There have been a number of incidents of violence or hate being shown in public in the last few years that were given plenty of airtime before being shown to be false or at least questionable. However if you take away the false or questionable instances, there is still a significant trend toward radicalism among the political Right in the last 2-3 years that many of my friends are missing because they are focused on the falsified cases that confirm their own narrative. Though correlation is not causation, the kinds of incidents that happen are directly related to platforms the President takes up or to the “us vs. them” mentality that he encourages to his own advantage. Here I intend to keep a list of the evidence I find that is legitimate going forward.Continue reading Radicalism on the Right, an up-to-date list
One of the biggest problems I’ve had with the idea that all life came from a common ancestor is that by the process of natural selection we should expect to find much more biology and anatomy that is not disadvantageous but not specifically advantageous. This is what people have claimed to find in “junk DNA” and “vestigial” features like the appendix or the coccyx. Instead we keep finding that the biology we thought was in that “neither advantageous nor disadvantageous leftovers” category is really either distinctly advantageous or even necessary.
In a break from my usual worldview-related topics, this is something that came to mind that’s more of a personal journal entry. I’m realizing more and more that music has been my personal meditative space for a long time, and more recently I’ve started to notice when I’m missing the meditative experience I used to indulge in regularly when I was in high school and college. Moreover I’ve been realizing the role music has played in my life and how I’ve come to see it as more of a personal thing than a shared experience.
Something that I think escapes us when we debate over theological issues or try to defend the historical truth value of the Bible is that we may be looking for parts of it to be true in ways we understand when really it might be true in a way we haven’t even thought to look for. It seems that discussions around such issues as free will, the creation account, and God’s role in the world get stalemated when people on both sides become dogmatic about their interpretation or model of the issue, and in those cases often both sides have excellent points to back up their claims. In these cases, when neither model will fit the observed reality without having to ignore facts or scripture, the truth must lie in some other kind of explanation we haven’t thought of yet that adequately explains the issue and is consistent with the reality we observe.
I find that the question of whether we live in a simulated reality or some kind of “sub-reality” an interesting one in that it occupies the thoughts and imaginations of so many. It also has deeper implications in whether there is ultimate objective truth and whether it is knowable.
This is part II in a series concerning the philosophy of evil and why the world is the way it is. The previous post put forth the idea that the concept of evil should be defined as in-congruence between the way things are and the way they should be, which results from sin which is in-congruence between the will of a person and God’s will. Thus all we can say of the origins of evil is that even if the world were created perfect and pure, there could have been the potential for sin (and thus evil) without violating the purity and perfection of the world initially. But the question remains, why would a loving God create a world in which there was the potential for some of his beloved children to inflict evil on one another and even damn themselves for eternity? The answer, in short, is free will.