The Middle Domes

The middle domes of life absorb most of our daily attention. By the middle domes I mean those that lie between the smallest – my individual skull – and largest – a horizon of universal reality approachable by faith or by science, depending on one’s disposition.

The middle domes therefore comprise groups as small as a pair of individuals or as large as a culture, but less than all, that form the subject in we-sentences. Examples include friendships, marriages, families, churches, schools, bowling and other sports leagues, clubs, local and state politics, nations, business groups, hobby groups, news and entertainment media, professional societies, military and public safety forces, and charitable organizations.[1]

About 150 years ago an ill-named tide of modernity began to overrun the place of the middle domes. Modernity began to insist that truth governs every event in life, and modernity recognized only universal truth. Continue reading “The Middle Domes”

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Beans Are the Perfect Food

No bread, no potatoes. Reduce rice, corn, and pasta. Beans are the perfect food.

We have been asking whether the proposition “Every event has its cause” really leads to determinism and thus pragmatically conflicts with the ordinary human presumption of free will. Thus far, 4 proposed answers – calling it a paradox, appealing to levels in the hierarchy of matter, chaos theory, and true randomness – have been found wanting. The last 3 answers addressed old and new scientific principles which don’t fully answer questions of will.

Let’s not make the mistake, however, of excluding science from the understanding of how we choose.

My medical practice in disorders of cholesterol and other fats, or lipids, often raises questions about the role of willpower. More than half of my patients would do well to lose weight in order to improve the lipoprotein profile and blood glucose readings. Continue reading “Beans Are the Perfect Food”