Quote: On Music, Joe McNally

Country Guitar by Sindri Jóelsson - All rights reserved (flickr)

Country Guitar by Sindri Jóelsson – All rights reserved (flickr)

I found this great quote about music in my daily reading this morning, Music On Location, Joe McNally’s blog:

Music intertwines readily, emotionally with life, and the lives of the musicians who play it. Music sees you through, and it opens your heart. Strains of certain songs are evocative of time and place. Others are a warp speed return to a specific event or memory.

This is certainly true of country music, which I don’t claim to be all that knowledgeable about, but certainly listen to. My life is richer because Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris picked up a guitar and stepped to a microphone.

– Joe McNally (30.July.2013 blog post)

‘W’ and Being Judged by History

I have said several times over the past ten or so years, “History will be kind to George W. Bush (43rd President of the United States).” I just did not think that I would see history being kind to him in my lifetime.

CNN Breaking News (24.Apr.2013):

The view of George W. Bush’s presidency has improved with time, according to a CNN/ORC International Poll.

Forty-two percent now say his presidency was a success, up 11 points since a CNN poll in January 2009, during his final days in office. Fifty-five percent of those questioned say Bush’s presidency was a failure, down 13 percentage points since 2009.

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FAIL! You presumed that because a claim has been poorly argued, or a fallacy has been made, that the claim itself must be wrong.

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You presumed that because a claim has been poorly argued, or a fallacy has been made, that the claim itself must be wrong.

It is entirely possible to make a claim that is false yet argue with logical coherency for that claim, just as is possible to make a claim that is true and justify it with various fallacies and poor arguments.

Example: Recognising that Amanda had committed a fallacy in arguing that we should eat healthy food because a nutritionist said it was popular, Alyse said we should therefore eat bacon double cheeseburgers every day.

Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies!

The most important reason to understand logical fallacies is to keep them out of our own arguments.

FAIL! You attempted to manipulate an emotional response in place of a valid or compelling argument.

appeal to emotion

You attempted to manipulate an emotional response in place of a valid or compelling argument.

Appeals to emotion include appeals to fear, envy, hatred, pity, pride, and more. It’s important to note that sometimes a logically coherent argument may inspire emotion or have an emotional aspect, but the problem and fallacy occurs when emotion is used instead of a logical argument, or to obscure the fact that no compelling rational reason exists for one’s position. Everyone, bar sociopaths, is affected by emotion, and so appeals to emotion are a very common and effective argument tactic, but they’re ultimately flawed, dishonest, and tend to make one’s opponents justifiably emotional.
Example: Luke didn’t want to eat his sheep’s brains with chopped liver and brussel sprouts, but his father told him to think about the poor, starving children in a third world country who weren’t fortunate enough to have any food at all.

Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies!

The most important reason to understand logical fallacies is to keep them out of our own arguments.

Repentance versus Defensiveness

Repentance versus Defensiveness:

Our default mode – in and out of the church – seems to be defensiveness. I know mine is. Nothing is more natural when we feel threatened by a criticism than to divert, distract, and downplay. Its as instinctive as flinching when a punch is coming. In my experience, a heart of repentance is something I have to work at. I have to say things like, “wait a minute. Think this through. Why does this criticism hurt you the way it does? Remember your identity is in Christ. Remember you’re identity is not at stake. Relax! Is there something you can learn here?” Its a counter-intuitive feeling, like learning to use a muscle we didn’t know we had for the first time. Or better: learning to relax a muscle for the first time that we’ve always kept tight. Its a kind of paradox: an effort at relaxing, a striving to cease striving, a struggle to give up.

 

Galactic Roundup 11.Apr.2013

Margaret Thatcher:

Resurrection:

Apologetics, General:

Other/In the News:

True Theology: Knowing and Loving God

John 17:17I pulled the following quotes from the ESV Study Bile notes section on “Biblical Doctrine: An Overview, True Theology: Knowing and Loving God”:

Any theological system that distinguishes between “rational propositions about God” and “a personal relationship with God” fails to see this necessary connection between love and knowledge. The capacity to love, enjoy, and tell others about a person is increased by greater knowledge of that person. Love and knowledge go hand in hand. Good lovers are students of the beloved. Knowledge of God is the goal of theology. Continue reading

The Conversations We Can’t Have

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“Just don’t bring up creationism with Jody.”

Those were the first words of advice my friend said to my new pastor about me.

So, now the topic is taboo, and we have had one discussion and it was forced. Barriers are established before the conversation started. Trenches were dug. Fences erected. Lanes mined. Grenades stockpiled.

Standoff. Entrenchment.

Other than that topic, we mostly have a really great friendship… other than that deadly no-man’s land between us. Continue reading

FAIL! You presumed that a real or perceived relationship between things means that one is the cause of the other.

false cause

You presumed that a real or perceived relationship between things means that one is the cause of the other.

Many people confuse correlation (things happening together or in sequence) for causation (that one thing actually causes the other to happen). Sometimes correlation is coincidental, or it may be attributable to a common cause.

Example: Pointing to a fancy chart, Roger shows how temperatures have been rising over the past few centuries, whilst at the same time the numbers of pirates have been decreasing; thus pirates cool the world and global warming is a hoax.

Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies!

The most important reason to understand logical fallacies is to keep them out of our own arguments.

Some verses get picked

Some verses don't get picked for greeting cards.

Some verses don’t get picked for greeting cards.

Some verses get picked, but those are few and rare and usually removed from their context. Many of the verses that tell us more about actually living the Christian life never make it to a greeting card. Continue reading

Mescalero Sands

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We drove out to Mescalero Sands (off highway vehicle recreation area) Friday afternoon. We do not have any off-road vehicles (well, we do have my Raptor, but getting sick in the sand is not my idea of a good time), so we strolled around in the sand and sun for an hour or so. It is always a nice outing. We have been to Mescalero Sands several times, but this is the first time we actually saw other people there, and the first time we saw off-road vehicles running around in the sand. There are miles and miles and miles of sand dunes in the area, so even though there were several groups with several vehicles each, it was far from crowded.

FAIL! You misrepresented someone’s argument to make it easier to attack.

Strawman fallacy

strawman

You misrepresented someone’s argument to make it easier to attack.

By exaggerating, misrepresenting, or just completely fabricating someone’s argument, it’s much easier to present your own position as being reasonable, but this kind of dishonesty serves to undermine honest rational debate.

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Are you ready for $5/gallon gasoline? How about $6/gallon?

Are you ready to pay $5-$6/gallon for gasoline this summer – and it will have nothing to do with “Big Oil” or huge profits. It will have to do with environmentalism that kills.

Thanks to ill-advised and short-sighted legislation that forces us to buy gasoline with ethanol at the pump, not only do we get worse fuel mileage, but we get increased pollution!

Corn Ethanol Will Not Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Scientific American, April, 2009

Now, we can’t produce enough of this more-polluting, more expensive fuel additive that is required by law. Oops! Continue reading

A philosophy without regard for results

My cousin CC’d me on an email with the following quote in it:

“No progressive 100 years ago could have conceived of gay marriage. In fact, merely a decade-and-a-half ago, the entirety of the Democratic Party supported traditional marriage, codified under law. … for progressives, where’s their next redefinition in the ongoing process of redefining marriage? Does the evolution end with one man and one woman, or one man and one man, or one woman and one woman? Why could it not next progress to one man and multiple women? Will it involve an adult and a minor? Could their evolving redefinition include first cousins or a parent and child? Could it include multiple heterosexuals or homosexuals in single or even joint or group spousal relationships? Continue reading