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Forerunners of things to come...

Is the Pope a globalist?

It has been alleged that the Pope is a globalist. I believe the person who declared this incorrectly derived this notion from the fact that the Catholic Church is, by definition and by history, the universal (meaning world-wide) Church. (As it says in the Creed, the Church is "One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.")

On the use of AI for marketing and nudging.

There was a game show in the 50s that was called "What's My Line?" The format involved a panel asking a guest questions (like the game of twenty questions, beginning "Is it bigger than a breadbox?") to help narrow down the field of operation, etc. Guests almost always had an unusual line of work. You can get a more detailed sense of how it went by checking out the YouTube channel with its episodes. That, however, is not what this post is mainly about.

Why did God give us Kudzu? (Part 2: Cancer)

(See Part 1.) Continuing with my interpretation of why God afflicts us with plagues, even though we're not living in ancient Egypt and we haven't enslaved the Hebrews…

A perfect storm of evil, yet good will ultimately triumph.

When we think about the darkening currents of history, we should reflect upon the following:

On the postmodern hubris of meta-level thinking

Ever since computer games developed significantly beyond the PACMAN stage, and imagined realities took on three dimensions and other attention absorbing features, our inveterate game players have come to think of reality itself as a kind of programmed virtual reality, and, as such, that it could be reprogrammed. This may strike someone who entered adulthood before PACMAN went viral as delusoinal. Reality, we might say, is a given. Our capacity to shape reality is very limited, and subject to unforeseen consequences. We might even wonder at the sanity or the cluelessness that this almost godlike attitude seems to imply.

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