Category Archives: Science and Reason

Science and Reason: The Science of Generosity

I like to think of the world as a warm and friendly place in which to live.  I like to think that people are kind and generous and, on a good day, compassionate. I found a study done by the … Continue reading

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Science and Reason: Religious People Thinking

There’s a long tradition of religious people calling on various thinking systems to help them make sense of life.  Religion, in my opinion, is at its best when it is helping us make meaning of our lives, and that is … Continue reading

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Science and Reason: Experience

I’ve noticed through self-observation that there is a difference between what I think and feel about an event and what I think and feel about that same event once I am actually experiencing it or after I have experienced it. … Continue reading

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Science & Reason: Spiritual Practice

Some Unitarian Universalists struggle with reconciling the concept of spirituality and spiritual practices with their need for a reasonable approach to their religious journey. Yet, deep in our own history is one of the earliest sources for modern-day concepts of … Continue reading

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Science and Reason: Articulate

So much of what we think of as “reason” revolves around language.  Reason requires thoughts, and thoughts require words, and the words we use immediately fall before the court of public opinion.  Therefore, as we attempt to exercise reason, to … Continue reading

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Science and Reason: Belief

Why do you believe?  Why do you believe something? Belief shows up in our language in more ways than perhaps we are aware.  We believe someone is in their office.  We believe that the weather today is going to be … Continue reading

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Science and Reason: Change

No experimentation, no evolution.   Grant Boulanger, 2016 Minnesota Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Grant is a friend and colleague of mine, and he issued these brief but poignant words in an ongoing conversation among teachers of second languages. … Continue reading

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Science and Reason–Gathering Evidence

. . . hypotheses are not summaries or categories for existing data and observations, but must pass the test of accounting for new data. If our current hypotheses are able to predict new events, they survive. If they fail, even … Continue reading

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February 14-Science and Reason: Evolution of Love

When I was a teenager I wrote a lot of poems, mostly about love. It is interesting to look back on those poems now and witness the roller coaster of emotions I felt at that time in my life. On … Continue reading

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Science and Reason: Being Human, Staying Human

In a recent podcast of On Being, Krista Tippet interviewed internationally known psycho-linguist Jean Berko Gleason, “Unfolding Language, Unfolding Life.” Gleason explains that among linguists as among many academics across the field of psychology, there are long standing debates about whether … Continue reading

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