July 26, 2017

Saturday Brunch, July 15, 2017

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for some brunch?

7 Reasons Why Brunch Is The Best

Pull up a chair!

I think we should start with some light fare, move to more substantial offerings, and end with some sweetness. What do you think? [Actually, that question is entirely rhetorical. The post is already written, and you can’t do one thing about it. Unless retro-causality it true. See below.]

Did you know there is an annual Comedy Wildlife Photography competition? The 2017 contest is still-ongoing, but here are a few entries so far, along with some past winners:

“There was a spider…”

Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Shortlist

Camo Level 1,000

Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Shortlist

“I knew I shouldn’t have attacked Russia in winter…”

Highly Commended

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

Bronze Runner-up “Nearly Got It”

“Nearly got it”

“You shall not PAAAASSSSSSS!!!!!!”

Highly Commended

“GET EM OFF!!! GET EM OFF!!! GET EM OFF!!!”

How to tell if your new friend is a real jerk

Seeing his chance, the vampire salmon went for the jugular.

Seeing his chance, the vampire salmon went for the jugular.

Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Shortlist

“Our next piece will be…”

Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Shortlist

When you’re watching a movie with your mom and a sex scene comes on

“A THREE putt! I’ll show you what I think of this stupid course!”

Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards Shortlist

Oh, so you don’t like my witty captions?

 

Speaking of animals, this Labrador rides a horse better than I do:

Oh, be still my soul! Paul Lalonde, writer of the apocalyptic adventure film “Left Behind,” took to Facebook Sunday for a major announcement:

“So, it’s finally done. It took almost two years, and a roller coaster ride that I can’t even begin to describe. But we have finally put all the pieces into place to do the ‘Left Behind’ series the way it should be done. Not everyone knew it, but we have always been “handcuffed” on the Left Behind film rights, because we only had access to books 1 and 2 in the series…Now, I have officially acquired the movie rights to the entire ‘Left Behind’ series. All 16 books!”

Updating Disney? UK-based graphic artist Tom Ward feels a picture is worth a thousand words in commentating on today’s world. So he re-imagines Disney stories if they were told in 2017.


Unless you’ve been living under the proverbial rock, you know what fidget spinners are. But did you know they illustrate the trinity? At least, that is what some Roman Catholic priests are conveying in their homily. Of course, this practice has its detractors. One thinker with the unfortunate name of  Toy Adams condemns the Trinity-as-spinner analogy on a  theological basis (“not to be a heresy hunter, but heresy is serious,”). “To compare the Trinity to a fidget spinner (as with the shamrock) is to commit the heresy of partialism, for it undercuts the full divinity of each person, so as to indicate that each are only one part of a three part God…The Trinity is a glorious mystery. Let’s let that be enough.”

Your thoughts? Helpful, heresy, or something in-between?

The above reminded me of this video:

Well, this is depressing: Within three decades sexual intercourse will no longer be necessary to conceive a child. Instead, parents will choose from a range of embryos made with their DNA in a laboratory, a Stanford professor claims.

Hank Greely, who directs Stanford Law School’s Center for Law and Biosciences, believes that although the reproductive technology already exists to create life outside of the womb, over time the process will become less expensive, as Quartz reported Saturday.

Greely believes that parents will also be able to select the hair and eye color for their children, and eventually even more complex traits like intelligence. “I don’t think we’re going to be able to say this embryo will get a 1550 on its two-part SAT. But, this embryo has a 60 percent chance of being in the top half, this embryo has a 13 percent chance of being in the top 10 percent — I think that’s really possible.”

Greely dismisses concerns that this will only increase class divisions, as the wealthy make their super-babies. He argues the health savings will allow the process to be free, at least in the first world. So, it will only solidify international inequality? What could go wrong?

And  this is disconcerting: A study by a university in the U.K. has found that contraceptive pills, cleaning products and other household items flushed down household drains are turning male fish transgender. Male river fish are displaying feminized traits and even producing eggs, the study led by Professor Charles Tyler of the University of Exeter found, according to The Telegraph. Some fish have reduced sperm quality and display less aggressive and competitive behaviour, making them less likely to breed. The tests involved in the study showed that as much as 20 percent of freshwater fish at 50 different sites in the U.K. had higher feminine characteristics.

