Author: jrcowles

Human Faces And Human Nonsense

Human Faces And Human Nonsense

Christianity, Essay, Mythology, Religion, Science, Skeptic, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana This morning and afternoon (9 March), I was watching the National Geographic Channel's back-to-back reprise of Carl Sagan's venerable 1980 series Cosmos, being re-broadcast in preparation for Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson's updated version, scheduled to start tonight.  The 1980-vintage Cosmos is as mesmerizing now as it was 34 years ago. But it set me to wondering:  why is it that, despite the deluge of books in the last generation or so explaining even subjects as abstruse as s
The Limits Of Skepticism

The Limits Of Skepticism

Essay, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana Thoughtful Thursday, offering something to think about. Often, we are so attached to our own way of thinking that we don’t even consider new things. This will be an offering of something to pull us in deeper. Only by considering new ideas, can we grow. Growth comes in many ways. Through letting go of unhelpful ideas and moving on, or through challenge that grounds you more firmly and knowledgeably in your current ideas.  In my “Skeptics Collection” post about a skeptic’s Chr
Evolution, Imagination, and Statistics

Evolution, Imagination, and Statistics

Essay, Religion, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. -- George Santayana Several times I have watched the video of the debate between Bill “The Science Guy” Nye and Ken Ham on evolution and intelligent design.  A better example of two people talking past one another could only be found by climbing into a time machine and going back to the 17th century to eavesdrop on the trial of Galileo.  Both Mr. Nye, who should have known better, and Mr. Ham managed to lay down a smokescreen of invidious rhetoric so dense as to overly complicate a question t