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My younger sister Danielle, myself in the center, my brother Brian on the right

Do you ever wonder what people who type “u” instead of “you” do with all their free time?

Well, that’s the kind of stuff that keeps me up at night. And so in an effort to get better sleep I started writing on medium to get it all out of my system.

I guess there’s a bit more to it than that…

Hi! I am practically brand new to medium as I write this in early February of 2021. …

Philosophical Shorts

Exploring the real meaning behind this term

I think Jordan Peterson was the first person who I heard use the term identity politics and he seemed convinced that it was a negative influence in society. As it goes with many things Peterson says, I found his use of that language confusing and unclear. Ever since, I’ve refrained from using it myself because I have, until only recently, found the term impossible to define.

I’ve heard both Ta-Nehisi Coates and Robin DiAngelo refer to identity politics as a non-issue. Coates said in a talk several years ago that “all politics are identity politics,” and he gave the example…

I did and I learned something surprising

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If you haven’t taken the time to talk with your pets about the deep mysteries of the universe then you are missing out big time. Frankly, I’m suspicious that you are not a responsible pet owner. And no, I don’t do drugs. I’m just unconventional. I like to ask my golden retriever Sammy if he thinks there is anything in existence other than the physical reality that he encounters every day. I tell him to shake if he believes there is and to look at me with a blank puppy stare if his answer is “no.”

So you might see…

Why none of these are incompatible with theism

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“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”

— Epicurus

When I think about God creating the universe, I’m immediately struck by a conundrum. How could a perfect being create such an imperfect reality? In some ways, the universe itself seems to be a reality of contradiction. …

A satirical look at the world

You’re just gonna have to deal with it

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“Cynicism, like gullibility, is a symptom of underdeveloped critical faculties.”
― Jamie Whyte

America is the coolest, most bad-ass country on the face of the planet.

That’s right, I said it.

Although, notice that I didn’t say that “America is the greatest country.” That’s a whole other deal, and honestly, I couldn’t care less as to what country might be “the greatest” or if such a thing could even be determined.

I said America is the coolest country.

An Analogy

Imagine that countries are like kids in high school in the 1950s with the usual assortment: jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, etc. There are…

A brief reflection on the relationship between capitalism and social equality

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Have you ever considered how important steel is in your life?

Your car, your toaster, your sink, and a whole bunch of other stuff is made with steel. Yet, if steel were not mass-produced, each household would have to mine for it, and craft it into whatever product they wanted to have. This would mean that products made with steel would only be accessible to a few extremely wealthy elites who could afford a mining operation and a slew of servants who would turn steel into useful products.

But with markets, we have a way for steel to be mined…

How my life experiences shaped my peculiar outlook

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“Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon.”

— Walter Lippman

Once in a while, you will come across an insight that, in a single moment, seems to make sense of nearly everything. I had that experience when I was 18 years old.

I always had a passion for learning. But I hated school — especially my public high school. My high school had 4500 students packed onto a campus built for about one thousand. The buildings had to be about 60 years old and had not…

Restrictions rescinded, COVID-19 cases and deaths are still in decline in Texas

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One month ago, Texas Governor Greg Abbot announced that he was lifting all COVID-19 restrictions, including the statewide mask mandate. He was widely condemned and even President Biden referred to the action as a product of “neanderthal thinking.”

Now that there has been plenty of time to test the results of Abbot’s policy change, the results are clear. Texas is handling the virus just as effectively, if not more effectively, than other states. Below is a graph of the case rate for the last 30 days.

Lessons I learned from the brain teaser that almost broke me

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Imagine you are the contestant on a game show. There are three doors that you can choose from. Behind two of them are goats. Behind one is a new car.

Setting aside the possibility that some people prefer goats to new cars (what you do in your private life is none of my business) the goal is to pick the right door — the one with the car. You choose door number one and Monty Hall, the game show host, opens a door. But instead of opening door #1, he opens #2. It’s a goat.

Now you must choose again…

Exploring the advancement of science from an open theist’s perspective

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There is a well-known argument against theism that goes something like this:

Originally it was believed that the supernatural realm was responsible for everything — the rain, earthquakes, natural disasters, mental illness, and of course biological complexity. Yet, as science advanced it became clear that most of the things presumed to be supernaturally caused were, in fact, fully explicable by natural means.

And so if this trend continues it is likely that the existence of God will be rendered less and less probable until his existence will be completely disproven.

This is one of those arguments that does seem convincing…

Carmelo San Paolo

Anti Alliteration Activist | Aspiring Writer| Personal development | Social commentary | libertarian | https://carmelosanpaolo.substack.com

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