Imgur has an interesting infographic: The Differences in How Americans say Things:


Gallup recently released a new poll regarding American’s belief regarding creation. Surprised?

Well, this headline is interesting: Basic Assumptions Of Physics Might Require The Future To Influence The Past.  In a new paper published in Proceedings of The Royal Society A, two physicists have lent new theoretical support for the argument that, if certain reasonable-sounding assumptions are made, then quantum theory must be retrocausal. Retrocausality means that, when an experimenter chooses the measurement setting with which to measure a particle, that decision can influence the properties of that particle (or another particle) in the past, even before the experimenter made their choice. In other words, a decision made in the present can influence something in the past.

The background to this is the idea of quantum entanglement, that is, two particles somehow becoming entangled together. Quantum physics suggests that two so-called entangled particles can maintain a special connection—even at a large distance—such that if one is measured, that instantly tells an experimenter what measuring the other particle will show. Einstein disliked the notion that objects can share a mysterious connection across any distance of space. He famously called it, “spooky action at a distance”, and scientists have spent the past 50 years trying to make sure that their results showing this quantum effect could not have been caused by more intuitive explanations. Earlier this year, physicists revisited and revised the famous Bell experiments of 1964 and closed off one of the major loopholes. Quantum entanglement seems very weird indeed, but also true.

Unless…unless one assumes that retro-causality is possible.

In the original tests, physicists assumed that retrocausal influences could not happen. Consequently, in order to explain their observations that distant particles seem to immediately know what measurement is being made on the other, the only viable explanation was action-at-a-distance. That is, the particles are somehow influencing each other even when separated by large distances, in ways that cannot be explained by any known mechanism. But by allowing for the possibility that the measurement setting for one particle can retrocausally influence the behavior of the other particle, there is no need for action-at-a-distance—only retrocausal influence.

The above reminds me [yes I know its quite a different context] of some suggestive quotes from C. S. Lewis.

“Son,’he said,’ ye cannot in your present state understand eternity…That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it,” not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory. And of some sinful pleasure they say “Let me have but this and I’ll take the consequences”: little dreaming how damnation will spread back and back into their past and contaminate the pleasure of the sin. Both processes begin even before death. The good man’s past begins to change so that his forgiven sins and remembered sorrows take on the quality of Heaven: the bad man’s past already conforms to his badness and is filled only with dreariness. And that is why…the Blessed will say “We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven, : and the Lost, “We were always in Hell.” And both will speak truly.”
The Great Divorce

 

“But what does it all mean?” asked Susan when they were somewhat calmer.

“It means,” said Aslan, “that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.”

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Again, I know this is a completely different context. But I have a question for you. Why can’t retro-causality in a broad sense, the idea that the future can influence the past, be at least conceptually feasible? And don’t tell me, “Well, that’s just not how time works.” I did my master’s thesis on the interaction between God and time [more specifically, on the question of whether an atemporal being could also be an agent in a temporal universe], and I learned one thing: No-one really understands time.

Wanna watch the rants of Alex Jones put into an Indie folk song? Of course you do.

Eugene Petersen was interviewed this week, and his answers about the state of the church are interesting.

I think there’s a whole part of the Christian church which operates out of fear. It’s a negative kind of gospel, which I think is quite contrary to the Gospel that Jesus brought to us. I’m not happy with that.

I do feel like pastors are not doing their job. Look at what’s going on in the church, at least in my Presbyterian church. It has a consumer mentality. It’s about what we can sell and how we can attract people to come to church.

I think the thing that’s most disturbing is the megachurch because megachurches are not churches. My feeling is that when you’re a pastor, you know the people’s names. When 5,000 people come into the church, you don’t know anybody’s name. I don’t think you can be a pastor with just a bunch of anonymous people out there. In the megachurch, well, there’s no relationship with anybody. I think the nature of the church is relational. If you don’t know these people that you’re praying with and talking with and listening to, what do you have? I feel pretty strongly about that.

