Inspired Thoughts and from Famous Poems

Thomas Gray (in Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard) “Full many a gem of purest ray serene The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air.” My inspiration: Full many a place unseen by human eyes Marvelous interstellar space doth […]

Comments on Charles Taylor’s Comments

1. < To understand something you have to love it because understanding is never a completely disengaged stance but springs from inspiration.> I think I understand how light emerges from electronic transitions in atoms and how earthquakes result from tectonic buckling. I don’t know that I love either the electron or earthquakes. 2. <Reason is […]

Conversation on Dawkins et al.

<Michael Shermer, Michael Ruse, Eugenie Scott and others are probably right that contemptuous ridicule is not an expedient way to change the minds of those who are deeply religious.> Dawkins is too intelligent not to understand the thesis of the soft-talkers. So it is not surprising that he concedes, albeit probabilistically, that  they are right. […]

An Exchange on Haiti

Thanks for that deeply felt and carefully considered analysis, Jerald. I did read Brooks’ piece in the NYT, and agree with him (and you) on the general points you make. And here are some of my further thoughts on the matter. 1. <I gather from what Brooks says that compassion, charity and doing the Lord’s […]

On the Armstrong-Harris Debate

As often happens when two intelligent people debate both are right from their respective understandings/convictions/definitions of the issue they are debating, each impervious to the other’s perspective. To Sam Harris the word religion evokes witchcraft, cannibalism, superstition and such. It cannot be denied that these have been aspects of religion in the past, and still […]