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The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert | Notes & Review

June 29, 2015

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Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith. Crown & Covenant Publications, 2012. (2775 Locations, Kindle edition) Foreword From our early acquaintance, I recognized that our new friend feared no topic, spoke her mind in clear terms, and opened her heart as well as her thoughts. […]

Obergefell v. Hodges | Highlights, Reflections, and Commentary

June 26, 2015

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In the quest to be well-educated on issues, to speak with an informed mind, to engage with a humble spirit, it is important to go to the original sources. Here is my original source work. Below are excerpts from my highlights, with reflections interwoven, and concluding commentary. Syllabus These new insights have strengthened, not weakened, […]

TED | Lee Mokobe: A powerful poem about what it feels like to be transgender

June 23, 2015

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The first time I uttered a prayer was in a glass-stained cathedral. I was kneeling long after the congregation was on its feet, dip both hands into holy water, trace the trinity across my chest, my tiny body drooping like a question mark all over the wooden pew. I asked Jesus to fix me, and […]

TED | Tony Fadell: The first secret of design is … noticing

June 23, 2015

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In the great 1980s movie “The Blues Brothers,” there’s a scene where John Belushi goes to visit Dan Aykroyd in his apartment in Chicago for the very first time. It’s a cramped, tiny space and it’s just three feet away from the train tracks. As John sits on Dan’s bed, a train goes rushing by, […]

TED | Bill Gross: The single biggest reason why startups succeed

June 7, 2015

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I’m really excited to share with you some findings that really surprise me about what makes companies succeed the most, what factors actually matter the most for startup success. 0:24 I believe that the startup organization is one of the greatest forms to make the world a better place. If you take a group of […]

TED | Laura Schulz: The surprisingly logical minds of babies

June 7, 2015

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Mark Twain summed up what I take to be one of the fundamental problems of cognitive science with a single witticism. He said, “There’s something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment in fact.” 0:31 Twain meant it as a joke, of course, but he’s right: […]