The Gift of Hope

The way hope does, When it wraps itself Like welcomed sheaths 'Round your sense, and Lifts your breathing:   What was once dry, What forgot it once lived, Tastes the dew from A thousand dropping leaves And the sweetest comb.   No path is outlaid; None ever needed be. Reasons for the things That came …

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What a Woman (or She-Elf) Can Do

For all my LOTR fandom friends: Postulate: the real hero of the books is not Sam, Frodo, Gandalf (Grey or White) or Aragorn. Rather the hero of the books is the HEROINE, Arwen!! Evidence: Firstly, Arwen preserves Frodo at Weathertop. By all right, both Frodo & Aragorn had failed. But secondly and more persuasively, without …

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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI | MIT Technology Review

.... From the outset, there were two schools of thought regarding how understandable, or explainable, AI ought to be. Many thought it made the most sense to build machines that reasoned according to rules and logic, making their inner workings transparent to anyone who cared to examine some code. Others felt that intelligence would more …

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Peeling Back the Curtain: A Self-Examination & Personal Request for Prayer

[Update, February, 2018: in the wake of #Exvangelical movement, my cynicism toward the fundamentalist evangelical world (as described below) was more than well placed and justified. Believing my feelings and responses were solitary led me to see them as cynical (troll-like). Nothing could have been farther from the truth.] ................................... Pay no attention to the …

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What an IFB Cult Leader Sounds Like When Demanding Money

If one says the name Colonial Hills Baptist Church (Indianapolis, IN), then you might remember having seen the 20/20 news report about the church's publicly blaming/shaming and shunning a statutory rape victim, while failing to properly report her perpetrator. Chuck Phelps was the presiding pastor at that time, and he still is the senior pastor. If …

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