Truth Is Noisy

David is summarizing a correspondence theory of truth, and its function as a mirror of nature. Because this world-mirroring function of truth is scarce, we want to own it. Moreover, since the messy world is always changing, we tend to desire truths that escape change and contingency — eternal, syllogistic truth. This generates a deep…

Survivor Linz

(photo by Joi Ito)   After a generous introduction from my Duke colleague Jamie Boyle (whom I just met last night), I managed to give a compressed version of the talk that I’d been gestating for a few weeks. David kindly and generously live-blogged it, in way that makes me sound more profound than I…

Weekend Update

Remember that observation about “atypical pre-flight anxiety”? It turns out that not only did I forget my passport (the first time), but I also neglected to pack my black clergy shirts. I did bring my blue striped shirt (I want to assure Margaret) which I will wear this morning, but my black shirts are hanging…

Awake and Attending

And pretending to recognize more than one German word out of seven. It gives the presentation an evocative Dadaist tough: “Did he just say something was a sacrament? Oooh, he mentioned ‘authors’!”

Hinneni

After experiencing atypical pre-flight anxiety, after getting all the way to the check-in terminal and realizing that I’d left my passport at home, after hurrying back home and retrieving the passport, after very efficient passage through every security checkpoint, after spending the Dulles-Frankfurt leg sitting next to a jittery (but polite) neighbor whose twitching and…

Creepy

I don’t like slime when it’s thrown by Democrats any more than when it’s thrown by Republicans, but this weekend Margaret and I had a frightening experience that Fred Thompson’s speech yesterday brought back to my mind. On Sunday, we ended up talking to somebody (it’s a long story) who warned us that Barack Obama…

Working, Praying

Since a multi-location migration this summer wasn’t enough of a challenge, I accepted an invitation to give a talk at the Ars Electronica Festival. I’ll be discussing (and, graphics willing, showing a Keynote slideshow) copyright, technological innovation, and church — but for now I’m working furiously on that talk, on my classes, on my familial…