Now, there’s a lot of innovation in the church, and overall, I can’t say I’m disheartened. I’m just upset by the fad-ism of the megachurch, but I just don’t think they’re churches. They’re entertainment places.

And finally, we end with the sweet. Or at least bitter-sweet. Sarah Cummins is a 25 year old pharmacy student at Purdue. Today was supposed to be the day she had dreamed of: her wedding day. She and her fiance Logan Araujo had been planning a dream wedding for two years — a $30,000 extravaganza. They had worked overtimes and weekends to make it happen.

A week ago, she called it off (she prefers not to say why), and both were left with broken hearts and a nonrefundable contract for a venue and a plated dinner for 170 guests Saturday night at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. What to do?

Throw a dinner for the homeless!

Late this afternoon around 150 people from Indianapolis homeless shelters will be driven to the Ritz, where they will share a meal with Sarah and her mother. On the menu are bourbon-glazed meatballs, goat cheese and roasted garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce and, yes, wedding cake.

Sarah, may your tribe increase.

Comments

  1. Daniel Jepsen says:

    First!

  2. Radagast says:

    Glad to see yinz guys gave the Burgh a callout in at.

    • Good ta see yalls. Pull up a chair and have a coke.

      • That Other Jean says:

        Y’all. The plural–for more than about 4 people–of y’all is all y’all. At least it was that way where I come from.

    • Both Radagast and Tom aka Volkmar simply do not understand.

      “Yinz” is a variant of “you’uns” (you ones) and doesn’t need “guys” which qualifies as a completely unnecessary appendage. I have heard “yinz” in Niagara Falls, NY, and “you underwood” in West Virginia and Kentucky.

      “Yalls” does not exist. The plural of “y’all” (and please notice the required apostrophe. And the word is pronounced as a single syllable, yawl, not as a glottal-stopped two-syllable monstrosity, ya all) is never “yalls” … y’all is already a plural and is never used talking to a single individual except in the possessive (not plural) sense when there is an implied connection to absent persons who are an integral part of one’s group, one’s family, one’s posse, as in yall’s house, y’all’s team, and so forth. When the group is sufficiently large (one’s algebra class, one’s town) it is acceptable in certain parts of the south to say “all y’all” as the plural of “y’all” but never “yalls” … even at the famous Varsity drive-in in Atlanta they call out “What’ll you have?” and not “What’ll y’all have?” because they can’t take everybody’s orders at once. Youse is bad enough, but yalls is not its Southern equivalent.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says:

      I was in the Burgh two weeks ago.

  3. Susan Dumbrell says:

    My Weekend.

    quiet Saturday
    sewing fairy dress with frills
    she will dance and spin

    no sewing Sunday
    Grandma says a day to pray
    must finish today

    no dancing or twirls
    life was so structured back then
    Christ has released us.

    However the mood takes you IMonkers,
    Enjoy, what ever you do, praise God.
    Blessings to all
    Susan

  4. The real story about Disney is what they’ve done to Steve Whitmire…

  5. Adam Tauno Williams says:

    “….although the reproductive technology already exists to create life outside of the womb, over time the process will become less expensive….”

    Become less expensive? Seriously? You mean . . . like everything else in healthcare? What planet is this guy on?

    Aside: It needs to become VERY inexpensive. Making people the old fashioned way requires nothing more than a rusty old automobile and a parking space; both of which America has no shortage of.

    Aside#2: His technology that “already exists” has yet to be used – even once. So color me skeptical. There is a tribe of people who make their living making this claim about making people; the real question is – are they all virgins? In any case this will eventually not freak people out anymore and the will certainly then all be poor, left with no livelihood.

    • “Greely dismisses concerns that this will only increase class divisions, as the wealthy make their super-babies. He argues the health savings will allow the process to be free, at least in the first world. So, it will only solidify international inequality? What could go wrong?”

      Techno-optimists’ naivete would be SO cute… we’re it not so potentially deadly.

      Quick, somebody mail Greeley a copy of “Brave New World”…

      • Josh in FW says:

        +1

      • Dana Ames says:

        +1000

        The mega-question of the day – with which most people, including technocrats, do not grapple – is, “What does it mean to be a human being?”

