Levels of belief

October 12, 2016 (Kampala): Sometimes people ask about one's beliefs, but usually 'belief' is taken to mean a concrete certainty. Philip Clayton offers, instead, a typology of belief: S = subject    P = proposition   RCE = relevant community of experts 1) S believes P and believes P is endorsed by the RCE. 2) S believes P …

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Narcissism unveiled

October 6, 2016 (Kampala): Wow, so I've been reading up on narcissism after my friend J.W. mentioned that Donald Trump shows signs of classic narcissistic personality disorder. It has now become clear that X.Y. [a colleague of mine] is also classically narcissistic. The list of symptoms describes him to a 't' (in his negative traits): …

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Heal the human

October 5, 2016 (Kampala): It struck me yesterday while reading The Whole-Brained Child that the universe is like a brain. Both the cosmos and the brain are composed of innumerable interconnected networks of individual entities interacting in holarchical systems. In both, there is what I could call the logopneumatic unity: 1) In the brain, primal …

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The Johannine equation

September 16, 2016 (Kampala): The last couple of days I've been reading a lot about the λóγος from articles I've downloaded from the internet. A picture is forming in my mind. It looks like the usage of λóγος in John's prologue is not immediately clarified by looking at the normal, non-philosophical uses of the root …

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Cultivating perfection

September 3, 2016 (Kampala): It's been a year since I've even thought about starting a school in Ikland. But for some reason on this morning, after waking up miserably at 5:00, the vision came back to me. It was sparked by what I read from David Fideler this morning, that "humanity has a special role …

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The seed itself

August 20, 2016 (Kampala): I just finished reading Out of the Silent Planet, the first in C.S. Lewis's space trilogy. I think the main point he's driving at in the book is that the spirit world is real and alive, in some ways more real than the material world. With its vivid sensory description of …

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Cap on the geyser

August 19, 2016 (Kampala): It's Friday: a sort of d-day for our family, the last day we could conceivably go to the embassy to pick up our visas that would allow us all to travel in time for me to be at FSU by Tuesday morning. Last night, before bed, Amber and I watched the …

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Choosing the unchosen

August 18, 2016 (Kampala): Yesterday I was paralyzed by our ambiguity. I spent much of the day just working in the kitchen and watching TV documentaries. But toward late afternoon, I detected a subtle shift within me. I began to operate as if attending FSU this fall is out of the question and we are …

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Life is absurd

August 16, 2016 (Kampala): At church on Sunday, we had as a guest speaker the American Bob Kilpatrick, author of the song "In my life, Lord, be glorifed." He wove short admonitions between various songs he led us in. One thing he reminded us of was that 'life is absurd.' I think I interpret that …

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Linguistic cosmology

August 11, 2016 (Kampala): Let me try to express - at this moment just prior to our departure from East Africa - what I now envision as the next permutation of the my life's work: Ultimately, I want to help, to do my unique part in 'building the Kingdom of God', 'bringing heaven to earth' …

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