“The Map is not the Territory”

“The map is not the territory” is a well-known saying that is often used to illustrate the idea that all models of reality are not reality itself. James A Lindsay, in his book Dot, Dot, Dot reminds us that even Our mathematics, our scientific theories, our models, our philosophical conjectures, and our theological ramblings are all abstract …

The risks of searching for a soul mate

When it comes to finding a soul mate, the risks may outweigh the rewards. There are several dangers associated with looking for a soul mate, and the chances of finding one are slim. First, let’s define what we mean by soul mate. A soul mate is typically thought of as a perfect match – someone …

What foundation is needed for morality?

I have observed and been the subject of many discussions with members of theist religions (that is, those who believe in a god of some sort) about what foundation is needed for morality. Theists typically argue that without belief in a god, there can be no foundation for morality. Those who do not believe in …

The Purpose of Parenting: Encouraging Autonomous Human Beings

Parenting is such a challenge. I know this from experience because my wife and I have raised two daughters and the stories I’ve heard from other parents confirm it. Raising a child is one of the most difficult, complex, and challenging tasks that any human being can engage in. From what I can gather, we …

Safety, Security, Significance: An interview with Brenton Woolfe

Safety, security, and significance are the three essential things that Brenton Woolfe believes every young person needs. Have a listen to this interview I recently conducted with Brenton. Brenton has been working in mental health for many years and is now a counsellor at a private high school. The interview focuses specifically on young people …

Radical changes … better nurturing of the “garden”

The creator of the Root & Branches Web site, Geoff Boyce, had a vision of creating a safe place where people around the world could be nurtured in the “garden” of life. You have been experiencing a version of this Web site which we hope has been inspiring and encouraging. Up until now, Root & …

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