The Wisdom of Crowds

Galton undoubtedly thought that the average guess of the group would be way off the mark. After all, mix a few very smart people with some mediocre people and a lot of dumb people, and it seems likely you’d end up with a dumb answer. But Galton was wrong. The crowd had guessed that theContinue reading “The Wisdom of Crowds”

The Myth of Matter, p. 6

The “Conflict Thesis” Looking back down the timeline from the perspective of the late 1800’s with the clarity of hindsight one could easily say, “Democritus and Wycliffe (… Copernicus and Galileo…) were right, and religious orthodoxy was wrong.” [1] Should we then make the inference that religion –and in particular, Christianity– is the enemy ofContinue reading “The Myth of Matter, p. 6”

The Blind Men and the Elephant, p. 6

If Darwin and Wallace could co-labor, can’t we? I have certain basic beliefs – Science and religion are both metanarratives whose validities hinge on the way they are acted out. ‘Just so’ stories are not properly basic ever, at any time in any narrative. Everything is a metaphor for everything else. (Therefore) ‘Truth’ may best be encapsulatedContinue reading “The Blind Men and the Elephant, p. 6”

The Blind Men and the Elephant, p. 1

You may have heard a version of this parable, maybe not. John Godfrey Saxe concluded his version this way: So oft in theologic wars, The disputants, I ween, Rail on in utter ignorance Of what each other mean, And prate about an Elephant Not one of them has been or seen I’ll add what RobertContinue reading “The Blind Men and the Elephant, p. 1”

Crying in the Wilderness

So they said to him, “Who are you? We need an answer! What do you have to say for yourself?”