NEW RELEASE: Spiral Inquiry – dedicated to Science, Faith and Philosophy

May 24th, 2017

George Gantz, founder and principal writer for The Swedenborg Center of Concord, has launched a new website and book project at www.spiralinquiry.org, dedicated to the exploration of science, faith and philosophy.

 

Excerpts from in his opening post:

“Knowledge is enhanced when we bring these three [science, faith and philosophy] together. They are symbiotic and reciprocal.  The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”

“At the same time, we have to recognize that knowledge is empty unless it is put to a useful purpose.  The pathways are many, but they all require effort and action dedicated to the goal of a life that is right and good.  What motivates us along the path?  The same force that flows, as cosmic intentionality, through the universe – the force of love.”

“The universe has given us life, beauty, joy and self-reflective consciousness – it has loved us. In turn, it is possible for each of us to reciprocate this love.”

The website will build on the enormous breadth and depth of material written by George for the Center’s website over the past six years. E-Publications of George’s prize-winning essays are available as well. His goal is to complete an initial book project bringing science, faith and philosophy together in a technically detailed, yet accessible volume in the next two years.  The success of Spiral Inquiry is a key milestone on that journey.

Further Controversy – Should We Regulate Addictive Technology?

November 30th, 2015

This week AEON magazine published a provocative article by Michael Schulson suggesting (half-heartedly) that we might consider government regulations in responding to websites and apps that are designed to promote compulsion or addiction, just as we do drugs or casinos. Schulson traces the manipulative tricks of Internet designers to the experiments of B.F.Skinner, who found that pigeons facing variable timing of rewards “went nuts… One pigeon hit the Plexiglas 2.5 times per second for 16 hours.” He suggests that our individual battles with legions of savvy, well-funded Internet companies is “not a fair fight”, and yet, as we do in gambling or drugs, we blame the addicts and not the purveyors. Can we rely on industry auto-regulation to help us, or do we need government regulations? In our series on The Human Race and the Technology Race, we focused on the only realistic option —personal self-regulation, and we offered the four “A’ tips: AVOID; ADOPT; ADAPT; ADEPT.