Prayer doesn't work (the way we want it to)
What know-it-alls don't know, or the illusion of incompetence
I told him that people have different ideas about how humans were created. He laughed and said "that's silly" when I described evolution and he ultimately decided that God just created everyone :)
You Don't Have a Right to Believe Whatever You Want to
Elohim or Yahweh? Will the Real God of Israel Please Stand Up?
Social media, divisiveness, politics
The main reason that I've backed away from facebook is that I have witnessed --in real time-- myself and co-workers becoming radicalized. Me to the left and them to the right.
The problem is that they are still descending in far right conservatism/alt-rightism and they no longer have a counter-argument at the same level.
Corporate social media has catalyzed divisiveness by filling our timelines with two things:
1. Content they know we agree with 100%. This produces an illusion of a cohesive "side" in our minds. Its the "us" in "us vs. them"
2. Content they know we disagree with 100%. "them" in "us vs. them"
Monetizing the system is the priority. Nuanced ideas don't drive clicks, tribalism does. Outrage and certainty are the de facto standards of the social media age.
Open Source is the solution to Proprietary (and Harmful) Religion
Been enjoying the music from grandson. I hear elements of metal, hip hop and electronic combined with generally progressive/leftist lyrics.
Confabulation: Why Telling Ourselves Stories Makes Us Feel OK
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When Philosophy Needed Muslims, Jews and Christians Alike
Adventures in Religious Absurdity