A Lunchtime Conversation – Causality

  Yesterday, over lunch, I was trying to explain in simple terms the idea of causality to a colleague of mine, and found that it is very difficult to wrap your head around, especially for the uninitiated. He had seen a documentary on The Big Bang (not the comedy show), and was trying to grapple with ideas around the age of the universe, parallel universes, and how, if there are infinite possible parallel universes, everything that is...

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John 3:16 am

Image from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind“. The other morning, I awoke in the wee hours of the morning, as I often do, probably roused by my own snoring, the snoring of my partner, the snoring of one of my cats, or from a rabble outside my house. The time read 3:16 am. 3:16 Even though my eyes were blurry and my brain was barely functioning, a thought struck me. Were I A superstitious person, and particularly a Christian...

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People Suck… Why Bother?

  Yesterday, in the usual morning rush to get all the things I need to do done before racing off to work, I was greeted by the sight of the passenger window of my car smashed to shards all over the road. Some thug took it upon themselves to not only break into my car, but to pop the hood and steal the battery from my car. Who knows what the reasoning was? None of the other cars in the street had been touched, and it seems they chose my car...

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The Argument of Truth From Personal Experience

  How do we define “truth”? Is something true simply because enough people believe it to be true that it gains popular acceptance, or are there better criteria against which to gauge it? This is a problem that many grapple with, and many have difficulty working around. The way to break down this question comes not from popular acclaim, but from what can be observed repeatedly, what evidence outside the thing being claimed true...

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I Don’t Really Have a Story – My Story at Not Alone

  Unlike many who have submitted, I was never really a believer. Not really, not in a religious sense. However, like Fox Mulder from X-Files, I wanted to believe. I wanted for the world to be more wondrous and mystical than the apparent, man-made mundanity I saw about me every day. I didn’t want there to be a god, but I most definitely wanted there to be a spiritual world, one where people were connected on a level beyond the...

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