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God Dome It! Unlearn!

Posted in Arts, Catholic Church, Change, Creativity, Design, History, Illusion, Imagination, Innovation, Metaphor, New Cards, Opposite May Also be True, Perspective, Problems into Opportunities, The Way We See the Problem, Way We See the Problem

The Saint Ignatius church in Rome was originally designed to include a cupola. For financial reasons, the feature was never built. In moment, sparked by Divine intervention perhaps, Church officials hired Andrea Pozzo to paint a fake dome on the ceiling over the altar. Today, more than 300 years later, many visitors are shocked to…


The Final Straw

Posted in Catholic Church, Religious, Spiritual

Two years before his death, St. Thomas the Aquinas, the Catholic Church's greatest theologian and philosopher went silent. He just stopped speaking. Why? No one is entirely sure why but the last thing he wrote is this: All that I have hitherto written seems to me nothing but straw. As a writer I understand this…


Unlearning Death

Posted in Aging, Analogy, Black Swans, Catholic Church, General, Health Care, History, Jump the Curve, Religious, Stories

In 1899, just a few years before the Wright brothers achieved their historic accomplishment, Lord Kelvin — then one of the world’s brightest men and most accomplished scientists — declared heavier than air machines to be "impossible." He was wrong. To add insult to injury, Lord Kelvin was proved wrong by a pair of bicycle…


It’s Never Too Late to Unlearn

Posted in Catholic Church, Culture, General, Religious

In the spring of 2007 the Vatican announced that babies who died before they were baptized were no longer relegated to a life in limbo — a rather mysterious land believed to reside just outside of heaven where unbaptized babies lived in perpetual happiness but were not in direct communion with God. Regardless of one’s…


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