Posts Tagged ‘humanity’

Charity Requires Relationship

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

If I give to my fellow human being, but do so involuntarily, he will eventually know.  If I give to my fellow human being, but do so to satisfy my own ego, seeing him only as a statistic or a project or an inferior or a stereotype or member of a group, he will eventually know. (more…)

Quantum Killing and Non-zero-sum Guilt

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

It’s usually through a thousand tiny cuts of reduced kindness (each one individually invisible to any but the most capital-G of Gods and the most conscientious and self-scrutinizing of saints) that a surplus workforce is driven from the fold and into the waiting arms of a war, prison, slave labor, insufficient medical care, or other population-control device.  (more…)

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…)

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…)

Odin’s Frican Balls: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Beowulf

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

The key to Robert Zemeckis’s recent film Beowulf is to understand that it’s an old man’s story. Not so much a story about an old man, as the sort of story an old man would want to tell the youngsters around him. And not a story told by just any old man, but by one with a great sense of humor, a great sense of regret, and a great memory of what it’s like to be young. (more…)

Spear It in the Sky: Pinning Down the Utility of the Term “Spirit”

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

“While we scoff at them, what we don’t realize is that these shamans, in speaking of ‘spirit,’ are using ‘spirit’ to describe a highly complex and technical reality, much the same way that physicists use the term ‘quark.’ ” –Terence McKenna, reconstructed from memory. (more…)

Quote Eco-Warrior Attacks Big Families Endquote

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

Dave Toschi: And man is the most dangerous animal of all?
Arthur Leigh Allen: That’s the whole point of the story. (more…)

The Frog Is Dead; Long Live the Frog!: A Meme/Gene Stress-Adaptive Model of Humor

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” –E. B. White (more…)

On Making Things in One’s Head Pt. 2 (Second Nature)

Friday, February 15th, 2008

In the Beginning was the Word, (more…)