Devout hero: Might Southwest pilot Tammie Jo Shults’ ‘nerves of steel’ be related to her strong faith?
Could artificial intelligence get depressed and have hallucinations? Of course. Haven’t they ever been exposed to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe?
Can We Please Stop Talking About Generations as if They Are a Thing? (David Costanza for Slate) I’ve studied generations for years. So, the complaints against the whole concept of “generations” is well founded. Still, I believe that an age cohort is influenced by their common experiences, especially experiences that happened in the formative years of late teens to early twenties.
WSJ: How to Raise More Grateful Children. A sense of entitlement is a big problem among young people today, but it’s possible to teach gratitude.
“Creepy Chick-fil-A and New York(er) Values: The Shock (and Slander) are Getting Old,” a CT piece by Ed Stetzer. IMO, until the New Yorker also excoriates the city’s halal food trucks, owned and operated by people who have the same untoward traditional values, I can’t see their piece as anything other than a snooty rejection of that which is seen as Southern suburban evangelicalism.
Mind Games: The Tortured Lives of ‘Targeted Individuals’. Fascinating and sad, an article about highly intelligent people convinced they are the targets of experiments in mind control.
“While white evangelicals tend to be older, fully half of evangelicals under the age of 30 are nonwhite, and 18 percent are Latino….And these nonwhite evangelicals see politics differently than white evangelicals. While the largest plurality of white evangelicals identify as Republicans, most black evangelicals are Democrats. A plurality of evangelical Latinos, in contrast, identify as political independents — and they’re less supportive of the Democratic Party than Latinos overall — but they are still more likely to consider themselves Democrats than Republicans.” FiveThirtyEight
“Why would a Catholic Republican [Jeffrey Bell] back a Democrat [Bob Casey]? In a 1995 interview, Bell told me that he was worried many religious voters – especially evangelicals and Catholics – had already decided they had no choice but to support GOP nominees….As for evangelicals and traditional Catholics, Republican leaders “pat them on the head,” and “buy them off easy,” because cultural conservatives have few political alternatives. ‘Someday, this is going to cause BIG problems for evangelicals and conservative Catholics.’” Terry Mattingly, writing about the late Jeffrey Bell.
“That God is using Trump not as an agent of his good work but as a kind of ongoing test of everyone else’s moral character seems like a not-unreasonable inference to draw. That God would offer religious conservatives in danger of selling their souls a chance not just to step back from the brink but to literally replace Donald Trump with a fellow religious conservative — well, that seems like just the kind of opportunity that a beneficent deity would grant to erring members of his flock. And for those same religious conservatives to pass up the chance…would be a sad confirmation of the point that a beloved Christian author made many years ago: The doors of hell are locked on the inside.” Ross Douthat’s column, “Why Not Mike Pence?”