        Dana

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says:

      “….although the reproductive technology already exists to create life outside of the womb, over time the process will become less expensive….”

      Become less expensive? Seriously? You mean . . . like everything else in healthcare? What planet is this guy on?

      A planet I’ve seen too many denizens of in my profession and mainstream SF fandom.

      The planet of “COMPUTERS! COMPUTERS! COMPUTERS! COMPUTERS! COMPUTERS! COMPUTERS!”, inexorably drawn to the Great Attractor of The Singularity.

      Because the only technology that becomes drastically less expensive over time is silicon chips and computer hardware.

  6. Adam Tauno Williams says:

    Eugene Petersen: “I think there’s a whole part of the Christian church which operates out of fear.”

    This, +1,000.

    Eugene Petersen: “I do feel like pastors are not doing their job.”

    Agree.

    Eugene Petersen: “I think the thing that’s most disturbing is the megachurch because megachurches are not churches.”

    Oh, boy, here we go again. But he is correct.

    Eugene Petersen: “I think the nature of the church is relational.”

    Yep, Communities are. You can have an Arelational Community only when you have an Asocial Gospel; the only Gospel is the Social one.

    • There was more foolery yet in that interview… some of which landed Eugene into high-temperature dihydrous oxide. Google it.

    • “…but I just don’t think they’re churches. They’re entertainment places.”

      Ditto

      So, we’re “saved” by our feelings alone?

      http://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/2017/07/we-are-saved-by-feelings-alone.html

      • Is it any wonder then that the broken, the depressed, and the overwhelmed just aren’t welcome in most aspects of evangelical culture?

        • Ron Avra says:

          You have to be camera ready to find a spot in many parts of evangelical culture; no acne allowed, much less any more substantial flaw. The fatigue from maintaining the act is driving many people out.

        • Christiane says:

          why is this?

          • Robert F says:

            There’s a fear of contamination from those who visibly don’t make the grade; they are considered a threat to the “orthodox” belief and behavior of those exposed to them. Such fear is a sure sign of lack of confidence in one’s own beliefs; that means the whole edifice is unstable.

    • Robert F says:

      Regarding megachurches, and the importance of relationality to the identity of church, as noted by Petersen: A co-choir member, and friend of mine, and his wife (an older, retired couple) returned to our Lutheran parish a few years ago after a decade in a local evangelical megachurch. I asked him what motivated their return. He said that, although not everything in the megachurch was bad, and some of it they liked a lot, they realized that when the time comes, they didn’t want their funeral rites conducted by someone who had no, or only the most superficial, familiarity with them.

      >”….the only Gospel is the Social one.”

  7. Ah, Daniel, like the olden days, more LOL’s today from our animal friends than probably the past year here put together, tho perhaps retro-causality will change that. The study on how we say things really interests me and is probably the basis of the majority of our arguments here. Nothing openly divisive to stir the pot tho that probably won’t stop the pot stirrers. I’ve been thinking increasingly the past several weeks wondering what benefit to me or anyone else from me hanging out here, and today at least gives a reprieve to that. Well done, many thanks!

  8. The comedy animal photos are the BEST!! STILL LAUGHING. Thanks Daniel, I needed that.

  9. “we have always been ‘handcuffed’ on the Left Behind film rights, because we only had access to books 1 and 2 in the series…Now, I have officially acquired the movie rights to the entire ‘Left Behind’ series. All 16 books!”

    Well… look how much blood they’ve gotten out of the stones called “Fast and the Furious and ‘Transformers’… :-/

    OTOH, this shoukd set Slacktivist up for new material for his blog from now till Doomsday (pun intended).

  10. “No-one really understands time.”

    I do! It’s a wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey thing. 😉

  11. MY experience from NE Ohio doesn’t quite fit the maps.

    We called them “Fireflys”.

    We split the difference and called it “soda-pop”.

    And we called Pittsburgh… nothing that can be repeated in an open forum. 😛

    • It’s soda here in Maine. But in Massachusetts it’s “tonic.”

      • Soda-pop called “tonic”? I’d hate to order a Gin and Tonic in Massachusetts. 😉

      • Tonic in Rhode Island too, where I lived until I was six.

