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5 Responses to “Stumbling Over Truth”

  1. Greg DiDio says:

    Mike,

    This is a compelling article. Ironically, the concept of serendipity and its impact on our world fits well within my preconceived notions of reality. I guess that I, too, am subject to availability bias.

    Have you read Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book, The Black Swan? In this book published last year, the author makes a strong case for the viewpoint that the most significant events in our world (discoveries, the birth/growth of major religions, wars, inventions, political/economic turmoil etc.) do NOT evolve in a regular, predictable manner. In other words, they are serendipitous – though for bad, as well as good. This idea has tremendous impact on how we see our world and, indeed, how we live. I have been mulling the idea off and on since I read the book last summer, seeing some parallels in my Christian worldview and some sticking points, as well.

  2. Bob Thompson says:

    As usual, this is a very insightful post, Mike, and helps add dimension and clarification for me to your previous posts on “worldviews” and “frames” – that if the facts don’t fit in our frames, the facts bounce off and the frames remain. Leaving room for Serendipity, and inviting the culture to do the same… now that’s a concept that is both important and non-threatening to a culture whose “frame” says that all religions are basically the same! We can encourage the culture to keep learning… you never know what you might stumble upon by “accident.” Thanks, as always, for your insight.

  3. Dave Eaton says:

    Excellent piece! It brought to mind Darwinists that continue to stumble over evidence of design in living things, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.

    Lately, there has been a whole of of stumbling going on.

    Dave Eaton
    Deephaven, MN

  4. April says:

    Really enjoyed this piece. I love serendipity myself and hope I can meander through life finding interesting and often unsought thoughts, like this, that bring a smile to my face (oh that they would also bring cash to my pocketbook!).

    That is why I love reading my mothers’ old books on subjects I would never select for myself. At this time I am trying to browse her 1881-first edition of Georg Ebers, The Emperor, an historical fiction on the life of the Emperor Hadrian while he was in Alexandria, Egypt. Who knows what thoughts they had in those days!
    Always – April, Pagosa Springs, CO

  5. Ken says:

    Excellent piece! It brought to mind Darwinists that continue to stumble over evidence of design in living things, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.

    That cuts both ways, Eaton. I could say exactly the same thing about Young Earth Creationists, with or without their coat of “Intelligent Design” camouflage paint.

    Intelligent Design used to mean “Natural Theology”, the idea that science is discovering God’s creation — “Thinking God’s Thoughts after Him”, more a philosophical underpinning of Western science than science itself.

    However, today we have Intelligent Design (nudge nudge wink wink know what I mean know what I mean), aka Young Earth Creationism with a new coat of paint. So a centuries-old intellectual tradition becomes nothing more than a weapon to ram YEC down everybody’s throats.

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