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    • Currently reading through the 24 page handout for Lesson 1 and this phrase stuck with me as Neil’s “thought for the day”:

      People are rarely persuaded when you tell them they’re wrong.

    • Sorry for not starting this week. The 32 page handout is taking an enjoyably longer time than expected to get through: I may even re-read it this weekend. Once I’ve read through it sufficiently, I will watch the first video lesson and then prepare a first reflection for discussion.

      To be continued

    • Update

      This is slow going for me. It’s extremely dense reading, there’s so many deep thinking ideas discussed on each page that I’m only getting through one page a day of the first pdf. I’m also rusty at being a student. I therefore need more time to reflect on what the ideas mean in practice, and where I need to adjust my thinking or approach to finding the truth.

      I leave you with this quote until next week’s reflection.

      Science didn’t achieve maturity until we invented machines, mechanisms, devices that either replaced our senses, extended our senses, or became a whole other sense entirely.... There are things going on out there that our five senses know nothing about.

    • Update

      It’s amazing how quickly I forget that I have this course for study. I was reading a page this morning and thought I’d share these comments from Neil for reflection. (Feel free to start your own conversation on this quote, if you’re so moved.)

      On the issue of reconciling science and an omnipotent deity, Neil takes both a hard, unyielding stance and a more complex one. “Let there be no doubt that as they are currently practiced, there can be no common ground between science and religion,” he writes in the same essay, later collected in his book Death by Black Hole. He goes on to explain:
      “The claims of science rely on experimental verification, while the claims of religion rely on faith. These are irreconcilable approaches to knowing, which ensures an eternity of debate wherever and whenever the two camps meet. Although just as in hostage negotiations, it’s probably best to keep both sides talking to each other.”