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Saturday, July 13, 2013

On Purpose in the Universe

Atheism doesn't work for me because it is connected to the idea that there is no purpose in the universe, no purpose in a person's life. Aristotle, on the other hand, argues that purpose is a fundamental part of reality (one of his Four Causes).

I fully agree with something that Steve Jobs said in his Stanford commencement address: "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever." In atheism, you can't have that magic. You are pitted against a hostile environment of random chance, illness, and misfortune. But in Catholicism, there is purpose: purpose in good things, and God can even pull good out of evil things. It is about life, hope, love, and flourishing; in other words, purpose. And I like that.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Continuing quest to wean myself off Google services

I found a good replacement for google.com and the Chrome browser, and they are both from Yandex, which is a search engine based in Russia. (Those Russians are smart!)

Replacement for google.com: yandex.com. It seems to give better search results than DuckDuckGo... maybe. I'm continuing to try it out, but it is looking good so far.

Replacement for Chrome: Yandex browser. It is based on the open-source Chromium project. (Review.) And you can install 1Password on it via the Chrome web store.