This begins a special (apologetic-oriented) series that loosely connects PHILOSOPHY, SCIENCE, and RELIGION.

   If you wish to hike this curvy path, you can search with  just the numbers  {1}, {2}, {3}…up to {20} (and further)…

   [Please use the “braces,” { and }, and number as shown. And note that if more one post comes up such as the bracketed 1, 2, 3, and 20 above, pick the right one ♥.]

    Don’t look for tight connections. If the philosophy looks too juvenile, or the science too thick, skip on to the next post.

   The first few posts look at “What is real (to you and me)?” and “How can an intelligent person deal with mountains of complicated info that keeps pouring in?” Then, acknowledging that, “How what does a person do who wants to live a life of purpose that includes sensibly encountering God, and sharing ideas that aim more narrowly (and “incorrectly”) than NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!”?

   Everyone who actually aims his life arrow, must wonder “Am I looking at the right target?”

  We’ll risk addressing that.

 

[At this point, our original post begins… BIG HINT for our first post: We’re going after the notion here that WHAT YOU PERCEIVE AS TRULY REAL OFTEN DEPENDS UPON HOW FAR YOU’RE STANDING FROM IT.]

If you hear a funny sound from your computer, it may be some philosophers scrambling for the exit. They’ve done this before and will do so again…

 

As a storyteller, let me share a brief sequence that’s incomplete. Think of it as a picture–a movie or time-sequenced triptych* with 3 images:

 

A young couple is in the middle of a living room on the 12th floor of a new apartment building in a large city. From the far side of the room, the wife, wearing a red bandana, is rolling her last vertical strokes of paint on the wall to the left of the fireplace. It is a beautiful pale yellow. On the other side of the special fireplace, with his back to her, the husband is on his knees precisely nailing into place some walnut molding that complements the authentic wooden floor. Oddly, blinds already hang from the two windows on both sides, but they’re completely closed.

 

[The camera slowly pans back, showing more and more of the boundaries of the room. But…but wait! How can the…

 

–For more use the DOOR.

 

[MORE]

…how can the camera see from so far away?]

Around the edges of the room we now can see why. Inching back gives the first picture a new “frame.” Now high above the fireplace, we see the ceiling and roof are missing! And at the left, the wall has somehow been blasted away leaving a jagged diagonal tear through sheetrock and steel from top to bottom; on the right, the wall has been severed more cleanly. The other two walls apparently have been completely blown away which allows a cameraman in a helicopter to move still farther back and record. At the very bottom of our picture, we see into several inches of the top of the apartment below. Still farther back, we find that two sides of the building have been completely blown away dropping rubble on cars in the street. How far does this destruction go? The wife, carefully finishing, seals up her can of paint. Why are they oblivious to what we see, and continue their exacting work?**

[With this post comes a small change in our format. Here we begin–with frequent interruptions–a series of Post-It-sized posts that lean heavily into philosophy as well as science and religion. There will be a pattern. What do we see and not see that’s obvious to others? If we feel we “know little” compared to those around us, especially the smart folks, where do we go and how do we start to learn and wisely use that part of the (average lifetime) 3,000,000,000 heartbeats that we have left? Call these few posts “Phil. 101K “(draft***). 

[So if you’ve actually gotten here, you’re initiated into the class (withdrawing, of course, permitted). As of right nowpost titles that have 3 words, not 2, will belong to this special series. Consider those 3-word titles the sign that leads to the DOOR for more. In addition, we will precede these titles with a star [ * ].

[What then, is coming up?  Next?  we will be briefly introduce you to a “BAD BOY PHYSICIST” that you may have never heard of, but who changed the way we think about modern physics.]

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* triptych – a picture presented in 3 panels side by side. (Taken from an ancient Roman writing tablet with 3 waxed leaves hinged together.)

** This modified sequence comes from something I saw in film or a commercial from long ago, but can’t remember where. Can any of you help me?

*** “Draft”? Why say this? I’m thinking a lot of this through as I go, and I’ll feel free to revise.

And why the **** instead of exponents or superscripts? When learned the hard way that superscripts don’t transfer very well in archiving. And since I’m on a technical roll: Why do I often use numerals (3, 2, etc.) instead of writing them as words? As an English teacher don’t I know better? Ans.: I do this deliberately since Post-It-sized commentary invites shortcuts that trump certain rules.