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Abstraction Distraction

Abstraction Distraction

A significant difference between humans and most other animals is that we have the innate ability to abstract ideas. That is, we can manipulate symbols as though they were things. We do this so well that most people are unaware that the symbols aren’t actually the things they represent. If a map is wrong, we […]

May 16, 2007 | By | Reply More
Silent Beats – award winning short video

Silent Beats – award winning short video

I just finished viewing this six-minute video. It makes a good point with meticulous video and a terrific soundtrack. While watching it, I kept thinking, “We just can’t help ourselves.” Without further ado,

May 16, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
About Ben

About Ben

I hereby designate this space to be about Ben. If you’ve never met him, Ben will show up here soon enough, with an armful of links and lots of observations.   I think this should serve as the official place where we can chat with Ben, jab him good-naturedly, learn of the many jobs he’s worked, and […]

May 16, 2007 | By | 39 Replies More
Falwell

Falwell

Jerry Falwell is dead.  At 73, he passed away, at his desk, apparently still working, even though doctors have (probably) been telling him to lay off for some time.  He had heart problems. Whatever one’s personal feelings may be, it ill-behooves us to beat up on someone so soon after they have died.  Family and […]

May 16, 2007 | By | 5 Replies More
How to become an ordained minister over the internet.  Marry your friends!

How to become an ordained minister over the internet. Marry your friends!

I have a confession to make. I’m an ordained minister. I’m not making this up. I was ordained about five years ago by the Universal Life Church. I got ordained because it was free and it only took a few minutes on-line. I also did it because it allowed me to officiate over a wedding […]

May 15, 2007 | By | 33 Replies More
Toolmaking as the basis for religion

Toolmaking as the basis for religion

Those who have followed discussions concerning religious belief & non-belief know that it’s never safe to say you’ve seen it all.  Surprising and worthwhile new positions come along at predictably unpredictable intervals. Biologist Lewis Wolpert has now entered the fray with a new book, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, reviewed by Steve Paulson of Salon.com. […]

May 14, 2007 | By | 18 Replies More
“The situation was better” under Saddam Hussein…

“The situation was better” under Saddam Hussein…

This disturbing article about the school crisis in Iraq highlights just one of the many long-term disastrous results of George Bush’s decision to invade Iraq.  While Bush pushes his failing “No Child Left Behind” policy here in America, his mess in Iraq is ensuring that an entire generation of children is being “left behind” there. Some […]

May 14, 2007 | By | Reply More
The price of not believing in God in Oklahoma

The price of not believing in God in Oklahoma

For you gentle and tolerant Believers out there, this video is not necessarily aimed at you. I know that many inclusive Believers like you do, indeed, exist. For you gentle and tolerant Believers who keep wondering why non-believers in America keep claiming that they are facing rampant discrimination, this video is for you. For all […]

May 13, 2007 | By | 19 Replies More
Barack Obama on the role of religion in politics

Barack Obama on the role of religion in politics

Until tonight, I hadn’t taken the time to fully research Barack Obama’s position on the role of religion in politics.  His broad-minded and inclusive position is quite extraordinary.  Here is the video of Obama’s “Call to Renewal Keynote Address” in Washington, DC on June 28th, 2006.   Here is a fairly accurate (but imperfect) transcript of that […]

May 13, 2007 | By | 58 Replies More