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On Anthems, Protests, and the Hive Hypothesis

By: on February 24, 2020

On September 5, 1918 in Game 1 of the World Series the Boston Red Socks were playing the Chicago Cubs. Tensions ran high in a nation where 100,000 soldiers already died during the US involvement in WWI. A heaviness was palatable at this lower-than-usual attendance game. In an effort to lift the spirits of all…

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Shipwrecked and the Moral Compass

By: on February 24, 2020

During January, we had an awkward amount of time between the end of examination period and the Lunar New Year holiday.  There wasn’t enough time to begin a new unit or do any “real” teaching, so I pulled out one of the more interesting group discussions for a class activity.  The premise was simple: A…

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How do we learn?

By: on February 24, 2020

Haidt wrote that learning is hard work but primarily comes through experience. “This book is about why it’s so hard for us to get along. We are indeed all stuck here for a while, so let’s at least do what we can to understand why we are so easily divided into hostile groups, each one…

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Liberal and well informed

By: on February 24, 2020

You are intelligent, liberal and well informed. He can’t understand why working-class Americans vote for Republicans. He thinks they have been duped, but he is wrong. This accusation did not see Ne from the right. It is a warning from Jonathan Haidt (New York, 1963), a social psychologist at the University of Virginia who, until…

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Can Reasoning Become Quicksand?

By: on February 24, 2020

As I write this paper on Pinker this morning, I reflect on the day ahead. I will be serving as guest minister at the Paw Paw Presbyterian Church today (thank you for this opportunity, Jacob!), babysitting my beautiful grandmunchkins this afternoon, and dinner plans this evening. So, my heart and mind are conflicted at this…

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Mr Pinker, Mr Rogers might be proud….?

By: on February 24, 2020

Hi friends, this comes late after a wedding and other family-related events. So, did I read Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress?[1] Refer to Pierre Bayard.[2] Mr Rogers has been very helpful too (see the end). A story. The once a man struggling through his midlife years. A symptom…

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Fading Rainbows

By: on February 23, 2020

‘In the world but, not of the world.’ This is a political statement. It is not from scripture, though it could almost be iterated as if it was. Some scriptures come close, like ones in the Gospel of John or Paul’s letter to the Church in Rome. Nevertheless, I have heard these words repeated ad…

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Its Important To Read With Caution.

By: on February 23, 2020

There’s a commonly used quote attributed to Earl Nightingale, “Everyone is self-made but only the successful admit it”, to the effect that every person is the master of their fate and the captain of their destiny. Quotes are very popular and are often used and make written or spoken language beautiful and its common not…

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ENLIGHTENMENT HOW?

By: on February 22, 2020

Kaos from Get Smart   Humans have been fascinated with time travel for some time now. One would only have to look at the plethora of Hollywood movies that deal with the subject of time travel such as “Back to the Future”, “The Terminator”, “Time After Time”, and one of my favorites, “Somewhere in Time”. It seems there is…

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“Why Should I Live?”

By: on February 21, 2020

  “Why should I live?” This was the question posed by a student to Steven Pinker, cognitive psychologist and Harvard professor. He then took an evangelistic posture to share his worldview with the young woman. He explained that though this was not in his “usual job description as a professor of cognitive science,” he was…

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Faith is my Bias

By: on February 21, 2020

This week our living room gained a Nutritower. This 5’5 innovation will allow my family to grow our own food year round, using 95% less water and will save 1 million food miles.[1] The added benefit is that my children will learn how to grow and pollinate their own food. It is one minuscule way…

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Disney’s Carousel of Progress

By: on February 20, 2020

I have a relationship with Walt Disney dating back to the New York World’s Fair in 1964. I was in the third grade, and my class made a field trip to the Fair, where I first saw the wonders of Disney’s animatronics. The Carousel of Progress was a rotating theater audio-animatronic stage show attraction created as the prime feature for the…

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Where is the Hope?

By: on February 20, 2020

I am not quite sure how I feel about Steve Pinker’s Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. It was like riding a roller coaster for me. There is the thrill and edge-of-the-seat anticipation of ratcheting to the peak just before a heart stopping descent through the twist and turns, not knowing…

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Pinker The Stinker

By: on February 20, 2020

FYI,  the title has nothing to do with my post, it just came in my head so I decided to go with it :)! Steven Pinker, Ph.D., is the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. In his book, Enlightenment Now, he lays out his argument for why the Enlightenment, reason, and humanism, aka…

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Progress for Pinker

By: on February 20, 2020

“Too long!” It was three weeks after Christmas and the pastoral staff was going over the feedback we had received after Christmas Eve.  We had led four worship services, 11:00 AM (the Early Service), 4:00 PM (the Family Service), 8:00 PM (Lessons and Carols – with Communion) and 11:00 PM (the Midnight Service – with…

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Pinky and the Brain (Anyone know that cartoon?)

By: on February 20, 2020

Steven Pinker is a Harvard Professor of Psychology who has studied languages and cognition. He is an ardent atheist and a staunch proponent of reason, science, humanism and progress. His project in Enlightenment Now is to demonstrate the successfulness of the modern era and to recapitulate it so that we do not lose the precious…

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Improving The World Through Hospitality

By: on February 20, 2020

In the book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress experimental psychologist Steve Pinker explains that using the tools of the Enlightenment humanity is seeing measurable progress. He argues that, while there are risks to be aware of, there is reason for optimism in a world that seems to be bombarded with…

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