A Tickle in the Funny Bone

My first ebook, A Tickle in the Funny Bone, is a dozen of my humorous columns including all the April Fool’s ones and the hilarious responses. Readers’ comments: I had a good laugh at this one - still wiping away the tears! I like your sense of humour! I laughed all the way through. I...

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What Does “Thank You” Mean Anyway?

5,000 people dead, 600,000 homeless and hungry

This week’s (USA) Thanksgiving post is excerpted from my latest ebook, The Why and How of Bible Translation: What Every Christian Should Know, But Few Do. Read it here and then, at the end, consider one way to put your gratitude into practice. While translating the Bible with the Canela people of Brazil, my wife and I ran into a problem—we could not find a simple word or phrase for the concept carried in English by such words as gratitude, …

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What Makes Us Tick (Part 2)

Canela Boys Stay With Their Age Group for Life

In last week’s column we focused on our brain—the stunningly efficient processor in our heads. Today we want to focus on what programs this living computer since the program determines the final outcome. Education in and of itself is not what programs our mental computers. Instead, it is our values: our virtues, principles, convictions, ideals, motives, morals, ethics or character that we hold dear that instruct our brains. “The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of …

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What Makes Us Tick (Part 1)

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Isaac Asimov, my favorite philosopher and science fiction writer wrote, “The human brain is the most complicated organization of matter that we know.” Our brains compare favorably to a computer. The processing power of an average brain is estimated to be at least ten times as fast as current super-computers. Our home computers instantly calculate a large number of mathematical formulas in a spreadsheet, a feat impossible for a human mathematician. Our human brains, however, can multitask far better than …

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