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If a Messiah Came Again…

December 6th, 2012 · No Comments

Would the Messiah be a Christian? More interestingly, recognisable to Christians? Bear in mind that Jesus was a Jew. Jewish canon had a very specific idea of what a messiah would be. Jesus did not live up to those expectations, so Jewish culture does not consider him to be the messiah. Orthodox Jewish culture still […]

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Reflecting on Yearly Observances

October 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment

What is an anniversary? It really is a rather arbitrary day, a day like any other, except that the stars are more or less in the same place as they were when the remembered event occurred. Or the earth has returned to the same place in its rotation around the sun. Depending on the calendar […]

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Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2012 · 2 Comments

Our planet spun around its access 365 times since we last celebrated New Years’ Eve. We travelled around the sun one more time.

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Hyperbole

January 15th, 2010 · No Comments

From wiktionary: hyperbole (Noun, plural hyperboles) (uncountable) Extreme exaggeration or overstatement; especially as a literary or rhetorical device. (uncountable) Deliberate exaggeration. (countable) An instance or example of this technique. (countable, obsolete) A hyperbola.

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Have Any New Year Rituals?

January 13th, 2010 · No Comments

On 31 December Cobus van Wyngaard tweeted: What rituals will you be taking part in (privately or in community) to mark the transition period from 2009 to 2010? I didn’t have much of interest with which to respond, I don’t feel I’ve got much in the line of rituals. Though, I did have some champagne […]

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TTM Book Club: Starting with “Bones, Rocks and Stars” in Mid-July

June 12th, 2009 · 14 Comments

Back in February, we sought an answer to the question Any interest in a “Book Club” of sorts? The answer at the time was “yes!” By decree, we decided 😉 on Bones, Rocks and Stars by Chris Turney. I propose we start with this book on 13 July. Hopefully I’m not busy referring to myself […]

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Humans Need the Threat of Punishment

April 19th, 2009 · 6 Comments

This brilliant TED talk by Jonathan Haidt talks about five human moral foundations. Pointing out how these foundations are emphasized differently by conservatives, he invites liberals to take the blue pill, to step outside of their “moral matrix”, and learn to understand the bigger picture of human morality from an anthropological perspective. And it also […]

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Language and Cultural Greetings

February 7th, 2009 · 3 Comments

I work in a very international office, there are many nationalities present. Taking just countries in the European area, I can think of people who are: Spanish, French, Dutch, Swiss, Italian, German, British, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Polish, Russian, Israeli, Greek… I quite like the diversity! Greeting today, a Spanish guy said “I’ll hopefully see you […]

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Language Barriers and World Peace!

December 16th, 2008 · 12 Comments

Europe typically seems quite open-minded and accepting of diverse cultures. There are so many reasons why this may be, from the second world war, to the philosophers they’ve had, to the worldly experience of being colonialists (and possibly learning the problems with it and suffering reverse colonisation). But I’m no historian, so I will refrain […]

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Anarchy, Libertarianism, Capitalism, Socialism

December 6th, 2008 · 8 Comments

Within certain contexts, I’m quite a fan of anarchy. I believe relationships should be driven out of values and mutual respect, and hence not need rules. The point at which humanity moved away from anarchy, required a government, was when our social groups became too big to be supported by social relationships. (Ponder, Dunbar’s number?) […]

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