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From the Notebook

-Read “the Philosophy Gym” by Stephen Law. The book introduced a couple dozen modern issues in philosophy, including consciousness, God, cosmic origins, number theory, language and morality. It’s a great little book for those interested in a broad introduction to philosophic thinking. But I found the text rather biased whenever it came to religion. Still, this book introduced me to Richard Swinburne, and for that I’m thankful.

-Read Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. What an incredible book. Well deserving of its reputation. Emotionally crushing, and sadly funny. Vonnegut suggests we are all rudderless travelers in life, at the mercy of forces beyond our ability to control. Read it.

– Read a selection of Pascal’s Pensees from the Great Books of the Western World ten-year reading plan. Pascal puts forth his famous wager, defends the Christian faith and discusses the nature of God in this awesome work (that was never finished). While reading parts of it, I wanted to break social norms and start reading passages to random strangers to show the remarkable genius contained within.

-Read  “Is there a God?” by Richard Swinburne. This is a condensed and popularized version of Swinburne’s philosophic case for the existence of God. He uses classic Thomistic proofs, but changes them from deductive to inductive, in order to show God’s existence is very probable. I was disappointed with his answer to the problem of suffering, but this issue has become much more prominent and has progressed a lot in the decades since Swinburne wrote this book. On the whole, it is a very good book, especially for those not philosophically trained.

-A personal milestone, four years ago I made a commitment to myself to excercise at least six days a week, for at least half an hour. Outside of two weeks of sickness where I missed a few days, I’ve succeeded.

-And yes, I have now completed the MBA. Final GPA of 3.94.


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