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Am I wrong about self-driving cars?

I’ve said to friends that I didn’t believe my son (who has just turned 11) would need to learn to drive when he turned 18 because by then self-driving cars would be the norm. There’s already a self-driving bus being tested nearby in Stockholm, so seven more years should be enough, no? At some point in the not too distant future I’ll have to have a conversation with my dad about relinquishing his driving licence. I’m confident my son won’t have to do the same because there will be autonomous…

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The Curiosity Index: Week 33

I’m going to try a new format for me which is to summarise the week’s posts (partly to nudge me to keep writing) and then throw in some bonus material for the weekend. Thoughts welcome. Monday: Scandinavia’s reign as the happiest place on Earth is ending Tuesday: Is nuclear war more likely than you think? Wednesday: Is the World’s Next Missions Movement in Ethiopia? Thursday: The Curiosity Index: Books edition (August 2019) Friday: Distinguishing Between Primary & Secondary Issues Related Reading The staggering power of Russia’s new top-secret nuclear rocket…

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Change the world. Plant a tree.

A long time ago in a childhood far, far away we were told about massive environmental challenges that our planet was facing. The poster child of the late 80s and early 90s was deforestation in the Amazon – along with saving whales and pandas. Sadly not very much has changed when it pertains to the Amazon (or Brazil’s other forests) and that deforestation continues apace each and every year. Yet our understanding of the peril and plight of the planet definitely has changed. We are aware more keenly than ever…

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The Most Bicycle-Friendly Cities of 2019

Pretty disappointed that Stockholm is not on this list but well done to the Danes & the Dutch! As trends come and go, simple design stands the test of time. And nowhere is that more evident these days than in urban mobility. With everything from autonomous cars to dockless pogosticks vying to be the next big thing, the bicycle continues to shine as the most efficient, practical, and reliable solution to urban mobility. Many cities are taking note, building infrastructure and expanding facilities to accommodate the bicycle as an everyday…

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The Curiosity Index (12.06.2019)

The Prosperity Heresy Yesterday I linked to this story from the BBC on poor Americans being exploited by TV hucksters. I’d like to follow that up with this proposal. 7 Surprising trends in global Christianity in 2019 Yesterday I wrote about The Ebb & Flow of Christianity and just after I pressed ‘publish’ I read this from Facts & Trends. It provides some additional support and is a strong reminder not to think the world will necessarily follow Europe’s path. On the Pleasures and Sorrows of Life Without Screens From…

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The Curiosity Index (10.06.2019)

White or Wrong? Andrew Wilson on form as usual: Should people self-identify as “white”? In normal conversation? In the church, or other specifically Christian contexts? On a census form or diversity survey? It might seem that the answer is yes to all of the above, and that even asking the question is the height of politically correct silliness. But I think there are at least seven reasons for taking seriously the possibility that the answer is no. Church Planting Mistakes: “I’ll Take Who I Can Get” The Simmonds brothers interviewed…

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The Curiosity Index (24.05.2019)

Hello. It’s been a while. Our Father’s Voice I liked this from Emma Scrivener. “God’s words versus mine. But Faith says ‘I am not my feelings.”  Faith says, “Let it be to me according to Your word!” (Luke 1:38).” He Paid The Debt They Would Have Had to Pay Stephen McAlpine is first out of the gate with turning this news story into a sermon illustration. When you throw a gospel stone into a pond the ripples can go beyond what we could ever  expect.  And if that can happen when a…

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The Curiosity Index (Sweden edition)

Here are a collection of recent articles that illustrate quite well the strengths and weaknesses of the beautiful country of Sweden. The Environment Sweden has a great environment but there’s always more that could be done. So Green Swedes shun holiday flights for lure of the train and in a development I’m a big personal fan of Why Sweden Wants to Revive Europe’s Night Trains The wrong sort of equality Sweden prides itself on being an equal society or at least leading the way to becoming one. This may not…

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