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“Religious”, I do not think it means what you think it means

July 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

Dale’s now writing a book on the “religious/non-religious mixed marriage”. What I love about his work is that it is positive. Anyway, he writes short daily journal entries while working on his books, the first for his new book points out the problem with our terms. Contrast: Most people think of someone as religious if […]

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Brief (Unshared) Reflections on Six Years…

January 27th, 2013 · No Comments

Scary how the years fly. The sixth anniversary of this blog passed a few days ago. Consequence of the strain of thought-exhibitionism I exhibited especially in the early years, this blog serves as some interesting indirect documentation of a journey that has taken me on roads I did not anticipate. And some weeks before the […]

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The “Everthing for a Reason” Meme

December 11th, 2012 · No Comments

In my experience, the belief that “everything happens for a reason” must be one of the most seductive memes making the rounds. I have bumped into this meme myself on two particular occasions during the years of this blog’s existence, and found the idea very enticing. So much so, that I’m thinking it might be […]

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Ducks and Predators

September 28th, 2012 · 4 Comments

I recounted a version of this story at my mother’s memorial service, just under a year ago. There came a day when the population on our property was expanded by two new inhabitants: a pair of ducks. It was just a single pair — at least initially. It didn’t take too long for my mother […]

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Your reality and my reality — Remember Psychology!

May 6th, 2012 · 2 Comments

There is only one reality, after all, so what’s all this talk about your reality and my reality? Tonight’s dinner-time TED talk was Rory Sutherland’s Perspective is everything. His slide presented at 2:55 states, as its first point of four: Things are not what they are; they are what we think they are Think about […]

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Knock Knock… “Who’s There?” “Witnesses!”

March 17th, 2012 · 8 Comments

Just about ready to go out for some cycling, someone rings by doorbell. “How odd…” I think, “I don’t get guests? Did they mean to ring my neighbour? And utilities companies shouldn’t be here on weekends?” So I put on some pants and run downstairs to see who it is, rather than just blindly buzzing […]

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Recitation of Words of Inspiration and Support

February 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I’m busy reading Frank Herbert’s third Dune novel (Children of Dune). Marvellous fiction! I would consider it mostly political thriller, set in the far future. I’m sure more blog posts will follow from having read these, but today I’m pondering the role of memorised and recited words in people’s lives. In the Dune universe there […]

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Would You Rather…

September 21st, 2011 · 2 Comments

Grim, a question you might have come across before: Would you rather lose a loved one in a sudden unexpected accident, or through a long-running terminal disease? Unlike a philosopher’s dilemma, this is not a quandary that one considers in order to develop some understanding of ethical or moral considerations. Personally I think it is […]

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Pluralism Sunday

May 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Today was Pluralism Sunday. Initiated by the Center for Progressive Christianity, Pluralism Sunday is an interfaith effort celebrating religious pluralism, a term used to describe the acceptance of all religious paths and promoting their coexistence (some words borrowed from wikipedia as usual). A part of the first paragraph from the Pluralism Sunday website: On the […]

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Kant on Philosophical Dinner Parties

October 28th, 2010 · No Comments

Brandon of the blog named Siris wrote a post on Immanuel Kant’s guide to a good dinner party. On Kant’s view dining alone is bad for a philosopher: it encourages ‘intellectual self-gnawing’ that leads to a lack of vitality. Eating with at least one other companion, on the other hand, allows for a good interchange […]

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