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TED | Kai-Fu Lee: How AI Can Save Our Humanity (Transcript & Reflections)

January 18, 2019

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I’m going to talk about how AI and mankind can coexist, but first, we have to rethink about our human values. So let me first make a confession about my errors in my values. It was 11 o’clock, December 16, 1991. I was about to become a father for the first time. My wife, Shen-Ling, […]

The Myth of Certainty | Reflections & Notes

January 9, 2019

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Daniel Taylor. The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian & The Risk of Commitment. InterVarsity Press, 1992. (158 pages) MYTH-excerpt-pdfs-copy REFLECTIONS There is no other book I’ve read that has captured my spiritual journey and process as clearly as this one. I have long eschewed perennially identifying with titles such as “Evangelical,” “Christian,” or even “Spiritual.” […]

Finite and Infinite Games | Notes

December 2, 2018

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James P. Carse. Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility. Ballantine Books, 1986. (180 pages) The rules of the finite games may not change; the rules of an infinite game must change. Finite players play within boundaries; infinite players play with boundaries. Finite players are serious; infinite games are playful. A finite player […]

Why Buddhism Is True | Review & Notes

October 13, 2018

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Robert Wright. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Simon & Schuster, 2017. (321 pages) REVIEW There still exists in some fundamental circles a fight for the validity of one’s religion over another. This “apologetic” ethic is quite lacking precisely because those approaches are usually more about “defending” one’s religion rather than “explaining” […]

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

September 30, 2018

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Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no further than Harari. While his previous two books–Sapiens and Homo Deus—looked to the past and the […]

Enlightenment Now | Critical Reflections, Critical Reviews, & Notes

September 22, 2018

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Steven Pinker. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Penguin Random House, 2018. (556 pages) CRITICAL REFLECTIONS There are several possible approaches to the dilemma of this juncture in human history. Some panic. Some celebrate. Some hope and believe. Some simply ignore and go on about their lives. Most do a combination of […]

Rocks of Ages | Reflections & Notes

June 27, 2018

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Stephen Jay Gould. Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life. The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1999. (241 pages) Reflections I have been perplexed at the disdain that many have towards Gould’s construction of NOMA. As such, I may open myself up to considerable criticism for confessing that NOMA is a philosophy to which […]