By David Metcalfe July 21, 2020 When I was in university, I thought that everything in life could be solved by studying and thinking. That was the solution to doing well on exams, essays, presentations, class discussions, and so forth. Our university motto was literally “think, research, communicate”; it seemed like that was the ultimate approach to life. It’s very Western thinking to apply the … Continue reading Why People Don’t Care About Evidence For Their Religion
By David Metcalfe June 25, 2020 A strange thing I’ve noticed a lot recently is the very intermingled nature of the secular and the spiritual. Like, I remember once doing a video chat with the missionaries, and we were talking about the role of suffering in the Christian life, and then suddenly my iPhone overheated and shut off, and I was like, “this darn material … Continue reading Is It Possible To Enjoy Life As A Single Person?
Labor Doesn’t Mean Money All people have to work in some capacity; some of it is paid and some of it is unpaid. Getting up in the morning and making breakfast is technically work, but if you are just preparing it for yourself and your family, you are likely not getting paid for it. And yet, just 1 km down the street, there may be … Continue reading Meeting Demand With Humane, Cost-Effective Labor
Here is a link to a $745 t-shirt: (source) Are you going to buy it? If no, why not? Does it seem, maybe, a little too expensive? How did you decide it was too expensive? If you had a billion dollars in the bank, would it still be too expensive? Or what if every other t-shirt in the world cost $1000? Or what if the … Continue reading Why Does It Cost That Much? Pricing Determinants In Free Market Economies
By David Metcalfe June 1, 2020 At the time, I did not realize it, but looking back now, I can see that I was born into extraordinary privilege. Most mosquitos grow up in ponds or lakes, where, in their immobile and helpless state, they can easily be eaten by predators, starved of necessary nutrients, dried up, or blown into destruction by a mean gust of … Continue reading Memoir of a Mosquito
I Need To Find Mr. Cousineau and Become Barry Block By David Metcalfe May 14, 2020 In the HBO series, “Barry”, Bill Hader stars as a hitman named Barry Berkman who has to make a hit on a guy who is sleeping with a mobster’s wife. The target, Ryan Madisen, happens to be an aspiring actor, so Barry travels down to Los Angeles, goes to … Continue reading I Need To Find Mr. Cousineau and Become Barry Block
Bill Gates Isn’t The Hero This World Deserves; He’s The Hero This World Needs By David Metcalfe May 10, 2020 Despite Bill Gates’ existing popularity ever since “Microsoft” first took off in the 1980s, he’s only grown in popularity and cultural relevance, as computers have become more and more a part of every day life, and the entire world has been revolutionized by computers and … Continue reading Bill Gates Isn’t The Hero This World Deserves; He’s The Hero This World Needs
Should Mormons Believe In The Trinity? By David Metcalfe April 24, 2020 Trinity Doctrine In The Bible The trinity is essentially a Catholic teaching, which many Protestants also took along with them through the Reformation and subsequent denominations. The teaching of the trinity as fundamental, universal doctrine was established in the Nicene Creed in 325 AD, which uses the term “consubstantial” (translated from the Greek … Continue reading Should Mormons Believe In The Trinity?
Speaking In Tongues: Sometimes Insane, Often Useless, and Potentially Practical By David Metcalfe April 18, 2020 Counting Away Charismatic Credibility My friend once visited a charismatic church where they were really into the gifts of the spirit. In addition to shaking, fainting, yelling out “oh Lord Jesus!” dozens of times, and prophesying, they also spoke in tongues. They had a lineup of people going up to … Continue reading Speaking In Tongues: Sometimes Insane, Often Useless, and Potentially Practical
The Emergence of Politically Affiliated Dichotomies in Coronavirus Narratives By David Metcalfe April 10, 2020 Is the coronavirus going to destroy us all? Do we have to remain in isolation for years? Do we need total lockdown? Is it safe to leave your house? How is the virus transmitted? Do the “World Health Organization” and world leaders have good advice for us? These are some … Continue reading The Emergence of Politically Affiliated Dichotomies in Coronavirus Narratives