Some time ago, I wrote an article on humble confidence that created its share of confusion and disagreements. This revealed several things: The inadequacy of the human language to discuss spiritual things, The lack of skill of the writer, and The lack of sufficient creative intelligence of the reader to bridge the communication gap. Even … More Humble Confidence — Critical Distinctions
Big goals should not scare us. Failing should not scare us, either. With failing, we learn and get better. With goals, we have direction and a challenge to push us to excel. My goals are insanely huge. My life experience over the last few decades has not only prepared me for this, but has given … More Statement of Purpose: Rod Martin, Jr.
If you have your own website, whether it’s hosted professionally, or it’s a freebie, it’s nice to have a certain amount of easy programmability. On WordPress sites, for instance, we might see a sidebar next to our articles. For beginners, this sidebar will likely remain unchanging. It might contain a search input textbox, a list … More Conditional Sidebar Widgets – Making a Website More Flexible
Talk to many a scientist these days and they will tell you that “skepticism” is how science is done. I’ve heard this from a number of scientists of whom I admire. There is a big problem with that belief. One guiding principle to which I do adhere tells us that science should not be biased. … More Skepticism: How Science is Not Done
Quite often we are wary of “instant” anything. We’ve learned our lessons. Instant wealth seems always a scam meant to make us even more poor. Instant food has less nutrition and frequently doesn’t taste as good. So, it seems only natural that we should also be wary of instant wisdom. A couple of months ago, … More Why We Need Not Fear Instant Wisdom
Science relies heavily on replication—the ability to repeat phenomena given the same inputs and conditions. If a phenomenon cannot be replicated, then one unavoidable possibility is that the initial conditions have not yet been replicated. The only other possibility is that the known conditions were not causally linked, so it’s likely the phenomenon will never … More How Science Fails to Recognize Initial Conditions
Is there something in your life that is taking too long? Perhaps some form of “salvation?” Is there anything which is coming too quickly? Bill collectors, foreclosure notice, death? There is an old lesson that tells us, “Time flies when we’re having fun.” This is an observation of life—a truism—but it’s also a lesson or … More Time: How to Conquer it