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Metaphors everywhere; where is “pure reason”?

April 8, 2006 | By | Reply More
Metaphors everywhere; where is “pure reason”?

Many professionals (including many lawyers) believe that the careful use of “reason” cannot involve the use of one’s imagination. This is absolutely untrue.  The belief in “pure reason” has always and everywhere proven to be the source of great confusion among those who strive to use langage precisely. Responding to the Enlightenment claim that Reason […]

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Proposed Amended Ten Commandments

April 6, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
Proposed Amended Ten Commandments

I hereby propose a new version of the Ten Commandments.    1    Choose and follow a version of the golden rule.  Note in your heart that golden rules have appeared in the writings of many cultures, including Jewish, Buddhist, Confucian and Ancient Egyptian.   2.   Never publicly advocate that one’s own version of a supernatural God is truer […]

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The importance of pop quizzes

April 5, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
The importance of pop quizzes

You’ve just noticed several people carrying signs that say “Down with Ice Cream.”   You approach them to ask what is so bad about ice cream.  After listening to them for a few minutes, it becomes clear to you that there is a misunderstanding.  To them, the phrase “ice cream” actually means kicking dogs.  They are against kicking […]

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Is It Important or Simply Well Attended?

April 5, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Is It Important or Simply Well Attended?

Tens of thousands of people flow into the stadium in anticipation of the big game.  Thousands more people read about the “big” game in the following day’s paper.  The headline: “46,239 Fans Attend Big Game.” But would that big game be “big” if only a few people showed up?  Or would it be just highly […]

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Be Conscious of Your Unconscious to Set you Free

April 2, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Be Conscious of Your Unconscious to Set you Free

A lot of people are beating up on old Sigmund Freud these days.  More than a century ago, however, Freud hit a particular ball out of the park and it’s still sailing:  he concluded that many important thought processes are unconscious.  In Philosophy in the Flesh (1999), Mark Johnson and George Lakoff listed some of the […]

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On Asking a Very Smart God to Change His Ways

March 31, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
On Asking a Very Smart God to Change His Ways

Why Pray?  Perhaps my previous post sounded a bit harsh.  Why “mock” those who call upon their Creator for a bit of help in a time of need? Skeptics have obvious reasons for doubting the power of prayer, but it seems to me that Believers should have even stronger reasons to avoid bothering God with […]

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What Did Jesus Look Like? What Would Jesus Do?

March 29, 2006 | By | 19 Replies More
What Did Jesus Look Like?  What Would Jesus Do?

Unfortunately, no one took His photograph.  Had they done so, Jesus wouldn’t have had a prayer recruiting most of his potential followers.  It is hard to imagine western Europeans falling in love with a dark-skinned Savior from the Middle East, especially a Jewish one. For many centuries, Western Europeans haven’t paid meaningful attention to dark-skinned […]

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Is One’s Choice of Religion Really a Choice?

March 28, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Is One’s Choice of Religion Really a Choice?

Many of us don’t consciously choose some of the most important aspects of our lives.  This includes the choice of religion.  Many people claim that we don’t really choose the religion we end up following.  After all, many of us end up adopting the religion of our parents. Is there a problem with this approach?  […]

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