"This world is not my home," says the old gospel song,* "I'm just a-passin' through." So is that right? Is this world real, or is it just a prelude to something else, something more real than what we call reality? Let's explore that concept. The Simulation Hypothesis. Suppose we make a computer dedicated to one … Continue reading This World is Home
There are two kinds of people: those who lie only when the occasion calls for it, and those who tell the truth only when it suits their purposes. Those who always tell the truth, no matter what, because that wins them the favor of a god, or their mother, or whatever, are in the latter … Continue reading Honesty
I just had an epiphany. You may be familiar with the "seven deadly sins," listed here for your convenience: Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Wrath, Greed, Sloth. Something has always bothered me about that list. It didn't seem balanced. It didn't seem complete. Something … I just couldn't put my finger on it. Then I saw a … Continue reading Abusing Power
I am going to lay all my cards on the table. I am a naturalist, which is to say that everything I have experienced and learned about suggests to me that the world is more or less as we perceive it, subject to our physical limitations. There doesn't appear to be a supernatural realm, filled … Continue reading Faith, Hope, and Reality
You may ask, "What is the difference between Real World Religion and, say, Pastafarianism?" The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster originated in 2005, with an open letter by Bobby Henderson to protest the Kansas State Board of Education decision to permit public schools to teach "intelligent design" alongside evolution. It has quickly evolved into … Continue reading Is This for Real?