Beyond Reason


A Menagerie

Posted in News,Philosophy,Politics,Sports by Abigail on September 5, 2008

I love tennis. It is the only sport in which “thank you” means “shut up”. And – not surprisingly – I have watched too much of the U.S. Open.

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So, Sarah Palin. Her choice was a stroke of brilliance. Now both parties have novelty: Obama is black and Palin is female. And she’s substanially more interesting than McCain. Which is probably not too hard to do.

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Here’s a question I’ve been kicking around: assuming macro evolution to be true, why should I think evolution is over? The significance of the question should be obvious: if evolution is not over, then I – and, more importantly, my thinking ability – is still evolving. What if I evolve to the point where I realize evolution isn’t true?! So, that’s a nonseical question but I think it makes my point. If my reasoning ability has evolved, and if evolution isn’t actually finished, then I have no grounds for thinking that evolution, or – better yet – anything, is true. I’m sure someone, somewhere has addressed why we can 1) believe the process has ended so that 2) we can believe our own thoughts. But, I’ve never heard this issue addressed and am curious to hear that reason. (For the record, the same difficulty applies to those on the opposite side of the fence – it just has an entirely different twist.)

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Random TidBit (to complete my extremely random post above): If you ever need a definition of a term, Google has a nice service. I just looked up the word “menagerie” to make sure it’s what I wanted. In their search field, type define: menagerie AND… tada – you get a whole host of responses, which is really what you want to begin with. That’s better than a dictionary, because here we have greater variety and usage, wider connotation, and – perhaps the best – current results.

Two Predictions

Posted in Personal,Politics,Sports by Abigail on June 6, 2008

I have two predictions. One, Roger Federer will win the French Open for the first time, on Sunday, and Nadal will lose it for the first time in four years.

And two, Obama will not pick Hillary for his running mate. Of course not! He can’t. She begged for it too much. He would then be acquiescing to her not so quiet or subtle commands instead of making his own presidential decisions. She should have kept quiet, in my not so humble opinion.

And, really I’ve got three predictions: McCain will not last against Obama. I think we’re going to have our first black president! Which is exciting. Except that I get the idea that I agree with almost none of his policies. That is unfortunate.

Why would I predict? Well, I’ve decided blogging is like making a catalog of your own errors. You’ve archived, for the world, the things you’ve said wrong. So I thought I’d just make it worse! 🙂 You know, when you talk to people, they forget half of what you say, including your errors. When you write it, well, man, it’s searchable, archivable, googlable, and public for the world! Why am I blogging?

So, we’ll see. Fed’s the man. He better win!

Huckabee

Posted in Politics by Abigail on January 2, 2008

So I saw Mike Huckabee on television this morning and all I have to say is this: he’s very well spoken. It’s impressive and refreshing! And unfortunately rare. He may not have Romney’s good looks or money, McCain’s war-hero status, or Guliani’s “proven” track record, but being well spoken is an advantage hard to overstate. This race will be interesting.

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At some point in the near future, I plan to get my act together and post regularly. In the meantime, if you like philosophy and controversy, I recommend Dangerous Idea.

A Christian Theory of Politics

Posted in Politics by Abigail on February 13, 2007

Well, I don’t have one to offer, but, Steve H does! (Brown-haired Steve H.)

Check out the last comment on this page.

Thanks Steve for your thoughts! I do have a response but I’m not finished thinking yet. Actually, there is one I can state now: I am not as convinced as you are that it is good to separate morality from government. Why? Very simply, I don’t think it’s possible (or preferable). But, I will elaborate later (and maybe I’m misunderstanding you).

While we’re on the subect of politics, is there any particular topic anyone wants to discuss? Thanks Steve for your response! Always appreciate what you’ve got to say!


All right – update – I’ve copied Steve’s original comments into a comment below and  also responded below. Any more thoughts are welcome!

The Great Bane of our Time: Walmart

Posted in Politics by Abigail on January 11, 2007

I had posted a bit about Walmart because I’m curious to understand the contorversy. Steve P has some good comments below. I might post again when/if I understand the controversy better. It’s interesting. (I pulled what I had here ’cause I thought it was way over the top. So, censoring myself again!)