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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
- funambulist: Dictionary.com Word of the Day March 30, 2015funambulist: a tightrope walker.
- funambulist: Dictionary.com Word of the Day March 30, 2015
- Poem of the Day: Enough March 30, 2015So many forget-me-nots, with their white centers, scattered, you'd say, if there weren't so many everywhere, as many as the stars last night in between the branches above the porch, behind the house. Was it an argument or were there just things they had to say? I could have faith in so many creatures— the old setter from the neighbor yard who follo […]Katie Peterson
- Poem of the Day: Enough March 30, 2015
- The Place for No Story By Robinson Jeffers March 30, 2015By Robinson Jeffers
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- Blood Test Tells How Long Concussion Symptoms Will Last January 6, 2015 Ingrid Wickelgren
- Neuroscientists Break into the Brain to Expose Its Workings October 30, 2014 Ingrid Wickelgren
- Brilliance Often Springs from Boredom September 11, 2014 Ingrid Wickelgren
- Equality of Opportunity March 26, 2015[Revised entry by Richard Arneson on March 25, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Equality of opportunity is a political ideal that is opposed to caste hierarchy but not to hierarchy per se. The background assumption is that a society contains a hierarchy of more and less desirable, superior and inferior positions. Or there may be several such hierar […]Richard Arneson
- Belief March 25, 2015[Revised entry by Eric Schwitzgebel on March 24, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Contemporary analytic philosophers of mind generally use the term "belief" to refer to the attitude we have, roughly, whenever we take something to be the case or regard it as true. To believe something, in this sense, needn't involve actively reflectin […]Eric Schwitzgebel
- Developmental Biology March 24, 2015[New Entry by Alan Love on March 23, 2015.] Developmental biology is the science of explaining how a variety of interacting processes generate an organism's heterogeneous shapes, size, and structural features that arise on the trajectory from embryo to adult, or more generally throughout a life cycle. It represents an exemplary area of contemporary expe […]Alan Love
- Equality of Opportunity March 26, 2015
- Yablo Paradox March 22, 2015Yablo Paradox (draft: do not quote this article) (Formatter: Insert paragraphs for summary here.) The Yablo Paradox implies there is no way to coherently assign a truth value to any of the sentences in the countably infinite sequence of sentences of the form, ``None of the subsequent sentences are true.'' Specifically, the Yablo paradox arises when […]
- Hume, Imagination March 22, 2015David Hume: Imagination David Hume (1711–1776) approaches questions in epistemology, metaphysics, ethics and aesthetics via questions about our minds. For example, before addressing the epistemological question of whether we have any justification for our beliefs about unobserved states of affairs, Hume asks which of our cognitive faculties is responsible fo […]
- Anderson, John March 21, 2015John Anderson (1893-1962) Scottish-Australian philosopher John Anderson was a passionate defender of a philosophy typically described as Realism. Anderson exercised a significant and lasting influence over several generations of students, including such later philosophers as John Passmore, J.L. Mackie, and D.M. Armstrong. These students criticised and develo […]
- Yablo Paradox March 22, 2015
- The World at 7 PM: A Survey of Everyday Life March 28, 2015In the Journal of Personality, a new study reports on the uniformity of human experience around the globe: The World at 7: Comparing the Experience of Situations Across 20 Countries The research was an online survey of a total of 5447 people. Each participant was asked to think about what happened the previous evening at 7 pm. Then they were asked to describ […]
- Neuroskeptic On Bloggingheads March 26, 2015Over at Bloggingheads.tv, I've been interviewed by John Horgan, science journalist and author of books such as The Undiscovered Mind. We talked about whether neuroscience will be able to help diagnose mental illness; why we need to reform how science is published; the mess that is the Human Brain Project; and on a more personal note, about why I became […]
- The World at 7 PM: A Survey of Everyday Life March 28, 2015
- “Come and See”: A Christ-centered Invitation for ScienceClassical Christian orthodoxy as expressed in the Creeds begins at the beginning: nature owes its existence to and is sustained by Jesus Christ. One implication is that the best way of finding out about nature is to look at nature.
- Saturday Science Links: March 28, 2015Robot butterflies, identical twin astronauts, and dark matter are some of the subjects covered in this week's edition.
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- The State of Comparative Literature—and Arabic March 25, 2015 Alexander Key
- Terry Pratchett: "Not having battles, and doing without kings" March 23, 2015 Andrew Goldstone
- Shakespeare and Misgiving March 19, 2015 Ian Bickford
- CFP: Web Archives 2015: Capture, Curate, Analyze | U-M Library March 26, 2015
- Resource: Gender Gaps Around the World March 26, 2015
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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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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"
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