- Started learning bridge on an app
- Fed the giraffes at the Birmingham Zoo
- Offer to buy a house was accepted!
- George Washington was an epic hero. John Adams was a romantic hero.
- Aragorn was an epic hero. Sam was a romantic hero.
Writing, Links, Podcasts
May 2022 Summary
Chris Coyier: A bona fide cornucopia of dearth.
Larry Sanger: If Truth Is Complex, Why Is Fact-Checking So Simplistic?
April 2022 Summary
- Jonathan and Mathieu Pageau, What is Symbolism?
- Symbols are not material and scientific, but also not personal and subjective. They are universal.
- If you want people to care about your story, use universal symbols.
- Symbols are inescapable. Scientists are mediators between heaven (theory) and earth (physical).
- Patterns repeated at different level of reality.
- You can abstract yourself out to do some physical study, but there are limits. Quantum: observers impact observations.
- What does it mean, "go up into heaven"? Doesn't mean float into space. Can't interpret materialistically.
- Dante says the cosmology of spheres is a condescension of heavenly reality.
- "Earth" meant matter. When we realized there was matter outside earth, we split those terms. Word meanings shift.
- "Jonah didn't get swallowed by a whale, because the Bible says it was a fish, and whales aren't fish." Definition changed.
- Snake in the garden is a symbol of time. Time is the cause of transformation. Time is change. Cyclical transformation of things to their opposites. Not a metaphor. The snake caused a change.
- Symbols are not metaphors and not arbitrary.
- Symbols are more important that "what really happened".
- The Bible is communicating truth, not history.
- The Flood, the Red Sea, the Rubicon, the Deleware: crossing water to symbolize change of power. Doesn't mean Washington didn't cross the Deleware, but the symbol is more important than the "fact". Arguing if it happened misses the point.
- It's okay if some Bible stories are fictional.
- Symbolism is the union of fact and meaning.
- Modernism isn't disenchantment: it is deincarnation, the splitting of the physical and spiritual.
- Scientists care about theory and fact, and so are best at preserving the union. But they are materialists, so theory is not real.
- Mathematical pattern is more real and universal than any observable fact.
- Criteria for a real symbol/connection: exactly the same as determining valid science.
- Consistent: works everywhere
- Comprehensive: many examples (if it's fundamental, it will appear many times)
- Insightful: gives more understanding instead of just a code for something else
- Symbols are meant to reveal, not hide
- Orthodox Diary
- Moderns simplify medieval Christendom, overly-demonize modernism
- Crusades were not wholly bad or good
- Wokeism is moral absolutism, not relativism
- If Aquinas is Catholicism, Catholicism started in the 13th century
- Catholicism is a response to Protestantism
- Great Schism didn't change much in practice
- "Much of the Catholic 'development of doctrine' that occurred after Thomas Aquinas and especially after the Reformation is an attempt to grapple with emergent modernity."
- Angelina Stanford
- Epic hero is semi-divine, fated for greatness, withstands the gods. Romantic hero is everyman, set apart by character not birth.
- World War I was caused by Christian, classically-educated leaders. You still need virtue.
- Since all knowledge is connected, there is no such thing as a sidetrack.
- Picaresque is a wandering journey, not a quest.
- Stories don't work mechanistically. You don't become a murderer by reading murder mysteries. Not everyone that reads the Bible becomes virtuous.
- Modern Christians say we need to take sin more seriously: medievals said we take sin and ourselves to seriously. We should laugh at evil, like we do at Mr. Toad.
- Cindy Rollins
- Will reading about bad characters make children bad? Too late, they're already bad.
- The Bible isn't a character study.
- Bryce Young: Everyone is in Adam or Christ: a child cannot be un-elect and in Christ.
- Alastair Roberts: Baptism compared to a wedding, a coronation, an adoption
- Thomas Banks: If books can save your soul, Jesus should have become a novelist.
- Peter Zeihan via Doug Wilson: The US has 17 thousand miles of navigable rivers. The rest of the world combined has 16 thousand.
- "How did a magical, spiritualist, mesmerized Europe ever convince itself that it was disenchanted?" -- Jason Ānanda Josephson-Storm
- Amble: horse gait where both legs on side move at the same time
- Avuncular: pertaining to an uncle
- Bilious: pertaining to bile; disordered in bile; choleric, irascible, irritable, angry
- Cantle: to cut in pieces
- Grabass: horseplay
- Hassock: stuffed cushion or footstool
- Humor: moisture; four ancient humors:
- Blood: ardent (sanguine)
- Phlegm: watery, sluggish, indifferent (phlegmatic)
- Yellow bile: irritable (choleric)
- Black bile: gloomy (melancholic) (melan (melanin, malice) + choly (cholic))
- Marmoreal: pertaining to marble
- Nadir: lowest point, opposite of zenith
- Patrimony: right or estate inherited from father or ancestor
- Riparian: pertaining to a river
- Sanguine: having the color of blood, red; characterized by abundant and active blood, warm, ardent
- Spangle: small metal ornamental plate; therefore, any little thing that sparkles
- Tussock: dense tuft of grass
- Yawl: small ship's boat; to howl