Havity is the force that draws money to money. You need money to make money: that’s havity!
It’s been rather a long time since I last posted. I’ve been neglecting you, vast audience. Let’s see if I can get back into the swing of things by telling you some of the things I’ve been pondering recently.
Will we be able to learn in heaven?
Is it the fallen nature of ourselves and the world that leaves room for learning? Will our knowledge of God be perfect in heaven? Will our knowledge of each other and ourselves?
Atheism in Star Trek
C bought me a bunch of Star Trek The Next Generation for Christmas, and I watched them all in quick succession. It’s a truly great series (though the early episode have some dodgy spots). One thing I noticed this time around, though, is the clear but implicit assumption that there is no God. It’s curious, because I remember being surprised by the implicit theism in the original series, the first time I watched it. It’s rarely explicit, but I would say fairly undeniable, that the crew of the Enterprise are supposed to be part of a civilisation that has “grown out of” the concept of God. They admire developing races they meet who have put away their silly superstitions about gods, they unmask supposed gods and devils that are in fact just advanced aliens. It’s all very interesting, and I wonder how much of an effect it had on my fellow nerds and I when we first watched the series. Here was a group of admirable, intelligent, moral people who had “had no need for God”; who could explain, through science, things that other less advanced beings might take to be signs of a higher power.
The Nature of Democracy
“Government of the people, by the rascals, for the rich” as someone said? Democracy is not what we think it is, and what we think it is is not what everyone thinks it is. I really need to read up on the structures and history of democracy. Any recommendations?
Time to go do the work I should have been doing all morning. I know that if I worked hard for the next three months I could get my PhD finished before my funding runs out, but I can’t seem to get the head down and get it done. Still, we can but try.