Can money buy you happiness? Maybe yes, according to Felix Salmon, but only if wine is involved. It’s an elaborate theory, and I must confess, I find it utterly convincing. Give it a bash at his old blog. Here’s the… Continue Reading
There are no such things as sad songs, only sad minds.
Ok – so I’m a bit behind on this one. But the Internet Archive recently released a whole bunch of old MS-DOS games that can now be played on your browser. Even if you don’t play any of them, it’s… Continue Reading
Looking back on it – it wasn’t how I thought it was. I think I just kind of drifted unawares into my career choice. The randomness of an intern acceptance progress. What my friends were doing. During all of my… Continue Reading
A form of love that doesn’t really love the individual where they are, but insists on a transformation to become more like the lover doesn’t really seem like love to me. Christians can appear to be saying “I love you,… Continue Reading
It’s just a ride, it’s just a ride. Don’t take life too seriously…
Note to self: do not read the Stoic philosophers when you have a hangover.
Sometimes when taking a walk with headphones on having a moment with Bruce Springsteen is about as good a spiritual experience as any I can imagine.
We begin our faith as children looking to their parent. God is flawless, always looking out for us and all things will work out well in the end – if we just have faith. Some believers become teenagers. Rebelling against… Continue Reading
From the Onion… Describing himself as “terribly exhausted,” famed linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky said Monday that he was taking a break from combating the hegemony of the American imperialist machine to try and take it easy for once.… Continue Reading
A thoughtful piece on how action movies have given in to Chaos Choreography. “The Wolverine” is many things—another piece of Marvel’s big-screen superhero puzzle, a sturdy vehicle for Hugh Jackman’s soulful ferocity, a moderately gripping fish-out-of-water story of self-discovery and… Continue Reading
“Different authors have different points of view. You can’t just say, ‘I believe in the Bible.” ― Bart D. Ehrman
I’m sympathetic to the postmodern/postChristian movement and I’m sympathetic generally to socially liberal causes, but I can’t bring myself to join any of the groups that go along with it. I’ve always been uncomfortable with labels – I feel they… Continue Reading
On the advice of Tyler Cowen, I’ve decided to adopt a regret minimization heuristic.
EconTalk is ostensibly a 1 hour weekly podcast on Economics… but it is really more about life. And after an uncomfortable conversation with a more conservative believer, a friend of mine recommended I give Arnold Kling’s viewpoint a try. There… Continue Reading
From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal:
From Tyler Cowen, as applicable to spirituality as it is to economic We are the Ambivalents, unable not to see both sides of the argument, frozen in the no-man’s land between armies of true believers. We cannot speak our name, because… Continue Reading
‘We are honoured to be invited by the Machine to submit our opinions and preferences. We give in to the pressure to categorize data and join the swarms of ‘collective intelligence.’ Donate your wisdom to the crowds. We are invited… Continue Reading
Some people are called to have a close personal relationship with God. Maybe for others, that never happens. Maybe their path is never to have that kind of intimacy and confidence with this version of God that you have. Maybe… Continue Reading
I don’t think I’ve ever been quite as theologically gutted by a show as the Walking Dead. Whether it is a character praying for a sign from God and being answered by having their child taken from them, or whether… Continue Reading
“The Way that can be spoken is not the Way.” ~ Tao te Ching
“Never trust a millionaire who quotes the Sermon on the Mount. I used to think I was not like them, But I am beginning to have my doubts” ~ Arcade Fire
As you may have figured out its getting harder and harder for me to post on here. This isn’t the “life is busy” excuse. I have often felt hypocritical on here and I think my decade long “dark night of… Continue Reading
“We were worried about your personal salvation… was it heaven or hell that you saw when your eyes closed? You smiled at us floating high above the question like you knew something we didn’t know.”* Our spiritual interventions ended up… Continue Reading
Pascal is famous for a quote about there being a God-shaped hole in the heart of each us. But I’ve been thinking about what we do to God to make him fit inside that hole. Do we cut off the… Continue Reading
In a nod to the “religious uses of modern atheism” school the team at iKon have a novel twist on this season of Lent. Instead of giving up something like chocolate or alcohol – the idea is to experience a spiritual desert… Continue Reading
Mitchell on why watching Andy Murray may or may not give you an insight into the pursuit of pleasure as a basic philosophy of life.
Soul Asylum’s Runaway Train was a hit over twenty years ago. I never thought getting old would happen so quickly… Every now and again that kind of thing hits you. Like how Marty McFly would be pushing fifty about now.
“I don’t know… only away from here, away from here. Always away from here. Only by doing so can I reach my destination.” “So you know your destination?” “Yes. I have already said so. Away-from-here. That is my destination.”
“No religion is gonna cure you of your pain How much have you changed? No, you’re still the same…” ~ Joseph Arthur For every one teenager raised up on unscientific tales of creation who loses his faith when he… Continue Reading