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Mirage

My beautiful image How I love you In your total unreality Filtered through A hundred lenses Of need and hope Guilded with dreams Moulded as a shield Against fear Against uncertainty Never undervalue Or underestimate The rarity of safety What precious lengths Can be called upon To secure this So precious jewel Was it offered…

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Getting on with it!!

Today, I am going to get on with all the trivial little things that make up my life. I’m not working today so I will tidy, sort the kids out make dinner, see a friend. I should probably be extremely grateful for the long list of people always ready to come and share a coffee…

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Watch The ‘Science Guy’ Implode

Bill Nye plays a smart guy on T.V.

He plays the role well enough that some people believe he’s an actual authority on all things ‘science’.

Here, Nye weighs in on one of my favorite topics, the existence of free will.

(By ‘weighs in’ I mean he says words after being asked about the topic.)

Hard core fans of Bill Nye probably didn’t notice that he never answers the question.

Instead, he furrows his brow and talks about brain scans.

So I am so compelled by these tests where they have brain scans going on, working real time, and then the subject is asked to make a choice. And they can see on the brain scan that the choice has already been made before the person is able to articulate it …

I’ll put this in layman’s terms for you Bill Nye fans:

“Hogwash.”

Is Nye looking at a brain scan or a crystal ball?

This is a brain scan.

 

You think Bill Nye can tell us what this brain is thinking?

I don’t.

And even if he COULD read these thoughts…

…it says NOTHING about free will.

So Nye says more science-sounding things.

So in other words if there really were absolutely no free will could you then predict what every single person in the universe or on Earth is going to do and where he or she will end up. And then furthermore can that not be influenced by some cosmic force or forces that we can’t assess? It could be. It just doesn’t seem reasonable.

For you Bill Nye fans, let me summarize:

“Bollocks.”

He has simply defined what it would mean if free will doesn’t exist.

Which wasn’t the question.

Then he explains that it “doesn’t seem reasonable” that there might exist “cosmic forces we can’t assess”.

Why is that unreasonable?

We can’t assess the forces inside our own heads (see brain scan above).

But Billy saved the funniest line for last:

I think much more reasonable is: our brains are complicated, and they got this big or as big as they are organically through evolution, with layer being added upon layer.
So our ability to choose is often confused. Our ability to make choices is often affected by the environment, by our experiences and by biochemistry, the shape of our brain. So I think the answer is clearly “some of each.”

Our brains are complicated!

That’s a profound insight, Science Guy.

Of course, evolution is the most reasonable explanation.

When Nye says “evolution” he means a cosmic force that we can’t assess.

Bear in mind that our ability to make choices is affected by environment, experiences, biochemistry and even the shape of our brains!

So clearly the answer to whether or not we have free will is…

…some of each.

Brilliant.

No wonder atheists are so smug.

It’s Up To Us

It’s Up To Us

The Pharisees came forward and began
to argue with Jesus. They were looking for
some heavenly sign from him as a test.

Mark 8:11

I admit to lots of anger over the suffering of those I’ve been given to love. Whether they are my own family members or children starving to death half a world away, I find it difficult to accept that there actually is nothing I can do to help. On these occasions, I…

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An Open Letter: To those that Republicans being offended by the vulgarity of Donald Trump

An Open Letter: To those that Republicans being offended by the vulgarity of Donald Trump

First off let’s get this straight from the beginning. I have not nor will I ever be a supporter of Donald Trump.

This open letter is to address those that are now thinking of rejecting Trump for president.

This worldly man has been this way the entire time and you are just now publicly seeing the truth. This is the “October surprise” from the Democratic Party.

If this is the best they can come up…

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Does Eating Differently Than Others Bother You?

Does Eating Differently Than Others Bother You?

If you have modified your diet (for improved health or religion or self-discipline) for any length of time, you might feel like the woman in this illustration–sad and lonely, and left out of the lunch time fun that the other ladies seem to be sharing.

The above illustration exaggerates this idea, but it does bring up the interesting subject of feeling like your life will not be any fun if you…

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What Do You Read to Learn about Health?

What Do You Read to Learn about Health?

Do you read books, or blogs, or magazines to learn about health?

There are thousands (make that millions) of books and articles that discuss health.  From nutrition, to fitness, to diets, to personal care, mental care, home care–you can find anything you are looking for if you just search.

It can be a little overwhelming sifting though all of the information available to us today, but it is also…

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Self Acceptance Is Your Choice Today

Self Acceptance Is Your Choice Today

A common misconception about accepting yourself is that if you do, you will become lazy and never achieve any of your goals.

This isn’t true.

I read about accepting myself, exactly as I was and where I was at in life, a few years ago.  The idea seemed simple, but it was very threatening.

It seemed simple because all self acceptance required was a decisionto stop rejecting myself. It didn’t…

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