Notes on Theoconceptualism; Or, Towards a New Religion and Philosophy

Theoconceptualism is a theological philosophy that I'm creating. I have a document where I keep notes. I'm sharing some of those notes here.

- I have longer definitions in my notes, but here are the short versions of three important words. -

the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.
the study of the theoretical basis of a particular branch of knowledge or experience.

the study of the nature of God and religious belief.
religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed.

the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

- Now the notes will get really chaotic, so hold on to your mind. -

Nature of God, nature of salvation
God concept, God as concept, God is concept
All Life is Problem Solving - Karl Popper
12 Rules for Life - Jordan Peterson
Maps of Meaning - Jordan Peterson
Vision, articulation, create, …

A Flash of Horror - Part 2 of ?

Yesterday I came up with a few ideas for my flash fiction horror story. I'm not going to pursue two of the ideas, I'm interested in two of the other ideas, and Oleg has one that he likes.

I'm not going to delve into the kidnapping and torturing a doctor thing, although I think that people might be enthusiastic about that one. I'm also not going to pursue the shrink that shrinks heads, although I do think that could be a humorous horror story in the future.

I'm interested in the forced inoculation story about a kid becoming a zombie and eating his sister in front of his mom. That's some pretty great sounding science fiction/fantasy horror. I'm also interested in the flashback false execution story. I think that that could cause some pondering in those who encounter the story.

And finally, I received this message from Oleg yesterday after he read my post:

Hi, Jeffrey!
Go for the succubus story idea. The anthology MUST have a succubus story!

So, I've been …

A Flash of Horror - Part 1 of ?

In 2019 my friend Oleg is publishing an international anthology of flash fiction horror stories called "Horror Without Borders". He has over 50 authors recruited for the project from 20 plus countries and all seven continents, that's right, all seven continents - including someone that works in Antarctica. Oleg is publishing the book in print and as an ebook in Russian, and I'm the editor for the print-on-demand and ebook that will be in English. I'm also contributing a story to the collection. That's what this article is about.

My original idea was to do a torture story where a patient that has gotten the normal medical treatment of being ignored, dismissed, and given painkillers gets so frustrated that he snaps, kidnaps the doctor, and tortures him in a creative way. He causes the doctor pain, for instance by pulling out a fingernail. Then he checks the doctor's blood pressure, notes that it's high and gives him some blood pressure medication. When …

On Writing a Testimonial

I've been putting this off for months. There is no doubt that my chiropractors have helped, and continue to help, me tremendously. So why haven't I written the testimonial that I said I was going to write yet? Well, there are two reasons.

The first reason is that I keep making progress. It's not a straight path. There is no linear progression. It's somewhat more akin to riding a rollercoaster blind. You know that there are going to be ups and downs, but you don't know when. This means that in the near future, it's always the near future, that I could have a much better conclusion to my testimonial. I'll do it next week when I'm even better, I'll do it next week when I've recovered from this downturn, I'll do it next week when I'm even stronger, etc. Luckily next week has finally arrived, it only took a few months.

The second reason is that the story is quite large, decently long, and pretty complex. I don't want to write a memoir on …

A Story for Linda

I often have interesting classes with students. For instance, this article isn't even going to be about the six-year-old from two days ago that is fluent in English and when the book wasn't working shared a 30 minute conversation with me that included her desire to be a DNA scientist so that she can resurrect the dinosaurs, and her further plans to become an engineer to design a lightsaber to fight off the dinosaurs, which was all followed by our debate about whether pterodactyls would be able to kill t-rex babies better or whether t-rexes would be able to kill pterodactyl babies better. Nope, this article is about a ten-year-old named Linda.

Linda is learning phonics and she's doing pretty well. She can read early children's' books. By the time we had come to the end of the material (I don't select the teaching material when I'm working with this company) we still had a few minutes of class left and she had seemed a bit bored with the material anyway. Unfo…

Minister Jeff's Wedding Speech and Ceremony: An Analysis

I've been a minister since 2012, but I haven't done anything with it, until now. I recently officiated the wonderful wedding of Ashley and Joshua Plecas. It was a lot of fun. It was also a unique experience. I'm going to break it down here.

Many people are afraid of speaking in public, which is reasonable. It's an animal thing. All of those people staring at you is intimidating. Eye contact is one of the fundamental forms of dominance displays. I've learned to enjoy it. But, a wedding ceremony is a little different.

When I'm giving a speech I only have to worry about me. I'm 100 percent in charge. If I want to change something I just change it, and nobody else even knows. A wedding is a little more like acting. You have to wait until it's your turn, other people are moving and responding to you. Also, people want to know what you're going to say beforehand.

Luckily for me Ashley and Joshua are pretty easy going, and I have a bit of experience creati…

Two Wrongs Don't Make it Right. Or, do they... ?

There are a lot of interesting phrases in English. Sometimes they are useful, sometimes they are not. I often find insight in taking contrarian stances. This stems from an interesting conversation I had on Facebook recently.

Let's call the woman I was talking to Bethany (because that was her name). She brought up the whole two wrongs not making the situation right. It's a phrase that never seems to be questioned but I always thought was odd. If you have tolerance for intolerance then the intolerance will dominate the situation, whatever that situation might be. Anyway, this is how I explained it. I removed Bethany's last name, otherwise it is a direct quote.

Bethany I think I could turn that old phrase. Two wrongs don't make it right. It's wrong to murder. Person A murders person B. Person C kills (because we reserve the word murder for killing that we don't like) person A. Is this a justified action? Possibly, it's debatable. Let's say it's the old…