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Table Tennis Between a Human and a Robot, The Duel: Timo Boll vs. KUKA Robot. What is to learn from such a competition?

Did you watch it twice? Even before the video had started, I was already planning on watching it twice so that I could observe all the tricks the robot was about to make in order for the human not to win the game.

It was quite amazing to see how a robot makes a human struggle. And this happens every day, especially if you work on a PC (sic!) The human fights his own limitations in trying to beat a robot. Up until the 6th serve, the human seemed to be losing the game and you would not even be shocked about it. Yet, the tricks were not performed by a specially produced and programmed robot, but by the human who has the special gift of creativity. It was all about the unexpected ways of delivering a ball, that the robot was not programmed to face, and that was its weak point. After the first point in favour of the human, you could already see how the next few points were about to be won, and most of them met your expectations.

The one thing the fascinates me is not the precision and the speed of the robot, but he lack of pleasure, excitement and sorrow when winning and/or losing. It was on the face of the human that you could read all that he was experiencing: joy, excitement, wonder,  expectancy, sorrow and revenge. The robot, on the other hand, was only there to perform a job and that job was close to perfection, yet not perfect.

What a lesson: I was not produced, I was created. I was not programmed, but left with the ability to choose and create. I was not only given choice, but the ability to react and live the results of my own choices. I was also given the pleasures of life and the sorrow of wrong choices. And all this with a purpose: to chose right and to enjoy the results of a good choice. Forever!

How and what will I choose will determine the very next reactions and decisions in my life.  Think about it!

The Passionate Intellect, Alister McGrath

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“The apologetic task cannot be limited to developing arguments. In some way we must realize that apologetics involves enabling people to glimpse something of the glory and beauty of God. It is these, not slick arguments, that will ultimately convert and hold people. True apologetics engages not only the mind but also the heart and the imagination, and we impoverish the gospel if we neglect the impact it has on all of our God-given faculties.”

– Alister McGrath, The Passionate Intellect, p. 88.

From Father to Son — J.R.R. Tolkien on Sex (reblog from Al. Mohler)

The astounding popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien and his writings–magnified many times over by the success of the “Lord of the Rings” films–has ensured that Tolkien’s fantasy world of moral meaning stands as one of the great literary achievements of our times.

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In some sense, Tolkien was a man born out of time. A philologist at heart, Tolkien was most at home in the world of ancient ages, even as he witnessed the barbarism and horrors of the 20th century. Celebrated as a popular author, he was an eloquent witness to permanent truths. His popularity on university campuses, extending from his own day right up to the present, is a powerful indication of the fact that Tolkien’s writings reach the hearts of the young, and those looking for answers.

Even as Tolkien is celebrated as an author and literary figure, some of his most important messages were communicated by means of letters, and some of the most important letters were written to his sons.

Tolkien married his wife Edith in 1916, and the marriage was blessed with four children. Of the four, three were boys. John was born in 1917, Michael in 1920, and Christopher in 1924. Priscilla, the Tolkiens’ only daughter, was born in 1929.

Tolkien dearly loved his children, and he left a literary legacy in the form of letters. Many of these letters were written to his sons, and these letters represent, not only a hallmark of literary quality, but a treasure of Christian teaching on matters of manhood, marriage, and sex. Taken together, these letters constitute a priceless legacy, not only to the Tolkien boys, but to all those with whom the letters have been shared…..

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God’s Not Dead. He is very much alive – Dr. Vince Vitale, Oxford

Mai jos, un video scurt si concis despre argumente pentru existenta lui Dumnezeu.

Dr. Vince Vitale is Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA), Tutor in Philosophy and Mission at Wycliffe Hall, a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, and a speaker for RZIM Europe.  He holds a DPhil in Philosophy and an MPhil in Theology, both from the University of Oxford. His primary research interests are in philosophy of religion, epistemology, and ethics. Vince is erstwhile Secretary of the Joseph Butler Society for the Philosophy of Religion and previously taught with rank of Lecturer in the Philosophy and Religion Departments of his alma mater, Princeton University, where he committed his life to Jesus Christ as an undergraduate and later served as Director of Athletes in Action Christian Fellowship. Vince has a passion for the intersection of faith and sport. He played varsity soccer at Princeton, has been awarded Blues in football and boxing at Oxford, and has traveled with Athletes in Action soccer teams to four continents. Vince and his wife Jo met at St. Aldate’s Church, Oxford.