politics and the people of that world. The efforts of followers of Christianity to understand and explain and legitimize, end up distorting and distracting: the content... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Science!

April 22, Earthday, there will be a gathering here in Colorado Springs to honor Science. Science and scientists have taken something of a battering in the US over the past several years, over the topic of climate change particularly, but also generally. Some people really don't understand what science is and is not. They have not really considered the sources of the many benefits of scientific endeavor that enrich their lives, but seem to think it is a hostile force, attempting to disprove... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Person of Faith

My dad once said, "I don't need faith, I've got knowledge!" I think it was a response to my asking him to have a little faith in me. It was, however, his scientist-mindset all around. Scientists seek knowledge, or as close as they can get to something they can claim as 'knowing.' At the same time, true scientists know they never know enough to say more than, "It looks like this is true with the information we have and the tests we can make." Real science is always ready to accept its own... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Push the Button

Reality can be very forgiving: We can go for years, even lifetimes believing something that isn't true simply because our belief never gets tested against Reality. Much of what we believe is inconsequential--until that day when it matters a lot whether we have it right or not. Because when it comes down to it, Reality doesn't care what anyone believes. "It's not what I don't know that gets me in trouble, it's what I know that just ain't so." I believe that was said by Will Rogers. I could be... Sign in to see full entry.

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