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2 Kings 2:23-25

From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the […]


How to Enshrine Ignorance as a Virtue

Heard in church today: “The problem with most Christians is that they are educated beyond their obedience.” — John Maxwell My first reaction was to recoil in disgust. My second was to look around the room and marvel that everybody else wasn’t retching in their seats. For the record: ignorance is never the solution. It […]


Your Friendly Ubiquitous All-Mind

David Dalrymple peers into our internet-augmented future: Within the next 50 years, I expect the development of direct neural links, making the data that’s available at our fingertips today available at our synapses in the future, and making virtual reality actually feel more real than traditional sensory perception. Information and experience could be exchanged between […]


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22 August 2009 @ 10am

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The Gospel of Ralph: An Exegesis in Three Parts

I: The First Gospel It is a little-known fact that Ralph Iscariot, brother of Judas, has three books of the Bible devoted to his extraordinary life: collectively, they are known as The Gospel of Ralph. Recently unearthed in a tiny cave near the sea of Galilee, these books document, in almost no useful detail at […]


Morality Does Not Scale

The Bush-era torture memos that Obama released last month make for some horrific, gut-churning reading, but not necessarily in the way you’d expect. The Enhanced Interrogation wing of the Republican party would have us believe that it’s not torture until someone gets drawn and quartered, and certainty there’s none of that kind of stuff in […]


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27 January 2009 @ 1pm

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Oh, Come On

Ross Douthat, on inflexible atheists: But it is one thing to disbelieve in God; it is quite another to never feel a twinge of doubt about one’s own disbelief. And just as the Christian who has never entertained doubts about his faith probably hasn’t thought hard enough about the matter, the atheist who perceives the […]


Atheists & Agnostics

There’s a school of thought out there that claims that atheists — ie, those who profess an absolute belief in the nonexistence of God — are engaging in a kind of faith every bit as unsubstantiated as the religion they’re trying to debunk. The argument hinges on the notion that, fundamentally, we can’t know how […]


Lord Jobs Won’t Fix My iPhone

Cringely has a fantastic column up on the story behind the recent executive shakeup at Apple: Tony Fadell — head of the iPod division, and probably the Father of the iPod itself — is out, and Mark Papermaster, erstwhile IBMer, is in. But the column is really about Steve Jobs, of course, his mind and […]


Meaning and Eternal Life

An interesting notion, from Patrick Lee Miller: Try to imagine Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire dancing to a song of infinite length. Their technique would remain as dazzling as the talent of the resurrected Lou Gehrig, and it is just as tempting to fantasize about them dancing forever as it is to imagine him playing […]


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15 August 2008 @ 9am

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Gods, Coding, and Abstractions

Looked at in a certain way, writing programs is mostly an epic battle against complexity. It doesn’t take long for any reasonably ambitious project to get too big to fit in any one person’s head, and, once it’s reached that stage, it never gets any better. Because complexity is a tide that never goes out. […]


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