Interesting things I have been reading
2021-06-19 Minimum Viable Self
Discussion of the projection of our self, our personal "brand" - in the physical world vs the online world. Quotes:
- Offline we exist by default; online we have to post our way into selfhood. Reality, as Philip K. Dick said, is that which doesn’t go away when you stop believing in it
- Our own sustained presence as individuals is the quality that distinguishes [our physical self from our online self].
- [Online] silence is effectively impossible on the contemporary internet, where “voids are just filled by other people’s content, and thus vanish instantly.”
He sees that the social media machines treat people who are not producing fresh content as if they are homeless because they are marginalized and pushed out of sight.
2021-05-01 Why You Are Christian
- "Human rights is self-evident only if God says so."
- "One reason we underestimate how much Christianity has influenced our thinking is that we’ve removed religious education from our schools."
- "I have a problem with the ignorance caused by the blind dismissal of religion, and the way they mock the assumptions that underpin their [own] worldview."
(written by agnostic from a Jewish background)
Interesting things I have read
Return of the God Hypothesis review
Steven Meyer’s new book
2021-04-24 The Scholar's Stage: On Laws and Gods
Where does human society historically base the authority of laws and rulers? Consistently in gods and spirits. Those that do not, do not last.
2021-04-24 The Great Unsettling - The Abbey of Misrule
The uprootedness of being of the culture (the Machine), of western society. Root yourself in good spiritually to enrich your own life against it.
What are essays and their history? Why are they interesting? Why write them?
2020-05-20 Thirty-six Thousand Feet Under the Sea
An independently successful guy wanted to do exploration that had not already been done. So he hired a submarine company to make a submersible for him that could go the bottom of the ocean. His goal was to go to deepest places in all the oceans. He got a team (of misfits) together that overcame great challenges and accomplished the goal. A riveting read.
After Pearl Harbor, a Pan American "Clipper" (a Boeing 314) on its way to Auckland, NZ was stranded because it could not return by its established route across the Pacific. So, amazingly the crew circumnavigated the world to get home!