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    Controlling Your Self Control: Temptation, Ego-Depletion and the Limits of Willpower

     One of the main limits on willpower, though, turns out to be…willpower. Exerting self-control in one domain makes it harder to exert self-control in another, at least right away. Thus reads a line from the article “Resisting Temptation” in The Observer (the magazine put out by the Association of Psychological Science). The piece summarizes some […]

    Whedon show "Dollhouse" premiers on Feb 13

    Joss Whedon’s new show, “Dollhouse”, premieres in 5 days! Needless to say, Simeon and I will be trying to Hulu/Tudou/TVLinks this… Joss Whedon, creator of the immensely awesome and successful Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, is back with this new science-fiction show. Here’s the synopsis from Wikipedia In Dollhouse, Eliza Dushku plays a young […]

    A quick quote on spiritual transformation

    …I am convinced that most of our ministries have legitimated the autonomous self and even fortified it with all kinds of religious armour. Religious people are even harder to transform because they don’t think they need it.

    Richard Rohr, “The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective” (p. xv)

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    Luther Probably Ate His Vegetables

    I just read an interesting little article in the NY Times about children’s diet. The article describes the woes parents face when trying to coax their kids to eat a healthy, balanced diet. It also outlined some mistakes commonly made by parents in their endeavour – here are a few quotes: “Demanding that a child […]

    You Can’t Hurry God

    Lately I’ve been listening to a bunch of American classical folk music that I used to perform when I was part of a touring music group back in the (gasp) 90’s. One of the songs on repeat in my playlist is one I’d learned from Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, called “You Can’t Hurry God” […]

    The Gospel According To Pixar: WALL*E

    [Warning: Post contains spoilers.] I went to see WALL*E last week, and despite hearing numerous “You’re going to love it!” from different folks I was still amazed by the movie. Pixar yet again blew my mind. You can read about the plot of the story here, so I won’t go into too much detail about […]

    The Illusion of Conscious Will (Quotes from Ch. 1)

    One thing that fascinates me is the contrast between implicit (or un/sub/pre-conscious cognition of which we are unaware) and explicit cognition (the thoughts that we are actually aware of having), and the relationship between these two types of cognition to our behaviour and how we actually live our lives. I’ve been reading a really fascinating […]

    Frank Lake on Clinical Theology, True Guilt and the Pardoxical Impasse of Success

    It seems to me that a staple of Christian life–even if we aren’t willing to admit it!–is the phenomenon of “feeling guilty”. Even though we know our sins have been forgiven, we still feel guilty, sometimes even more guilty than we might otherwise feel. This applies to any number of things, from wasting far too […]

    "God Is Good"

    A little quote from Dr. Siang-Yang Tan’s plenary, at this year’s CAPS international conference: Many of us say “God is good” – “God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good!”. When I go to church and I hear that, I cringe a bit. What do you mean by that? More often […]

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