Thoughts on Proverbs 4


Proverbs 4King James Version (KJV)

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. 

This connects the law of the father as generational.  A father was once a son.

He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 

This reminds the son that Wisdom and the responsibility to it is older than the relationship before him.  It is often we get caught up in our personal relations or temporal relations and ignore the meaning before us.

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Notes #5 Sponges are Slow


A while back I made reference to the process of cephalization.  This was honestly my off the cuff attempt at an argument with the tools I had available.  Either I have an over-active imagination which is determined to pattern match everything, or there are similar constraints between internal decision making systems of biological organisms and human organizations. Naturally this is not going to be a one to one mapping. If we can extract certain patterns, as many others have done, from the biological origins of judgment, we might learn something about our own strange systems.

Honestly I have too much to read before I will have any semblance of an answer. So rather than sit quietly and think to myself I have decided to subject my readers once again to thinking out loud.  This week I have some commentary on a paper about sponges.

Origin of the neuro-sensory system: new and expected insights from sponges

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Notes #5 Sponges are Slow

Notes #4 The Bitter War 1881

 Let us not forget what once was.  I leave this here as an inspiration for what could be.  The church was not ignorant of the forces at work around it.


To the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, and
Bishops of the Catholic world in Grace
and Communion with the Apostolic See.

The long-continued and most bitter war waged against the divine authority of the Church has reached the culmination to which it was tending, the common danger, namely, of human society, and especially of the civil power on which the public safety chiefly reposes. In our own times most particularly this result is apparent. For popular passions now reject, with more boldness than formerly, every restraint of authority. So great is the license on all sides, so frequent are seditious and tumults, that not only is obedience often refused to those who rule states, but a sufficiently safe guarantee of security does not seem to have been left to them.

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Common Core is not what you think


I’m going to provide some push back against the narrative that Common Core is designed for the lowest common denominator to make children more equal.  I do not dispute that it is ineffective nor that it is insane,simply the purpose for which it was created or serves.  While I cannot get into the heads of the people who support Common Core I can speak to the theories behind its creation.

The essence of the thought behind Common Core is the Cargo Cult.

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Notes #3 What we Value

Many people who support traditional gender roles attempt to establish their arguments based on biological differences between the genders.  This is honestly the best approach, not just because it is the truest argument but because it is the most honest.  I’m going to make a dishonest argument.  Why?  Well, because it’s fun.

Let’s establish our counterfactual, let’s begin with the assumption that women are better than men at everything.  Yes, from this assumption I can indeed argue that women should still go back to the kitchen.  The concept that we will first need to understand to make this argument is highest and best use.  This is a difficult concept for people to understand within themselves.  You might be amazing at writing, you might even be the best writer in the world.  Your grammar is perfect, your stories are perfectly structured, and you don’t have a bad idea in you.  Even so, if you were, let’s say, a CEO of a multinational corporation your time might be better spent being a CEO.  It could very well be the case that you aren’t the best CEO in the world, but that do to shortages and your own personal experience with the company you are more valuable as a CEO than as a writer.  That it is not to say it would be wrong to be a writer, but there are many people who are very good at a great number of things yet only a few of those skills are economically valuable.

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Notes #3 What we Value