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January 15, 2018 / compassioninpolitics

The Limits of the Natural Sciences

January 2, 2018 / compassioninpolitics

Most Important Christian Apologetics Questions Outline

List of important Christian Apologetics questions:

1. How is Jesus unique?
2. How does Jesus prove Christianity to be true?
3. What are the lessons of Jesus’ parables?
4. What are the lessons of Jesus’ sayings?
5. Was Jesus historical? What is the evidence/proof that Jesus was historical?
6. Was Jesus divine?
7. How are miracles possible?
8. Is the Bible we have reliable? Has the Biblical text been corrupted?
9. Which interpretation is correct?

Assumptions in the discussion:

1. Is relativism a legitimate answer?
2. What kinds of proof are legitimate?
3. How should we approach decision-making and critical thinking?

How can we communicate this effectively?

1. Reason
2. Emotion
3. Historical Example
4. Human Experience
5. Scenario/Example
6. Personal story (contains principle, values, wisdom, lesson)
7. Wisdom/Quote
8. Questions (self-reflective)

How did Jesus communicate?

Worldview:

1. What are the limits of relativism?
2. What are the limits of naturalism?
3. What are the limits of materialism?
4. What are the limits of scientism?
5. What are the limits of skepticism?

January 2, 2018 / compassioninpolitics

Why Entrepreneurs Fail

Why Entrepreneurs Fail: O.M.C.

Lack of organization

Lack of Mindset/Fear

Lack of collaboration.  Poor collaboration & coordination.

January 1, 2018 / compassioninpolitics

How can I avoid making logical fallacies

Be able to directly connect your premise to data, evidence, or proof. (aka why is that true? or why is that the case? what is the evidence for that claim?) Claim and warrants and data go together.

Limit conclusions to data available. This is argument 101. All good critical thinkers and scientists provide the limits of their conclusions based on available data.

Going beyond the available evidence or data only makes your argument a weak argument. For instance, if I get data from 10 people in San Diego. Its hardly the basis for expanding to all Californians or all people in the US. Over-generalization.

Pay attention to the distinctions that make a difference. Humans are prone to conflation. Pay attention to important analytical categories.

Care about the truth. Be more concerned about the truth than “winning” a discussion or argument. Its about truth, not power. If you’re just about winning arguments in conversation you’ve turned from a critical thinker into Trump.

Clearly identify inferences that go beyond the data. Be explicit or self-reflective about any generalizations.

What it the best and truest and most credible take on this issue. What ultimately gives up the best perspective on the truth.

January 1, 2018 / compassioninpolitics

Steven Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective–the Best Leadership and Productivity Quotes

The Best Quotes of Steven Covey from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Start with the end in mind. ”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Habits are the backbone of our lives.

“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

What does this meaning in the real world?

“The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

It goes a bit beyond respect, to love.  Covey unpacks what love is:

“Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“My behavior is a product of my own conscious choices based on principles, rather than a product of my conditions, based on feelings.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“There’s no better way to inform and expand you mind on a regular basis than to get into the habit of reading good literature.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Habit 4: Think Win/Win

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“[W]isdom is the child of integrity—being integrated around principles. And integrity is the child of humility and courage. In fact, you could say that humility is the mother of all virtues because humility acknowledges that there are natural laws or principles that govern the universe. They are in charge. Pride teaches us that we are in charge. Humility teaches us to understand and live by principles, because they ultimately govern the consequences of our actions. If humility is the mother, courage is the father of wisdom. Because to truly live by these principles when they are contrary to social mores, norms and values takes enormous courage.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“Independent will is our capacity to act. It gives us the power to transcend our paradigms, to swim upstream, to rewrite our scripts, to act based on principle rather than reacting based on emotion or circumstance.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Power of potential:

“Through imagination, we can visualize the uncredited worlds of potential that lie within us.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“We not not our feelings. We are not our moods. We not even our thoughts.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

“When you engage in a work that taps your talent and fuels your passion — that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet — therein lies your voice, your calling, your soul’s code.”

Steven Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

December 22, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Why atheism is self-contradictory and not rational as a worldview

So thats at least 7 different reasons that atheism is self-contradictory under a rationalist framework. Atheism, materialism, and naturalism undermine rationality, not add to it. I would think those would be seven red flags—which would cause me to question the underlying foundation of materialism and naturalism, which is the basis of most forms of modern atheism.

Finally, here are some questions that might help you “Know thyself” with respect to the ideology of naturalism, materialism, and atheism:

Nathan Ketsdever’s answer to What critical thinking, skeptical, or self-reflective questions should atheists ask about atheism?

August 27, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Christianity and Emotionally Intelligent Leaders

1) Virtue/Wisdom/Leadership (culture & team)
2) Goal Setting
3) Time Management and Productivity
4) Conflict Resolution
5) Attitude & Mindset & Fear
6) Developing Quality Relationships
7) Developing Community
8) Persuasion/Communication (key, along with some critical thinking)
9) Ethical/Virtuous communication
10) Servant Leadership (service experience & consciousness awareness)
11) Self-reflection (self-coaching)
12) Passion/motivation (including quotes)
13) Innovation & Creativity
14) Problem Solving
15) Decision-making & Critical thinking