Gramma goes to college…

December 25, 2013

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Originally posted on The Trouble With Science:
It’s muddy and slippery standing by the open grave. My tall skinny husband tries sheltering  my grandmother and me under an umbrella with a broken strut so it droops and drips on one side. I can feel the wet seeping through the thin soles of my best shoes…

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March 14, 2013

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Originally posted on The Trouble With Science:
Fig 1 Hitchens Jenny: “If I’m going to learn about atheism who should I read?” Peter: ” Why waste your time, they’re just as biased as the religious extremists.” Professor Wiggle: ” Dawkins and Dennett are both smart, but Chris Hithens is smarter. He remembers what other big…

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The Believing Brain #3

February 11, 2012

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Shermers basic assumption is that the brain is a believe-making machine that automatically identifies, or constructs, patterns in the flow of experience – I don’t see why religious  believers or scientists should have trouble with this. The true believers ‘see’ their trusted patterns as generated by “God”, and most of the scientists see their trusted […]

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The Believing Brain #2

February 9, 2012

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Michael Shermer’s The Believing Brain is worth a read. He makes the point that the brain is a ‘believing machine’, and acknowledges that many or most of our truths are constructions of the believing brain that may have little or no relationship to ‘reality’. He notes that our brains are the most complex and sophisticated […]

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The believing brain

February 5, 2012

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In a new book, The Believing Brain, Micheal Shermer says: “We form our beliefs for a variety of subjective, personal, emotional, and psychological reasons in the context of environments created by family, friends, colleagues, culture, and society at large; after forming our beliefs we then defend, justify, and rationalize them with a host of intellectual […]

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Choosing futures #5

February 2, 2012

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We ended the last post with a bit of folklore (where there’s a will there’s a way) And yet the previous posts seemed to discount the power of will or “will power” or resolutions – for example New Years Resolutions. Instead we proposed that when the iron is hot (when you’re hurting enough) throw an […]

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Choosing your futures #4

January 30, 2012

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So far we’ve talked about throwing an anchor into the future – an anchor strong enough to hold firm as you pull yourself forward on the anchor line against strong currents going in other directions. But maybe some  currents are flowing in the direction you want to go. – Certainly that’s the case for those […]

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