End of the Month Links: August

Ugh! Nothing on TV, time to Netflix binge!

Here are 6 of one or half-dozen of another posts I have found around the web (or are sent to me) that I have found interesting, funny, insightful, or thoughtful:

Reading Sideways: How Fiction Helps Us Navigate the Maze of Tragedy

Using the power of story to help us face those moments that we all will face.

Excerpt: “We would do well to remember that the maze we find ourselves in now has a Master, that He designed our path with careful patterns and reiterations of His truths. To engage good and truthful stories about human nature is to engage His good work, to watch His kingdom appear parallel to our own broken world.

The Flying Spaghetti…Yahweh?

It’s time to retire this tired and silly argument. Elijah T does a good job of that.

Excerpt: “Notice that this silly analogy is nothing more than a dismissal of the evidence for God’s existence. But that’s actually the least heinous of their intellectual crimes. Even if theism is false and God does not exist, the FSM would be a really bad parody..”

We don’t understand AI because we don’t understand intelligence

This is something that my computer science friends who are counting down the days until the ‘singularity’ need to read. Note: J.P. Moreland has spoken on this… Intelligence and consciousness is part of the soul.

Excerpt: “Our understanding of technology may be advancing at an ever-accelerating rate, but our knowledge of these more vague concepts — intelligence, consciousness, what the human mind even is — remains in a ridiculously infantile stage. Technology may be poised to usher in an era of computer-based humanity, but neuroscience, psychology and philosophy are not. They’re universes away from even landing on technology’s planet, and these gaps in knowledge will surely drag down the projected AI timeline. Most experts who study the brain and mind generally agree on at least two things: We do not know, concretely and unanimously, what intelligence is. And we do not know what consciousness is.”

5 Reasons We Should Not Always Do What Feels Right

Don’t listen to most advice in movies, and don’t take the advice by Obi-Wan.

Excerpt: “One of my favorite characters, Obi-Wan Kenobi, tells Luke Skywalker something that strikes a very familiar chord in our society: ” You must do what you feel is right, of course” I think most people would agree with this Jedi’s advice. If it feels good, then it is good. If we like it, it must be right. But the Bible gives us at least a few reasons to doubt this poor recommendation. Here are five reasons why we shouldn’t listen to Obi-Wan when it comes to the Christian faith and our decisions in life:”

Is atheism a religion? Not nearly as much as the Super Bowl

The lack of community has the atheists worried about the lifespan of their worldview.

Excerpt: “The rise of atheism is a result of our distracted loves. Our hearts, our bodies, our marking of time are engaged in the liturgies of sports, of the nation, of the market, of the entertainment media. If we’re honest with ourselves, we Christians often find ourselves bound together with atheists around these common loves, sometimes more so than we are bound to one another or bound to Christ. So as we mark the most holy day in the American sports liturgical year, perhaps Christians ought to worry less about Richard Dawkins and more about Roger Goodell.”

Get Your Board Game Motivation Profile

If you like board games like I do then here is what kind of person you are: a person who finds profiles to what kind of game mentality they are.



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