Monthly Archives: June 2017

I am Converting

[Update Jan 2018: While the Orthodox tradition seems the most correct to me, the assumption isn’t central to my work. Take my choice for what it’s worth.] I seem to have been working toward a religious conversion with my blogging. It … Continue reading

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On Faith and Belief

It should be apparent by now that I am quite sympathetic to Christian tradition from a pragmatic perspective – it works. There’s a catch, though: it seems to fall apart without the metaphysics. Moreover, the tradition’s long-term stability may depend on … Continue reading

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Load-Bearing Beliefs

The concept of God does a lot of heavy lifting in Christianity. He knows all and punishes transgression, thus protecting you from temptation. He works in mysterious ways and visits the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the … Continue reading

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Tradition is Underrated

Finding good ideas would be much easier if we could run experiments on societies. Indoctrinate a group with a set of beliefs, isolate them in a small village, observe and record the results for a few generations. Too bad about the ethics, the expense … Continue reading

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Unintended Consequences: They’re Worse Than You Think

If we are blinded to the wrong patterns, millions die. This is what happens with communism: try it and you get famine and tyranny. Unfortunately the idea sounds so nice that people keep trying – with predictable results. My lesson here is not “Communism is bad” but a more … Continue reading

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Cause, Effect and Choice

No matter how confusing the world can seem, it is a lawful place. Everything happens for a reason, and every event affects what comes after. This includes our choices. They come from our mental state influenced by our personal history … Continue reading

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The Model that Said Too Much

My model of four types of ideas is more powerful than I expected – too powerful, in fact. Let me demonstrate. Pretty lies are easier to stomach than an ugly truth so convincing ideas are not necessarily good. Safe and easy life … Continue reading

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