      • Christiane says:

        We used to have something in Massachusetts called ‘Moxie’. I remember my father buying some and bringing it back to Virginia when we were stationed there. It was one of his favorites and you couldn’t find it in the south.

        Our family in Massachusetts was also big on making their own root beer using flavoring and yeast. It was great fun watching the yeast slowly, slowly, slowly disappear in the bottles ’til it was almost ready to drink. Sometimes a bottle would explode, but that was a part of the fun. Good times. Long ago. 🙂

    • Hmmmm…growing up in rural Georgia a coke was a coke. Never heard anybody call a Pepsi a coke or a Sprite (my favorite) a coke. My Mom called them all “belly-washers”. But she was Irish.

      • A Coke with rum in it is called a “rum and Coke” (naturally), but also called a “Cuba libre” (pronounced cooba leebrey, meaning “free Cuba”).

        But if you’re the designated driver you should order a “virgin Cuba libre” which is… a Coke.

        • Dana Ames says:

          Gotta add some lime juice for the Cuba LIbre – truly refreshing 🙂

          Dana

          • When I was in Bolivia they had a beer called “Paceña” (woman from La Paz) and as I remember was something like Corona, and they’d mix it with Coke and call it an “Encholada” which seems to mean that it’s been turned into a Chola woman, an indigenous gal from the highlands. It was pretty good, and I keep meaning to mix a Corona with a Coke for old times sake, but I never seem to have Coke in the house.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says:

      To me, “Fireflys” are the Josh Whedon Shipyards version of the Type A Free Trader.

  12. I think Sarah lived a dream she never anticipated…

  13. Robert F says:

    I preface the following comment by acknowledging that the scientific hypothesis of reverse causality mentioned in today’s post probably cannot be justifiably extrapolated to include my or anyone’s theological musings; but since the post’s mentioning of it has stoked an idea that has been simmering in my thought for a long time, I will proceed anyway, with that caveat: It has for some time now seemed to me that a redemption wrought in time, and at a specific moment or set of moments in time, as the theological accounts of the soteriological meaning and significance of Jesus Christ’s birth, life, teachings, death on the cross, and resurrection affirm it, cannot happen without reverse-causality. If redemption happens in the midst of the flow of time, and time is a one-way arrow, then all that happened before the time redemption occurred, or started occurring (the latter, if we think of redemption as on ongoing process inaugurated by Jesus at a specific moment in time, but unfolding into the future, rather than as single discrete event), is forever locked up in the constraints of finality as sealed up in time-past. The past has happened, with all its evil and suffering, and time has stamped not only the configuration but the meaning of those events with an irreversible finality; if time is a one-way arrow, redemption cannot touch any of what happened before the salvation-event. Done, dead, and over.

    This is why the perennial habit of most religions is to see redemption not as inextricably linked with the life of a specific person who existed in time, and not as something that took place (or started taking place) at a specific moment in time. Rather, it is seen as a set of teachings and principles and insights and practices, always existing at each moment in time, that can be accessed by anyone at anytime, and always has been. Salvation is then understood to be escaping, or transforming, or recognizing for the nirvana it already is, the time-experienced reality before us, by way of the practices of this teaching and the insight offered by its wisdom. No personal savior is involved, and the teaching does not depend on the the avatars who may come into the world teaching it; hence the Buddha could say that though he, and even his teaching (insofar as it was connected with his name), would eventually be forgotten, but the dharma, the way, would continue, always present and always available to those who would walk it. The historic Buddha saw himself as a person in no way important to the continuance of this way, but only as an expression of it. Reverse-causality is not needed in such a religious scheme, because the teaching has always been present, and so the perfection and redemption or liberation it offers has always been present; for the same reasons, no savior is needed. As Hindu religion asserts, the Jewel is in the Crown of the Lotus: the often tawdry material reality that we see carries in its heart the pearl without price, which, once are able to reach it by way of practicing the teaching, illuminates the world with its liberating light, and reveals that world for the divine kingdom it has always been.

