Fire in the mind

February 16, 2016 (Kampala): George Johnson writes, in his book Fire in the Mind: "Whether there is hope of converging asymptotically on something called truth depends on whether you believe, like Plato, that mathematics and natural laws exist in and of themselves on some ethereal plane, or whether you believe they are human inventions at …

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The Listener

January 27, 2016 (Timu): Yesterday was quite a day. My dictionary guys came, and we had a good session. I got some lovely new words: technical, culturally highly significant, and likely very ancient. For example, /b'ej'ékù-/, 'white ants that fly late in the season', or /wàsò-/, 'the stick that's bent over as the spring in …

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Deeper magic

January 4, 2016 (Timu): John Polkinghorne writes in his book One World: "On this view [that miracles can be likened to a 'phase change' in physics, e.g. the move from ordinary conduction in metals to superconductivity], as in the Fourth Gospel, miracles are seen, not as celestial conjuring tricks, but as signs, insights into a …

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Divine science

July 8, 2015, in Kampala, Uganda: De Caussade: "No one becomes learned in the science of God either by the reading of books, or by the inquisitive investigation of history. The science that is acquired by such means is vain and confused, producing much pride. That which instructs us is what happens from one moment …

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Spiritual science

June 21, 2015: Christ is in the world, and because of that, science is a spiritual, religious, eminently Christian endeavor. For some years, I harbored some guilt for not wanting to do such an ostensibly spiritual activity as Bible translation, preferring instead the allegedly unspiritual activity of linguistic science. But God has been showing me …

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