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Confirmation Bias: a tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses.

Let's say you run a conservative, Republican-supporting, Tea Party Facebook page. You come across a great quote image about how bad secularism is and how good religion is... so you decide to share it with your Facebook followers. Take THAT liberals!

Whether you are a believer or not, you've had to have heard about contradictions in the Bible. Believers usually try to dismiss the contradictions by claiming they aren't truly contradictions. (e.g. the contradictions in the Gospels about who finds the empty tomb.)

I speak with religious folks on a fairly regular basis about the conflict between religion and science and they will often point to the fact that nearly all prominent scientists throughout history have been religious and since Albert Einstein is such a well-known scientist who existed JUST long enough ago to be mythic, they will often reach specifically for Albert Einstein as an example. Many religious folks claim Einstein was religious and they are assisted in this false claim because of many quotes directly from Einstein which appear to prove them right.

My weigh-in this morning brings me to the 40 lbs lost mark! (39.8, but close enough.)

Everyone has been so supportive and helpful and I really appreciate all of the love! Several other people have hooked up on MyFitnessPal and have been doing really well! Tim has been kicking a great deal of ass well, so make sure to show Tim some love!

January, February, March, April, May

Futurama Scene showing a long list of non-missing links.

Yesterday, I began a story about a pair of Jehovah's Witnesses in my living room. I finished yesterday's post after I scolded the gentleman for making the ridiculous claim that scientists don't believe in the Big Bang Theory anymore. /facepalm

He tried the First Cause argument. He tried dismissing the Big Bang Theory. It was time to pull out another awful argument. 

Timeline and Structure of the Universe

Last week, I was visited by two ladies who are Jehovah's Witnesses. I always enjoy talking to Jehovah's Witnesses, but they are just never prepared to talk with someone like me. One of the women took the lead and within 5 minutes or so, she realized she was seriously out of her depth, so she asked if she could come back with "someone smarter." I told her she was welcome to come back.

This is my primary love language! Before I read the book I had listened to my friends discussing it and identified my language right off the bat. My lady, Theresa, gave me a copy of the book as a present and once I started reading it I was taken with it and was driven to continue. It all made sense, but it was when I got to "my" chapter that the light shone through. The memories of my life started racing through my head and the missing puzzle pieces that explained the dysfunction in so many of my relationships fell into place. I finally understood.

The fourth language in Chapman's five is what he calls Acts of Service. Many people show their love by doing things for their loved ones. Cooking, cleaning, paying bills, walking the dog, mowing the lawn, etc. The range of possible actions is incredible so it is important to find out which specific actions make your partner feel loved. Perhaps I take the time to fill the gas tank on her car so that when she goes somewhere in the morning she never has to worry about running out of gas.

While some people are moved by a loving word, others prefer tangible tokens of love. They don't need to be expensive or extravagant. The gift itself isn't the love. The gift is a visual representation of the time you spent thinking about getting the gift, choosing which gift to get, and acquiring the gift. In addition, it can show that you were paying attention to them at some point in the past when they expressed a desire for that item in particular.

What happens if you are providing your loved one tons of compliments, encouraging words and other affirmations but they still don't feel loved? Then perhaps his or her love language is not Words of Affirmation! Everyone has their own preferred love language so you should be ready to alter your behaviors to match your loved one's favored language. "He tells me that he loves me, but if he really loved me then he would spend time with me." If your partner says something like this, then their language is most likely Quality Time. Spending time where you give your undivided attention to your spouse can be very powerful.

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