2. Who are "the most anxious and disappointed people on earth"?
3. How would an e-Wailing Wall be more consoling than the one in Jerusalem?
4. How does deB think God's answer to Job "works"?
5. What does the secular world lack?
6. How does deB suggest we use astronomy and technology to connect to ideas of transcendence?
- If Pascal's pessimistic rejection of earthly hope is in any way consoling, isn't that because it's tied to his belief in a supernatural afterlife? Can naturalist humanists afford the luxury of spurning hope for the collective natural afterlife? Do you find promise in the prospect of "communion around our dark realities"? 181
- Is optimism really our greatest flaw? Is it true, in light of Scheffler's thought experiments, that "we do not comprise mankind"? Are we really no better off than "our medieval forebears"? 183
- Should we strive to adopt the perspective of those who believe in paradise? 185
- Do pessimists have a greater capacity for joy? 188
- Can secularists be grateful? (See Daniel Dennett's "Thank Goodness"... YouT)
- Didn't philosophers (Socrates, the Stoics...) call our attention to the fact that we're "always slowly dying" (189) before religion did?
- Would you use an electronic wailing wall? 191
- Does God's answer to Job really work? Should he have been mollified with the divine evasion?
- Which "cosmic perspective" works better for you, Spinoza's or Sagan's & Tyson's?
- Comment: "Science is not only compatible with spirituality, it is a profound source of spirituality." Carl Sagan
- Have you seen Al Gore's optimistic new TED Talk? What do you think of it? What would you say to deB about it, as regards what he calls our "insanely hopeful ambitions for our lives"?