June 11th, 2014
I’ve gotten a tremendous amount of support from many, many different people–prayer and financial. I thought I would take a moment and update everyone on what’s going on in my research and writing world.
- I have a forthcoming publication with Dave Beck in Philosophia Christi 16 no. 1
- Abstract:Recent developments in quantum physics postulate the existence of some form of multiverse, often considered inimical to theism. We argue that a cosmology of many worlds is not novel either to philosophy or to theism. The multiverse is not a monolithic concept and we refer to and use the four levels of categorization proposed by Max Tegmark. We trace the idea of a multiverse back to the Milesians and Epicureans in order to initially demonstrate its use of a plenitude argument. We then examine the argument for possible compatibility based on a theistic principle of plenitude in three specifically Christian theists: Origen, Thomas Aquinas, and G. W. Leibniz. We conclude that this argument is sustainable so that if any level of the multiverse actually exists then it is harmonious with theism, and we argue that its fit is most successful if a multiverse is considered as a single possible world. We call this view Thomistic Modal Realism.
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May 26th, 2014
Original story from HealthLeader…
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 56.7 million people — or 18.7 percent of the civilian non-institutionalized population — had a disability in 2010. “Perhaps as many as half of them have disabilities that are not readily evident to the casual observer. There’s a huge population of people with hidden or invisible disabilities,” says Lex Frieden, who was instrumental in conceiving and drafting the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
A professor of biomedical informatics and physical medicine and rehabilitation at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)School of Biomedical Informatics, Frieden recently completed a term as a member of the United Nations Panel of Experts on the Standard Rules of Disability.
“People get angry when they see other people get out of their cars in restricted parking places and they don’t appear to have disabilities,” Frieden says. “But you might be surprised at what types of disabilities are very serious that cause people to be restricted in terms of their mobility.”
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May 5th, 2014
“Here’s the real question—do you have the courage to take your finger out of the dam and blow the whole thing up, instead?”
March 2nd, 2014
It’s not a very easy question to answer and if you feel the need to sit in silence and have a drink at the pub or have a cigarette over the question feel free. Would you rather know when and how you will die or would you rather let providence unfold and let your ignorance diminish as time goes on?
We have very little control over when we will die unless we take our own lives or we put ourselves in circumstances that will likely increase death (e.g. dangerous activities like sky diving, drugs, scuba, skiing, etc.). Be honest with yourself and place morbidity aside. I’m going to make a personal pros and cons list that come to mind…
The thought occurred to me when I was thinking about my genes. Yeah, I know it’s a weird thing to think about…
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February 12th, 2014
I’m currently going through the second darkest period of my life. I have no friends–only close acquaintances–and my family and friends are on another continent. There are some people who know the details behind the motivation for this post–great. For those who don’t, even better.
I completely understand why people are addicted to drugs. After recent encounters many people don’t know how to talk to people who struggle with it and I’ve met some who do know. I know because I have chronic pain and I’ve had some pretty hefty stuff after my surgery (hydromorphone, ten times the potency of morphine). It takes the pain away and it feels good. Gee, why wouldn’t anyone want more of that? Not only is there a physical pleasure but it’s an escape from reality.
The escape from reality is a huge concern and has to be handled properly. A few weeks ago I did an event where I fed some food to the homeless and spoke to a heroin addict and heard his stories. I recently developed a friendship with a homeless man in the city who used to be alcoholic.
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January 14th, 2014
“Hi, my name is Max. I’ve seen you here before. What’s your name?”
“Hi, Max. My name is Sandy.”
And that’s how it started. I’ve walked past Sandy many, many days around campus. Every day he is reading a book. Today was a book about a German U-Boat that collided with a commercial liner. I’ve seen him read the Bible several times and as I passed by I noticed that he’s read both the NT and the OT.
I asked him what he knew about Jesus and he said, well, the gospel message. He said his favorite book is Revelation but doesn’t understand it. I laughed. I told him I had a degree in biblical studies and I have no idea what it says. He laughed too.
He’s read the Gospels a few times, Acts twice, and he really loves Romans. And I thought, “What an open door!” So, we talked about Paul. Before getting there we talked about him for a little while. We had an exchange of existential thoughts–being thrust into existence without our say so and we are left to our own devices, or so it seems. He resonated with that.
“We are forced to construct our own purpose, meaning, and value.” I told him.
“Well, we can for a little while.” He responded.
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August 23rd, 2013
I figured it was about time for me to distribute some unsolicited advice. I haven’t always been successful in my academic career so I may not be an authority here. However, that’s not to say that I haven’t done well either. I wanted to share my scholastic habits with those university students who want to take their education seriously. I cannot offer guarantees but it’s my hope that you do what works for you and practice the habits that will produce a successful academic career.
- Education is a joy. The greatest trick the schools have ever pulled on us is to make us think education is purely pragmatic. Education is merely to accomplish an end for financial gain or the requirements to get into a good sports team, etc. Those who have bought into this idea have fallen prey to anti-intellectualism.
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