George Floyd, Rene Girard’s “Founding Murder Theory” and The Point of No Return

This is the post that I never wanted to write but knew that if I lived long enough, I would have to. In the person of George Floyd, it seems that the planet has received what Rene Girard would call its next “founding murder”. I first learned about this idea of the founding murder from … More George Floyd, Rene Girard’s “Founding Murder Theory” and The Point of No Return

Dealing With Privilege and Playing the Cards You Were Dealt

The subject of privilege is confusing. When some people hear it, it brings up all sorts of complex feelings. I have some personal feelings about how the term is used. But I don’t really get into it here. With this video I am making an attempt to bridge a chasm that many of us face … More Dealing With Privilege and Playing the Cards You Were Dealt

Two Ideas One Mind: The Vices and Virtues of Cognitive Dissonance

In this video my friend Ben and I discuss the benefits and detriments of cognitive dissonance–the capacity to hold two conflicting thoughts in one’s head at the same time. This was recorded a few days after the murder of George Floyd. Because of the social climate immediately following that tragedy, I felt it was irresponsible … More Two Ideas One Mind: The Vices and Virtues of Cognitive Dissonance