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The Curiosity Index (18.02.2019)

The Most Attractive Quality in a Leader As I know most of the guys Andrew Wilson is talking about here, I can confirm it’s a pretty good description and a very helpful description. Something I aspire to. What is the most attractive quality in a leader? No doubt there are all sorts of ways of answering that, and although some responses are obviously wrong, I don’t think there’s any particular one that is obviously right (other than “Christlikeness” or “love”, which just push the question back a stage: “OK, so…

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The Curiosity Index (18.12.2017)

Killing Gävle: The Swedish city where a 40ft goat battles for the spirit of Christmas This (20 minute) little film about a Swedish town (about two hours north of Stockholm) is very interesting. Weird traditions, pagan roots, secular values and Christianity all merge and blend into a compelling cocktail. Watch it. Estonia, the Digital Republic This is one potential future direction of the nation state. It’s an absolutely fascinating experiment that really only a very small country can pioneer. Oumuamua and the Fermi paradox Oumuamua has provoked another sign of the growing…

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God, the universe, clutching at straws & the new high priests

In March of this year in a case of poor translation a Chinese paper on the bio-mechanics of the hand apparently attributed this to the Creator, which did not go down too well. Put simply, it’s incredibly inappropriate to offer up a supernatural entity as an explanation for a biological mechanism in a paper seeking to advance scientific knowledge, no matter what your personal religious beliefs are. If you grow up in the a western liberal society this ‘truth’ forms the background to your education. It’s ‘incredibly inappropriate’ to offer up…

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We are alone in the universe

It seems the question, is there other intelligent life (or any kind of life for that matter) in the universe continues to be a bothersome one for some of Earth’s brightest minds. Let me make this easy. We are alone. Completely and utterly alone. Even if we weren’t the chances of ever encountering anything in your lifetime or the lifetime of your great-great-great-great-great-grandchild is so infinitesimally small, that you might as well be. Estimates (or if we’re honest complete guesses and pulling numbers out of, ahem, space) say there must…

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Six lessons from Interstellar

Insterstellar was one of the big blockbuster films of 2014 and with good reason. It’s epic, telling a big bold story with big themes about the future survival of humanity. If you’ve not seen it already, it really needs to be seen on as a big a screen as you can possible manage, because space is vast and epic. This is not a movie to be watched on your tablet or phone. There’s a lot of stuff here about blackholes, wormholes, planetary exploration, time travel and more. Of course there is…

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The Curiosity Index (16.04.2015)

Andrew Haslam on being an inceberg pastor nails it – I have often wrestled with exactly these issues and feelings. Especially in a church plant where ‘making stuff happen’ is your job. A structural analysis of the Book of Revelation Matthew Schmitz has made a library of his books and done what I have just undone – alphabetized his books If you solve this problem, then logic is your thing. Can you work out when Cheryl’s birthday is? And if you want to know what it’s really like to do a space-walk then…

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