What do you Believe?

What do you believe?  Why do you hold those beliefs?  These are not questions for me but for yourself.  As much as we would like to think we have rational and logical reasons for our worldviews, the truth is many times emotion plays a big role as well.  That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but... Continue Reading →

Harry Potter isn’t a Problem

Is Harry Potter the problem?  Recently there has been an upsurge in the Christian community over Harry Potter when a Catholic school banned the books.  I am a Christian and so I’ve become familiar with my faith’s condemnation of not just Harry Potter but the fantasy genre as a whole. Yes, I’m familiar with the... Continue Reading →

Partitioning Love

Love is something everyone would agree is good and the world needs more of it.  I don’t think any sane person has said there is too much love in the world, this reaches across cultural, religious, and political boundaries.  In recent months I’ve come across commentators saying that people love their pets too much, these... Continue Reading →

Personal Beliefs in Writing

How much of our beliefs should we put in the books we write?  Like most things when it comes to creative writing it depends largely on the intent.  Sometimes being rather blunt with a message is effective.  However, subtlety is largely more effective.  People don’t like to be beaten over the head with ideology, even... Continue Reading →

Don’t Just Know What YOU Believe

Knowing what we believe and why is essential.  Our worldviews are the lenses through which we see everything.  Some people don’t even fully understand what they believe, but many more do not understand the root behind other belief systems.  Typically, ignorance is the universal explanation, but that is something that may be true for some... Continue Reading →

Extreme Cynicism

If you know anything about me or have read this blog for a while you would know that I try to take a logical but open-minded approach to things.  Am I perfect at this?  Certainly not.  It is something I strive for.  Believing everything or not believing in anything are easy positions to take and... Continue Reading →

Ah! Keep Your Different Beliefs Away!

Is it possible to separate what you do from your beliefs?  This is something that is often asked of people, but appears to be rarely put into practice.  Certainly, a person can elect not to be obnoxious with his religion or politics on platforms such as social media.  However, that isn’t what I’m addressing.  Political... Continue Reading →

The Beauty of Bias

All humans have bias.  This is a basic fact of life.  We see life through our worldviews, beliefs, and experiences.  No one is exempt from this.  Bias is often referred to negatively.  Humans are guilty of cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias in order to reaffirm our beliefs.  The result can be an echo chamber.  Worse,... Continue Reading →

There is No Proof!

As a fiction writer I’m familiar with legends and myths.  My occupation requires that I spend considerable time in the make-believe.  Fiction is a way to teach and learn truths without beating people over the head with them.  It softens the experience, and in spite of it not being real, it is incredibly relatable.  Sometimes... Continue Reading →

I Believe in Science!

I just started writing a science fiction novel.  With writing in a new genre comes research and new things begin to stand out more than normal. Many times, I come across either memes on social media or blog posts declaring that a person or group “believes in science.” I find this to be rather odd.... Continue Reading →

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