Little Celebrations #19: Liturgical Quotables

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It does not serve us to separate the spirituality of our hearts from the spirituality of our hands. To truly mean something, ultimate reverence and deepmost principle must transport us not just toward high sentiments but also profound actions. Trees and flowers soothe the soul, but a garden untended soon clogs from leaves and draught, […]

When Technology Outruns Reason, Pt. 5

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(Note: this post is an excerpt from my book, Monuments: One Atheist’s Tour of Time, Culture, and Meaning.)The morning after I viewed Hanford’s B-Reactor, the breeder reactor which produced the plutonium for the first generation of atomic bombs, I checked out the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center. Also called The Reach, that was a brand new […]

When Technology Outruns Reason, Pt. 4

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(Note: this post is an excerpt from my book, Monuments: One Atheist’s Tour of Time, Culture, and Meaning.) Plutonium is an artificial metal first synthesized in 1940. It’s easily oxidized, silvery gray, a bit like lead but heavier and much harder. A golf-ball size piece of plutonium weighs more than two pounds. If you try […]