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  • 2016 February 28: "Moonlight Sonata"

    February 28, 2016 10:30

    The "Moonlight Sonata" has become standard fare for beginning piano students (including yours truly!) so we've all heard it played — um — less than skillfully. I thought you might enjoy hearing it played well. In this piece it never ceases to amaze me how Ludwig uses such simple musical materials to weave so enchanting a spell. (more )

  • 2016 February 21: Labyrinths

    February 21, 2016 10:30

    A new feature here at our church is our labyrinth: in a 'labyrinth' you don't have any choices — there's only one path, whereas in a 'maze' you have choices along the way. Mythology tells us that King Minos of Crete built the first labyrinth to keep the dreaded Minotaur trapped (so it would have had to be a maze), and by the fifth century BCE labyrinths were popular on coins and as tiled Roman floors.... (more )

  • 2016 February 14: Choice

    February 14, 2016 10:30

    There is no question that the scientific method is one of the great cognitive inventions of humanity. But then there's Scientific Materialism (arguably the dominant 'civil religion' of our day), which believes that the Scientific Method is the ONLY valid cognitive tool. The scientific method requires you to 'have all the data' and control for all the variables (e.g. double-blind experiments) before you come to a conclusion. But for most of the decisions I have to make in Real Life™ I have terribly incomplete data: if I'm walking through the woods or a dark alley and hear a noise, I have a split second to make a potentially life or death decision — no time to 'analyze the data'! ... (more )

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