It seems we are natural-born dualists. On the physical side we of course can observe our own bodies as well as those of others. And then there’s that inner life, that internal world. We have a powerful experience of sensations, emotions, and thoughts that together give us a compelling sense of will and of identity. We refer to this inner world as mind or consciousness or sentience, and if we are religious we call it the soul.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Friday, November 6, 2015
I fondly recall when the original Superman series ran on TV in the 1950s, with George Reeves in the title role. I was seven when the series began in 1952, and I loved it. And while I realized at some level that Superman wasn’t real, I will admit to thinking early on that if I only had a cape maybe, just maybe, I too could fly. (Yes, I was that naive.) Thankfully, my older sisters quickly disabused me of that notion.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
I enjoy discussions about religion with my Christian friends, even though I realize that the chances that I will change anyone’s beliefs about matters of faith are close to zero. And the older I get, the more remote the odds become. But in discussions regarding the basis of beliefs my goals are broader than that. Listening to what others have to say has helped me not just to understand better what I think but to refine those views and in some cases to change them. But while I enjoy the repartee, there are some things that my Christian counterparts do and say that I find very frustrating. Let’s call them pet peeves. Here are a few: