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The Benevolent Almighty Advisor

Written by Bo on Monday, 19 May 2014 06:54. Posted in Poetry

When I saw the horror of wars on TV
I didn’t worry because I knew that God was watching over me

When I lost my job, lost my house, and lost my zeal
I believed there was a silver lining that God had yet to reveal

Even when my entire life came crumbling apart
I believed, although with less conviction, that God had my best interest at heart

Use of the Title "Doctor" in the Modern American Culture

Written by Bo on Sunday, 30 March 2014 15:51. Posted in Psychology

In a town up by our old lake house, there is a strip mall with a big sign that reads, "Dr. Jeremy Dentum, DDS" (name changed, but prefix and suffix kept intact).  Each time I would drive by it, I would get a chuckle thinking that this guy really wants people to know he is a doctor.  In fact, there are many people who use the "Dr." in front of their names and "PhD" or other doctoral designation after their names in professional settings.  There are also many doctors who simply identify themselves by first name and last name in the same professional settings.  However, most seem to use either "Dr." or their designation after their name.  I have even heard stories of parents with a doctorate who make their children call them "doctor."  So what are the social rules for using the title "doctor"?

What if There Were No God?

Written by Bo on Monday, 24 March 2014 12:25. Posted in Poetry

If there were no God,
there would be no proof of heaven or the pearly gates.
If there were no God,
we wouldn't have evidence of Joseph Smith's golden plates.

If there were no God,
not every prayer would get an answer.
If there were no God,
precious children would be dying from cancer.

If there were no God,
personal revelations would frequently conflict.
If there were no God,
the authors of the Bible would have written things that contradict.

If there were no God,
the responsibility to help would be ours and not his.
You know what, if there were no god,
everything would be exactly as it is.


Must We Be Irrational and Unreasonable To Live Balanced Lives?

Written by Bo on Friday, 21 March 2014 21:19. Posted in Philosophy

Why would anyone be anti-rationality, anti-critical thinking, or anti-reason?  The answer has to do with people's misunderstandings of what these terms mean, and more to the point, what they do not mean.  This problem could best be understood by thinking of the "Spock" character in Star Trek.  He is highly logical, but lacks emotion, and frankly, he's kind of a dick.  I have heard too many people justify superstitious, irrational, and faith-based beliefs as a way to "balance" their humanity by experiencing life on a more emotional or "spiritual" level.  These people are half right, and half wrong.  They are right in that a life devoid of emotion, imagination, and passion is not much of a life at all. They are wrong in believing that these experiences require the suspension of rationality, the need to embrace the supernatural, or the need to believe something disproportionate to the evidence.

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It is a common practice for us to turn to the metaphysical or supernatural when the natural fails to explain what we want to be true.

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