100 Things I Know #5 – Meaning Will Not Be Found. It Must Be Made.

Though we stumble upon moments when our lives cohere and suddenly all the our experiences make sense, and these moments often feel as if we’ve discovered an empirical reality that was there all along, the truth is that these moments are moments of our own story-telling, moments we have made. There are facts, and then …

On Being Overwhelmed

I haven’t been blogging because I haven’t known what to say. I still don’t. There are multiple conversations in culture that demand attention (just cruise your Flipboard for awhile), and to most of them, I simply say this:  I don’t know the answers to the questions we’re facing. But not long ago, I read a …

The Crisis of Knowing How We Know: Postscript

There's knowledge, and there's faith. A final salvo in my rumination about epistemology, or the study of knowledge, and knowing how we know. Those things that require faith cannot, by definition, be proven to be true in the sense that epistemology demands if a thing is to be counted as "knowledge."  Faith, by definition, is …

Choosing Knowledge: The Crisis of Knowing How We Know – 4

Life is hard. There are winners and losers in real time. When competing for jobs, someone doesn't get hired. When applying for colleges and grad schools, someone doesn't get in. When vying for federal funding, someone loses out. When applying for mortgage loans, somebody doesn't qualify. When plays get submitted to theatres, some are produced, …

Brain, Free Choice, and the Limits of Knowing: The Crisis of Knowing How We Know – 1

In August 1966, I was seven years old heading into second grade.  My memory of the guy that went up into the tower at the University of Texas to kill a bunch of people is vague, but it's there.  Turns out, according to David Eagleman's Atlantic Monthly article "The Brain on Trial", Charles Whitman knew …

Thinking about The Placebo Effect

I don't know much about this, really, but in reading about the brain, science, and belief, it seems clear that somehow human beings are made to be people of faith.   I don't necessarily mean people of religious faith (although I think were made for that, too...the imago dei, and all that).  I mean that we …