Having common learning at one’s disposal

Workout notes: great day outside, so afterward I did an easy outdoor 5K walk for my “soul” (emotional well being). But the weights were interesting:

rotator cuff
squats: 3 sets of weightless squats, 3 sets of 6 x 45 (not making this up; I am trying to get my knees to bend comfortably)
pull ups: 15-15-10-10 (very strong0
bench press: 10 x 135, 4 x 190 (strong), 10 x 170
incline press: 10 x 135
military press (barbell) 6 x 95, 7 x 90, 10 x 80
rows: 3 sets of 10 x 110
head stand, 2 sets each of crunch (24), twist crunch (12), yoga leg lifts.

Weights are getting better and better…as are pull ups. This is weird.

Communication with the help of a common canon

I was raised with Aesop’s fables. So when someone says “tortoise and the hare” I understand what idea is being conveyed. Or, when that relative continues to mooch and leach off of others…the relative the blew all of their money, “ant and grasshopper” comes to mind. These well known stories convey ideas rather quickly. The same goes with “only a flesh wound“.

Well, many people use their religious texts in the same way; think of “cast the fist stone”, “prodigal son”, “widow’s mite” and the like. The problem, of course, is that some believers get so wrapped up in their text that they tend to think *exclusively* in such texts and are pretty much lost outside of it. This is what happens when you ask a believer “why should I take your text seriously” and they respond…by quoting that said text. Example: see the discussion here.

Human progress This short 15 minute TED talk discusses the role of emotion (empathy) and reason in human moral progress. This is a fun, thought provoking discussion between Steven Pinker and Newberger Goldstein.


June 24, 2016 - Posted by | politics, politics/social, social/political, walking, weight training | ,

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