Posts Tagged ‘heaven’

On “Knowing”

Monday, December 21st, 2009

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” –Paul

“The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.” –Ezekiel

(SPOILERS AHEAD) I just watched the recent Proyas film Knowing again with my seven-year-old son, Hal.  Within the first 30 minutes, prior to any big-scale CGI destruction, he had it pegged as a sci-fi film, and the strange men in black coats as aliens.  Later, at the first mention of solar flares, he predicted that humanity would have to go underground to survive.  A few minutes thereafter, and well ahead of the big reveal, he spoke up again saying that the whispering aliens were moving to save a select few breeding pairs to take to a safer planet.  How Hal followed the movie so closely, says nothing of the plot’s originality (it is quite original), but much about my son, and much about the mood and logic of the time he was born into.  As the film’s final shot faded, my son sighed, “I LOVE THIS MOVIE.”  The feeling’s mutual. (more…)

Recipe for Heaven Pt 2: Steps

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

“Their skulls are full of electronic chips instead of brains,” I said.”Maybe they’re immortal,” Fat said.”…They can travel backward in time.”

–Philip K. Dick, VALIS

RECIPE FOR HEAVEN

Pt 2: Steps

Step 1:  You’re going to want to set up your heaven’s space first before you start adding souls to it.  This means getting out your solutions to suffering, your solutions to spacetime limitations on populations, and your transcendental bodies.  Fold these together in an infinitely expandable mixing bowl and set aside. (more…)

Recipe for Heaven Pt 1: Ingredients

Friday, September 19th, 2008

“When I’m at the pearly gates
This will be on my videotape, my videotape
Mephistopheles is just beneath
and he’s reaching up to grab me

This is one for the good days
and i have it all here
In red, blue, green
Red, blue, green”  — Radiohead, “Videotape”

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What’s Memetics, Game Theory, Free Will, and Transfinite Math Got to Do with It?

Monday, August 18th, 2008

“What’s love got to do, got to do with it? What’s love, but a sweet old-fashioned notion?” –Tina Turner

I’ve previously spent a lot of digital ink exploring the nature of love. And I’m fairly confident that most of what I wrote holds together and offers a nucleus of wisdom or ethical knowledge, with a platinum and golden rule at the core. But humanity has been discussing the nature of love for millennia; the real task seems, to me, not just to establish a firm and credible and inspiring sense of what love is, but also to establish some firm theoretical connection between this wisdom and the realm of hard science and analysis and math. (more…)

Harmony & Diversity: Joy, Collective Love, and the Two Ends of Love

Monday, April 28th, 2008

“Joy is the serious business of heaven.” –C.S. “Not Carl” Lewis

“There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” –Jesus “Not Quintana” Christ (more…)

I & Thou: Wisdom, Interpersonal Love, and the Two Roles of Love

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” –Jesus “Not Quintana” Christ (more…)

Why God Why

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

“I went with nothing
But the thought you’d be there too,
looking for me.”

–Johnny Cash, “The Wanderer”

If the garden of Eden tale means anything to me, it means that human beings are not at home in the natural scheme they’re born into. The world as it is, is inhospitable, and to survive we must imagine worlds other than the one we’re in, and weigh them, and then work toward them. (more…)