Tag: Psychology Cognition

The Bible: the greatest book rarely read carefully

April 24, 2006 | By | 5 Replies More
The Bible: the greatest book rarely read carefully

Part I: What’s really in the Bible? Although I have regularly picked up my King James Bible, I haven’t had the stamina to plow all the way through.  Kudos to the authors of the “Skeptic’s Annotated Bible.”   We know they really made it to the end because they left proof along the way:  They annotated the […]

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The dirty little secret about moral rules

April 21, 2006 | By | 5 Replies More
The dirty little secret about moral rules

Many people feel that to be moral is to follow a set of rules.  But there’s an implicit unwritten preamble to every set of rules or commandments: they don’t apply equally to everyone. Consider “Do not injure or kill other people,” for example. Assume that two people have fallen off a ship and you’ve only […]

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Good Friday – Good Grief!

April 14, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
Good Friday – Good Grief!

I was raised Roman Catholic. Many things about the church puzzled me, Good Friday perhaps being the most puzzling of Holy Days.   On the lighter side, the kids at Catholic school insisted that it always rained on Good Friday, usually in the afternoon while Jesus was dying on the cross.  Whenever it did rain this was […]

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The true importance of Diversity

April 13, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
The true importance of Diversity

. . .  To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. Star Trek Mission Statement When I hear the term “diversity” I become suspicious.  For many people, diversity refers to the mechanical process of gathering different-looking people and assuming that doing […]

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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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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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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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