It's hard for me to believe I've been living here in Bellevue for almost a year and a half now.I've been separated from my ex for well over a year.And I've been attending my church for more than a year.One thing that has struck me recently is what a blessing it is that I'm not free to 'move on' with another woman right now.It's been really good and healthy for me as I get to know people in new social circles, specifically the single women, and not have that consideration hanging over my head constantly.That "What if?" question that clouds discernment and keeps me from acting naturally.Without that hanging over my head I've had a great time getting to know some of the girls in my church home group.I have had a chance to hang out with the church group more this week because my kids are out of town for mid-winter break.They are a fun group.Definitely different from the people I've known in the Assemblies of God.They are still very Christian conservative like I am, but have less of the little hang ups about things like drinking.In fact, tonight I'm going to a beer-and-Bible-study with some of the guys.(Too bad I hate beer.)In general they seem to be more engaged with the culture than other Christians I know.Which has its plusses and minuses.It excludes me a bit since I can't stand popular culture.But they are also very sincere about their faith.I've had a lot of great discussions with them, and am really starting to like this group of people.God has really blessed me by leading me to this church.
I never believed that vaccines cause autism or that fluoride in the water has a nefarious purpose. But I was raised in a culture that lead me to believe that evolution is a lie used to convert Christians to atheists, and that the idea of anthropogenic climate change is merely a tool to bring about socialism.
I think it’s natural to lump all theories about how science and/or government is misleading us to our doom (chemtrails, evolution, fluoride, flat-earth, vaccines, 9/11, etc.) into one conceptual category. My background of buying into some, but not all of them, makes me believe there’s a spectrum. The fact that I’ve turned my thinking around on these issues gives me some anecdotal experiential data that leads me to think that arguing over “the facts” is not a generally successful strategy for convincing someone who believes that some well-established scientific consensus is bunk. The problem with deep conspiracy thinking is that there is no possibility for error-correction with…
I'm concerned about the science fiction genre. I'm in the middle of Altered Carbon, which I think is fantastic. And it's the perfect example of my concern. First of all, a perennial problem with any sci-fi that takes place with humans in the future is that it doesn't age well. No author can account for the black swan innovations and how emerging technologies will interact, so the result is a short shelf-life. But Altered Carbon demonstrates an emerging problem I've been picking up on over the past couple years. Here's a partial list of the future technologies that play a significant role in the story. Clones, Transhumans, Gene Editing, Consciousness Transfer, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, A.I., Alien Technology, and maybe Robots? That's on top of the more surfacey stuff like exotic weapons, flying cars and weird hair.
One thing I’ve learned from all my self-learning on writing is that for every new or strange concept that a writer puts in a sto…
Here is a true thing that happened.I just took my 18 year old son on a road trip
to celebrate his highschool graduation.He wants to do editing or special effects for movies as a career, so I
thought traveling around finding cool places to shoot a movie that he can work
on would be a great experience. We were visiting dozens of national parks all
around the western U.S., many of which are in Native American nations.He really wanted a cow skull so he was
constantly scanning the roadsides as we drove.It was either the Hopi or Navajo nation we were driving through when he
spotted one.I don’t know the rules
about this sort of thing.I know all the
signs at trail heads leading into the national parks said not to take anything
out.But never saw any warnings about
that sort of thing for stuff along the side of the road.But I didn’t feel right about stopping and
taking that cow skull.It’s WHY I felt
wrong about it that I’d like to analyze here.Because, when examined as a PARTICULAR event, it’s…