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Where I come from. Part Three: My friend Newell or Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone (3)

Posted 15-Apr-2015 at 12:06 AM (00:06) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 15-Apr-2015 at 12:13 AM (00:13) by BluePoppy


In memoriam W. Newell Hendricks (1943-2015)


Newell at the piano with his wife Barbara on the violin.

Yesterday the Boston Globe ran the obituary for my friend Newell. You can read it here. Since it includes only a couple of lines from a poem he wrote last November which I found quite remarkable, let me share it with you:
Quote:
Little Things I can still do

I can sit.
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Where I come from. Part Three: My friend Newell or Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone (2)

Posted 08-Apr-2015 at 02:07 AM (02:07) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 14-Apr-2015 at 11:48 PM (23:48) by BluePoppy


In memoriam W. Newell Hendricks (1943-2015)

The group from Nicaragua arrived in Boston in early September of 2001 and was with us during the September 11 terror attacks. For most, if not all of them it had been the first trip on an airplane. While everybody tried to keep calm, you could tell how scared they were the first couple of days post 9/11. No planes were flying and many wondered, if they would be able to return home as planned. Others were scared of the destructive
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Where I come from. Part Three: My friend Newell or Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone (1)

Posted 04-Apr-2015 at 11:11 PM (23:11) by BluePoppy (A Wild Patience)
Updated 08-Apr-2015 at 02:15 AM (02:15) by BluePoppy




In memoriam W. Newell Hendricks (1943-2015)



Where I come from has many aspects. Family, social and racial background, beliefs of all sorts, education, thoughts and books I have been exposed to, travel and last but not least the people I have met along the way. I have no particular order in which I write about those influences. I’d rather like to follow my daily
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Existence versus belief

Posted 06-Jun-2013 at 07:33 PM (19:33) by JackCarlson

The debate over the existence of a god is a question about the factual existence in reality of a specific entity. Since no objective, verifiable evidence has been presented by religious believers that establishes beyond a shadow of a doubt that their particular god, or gods in generic form, exists in reality, we are left with inferences from and interpretations of natural events that suggest to some that their god exists. That no conclusive evidence can be presented assures us that the debate over...
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Just who is denying whom? Theology, atheists, Christians, ignorance, religion

Posted 02-Dec-2010 at 03:08 PM (15:08) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 02-Dec-2010 at 03:19 PM (15:19) by Gurdur

One strand of criticism coming from some Christians and from some philosophers of religion is that atheists don't know enough about their own atheism, or don't know enough about what they're denying (in case you make any assumption about why I am writing this blog post, you're wrong, sorry, but it's important to say you are wrong in assumption because I definitely do not want to be inadvertantly offensive; I am actually provoked into writing this by something theologian Jim West recently wrote in...
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Criticizing myself on how to define faith

Posted 19-Nov-2010 at 01:59 AM (01:59) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

In a previous blog post of mine, I wrote:

" .... I've seen Christians twist themselves into terrible knots on just what "faith" is, usually in response to atheist criticism, and try illegitimate tactics in reply, as for example redefining faith in a very trivial sense as just some form of trust based on experience. That is a tactic that trivializes both faith and religion, and it simply is bogus from one end to the other -- but I'll get into the specifics of that soon all by itself...
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Why do I wear my atheist label upfront? And so what can be wrong then with religion?

Posted 07-Nov-2010 at 06:14 AM (06:14) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 19-Nov-2010 at 02:45 AM (02:45) by Gurdur

If you look through my blog you will see I'm usually far more concerned about atheism, rather than religion, and that I make rigorous scrutiny at times of the antics of some atheists. There are periods where I don't tackle religion at all. So exactly why do I find religion can sometimes be not terribly good, and why am I so upfront about being an atheist? Now I am going to answer the questions mostly from my own experience, mostly not from all the examples abounding in history and the press. And...
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Martin Gardner has died; in memoriam

Posted 24-May-2010 at 03:14 PM (15:14) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 24-May-2010 at 05:18 PM (17:18) by Gurdur

Martin Gardner, a world-famous writer, skeptic, science and mathematics writer, has died at the age of 95 on Saturday, 22 May 2010. He was a truly great person, and one whom I very much look up to. My atheism is much because of his work; his regular writings in the magazine Scientific American, including in the columns Mathematical Games and Amateur Scientist, and his championing of the work of others, including John Horton Conway's Game of Life, a breakthrough in the theoretical understanding of...
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Need for unbelief versus the belief in unbelief: answering Baber's question, Part 2

Posted 19-Jul-2009 at 08:56 AM (08:56) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 25-Mar-2010 at 07:43 AM (07:43) by Gurdur

This is the second part of my reply to H.E. Baber, the first part having been handled in my other blog post, and in this part I would like to passionately express how much unbelief is needed, and by whom, as versus "belief in unbelief", as termed by H.E. Baber.

A good many atheists arrive at their atheism, their unbelief, all without any help whatsoever, without ever having read a tome by a famous atheist writer, without ever having read a screed by an atheist extremist. As one of...
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Overly hostile belief in unbelief: answering H.E. Baber's question, Part 1

Posted 19-Jul-2009 at 08:05 AM (08:05) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 25-Mar-2010 at 08:02 AM (08:02) by Gurdur

On the Guardian on Friday, the philosopher H.E. Baber, who is a philosophy professor at the University of San Diego, has asked the question, "I would be very interested in hearing why the New Atheists and their followers believe, with such manifest conviction, in unbelief."

Her question needs a fair bit of explanation; it is asked in the context founded by Daniel Dennett when he in a Guardian piece passionately deplored what he claimed to be belief in belief by atheists. I discussed...
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