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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 […]

David Christian: The History of our world in 18 minutes | Transcript & Highlights

May 3, 2018

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First, a video. Yes, it is a scrambled egg. But as you look at it, I hope you’ll begin to feel just slightly uneasy.Because you may notice that what’s actually happening is that the egg is unscrambling itself. And you’ll now see the yolk and the white have separated. And now they’re going to be poured back into the egg. And we […]

League of Denial | Transcript

April 7, 2018

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League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis ANNOUNCER: Tonight on FRONTLINE, the epic story of football’s concussion crisis. HARRY CARSON, Author, Captain For Life: These players come down with dementia. ANNOUNCER: A major FRONTLINE investigation of what the NFL knew and when it knew it. STEVE FAINARU, FRONTLINE/ESPN: The level of denial was just profound. BETH WILKINSON, NFL’s Attorney: We […]

The Mind Of God | Review & Notes

November 18, 2017

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Dr. Jay Lombard. The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and A Search for the Soul. Harmony Books, 2017. (197 pages) REVIEW In sum, I haven’t read a book in a long time of which I had so much appreciation, wonder, and disappointment at the same time. I will begin by saying this is really a beautiful […]