Christians are so turned off by people with disabilities because they display God’s inaction in action. They are kryptonite for prayer, their conditions often worsen instead of better with time. Christians are not allowed to resent God for his inaction directly so they do so vicariously through individuals with disabilities. That’s why people with disabilities often get […]
Great NYTimes Article on the end of truth: Social networks and hacking also “have enabled us to see, in full color, into the innermost workings of every institution and into the attitudes of those who run them,” noted Seidman, “and that has eroded trust in virtually every institution, and the authority of many leaders, because […]
I think we can all agree that society’s relationships are continuing to transitioning from Martin Buber’s I and thou to I and it. But the transition is like the dead zone where your cell phone is trying (and failing) to reach the outermost periphery of your wi-fi network but doesn’t know well enough to give […]
Has Evangelical Christianity Become Psychopathic?: Every generation redefines what it means to be, or belong to a religious group. Religious ideologies, interpretations, and doctrines are fluid. But whatever it is, or whatever it becomes, is made by the people who belong to the religion and what they collectively decide to make it.
Great article, questions that killed my faith: The idea that there is a God who wants you to feel loved by him simply isn’t true. Some people are good at feeling imaginary love and other people aren’t. It’s another placebo. For some people the effect is strong enough that it really helps them feel happy […]
This article fleshes out this (miscongregation of psychology and Buddhist thought) idea that you are culpable for your stress. The way you react to pain is what causes suffering. The idea that you are culpable for your feelings is pretty abhorrent but I’ve learned to expect anything from psychology.
In racing there are different kinds of flags. During many of them such as the yellow flag, drivers are not allowed to pass each other. Now imagine in this flag situation the opposite of rubber banding (where in Mario Kart where the AI racers behind are placed closer to the player playing than they should […]
I think the biggest problems with good things is you don’t notice them. We just tune out systems that are working properly. Kind of like how you don’t think about your washing machine at all until it starts malfunctioning. A lot of people didn’t vote last election because they just assumed the government would keep […]
Help is of less help to those further down in society. Some reasons why: Psychological help often presupposes one has the resources to make a change. Resources like: A ride to therapy, the doctor, and the pharmacy Money or insurance to pay for care and medication Stable housing and relationships where one has the option […]
There is a good case to be made for the stigma surrounding mental illness, at least for those in power. For one, it keeps money that could go to the rich from reaching social services. The second is harder to explain. We need to start seeing shame and stigma as a discipline because that’s the way […]