OHPT: Theology and Mystery (Chapter 4)

Chapter 4 is "Theology and Mystery" by William J. Wainwright. Wainwright is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Philosophy with University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. His research focused on the philosophy of religion and theology in the 17th and 18th centuries. He definitely has "philosophy of religion" credentials, as evidenced by the books he has authored. I was…

In-Between Thoughts 2/21/20: Stepping Up

I had my first physical therapy appointment yesterday, to figure out what I can do to help my back heal from this awesome, totally not-inconvenient herniated disc. (MAN it feels good getting old.) The exercises she gave me are hilariously "old person", but I am all in on doing whatever the experts tell me will…

To exist means you can be named

Recently I read Saul Kripke's absolutely enthralling (for me, anyway) Naming and Necessity. It was fantastic. I enjoyed almost every page. I read it after a healthy dose of Tolkien, and the juxtaposition was perfect -- like when I crave something salty after too much sweet. (And vice versa!) Plus, given Tolkien's obsession with language…

We do what we have been rewarded to do

I was listening to a podcast that featured an addiction researcher, and he was talking about how addiction manifests in the brain. He highlighted our learning method, which is something that has not evolved significantly since our ape ancestors: Trigger > Behavior > Reward My self-reward usually involves wine, books, and time to enjoy both.…