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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 (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 (Digital life edition)

After (yet another) unscheduled pause in writing I’m not going to be making any promises about regularity. If I can make it happen, great, if not well I’ll show up again here sometime. Writing may not have been happening but the collecting of links never ends. Today we’re looking at articles that help us think through our use of social media and organising our digital lives. What is the real problem with social media? And how should we respond? Tyler Cowen: “Online life is inducing us to invest less in…

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On Technology (massive links edition)

OK warning right up front – there are a lot of links here – don’t even try to read them all. But there is also something for everyone if you’re interested in developments in our increasing technological society and how as Christians we live well in that. I’ve done my best to group them to make it easy to navigate and find what you might be looking for. Disclaimer: I’m not endorsing any or all of these articles, just that they’re interesting and we can learn something from most of…

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The Curiosity Index (15.11.2018)

In North Korea, Missile Bases Suggest a Great Deception This news should surprise precisely no one. North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases that have been identified in new commercial satellite images, a network long known to American intelligence agencies but left undiscussed as President Trump claims to have neutralized the North’s nuclear threat. Your Mother’s Romantic Past Affects Your Own Dating Adventures This is not determinative, it’s not fate but it should give us concern for the generations growing up now and what…

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The Curiosity Index (19.09.2018)

The unlikely rise of China’s ‘boss Christians’ Fascinating. The concentration of Protestant Christian entrepreneurs and their financial influence in the city has also led to unusually strong house churches with good connections to local government. Here, ‘boss Christians’ preach in the factory or the office as well as at church, encourage their workers to attend prayer meetings and Bible studies on site, and use their business relationships with the party-state to smooth the way for church operations. How Reformed Churches Are Growing on the Arabian Peninsula In the city of…

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The death of the church

Todd Dildine recently did a four-part series on you guessed it, ‘the death of the church’. It’s an analysis of the American scene but I think has much wider implications. In Part 1 he assesses the landscape and sees that in America it’s not only the church that is declining but in fact community organisations of almost every conceivable sort. The collapse of the American church and the breakdown of the American community are tied together. When you take a critical look at our society you will discover that America…

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The Curiosity Index (10.05.2018)

When Smart People Are Stupid The smarter you are, the more susceptible you may be to imbibing secondhand unverified information and passing it off as your considered opinion, in essence, to make yourself look clever. As if that ever happens. Everyday courage Hospitality isn’t just about making space for others in your home, it’s about making space for them in your heart. I can’t expect that lady from Foodbank to come to my home, let alone my church, if I’m too scared to go to hers. If I say I love…

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