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From tinkering to “nevers” to chaos...

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 12/16/2019 - 07:05

The title of this reflection is, in part, inspired by what Wikipedia refers to as "a feat of smooth and ruthless efficiency", the historic "double play" action of infield basemen of the 1906-1910 Chicago Cubs that also inspired a short poem, entitled "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," also known as "Tinker to Evers to Chance", by Franklin P. Adams. (See Baseball's Sad Lexicon.)

Not with a bang?

Submitted by frlarry on Fri, 06/28/2019 - 11:45

Although I have yet to take much interest in the debates, I've gotten the impression the Democratic candidates this year are engaged in a bidding war. Bright, shiny voting blocks are up for bid. Which candidate will promise the most free stuff? Will any of these voting blocks consider the deep questions of funding, or will they just be impressed by all the Monopoly money on the table?

Is the Pope a globalist?

Submitted by frlarry on Thu, 04/04/2019 - 09:59

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.")

Sham Rock of Ages

Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 03/09/2019 - 10:21

St. Patrick (whose feast day, March 17, happens to fall on a Sunday - the 2nd Sunday of Lent - this year) is known for converting the Irish people from paganism to Christianity. In his effort to do so, he chose the shamrock as an image of the Trinity. How curious it is, then, that Satan has chosen to beguile us with a variety of shams intended to turn us away from the path of true faith, to present us with, as it were, a sham rock of ages.

Alluding to Daniel 2:34-35, Jesus declared to Simon (see Matthew 16:17-20)…

Celebration in New York

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 01/23/2019 - 14:34

The Cuomo bill (now a law) in New York is, from the "progressive" perspective, an effort to protect what the majority in their legislature regard as a human right - the right to kill the child in the womb. They recognize that the "Roe v. Wade" and "Doe v. Bolton" decisions were decided on specious grounds and would soon be overturned by a Supreme Court that actually respects the Constitution.

On the use of AI for marketing and nudging.

Submitted by frlarry on Fri, 01/04/2019 - 16:19

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.

Is scientific morality possible?

Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 11/03/2018 - 14:16

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.