We've all done it. We've inspired a facepalm with a thinking malfunction. But there are ways to minimize facepalms (and worse). Follow these tips to keep your brain out of autopilot, and you'll see improvement in every area of life. Because thinking is kinda important. THINKING TIP 1 Make the effort. Arguably, the number one … Continue reading Five ways to sharpen your thinking skills
You’re driving on a remote road and approach a bus stop. Three people are waiting: the man/woman of your dreams, an old friend who once saved your life, and an elderly woman who is sick. You have room in your car for only one passenger. What do you do? What is good science? Is the … Continue reading We’re not zombies, but we need your brain
You have heard it all before When You hear me say, "Surely, I believe." But am I nothing more Than an ocean wave tossed about the sea? What I want, what I need What You have asked of me Is faith that lives and faith that breathes So this life I live will be beyond … Continue reading Beyond belief
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How many times have you conspired to change the world? Have you done it? Dreaming is easy. Real change is HARD. But possible. The year was 2006. We were wondering how we might make a difference in the world. You know those conversations you have; they often don't lead to much. This time was different. … Continue reading The transformation of Ntandi, Uganda
I have been told not to attend a happy hour event in Portland on May 21. Because I'm white. I am instructed instead to give $10 (plus a $2.61 fee), which will be provided to a person who is "Black", "Brown", or "Indigenous". I'm "strongly encouraged" to give more. "Reparations Happy Hours is a monthly … Continue reading White people: You’re not welcome, but your money is
Recently I was contacted by a university student writing a paper for a Philosophy 102 course. The topic is the interconnectedness of time and suffering (fascinating!). Finding that I created a course called The Beginning and End of Suffering, she asked for my perspective. I'm sharing these ideas here as a series. I welcome your feedback and … Continue reading The Beginning and End of Suffering • Part 5
"Adults choose their toys over my body. Where are my rights?" Those words were chalked on a sign held by a ten-year-old girl at a rally outside of the National Rifle Association’s annual convention this past weekend. That will instantly tug at your heartstrings, unless you think. What this sign really says: Your constitutionally-protected right … Continue reading This NRA protest sign misses the target
"I’m excited about this arena and foundation of positive, thoughtful expression. ... We need to try and steer public discourse from the aggressive news format type to a more considerate, hopeful, and helpful form of support. ... I can speak my mind without fear of being attacked. You’re bringing civility back. What a great concept." … Continue reading We’re bringing civility back to public discourse
I love words and old stuff, so I listen to an old BBC radio program called My Word! Panelists are quizzed on words, literature, and the like. In one episode, they were quizzed on the word phrontistery, and the moderator said that it was like a thinkery. Instantly I knew that's the kind of place … Continue reading Is opening night of *Private Lives* history’s most compelling event?