Archive for September, 2013

Imagining Death

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. Two Christians on a cruise ship Jake: I’m still incredibly tense. Kaelyn: I’m sorry. I thought walking around the deck would help you feel less closed in. Jake: Feeling closed in isn’t the problem. Everything I see or hear or smell — everything reminds me of […]

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 7:45 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Philosophy is Unnecessary II

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. Two graduate students in a magic shop Eddie: This is some quality stuff. Franklin: You’re right. I thought it was going to be like a cheesy amusement park shop, but these are the real thing. Eddie: They’ve got a Zig Zag cabinet! I totally wanted one […]

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 7:44 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Philosophy is Unnecessary

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. Two atheists in their high school library Wayne: They’ve got the Hawking book back in. I’m going to get that. Addison: Want anything else or are you ready to go? I’m just getting this. Wayne: Who’s Bertrand Russell? Addison: A philosopher. Wayne: Are you still on […]

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Determinism and Free Will

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. An atheist and a theist in a ship’s galley Ray: You’re not making that same stew again, are you? Sara: What do you mean "again"? It’s been a week since I last made it. Ray: It seems like less. Nothing against your cooking, but I get […]

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm by ideclare · Permalink · One Comment
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Determinism and Responsibility

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. A theist and an atheist cleaning up after a day working in a day care center Madelyn: Peggy was in particularly rare form today. Did you hear what she said to Oliver? Nicholas: Come on, it’s not her fault. We’ve just got to keep working with […]

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Immaterial Objects

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. A theist and an atheist sitting on a hill overlooking a drive-in movie theater Isabelle: We aren’t going to be able to hear anything. We’re too far away. Jad: I know. I thought it would be fun. We can make up dialogue or something. Isabelle: You […]

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Dogmatic Materialism

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. Two people waiting for a delayed plane at an airport Barbara: If the delay goes on much longer, I’m going to have to get something to eat. Caden: Me too. I’d feel better if they’d at least tell us what the problem is. Barbara: Yeah. "Mechanical […]

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm by ideclare · Permalink · One Comment
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What’s the Point?

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. A Christian and an atheist watching the news late at night in a dormitory lobby Pamela: Oh my God — that ‘s horrible! Why did he do that? Quinn: To protest the Chinese government. They just said that. Pamela: But why would he set himself on […]

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 9:22 pm by ideclare · Permalink · One Comment
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The Meaning of Life

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. A theist and an atheist waiting for a nurse in a theme park first-aid station Katherine: That was pretty scary, huh? Laurie: A parade bicycle drove over my foot. My life wasn’t exactly flashing before my eyes. Katherine: It makes you think, though, doesn’t it? If […]

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 9:21 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Faith in Materialism

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series. Two people in an antique store Danny: Don’t make a big deal about it, but look at this table. The price is four figures, but I’m pretty sure it’s a reproduction. Easton: Why? Danny: Look at the nails. If it was really two hundred years old, […]

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm by ideclare · Permalink · Leave a comment
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