"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
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
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?
As I indicated in my previous post, we are badly in need of a new religion. Religion is not inherently bad, yet the fact that any of them promote guilt and fear, work to limit medical advances, oppress women, or abuse children should offend us. We cannot tolerate such aggregate antisocial behavior, but doing good … Continue reading New Religion for an Old Earth
What we need is a new religion. You may be surprised to hear me say that, since I have been known to be critical of many religious practices. I have always said, however, that religion itself is not the problem. The problem is that religions tend to be disconnected from real life. To have faith … Continue reading More Religion – Bring It On!