Help Pick Questions for my Ideological Turing Test Talk

From my Effective Altruism talk at Yale

I've got two speaking engagements coming up this week, and I could use your crowdsourced  help for one of them.  How to Have Better Fights About Religion Wednesday, March 18, 7p Shotel Dubin Auditorium, Penn Hillel 215 S. 39th St. Philadelphia, PA 19104    A Night of Intra-Christian Dialogue Thursday, March 19, 7:30p George Mason School of Law 3301 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, Virginia 22201  At the Intra-Christian Dialogue event, I'll be part of an ecumenical … [Read more...]

The Word Gap Needs More Than Individual Effort

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I'm posting at Fare Forward today, talking about the word gap, and why solutions should include structural reform of work schedules, wages, and zoning -- not just increased effort from individual parents: Poorer children start falling behind the richer children in their age cohort long before they toddle off to their first day of school or sit down for their first standardized test. Before formal instruction begins, children learn from their parents. Poorer children fall into a “word gap”—they h … [Read more...]

Promises No One Asks the Church to Keep [Saints bookclub]

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In 2015, I’m reading and blogging through Ronald Knox’s collection of sermons on Christian exemplars, Captive Flames: On Selected Saints and Christian Heroes.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next portrait in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.In this week's chapter, Ronald Knox is describing St. Gregory the Great, and roots his sermon in an anecdote of St. Gregory punning on the name of an English captive, Angles, explaining that his true heritage wa … [Read more...]

Love Applied to Charity and Fighting in New Haven

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I'm making speaking appearances in New Haven today and tomorrow, so here's a heads up for students in the area.  Effective Altruism and Caritas Yale Effective AltruistsMonday, Feb 16, 5pmJE Dining HallWhen looking for high-impact opportunities to give, how should we weight the effect that different ways of giving have on the giver?  If you get the most bang for your charity buck abroad, how will you stay engaged with the needs of the people around you and avoid becoming de … [Read more...]

Looking forward to The Last 5 Years tonight!

I'm a little too busy to do Quick Takes today; among other things, I'm hosting about 20 people at my place tonight to watch The Last 5 Years, and I promised to make dinner for all of them.  (When I offered to cook, only 7 people had RSVP'd so far).The movie is in very limited release, but, luckily, it's available to rent or buy from iTunes, so that's what we're doing.  I hope some of you will join me (though probably don't watch it on Valentine's Day) and we can have some dis … [Read more...]

Offering hospitality to introverts, athletes, and other strange-to-me types

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In the last week, I've run into two great pieces on how to offer hospitality, both by creating and supporting "third places" (a third place, apart from the home or the office for fellowship) or in one-to-one encounters.  Both these pieces don't just make actionable, concrete suggestions, they fill in lacuna in my own way of thinking about hospitality, blind spots created both by the way I prefer to socialize and my socioeconomic status.First up, Richard Beck of Expermental Theology points … [Read more...]

When it’s illegal to live with your friends…

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There are two reasons why I recommended that friends who want to cultivate deeper relationships with each other move into apartment buildings yesterday.  The first reason is simply that they're convenient.  When a building is large enough, it's relatively easy to find an open unit in your friend's building to move into (especially if you live in a high turnover town, like I do).  Plus, apartment buildings let you be neighbors (in terms of a 5 minute door-to-door distance) without actually having … [Read more...]