Counterintuitive Madness

Posted by The Gimcracker in Science on 06. Jul, 2007 | 16 Comments

I have always been fascinated with counterintuitive puzzles. During my third year in quantitative analysis at IUPUI I was presented with the famous Monty Hall problem. It states: Suppose you’re on a game show, and you’re given the choice of three doors: Behind one door is a car; behind the others, goats. You pick a [...]

Death Penalty = Abortion?

Posted by The Gimcracker in Theory & Philosophy on 02. Jul, 2007 | 11 Comments

I am no politician and I never will be. I have no idea what the political ramifications are of stating that the death penalty equals abortion. I am coming from a Christian conservative background, but being non-political means you can pretty much remove the “conservative” and say I’m simply coming from a Christian background. I [...]

I Shouldn’t Have Posted The Last Top Fiver

Posted by The Gimcracker in Reference Burst Theory, Top Fivers on 27. Jun, 2007 | 8 Comments

Not five minutes after I published this post in which I go into some detail about amusement park accidents, a girl’s feet were both severed above the ankle by the Superman Tower of Power (formerly known as The Hellivator) at Kentucky Kingdom. These kinds of things do not happen very often. To have something like [...]

Orthodox Paradox III: Conclusion? (Our Meeting Was Sabotaged)

Posted by The Gimcracker in Reference Burst Theory on 19. Jun, 2007 | 9 Comments

I had to title this ‘conclusion’ because I previously stated that the ‘conclusion was to follow’, but I tacked on the question mark to confuse you so you don’t know if this is really the last post about the orthodox paradox. See, that’s what you have to do – you have to use your mind. [...]

Dr. George Bebawi Speaks

Posted by The Gimcracker in Theory & Philosophy on 16. May, 2007 | 5 Comments

Dr. George Bebawi came to my church last night and lectured on the differences between Christianity and Islam. I was pretty impressed with his ability to “bash” Islam without really bashing Islam. This skill comes from his tenure at Cambridge University, where he taught Christian and Islam students in a very politically correct environment. I [...]

Minority Reportyness

Posted by The Gimcracker in Science on 03. May, 2007 | 3 Comments

I think we’ll be there by 2025, thanks to Perceptive Pixel. I just randomly picked that year by the way.

Orthodox Paradox II: Not Actually Black & White

Posted by The Gimcracker in Theory & Philosophy on 23. Apr, 2007 | No Comments

I’ve introduced this topic with grumblings mostly on the semantics of how our parish worships, specifically length of service and singing scripture readings instead of speaking them. I’m going to continue doing that same thing here. I will make conclusions and give explanations as to why it is so important a little later. Please keep in mind that I am speaking in the context of my parish unless otherwise noted.

Why do we do things the way we do? There have thus far been two ways of looking it, and I can boil it down rather simply. Either change things to suit you and risk opening up the possiblity of endless change, or never change anything and do not allow for that possibility. The Protestants ultimately came to be because someone changed one thing that was undoubtedly a very valid point. In doing so, however, the line was pushed and has never been reestablished, which explains why there is such a huge difference between Orthodox, Catholics, and Protestants.

I disagree with this line of thought; it is not actually black and white. First I will explain why it shouldn’t be, and then I will explain how it actually isn’t.

Orthodox Paradox I: Introduction

Posted by The Gimcracker in Theory & Philosophy on 17. Apr, 2007 | 1 Comment

I am an Orthodox Christian and have been my whole life. Most of my friends and family are as well. It would probably shake things up a bit if I suddenly switched to another denomination, let alone another parish. The trouble is, I have wanted to do that on a number of occasions, and that [...]

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