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Pipes and pints, rabbit holes and warrens: An interview with Jonathan MS Pearce

Reading Time: 16 minutes “I don’t get out much. I could use the excuse of the pandemic. Or my multiple sclerosis. But the truth is, the beach is only just down the road and I’m lazy. No, not lazy…obsessed. Obsessive.” Jonathan MS Pearce, sporting his anachronistic and somewhat iconoclastic mutton chop sideburns, offers me into his suburban house just […]

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What does ‘exist’ even mean?

Reading Time: 7 minutes “Exist” can be a tricky word. Unless I define the term upfront, people often think I mean something other than I do. When I am talking about the color red, or, the concept of loyalty or morality, I might say that these things don’t exist. What I usually mean is that they exist in our […]

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Hey curling, it’s not you, it’s us: The silliness and seriousness of sports

Reading Time: 4 minutes One of my favorite diversions during the Winter Olympics involves tracking the popular opinion of curling…in the United States. The overriding conception seems to be that it’s just plain silly. A New York Post article deems curling the “weirdest” Olympic sport and a Google search of “curling is the” yields the top two results, “dumbest sport […]

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What is transcendence?

Reading Time: 10 minutes Transcendence can mean an awful lot of things in many different contexts. But it is a word that carries some heft in philosophical and theological discussions. I have to say, though, that my opinion is that there is often equivocation going on in its usage. This entails that its meaning can shift or be unclear […]

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Jack Bowen: This is Awe | TEDx

Reading Time: < 1 minute OnlySky columnist Jack Bowen thinks we’ve got it all wrong when it comes to what makes us happy. In his TEDx talk at Stanford University, the philosopher, drummer, and coach argues that awe should not result from the things that make us happy and grateful. It should instead be the starting point from which everything […]

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Atheology is intellectual, respectful, and apolitical, but not perfect

Reading Time: 5 minutes A new generation is taking over the online discussion of god and faith, and mostly it’s a welcome change—improving the quality of atheist arguments. Many atheists, of course, have no interest in apologetics (aka the use of reasoned arguments to justify a religious view). To them, the non-existence of God is simply a given—an assumption […]