Monthly Archives: August 2020
“Science is Real” … until a human, with biases, interprets the data.
Then “Science is Literature” or “Science is Art” or “Science is a Crapshoot.”
When the word “scientific” is added to an opinion, then suddenly that perspective becomes indisputable.
As John Pinette was fond of saying, “Nay, Nay!”
When we consider all the possible knowledge in the universe, including what we don’t know about dark matter and dark energy, then the scientific knowledge we have available to us is less than 1%.
That’s like trying to figure out the game of baseball with nothing but a batting glove.
That’s hardly indisputable.
Recommended book: We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson
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“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NIV, emphasis added)
What’s your first reaction when someone points out something positive or effective that you’re doing?
What are some easy, upbeat things to spotlight—even with strangers?
High Internalization Potential (HIP) answer ….
I was once in a Barnes & Noble listening to a Dad (a stranger to me) affirming his young boys for their book choices.
Later I told him that I admired the way he interacted with his kids. His eyes welled up, and he said “Thank you.”
Never underestimate the power of making a person [who’s trying] realize, “Wow, somebody noticed.”
Especially when …
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says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.”
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
Ecclesiastes 1:1, 9-10 (NIV)
Upon what do you base your meaning, purpose, and significance in life?
Is it possible to “create” meaning, even where none apparently exists? Explain.
High Internalization Potential (HIP) answer …
I don’t think it’s possible to enjoy a genuine sense of meaning without a belief in the transcendent (which was something Solomon [the author of Ecclesiastes] temporarily lost toward the end of his life).
I do think some people [who have no belief in the transcendent] can be successful at artificially creating a sense of meaning that helps them to function. Sartre and Camus won Noble Peace Prizes for showing these folks how to do this.
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