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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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- helix: Dictionary.com Word of the Day August 31, 2015helix: a spiral.
- helix: Dictionary.com Word of the Day August 31, 2015
- Poem of the Day: Tableaux: Four 19th Century Photographs August 31, 20151. Somewhere Indians are walking across America. One is a woman caught in stride between two white birches, her eyes on the ground, her mouth biting open a word while the wind shreds the lake behind her. 2. A boy wakes alone in cold New England air. From his window he watches his father's breath mix with the steam from cows' urine. A white bl […]John Spaulding
- Poem of the Day: Tableaux: Four 19th Century Photographs August 31, 2015
- The Wind August 31, 2015By Dafydd Ap Gwilym (translated by Gwyneth Lewis)
- The Wind August 31, 2015
- Idealism August 30, 2015[New Entry by Paul Guyer and Rolf-Peter Horstmann on August 30, 2015.] This entry discusses philosophical idealism as a movement chiefly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, although anticipated by certain aspects of seventeenth century philosophy. It examines the relationship between epistemological idealism (the view that the contents of human knowl […]Paul Guyer and Rolf-Peter Horstmann
- Discrimination August 30, 2015[Revised entry by Andrew Altman on August 30, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Discrimination is prohibited by six of the core international human rights documents. The vast majority of the world's states have constitutional or statutory provisions outlawing discrimination. (Osin and Porat 2005) And most philosophical, political, and legal dis […]Andrew Altman
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- Dialogical Logic August 29, 2015Dialogical Logic (draft--do not quote) Dialogical logic is an approach to logic in which the meaning of the logical constants (connectives and quantifiers) and the notion of validity are explained in game-theoretic terms. The meaning of logical constants like “and”, “or”, “implies”, “not”, “every”, and so forth, is given in terms of how assertions containing […]
- Bradley, F. H.: Logic August 28, 2015F. H. Bradley: Logic Although the logical system expounded by F. H. Bradley in The Principles of Logic (1883) is now almost forgotten, it had many virtues. To appreciate them, it is helpful to understand that Bradley had a very different view of logic from that prevalent today. He is hostile to the idea of … Continue reading Bradley, F. H.: Logic →
- Dialogical Logic August 29, 2015
- The Man Who Saw His Double In The Mirror August 27, 2015A creepy case report in the journal Neurocase describes a man who came to believe that his reflection was another person who lived behind the mirror. The patient, Mr. B., a 78-year-old French man, was admitted to the neurology department in Tours: During the previous 10 days, Mr. B. reported the presence of a stranger in his home who was located behind the m […]
- Non-Visual Processing in the Visual Cortex August 26, 2015Are there areas of the cerebral cortex purely devoted to vision? Or can the "visual" cortex, under some conditions, respond to sounds? Two papers published recently address this question. First off, Micah Murray and colleagues of Switzerland discuss The multisensory function of primary visual cortex in humans in a review paper published in Neuropsy […]
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- Saturday Science Links: August 29, 2015Fire rainbows, space elevators, and robotic bee trackers are some of the subjects covered in this week's edition.
- The Dean of American ScienceThe most influential scientist in the United States before the Civil War was an evangelical Christian: Benjamin Silliman.
- Saturday Science Links: August 29, 2015
- Sunday Reading August 30, 2015Hi Sunday, We've noticed you've been a little distant lately. Is everything okay? Have you noticed anything different about us?Sunday Readers
- Scents of an Ending August 28, 2015The #YouStink protests will either consign the Lebanese regime to the dustbin of history, or go in its place.Mahmoud Mroueh
- Sunday Reading August 30, 2015
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"