disability

Some disconnected thoughts re disability: If Dawkins is right that she is blind, pitiless indifference, then Nature knows nothing: in particular, the difference between ability and disability. Nature also does not distinguish between ‘successful’ species and ‘failed’ (extinct) ones; or between anything… this successful species and that successful species… this or that anything… between self… Continue reading disability

religion

Some different senses of the word/concept ‘religion’: Like a bellybutton: a basic and unifying characteristic of humanity – we are all ‘religious’ in the broadest sense.  We all have a worldview, beliefs and values which inform and shape the way we live our lives. Like a band: a particular and distinguishing characteristic of a group… Continue reading religion

technology

Listening today to the NewstalkZB discussion of youth vandalism (which relate to my recent post) and the Pike River mining incident (29 miners trapped in a complex and multi-faceted situation). Yet again, we see that technology is neither good nor bad. If it’s good things we’re aiming to do, technology aids and strengthens our efforts. … Continue reading technology

suicide

((from the one source I’ve not quoted in my essay on evolution and the fall – yet…)) “In man, part of the world has become conscious of itself and consciously responds to its surroundings; in man a new mode of interaction in the world is introduced. Oddly, however, this product of evolution, unlike any other,… Continue reading suicide

humane sex

Conversations about sexual ethics often are had without reference to assumed/unstated/unconsidered ideas about: (in particular) goals for human(e) sexual acts – ‘what is the telos (end, goal, purpose) of human sexuality?’ (i.e. ‘what is sex for?’) and (in general) the relationship between sexual acts and being a human – ‘what is the relationship between sexual… Continue reading humane sex

india: different

So I should probably post about my recent trip to India. I could give a ‘what we got up to’ report of the work our team did (some still over – some still yet to go) on the new Freeset T-shirts building.  But we didn’t only go as labourers – we went to observe as… Continue reading india: different

teleology & ethics

The word ‘teleology’ (from Greek τελος ‘telos’ – meaning ‘goal’, ‘end’, ‘purpose’ or ‘that toward which things tend’) is not a street-level term.  However, the concept of a purpose, goal, function or ‘end’ to things most certainly is.  It’s a common as anything.  Teleology is blindingly relevant.

pro-life atheists

In a very interesting find, this is a site of atheists (and agnostics) who are pro-life. I think their arguments are (mostly) excellent, though of course it would be interesting to a) see how non-pro-life atheists would respond to them, and b) converse with them concerning things like how they determine (judge/establish/discover) the nature of… Continue reading pro-life atheists