Ted Chiang on Writing

Posted on Sat 24 July 2010 in Dispatches • Tagged with interview, magic, religion, sci fi, ted chiang, writing • 1 min read

Great interview with Ted Chiang, who happens to be a rather brilliant science fiction writer. Seriously, if you have not read his wonderful story “Exhalation”, you have missed a gem. You can also hear an audio production of that story here.

There’s lots of good stuff in this interview …

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Intelligent Design In Schools Rejected By Federal Court

Posted on Tue 20 December 2005 in Dispatches • Tagged with politics, religion • 1 min read

For those of you who have not been following this case, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled against the school board who instituted a policy of teaching Intelligent Design alongside evolution in the science classroom. The members of the board who had initially instituted this policy were voted out …

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“Can you think of ways to help him?”

Posted on Tue 11 October 2005 in Dispatches • Tagged with funny, religion • 1 min read

As a Buddhist, I found myself nearly rolling on the floor with laughter when I saw this excerpt from a Christian children’s coloring book on Boing Boing. Take a gander at it, as it is sometimes hard to believe that these kind of documents actually exist.

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Sleep of Reason Pt. 3

Posted on Mon 25 July 2005 in Dispatches • Tagged with personal, religion • 2 min read

Link to Part 1 Link to Part 2

Terrified of a world I could not mentally grasp, I attempted to exert control over my reality in lieu of understanding. This led me to paganism and the occult, and the attraction that magic could somehow give me the ability to influence …

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Sleep of Reason Pt. 2

Posted on Wed 20 July 2005 in Dispatches • Tagged with personal, religion • 3 min read

Link to Part 1

In my nightmares I had come to associate logical reasoning with a monstrous figure that would tear me apart even as it embraced me. Intuitive and experiential knowledge I began to associate with a mystery woman and the intensely spiritual lovemaking of my dreams. You can …

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Sleep of Reason Pt. 1

Posted on Tue 19 July 2005 in Dispatches • Tagged with dream, personal, religion • 3 min read

When I was in high school I used to have a recurring nightmare once every month or so. It was part of the most important spiritual developments in my life.

I am running. I am always running. But I know no matter how far I run he will find me …

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