Philosophy’s Revenge on Science (Humor)

Our church has a Senior Seminar that we do each year. The goal is to prepare graduating high school seniors for the next phase in life and to grapple with living out their faith in a complex world. I am teaching the section on philosophy and logic.

Ted Talk: Stephen HawkingIt is always fun to come up with examples that can illustrate various forms of a logical argument. I call this one Philosophy’s Revenge. Continue reading

TED Talk: Philosophy in Prison


You think you know right and wrong? Then can you tell me what wrong is? No, don’t just give me an example. I want to know about wrongness itself, the idea of wrong. What is that idea? What makes something wrong? How do we know that it’s wrong? Maybe you and I disagree. Maybe one of us is wrong about the wrong. Maybe it’s you, maybe it’s me — but we’re not here to trade opinions; everyone’s got an opinion. We are here for knowledge. Our enemy is thoughtlessness. This is philosophy.

Damon Horowitz is asking us the same question that Socrates posed to Euthyphro. What is right and what is wrong? Kant wrestled with that as well and came up with the “categorical imperative” which is mentioned at the end of the talk. If you are wondering what that is read this and if you are really interested read this.

TED Talk: Gen. McChrystal on Leadership



I came to believe that a leader isn’t good because they’re right; they’re good because they’re willing to learn and to trust. This isn’t easy stuff. It’s not like that electronic abs machine where, 15 minutes a month, you get washboard abs. (Laughter) And it isn’t always fair. You can get knocked down, and it hurts and it leaves scars. But if you’re a leader, the people you’ve counted on will help you up. And if you’re a leader, the people who count on you need you on your feet. – General McChrystal