Fundamentalist: “If the God that we recognise is different from what is written in the bible, then perhaps that’s not even the real God.” Liberal: “If the God that we recognise is different from what is written in the bible, then perhaps that’s not even the real bible.” The logic is simple. Given two mutually … Continue reading Fundamentalist vs Liberal Christianity: a difference of one word, in two otherwise identical sentences.
Life can be simplified into something like this: (1) Purpose, (2) Effects of different courses of action, (3) Decisions. So firstly through God’s word [in secular terms, this simply means some source of moral inspiration, i.e. something that gives us an idea of what we consider to be meaningful or worth accomplishing] we continually grow in … Continue reading Life: morality, science, economics
<quote>This is why it is a mistake to think that you can somehow ‘correct’ people’s views on an issue by giving them more facts, since study after study has shown that people have a tendency to selectively reject facts that don’t fit with their existing views. … … But smarter people shouldn’t be susceptible to … Continue reading Education often leads to intellectual arrogance and more bias
In response to this article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/lawyer-declared-brain-dead-wakes-up-after-calls-to-pull-plug-on-her tl;dr: Doctors diagnose brain death, but patient later fully recovers. The doctors who were guilty of malpractice (misdiagnosing a brain death) are getting off scot-free, as they watch the credulous laypeople celebrate their religious “miracle”. Win-win. There tends to be a stark contrast between how some laypeople interpret an event, … Continue reading Misdiagnosed brain death = “miracle”!?