Beit Gamaliel

The House of Gamaliel: The confluence of knowledge and faith.

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Why So Offended?

I never post anything on social media. I read it. But I never respond. Until yesterday.

After reading a guys rant on why we should all take off our facemask, I decided to post a response. I replied, “Literally, no one cares! If you don’t want to wear one, don’t wear one. If you want to wear one, wear one.” Responses were shocking. Ironically, I didn’t take a position on masks but affirmed the power of human choice. But that is not what people really want, apparently.

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Selective Science and the Hypocrisy of Liberalism

Hypocrisy is the grist of religion–and more specifically of Christianity. Just this week, Bethel church came under fire for promoting an incantation from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. In the video (link below). church leaders declare racism as ended while invoking the incantation of Gandalf, a fictional wizard in a fictional novel: “Thou Shalt Not Pass!” This is obviously problematic.

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Something We’re Not

We all have skeletons in our closets–well, unless you are under 25 years old and still working on your skeletons. Most adults have done something in their lives for which they are still at least a little embarrassed. And if you are one of the lucky ones, you have no collateral damage as a result of those embarrassing phases. The worse case scenario would be that you made some major decision during those less-than-honorable moments that has haunted you the rest of your life.

Oh, the stories we could tell of each other. Stories that could bring our friends, (and maybe, our enemies) to their knees! It certainly makes the “Friend” feature on Facebook very handy! Read More

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Evolved Beyond Our Genes

Recently I have been involved in a course on human cognition. The human brain is almost unbelievably amazing. In short, the lobes of the brain work in concert to interpret physical, emotional, sensory, visual, auditory, and olfactory senses and respond or react, or block the signal based upon prior experience, or innate reflex. The brain does this in a blazing speed of 250 ms to 2500 ms. And, beyond the ability of a computer, the human brain has the capacity to sense, reflect, and respond to sensory input in a manner that computers are not capable.

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