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Someone has to make the call

As the summer season plays on, the technological imperative grows stronger.  That’s the belief – really an assumption – that if things can be done better by machines (i.e., more speedily, efficiently, or effectively), then they should be. It’s the conviction underlying AI, whose “artificial” nomenclature belies the real source of a machine’s “intelligence,” namely […]

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Angry Atheists and Closed-minded Christians

“Debates” about God’s existence between famous atheists and theists must take up half of all videos on YouTube. There’s hundreds of videos, each with millions of views, and I think that there’s two common threads in most of them: 1. the atmosphere of the “debates” is intense – there’s a lot of anger and hurt […]

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What HBO Knows That Pro-Lifers Don’t

Growing up Catholic, being Pro-Life was just natural. In church, we were told that life begins at conception, and that it’s not OK to “abort” (which is really just a euphemism for “kill”) a baby. On top of it being breathed into me by Catholicism, I never came across a good logical reason to refute […]

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Instaversary

All things Irish will no doubt be the photographic focus on this high holy feast day.  But another’s anniversary could also be celebrated. It’s been one year since Pope Francis’s first post on Instagram.  His simple message coincided with the devotional image that remains as his profile (above):  “Pray for me.”  His profoundly human and […]

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Dust in the wind

At that risk of dating myself, I couldn’t help but to borrow the title from a popular old song.  The “moment” in the song refers to a lifetime, but it works also for this not-yet first week of Lent. The moment of Ash Wednesday is gone.  Christian foreheads are clear, and clerical thumbs have been […]