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Historical background related to current issues and/or events.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., devoted his life to rectifying some of the worst evils in our society. By using tactics similar to those used by Mohandas K. Gandhi in his leadership of the Salt March, Dr. King was able to touch the conscience of America. In the process he inspired us to rethink the "separate but equal" fiction of the Plessy v. Ferguson decision of the Supreme Court, which found the Jim Crow laws to be constitutional

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.

On the Miracle of the Sun

The "Miracle of the Sun", experienced in Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917, has been reflected upon many times and by people far more illustrious than I. Yet, I cannot find anything on the Internet that speaks of a possible metaphorical significance or meaning to the event. Did the Blessed Virgin Mary provide a miracle with a lot of pizzazz, but no special meaning or significance?

Is scientific morality possible?

There is such a thing as natural theology, a theology that doesn't presume the truth of revealed scripture from any religious tradition. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle had interesting approximations (acknowledging that there are limits to what finite human beings can know about an infinite God) to a monotheistic concept of God that is as far above paganism as quantum physics is above Aristotle's concepts of motion, attraction, form and matter, etc.

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…

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