We live in a world where there is a great deal of knowledge. Indeed, some say the sum total of human knowledge doubles every 13 months. Yes, we know a lot. Is this is a good thing? Yes. But a better question is this, do we know what to do with this knowledge? Another way to put this, are we wise? You see, wisdom and knowledge are not exactly the same thing. Continue reading
In the 17th century a giant intellect arose in France by the name of René Descartes. He is considered by many as the father of modern philosophy. His thinking certainly served as a harbinger for the period known as the Enlightenment that would follow in the next century.
Descartes was a son of the church. He did not set out to reject faith or deny church dogma. What he did purpose to do was explore with his mind the limits of human knowledge. His pursuit of knowledge is said to have begun with a series of three visions, which he believed were divine visitations. Following these heavenly encounters, he began to explore what could be known through reason alone. There is an apocryphal legend that he enclosed himself in a barrel for these ruminations. Although this is a fanciful tale, he did seclude himself in order to explore the power of his own reason. Continue reading
I have a confession to make. I am an information junkie. I am addicted to facts and data. I guess this is why I love trivia so much.
Love it? Indeed, I do. Trivia intrigues and captivates me. All kinds. Except about sports. Sports holds almost no interest for me. (Unless it the physics of why a curve ball curves. Now that is interesting!) Everything else is fair game. Like… Continue reading
Sometimes I write just because I have to. Gotta get it out of my system. Chances are, I have seen something that peeves me, irritates me, or just plain ticks me off. Thus it is with this piece. So hold on, I’m about to vent. Continue reading