    But for a personal savior, born in time and achieving his feat of salvation in it, reverse-causality is necessary for that salvation to encompass all that has come before, to be universal in time. This reverse-causality is necessary if the “scandal of particularity” that Christianity has always asserted concerning Jesus Christ and his centrality and necessity to the work of redemption is true; if it’s not, then he is ultimately just one expression of a teaching and way of salvation that does not, and never has, depended on him for its existence and continuance. It is a gnosis, rather than a person, that

    • Robert F says:

      …..It is a gnosis, rather than a person, the embodies redemption.

      • Ron Avra says:

        Glazed my eyes over, first reading. Gradually comprehending your thoughts; seems plausible.

        • Robert F says:

          Sorry for the preliminary glazing; I have that effect on people.

          • But you’re right. Ancient religions were liturgical. You participated in that timeless all-time sacred moment by participating in the liturgical ceremonial act that recreated the divine story and placed the worshiper in that sacred realm in that experience. May I suggest that that may be the future of Christianity? The doctrinal sects will wither away but the liturgical sects will carry on however attenuated.

            • Robert F says:

              You could be right. But if that is the case, I wonder if Christianity will keep Jesus in focus, and at center, in the future, or if it will become explicitly pluralistic in its understanding of Jesus, having a less elevated view of his uniqueness. Of course, one may ask if Christianity has really kept Jesus in focus and at center up to now.

              • I can’t imagine a “Christian” Liturgy without the central focus being “Christ”.

                • Robert F says:

                  I can’t either, Tom. I think that any liturgy decentralizing Jesus Christ would stop being Christian in any meaningful sense. The Cosmic Christ and the personal Jesus are one and the same, though they are only so to the eyes of faith, eyes which are Jesus Christ’s gift to the church.

            • Robert F says:

              Keep in mind that Buddhism in some of its iterations depended considerably less on liturgical re-enactment and participation than many other religions. Where it retained these elements, it did so at the level of popular religion, among those who it was believed could not achieve liberation in the present state or incarnation; the advanced adherents, the monks and teachers, focused on individualistic efforts to attain liberation by often esoteric methods of meditation and psycho-spiritual techniques. In certain ways, the individualistic focus on achieving personal liberation in Buddhism is analogous to the emphasis on making sure of one’s own personal salvation in Western Christianity, especially evangelicalism. The result is in many ways a religious teaching that is focused on freeing the individual, rather than making the society more just and peaceful. In evangelical Christianity, it’s often believed that, since it’s all gonna burn anyway, you just need to get fire insurance, and the rest is secondary; in Buddhism, it’s often believed that this world of illusion is just a wheel of suffering, so you have to make sure that you find liberation, and everything else is secondary.

    • Daniel Jepsen says:

      Good thoughts, Robert. Thanks.

      • Robert F says:

        For the record, Karl Barth is my leading theological light in these matters (insofar as I have read and understood him!), so I consider Jesus the embodiment of redemption in his person, and I believe that the redemption he worked was worked in time, and that the world of time was its locus. I’m not big on eternal principles, or non-personal absolute truths.

      • Robert F says:

        Furthermore, I now consider myself Reformed, but only as Reformed theology is refracted through the prism of Barth, and some of his theological inheritors, like Torrance. I consider them to have corrected the wrong course that many of the Magisterial Reformers went down shortly after the burst of real theological lucidity and (re)discovery that occurred at the Reformation.

    • Christiane says:

      I love the idea of ‘reversal’ which would be one way all things could be made new, yes . . . . reminds me of ‘a great shadow has departed’. . . . .

      “Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself. Is everything sad going to come untrue? What’s happened to the world?”
      A great Shadow has departed,” said Gandalf, and then he laughed and the sound was like music, or like water in a parched land; and as he listened the thought came to Sam that he had not heard laughter, the pure sound of merriment, for days upon days without count.”
      (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King)

    • Robert, why is this better than a haiku???

    • Robert, I think your soteriological perspective relative to reverse causality makes sense to me because I was first made aware of this via Robert Capon’s use of “sacrament”–“a real presence, under a particular sign in a particular time and place, of something that’s already present everywhere. It’s not just a de novo production of that something or a mental reminder of that something, but the same old something itself present under a renewable sign.”

