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His Majesty on democracy

December 13th, 2017 by Vader

None of us is as dumb as all of us.

I realize this is not original with His Majesty, but he’s been repeating it a lot lately.

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December 13th, 2017 20:51:34

Regarding #metoo

December 12th, 2017 by Vader

I live in an area that has a lot of conifer forest.

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December 12th, 2017 19:26:16

Whither the Sociality?  Part 2.

November 24th, 2017 by Bookslinger

(Part 1 here.)  I found this book in the $.75 bin at Goodwill.  This Land of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics, and Faith.   By Robert E. Hall.  $17.50 new at Amazon.  $6 used, including shipping. (G.: pray about whether you should get this.  I’m going to give this to our EQ president.)

Chapters one through ten describe the problem.  Chapters 11 and 12 describe, in general terms, what some organizations are doing.  Chapter 13 describes, in very general terms, what can be done, or should be done.

If you already understand how human relationships — family, work, faith, politics — have gone to heck in our society, you can skip directly to chapter 11, or to chapter 13 if you want the distillation of it all.  (G: go right to chapter 13.) (more…)

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November 24th, 2017 22:13:47

Chastity and Healthy Sexuality

October 13th, 2017 by G.

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October 13th, 2017 05:15:46

The Daring Beaver

August 25th, 2017 by G.

A wandering beaver saw the California redwoods on his left hand and the Pacific Ocean on his right. “At last,” he said, ” I shall build a dam worthy of my ambition!”

Moral: Lofty goals are no substitute for understanding.

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August 25th, 2017 05:38:17

You make your choice and you take your consequences

August 05th, 2017 by Vader

From a very old friend who is now an infectious diseases specialist:

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August 05th, 2017 19:17:01

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 7

July 18th, 2017 by Vader

In my last post, I proposed some axioms to guide legislators in formulatings laws that are likely establish civil liberty in a free society.

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July 18th, 2017 12:17:26

A Darn Tough Bullet to Chew

June 21st, 2017 by G.

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June 21st, 2017 14:51:16

Free ebook: Lost Skills of the 19th Century.

June 05th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Free for a day or so at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Skills-19th-Century-practical-ebook/dp/B06X93ZLHJ

This is in Kindle format. Free Kindle reading apps are available for Windows, ios, and Android.

The title struck me as very Junior Ganymede-ish.  The bit on how to cook a buffalo hump in the “traditional manner” sounded even Pecos Bill-ish.

This book contains mere snippets from a wide selection of free online source material.  Links are given to the full publications. Therefore it will be a multi-step process to get the particulars.

Yee-Haw, pardners.

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June 05th, 2017 17:06:19

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 5

June 04th, 2017 by Vader

In my last post, I digressed from the main thread of my exploration of the definition of freedom to explore some interesting aspects of schools as institutions that can promote or hinder the exercise of freedom. That side thread has generated some interesting discussion, and I mean to come back to it again. But, for now, I want to get back onto the main thread of my exploration.

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June 04th, 2017 14:40:56

Death and Glory

May 29th, 2017 by G.

This link between memory and prospection has emerged in research showing that people with damage to the brain’s medial temporal lobe lose memories of past experiences as well as the ability to construct rich and detailed simulations of the future. Similarly, studies of children’s development show that they’re not able to imagine future scenes until they’ve gained the ability to recall personal experiences, typically somewhere between the ages of 3 and 5.

-via Isegoria

Memorial Day is a day for looking backwards and honoring the dead. It also reminds us of our own death. In acknowledging the sacrifice of the dead, we remember our own foregone opportunities for sacrifice and wonder for what future sacrifices it is that God has prolonged our lives beyond theirs.

Memorial Day is about the dead and honor. Death and glory. A holiday more alien to the spirit of The Current Year is hard to imagine.

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May 29th, 2017 08:04:02

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 4

May 24th, 2017 by Vader

In the previous posts of this series, I developed a definition of freedom as the ability to make meaningful and consequential decisions; briefly discussed the three key concepts in this definition (ability, meaningfulness, and consequence); and described liberty as the set of social constructs we erect to sustain freedom.

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May 24th, 2017 14:44:16

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 3

May 15th, 2017 by Vader

In the first part of this series of posts, I proposed a definition of freedom as the ability to make meaningful and consequential choices. I offered some explanation of the three elements of this definition, namely: ability, meaningfulness, and consequence. In the second part of this series of posts, I reflected on the significance of freedom as a gift from God, pointed out that there is strong opposition to freedom, and described liberty as the set of social and legal constructs we are duty-bound to erect and sustain to protect and enhance freedom.

In this post, I will discuss some of the aspects of liberty that support the second element of freedom, namely, meaningfulness.

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May 15th, 2017 05:19:17

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 2

May 08th, 2017 by Vader

The first part of this series of posts proposed a definition of freedom: Freedom is the ability to make meaningful and consequential choices. There I suggested that ability implied a free will, understood as a first cause capable of initiating new causal chains. Meaningful choices are ones which can be made rationally between distinguishable alternatives. Consequential choices are ones that have lasting significance. I further proposed that, in the divine scheme of things, lasting significance implies an eternal Judgment of those choices. Reconciling these attributes of freedom with the omniscience, omnipotence, and benevolence of God requires that the causal chains generated by choices exist in a sphere significant to God, but in which He chooses not to exercise His full omnipotence, and which is bounded by His taking the causal chains arising from evil choices into Himself, in the person of the Son, via the Atonement.

In this post, I summarize my understanding of why freedom is a gift from an benevolent God, why it is precious, and  how this understanding informs our approach to liberty, here defined as the social and legal constructs that arise from our understanding of freedom and its worth.

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May 08th, 2017 05:15:20

Notes towards a definition of freedom

May 02nd, 2017 by Vader

A summary of my understanding of freedom and its problems, based in part on things I have long understood and in part on recent insights gained at this blog.

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May 02nd, 2017 13:19:13