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"Referee won't blow the whistle / God is good but will he listen?" -- U2
- "If your anger decreases with time, you did injustice; if it increases, you suffered injustice." -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- "And the missionaries, they tell us we will be left behind. / Been left behind a thousand times, a thousand times." -- Arcade Fire
Incapable of doubt, incapable of faithThe majority of mankind is lazy-minded, incurious, absorbed in vanities, and tepid in emotion, and is therefore incapable of either much doubt or much faith. -- T.S. Eliot, Introduction (1931), Pascal's "Pensees"
Wittgenstein on Kierkegaard
"Kierkegaard was by far the most profound thinker of the[nineteenth] century. Kierkegaard was a saint." - Ludwig Wittgenstein, to his friend Maurice Drury.
Read Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard: Religion, Individuality, and Philosophical Method by Charles L. Creegan free online.
Problem or Mystery?A problem is something which I meet, which I find completely before me, but which I can therefore lay siege to and reduce. But a mystery is something in which I am myself involved, and it can therefore only be thought of as a sphere where the distinction between what is in me and what is before me loses its meaning and initial validity. -- Gabriel Marcel
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- saxicoline: Dictionary.com Word of the Day July 29, 2015saxicoline: living or growing among rocks.
- saxicoline: Dictionary.com Word of the Day July 29, 2015
- Poem of the Day: Whether July 29, 2015Whether anger quickens a lagging stride, and periodic burn-offs in the forest revitalize exhausted soil and flora. Whether we should take pleasure in the wildcat jubilation of a lightning bolt that whips its silver vein of genesis through the night sky, flash-photo of a white birch upended, the root-system buckled to swollen thunderheads. And whe […]Alfred Corn
- Poem of the Day: Whether July 29, 2015
- Limits By Eleanor Ross Taylor July 29, 2015By Eleanor Ross Taylor
- Limits By Eleanor Ross Taylor July 29, 2015
- Computational Complexity Theory July 28, 2015[New Entry by Walter Dean on July 27, 2015.] Computational complexity theory is a subfield of theoretical computer science one of whose primary goals is to classify and compare the practical difficulty of solving problems about finite combinatorial objects - e.g. given two natural numbers (n) and (m), are they relatively prime? Given a propositional formula […]Walter Dean
- Philosophy of Statistical Mechanics July 25, 2015[Revised entry by Lawrence Sklar on July 24, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Statistical mechanics was the first foundational physical theory in which probabilistic concepts and probabilistic explanation played a fundamental role. For the philosopher it provides a crucial test case in which to compare the philosophers' ideas about the meaning […]Lawrence Sklar
- Computational Complexity Theory July 28, 2015
- Ancient Ethics July 28, 2015Ancient Ethics Ethical reflection in ancient Greece and Rome starts from all of an agent’s ends or goals and tries to systematize them. Our ends are diverse. We typically want, among other things, material comfort, health, respect from peers and love from friends and family, successful children, healthy emotional lives, and intellectual achievement. We see … […]
- Dunyi, Zhou July 25, 2015Zhou Dunyi (Chou Tun-i, 1017-1073) Zhou Dunyi (sometimes romanized as Chou Tun-i and also known by his posthumous name, Zhou Lianxi) has long been highly esteemed by Chinese thinkers. He is considered one of the first “Neo-Confucians,” a group of thinkers who draw heavily on Buddhist and Daoist metaphysics to articulate a comprehensive, Confucian religious […]
- Ancient Ethics July 28, 2015
- "Right Wing Brain Surgeons" And The NFL July 28, 2015This week (via Retraction Watch) we learned about the case of Joseph Maroon. Earlier this year Maroon and colleagues published a paper arguing that the much-discussed issue of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) may not be a widespread problem in contact sports such as American football. However, it turns out that Maroon did not fully declare his conflict […]
- "Is Your Brain Really Necessary?", Revisited July 26, 2015According to British biochemist Donald R. Forsdyke in a new paper in Biological Theory, the existence of people who seem to be missing most of their brain tissue calls into question some of the "cherished assumptions" of neuroscience. I'm not so sure. Forsdyke discusses the disease called hydrocephalus ('water on the brain'). Some pe […]
- "Right Wing Brain Surgeons" And The NFL July 28, 2015
- Creation and Evolution “Research Programs” (And Why It’s So Hard to Change Perspectives)The idea of “research programs” helps explain why it’s so hard for people of different origins perspectives to understand each other, and even harder to change positions.
- Evolution and Christianity in Latin America: Context, History and ChallengeDialogue about science and faith looks completely different in Latin America as compared to English-speaking countries. The reasons may surprise you.
- Creation and Evolution “Research Programs” (And Why It’s So Hard to Change Perspectives)
- Walter Pater's Renaissance July 20, 2015 Christopher Warley
- Defiance at Despair: On the Meaning of the Greek "No" July 16, 2015 Gregory Jusdanis
- For and Against Machines: Beyond the New Jetsonism July 2, 2015 Anthony Galluzzo
Liturgy For The PeopleThe liturgy is essentially not the religion of the cultured, but the religion of the people. If the people are rightly instructed, and the liturgy is properly carried out, they display a simple and profound understanding of it. For the people do not analyze concepts, but contemplate. The people possess that inner integrity of being which corresponds perfectly with the symbolism of the liturgical language, imagery, action and ornaments. The cultured man has first of all to accustom himself to this attitude; but to the people it has always been inconceivable that religion should express itself by abstract ideas and logical developments, and not by being and action, by imagery and ritual. --Romano Guardini, "The Awakening of the Church in the Soul"
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- As PM David Cameron admits James Foley's executioner might be British, BBC's 2006 series 'The State Within' comes to life
- Augustine's view of culture and the temporal destiny of civilizations
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The Anguished QuestionIf you really enquire about God, not with mere curiosity, not, as it were, like a spiritual stamp collector, but as an anxious seeker, distressed in heart, anguished by the possibility that God might not exist and hence all life be vanity and one great madness -- if you ask in such a mood as the man who asks the doctor, "Tell me, will my wife live or will she die?"-- if you ask thus about God, then you know already that God exists; the anguished question bears witness that you know. -- Emil Brunner, "Our Faith"