      “The Incarnation […] is a Mystery that is true all through history. Jesus is the great sacrament of that Mystery, the real presence of it in his historical time and place. But the Mystery of the Word incarnate in Jesus is also really and effectively present at all times and places because that Word is God himself, the second Person of the Trinity. In Jesus, the Mystery didn’t show up in a world from which it was previously absent; rather, what had been there all along was finally and fully manifested in him.”

      (Robert Farrar Capon, The Mystery of Christ… & Why We Don’t Get It)

      I think the following post, a copy/paste from one of Capon’s books, essentially agrees with what you’re saying;

      The Hypothesis of Reverse Causality Theologically Expressed by Robert Capon

  14. Iain Lovejoy says:

    The last story made my day.

  15. Heh, heh! Having grown up in Maryland calling it a water fountain, I lived for a time in Denver, where it was a drinking fountain. Soon after I moved to Rhode Island. Yup, “Bubblah” it is!

    • Daniel Jepsen says:

      As a midwestern guy (college in the south) I had never heard the term “bubbler” before I saw this infographic. Very interesting.

  16. I may have missed it, but considering your science/time section, you did not also include the news of a successful test to “transport” of a photon into space.

    http://www.npr.org/2017/07/14/537174817/scientists-teleport-a-photon-into-space

  17. Robert F says:

    as the humid heat
    washes over me, I get
    summer in my bones

    • Ron Avra says:

      Consistently down two pounds over the last month, working in the humid heat on the Gulf coast.

  18. Ron Avra says:

    Good post, Daniel. Many and profuse thanks for your hard work.

  19. Josh in FW says:

    Loved the funny animal pics, your captions really added to the enjoyment. Thank you.

  20. Josh in FW says:

    In regards to the Eugene Petersen interview, it’s disappointing to me that so many of the people that most need to hear the parts quoted above will completely ignore it because of the comments on the hot topic that Daniel chose not to go into today.

    • Makes one wonder how much of the bluster over the Unmentioned Aspect is cover to ignore the more cutting remarks Peterson made about megachurches and evangelical captivity to politics…

    • …and the backpedaling on the hot topic, which is also a hot topic.

      • Robert F says:

        It’s hard to resist the temptation to believe that he backpedaled because he would otherwise have lost book sales…

  21. Robert F says:

    two white butterflies
    greet me above our front stoop,
    and welcome me home

  22. Robert F says:

    My wife was born in Indiana, though her family moved fourteen times before she graduated high school, all over the Indiana/Michigan border region, and the Northeast. She says “Y’all”, though she never lived in the South; but then, her mom grew up in Texas.

  23. Father Pavel Florensky wrote a whole chapter in Iconostasis about the potential reverse causality of human life. He was a priest and world class physicist, well worth the read.

    • Daniel Jepsen says:

      Hi Tokah. I searched for this book. Looks like the cheapest copy is $35 for a used book. Worth it?

  24. Michael Bell says:

    In my part of Canada (Ontario),

    Fireflies; Garage Sale; Soft Drink/Pop; You guys; Tractor-Trailer/Eighteen Wheeler; Garbage Can for the large ones outside and Trash Can for the small ones inside; Running Shoes; Water Fountain

    • Hey, neighbor, sounds like you’re from Michigan, eh?

    • Klasie Kraalogies says:

      Almost the same in SK, except we call them semi’s here. Obviously the word tractor had a very different meaning in the prairies :). Oh, and we also more often call it a garbage bin.

  25. Dude,

    Your post was, like, hella chill. And the chick that ditched her squeeze to feed hobos? Fresh, bre, fresh.

    Here in Cali, we grew up calling all soft drinks “Coke.” At a restaurant you’d ask for a Coke, and the waitress would ask what kind. You might answer 7-Up. Even if the dang machine was purple and contained only Pepsi, it was still a “Coke machine.” And what about “Big Rig” or just simply “Truck?”

    We don’t have fireflies, but we call them fireflies. Garage Sales, unless it’s a neighborhood-wide event, then it’s a block sale. You guys (including plural females), Garbage Can, Tennis Shoes, and Drinking Fountain, prolly.