Nick Freiling

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Some efficiency tips for noobs

My biggest pet peeves are clutter, unnecessary details and logistical messes. I hate digging around for things in my own home. I can hardly stand watching someone try to find some important “lost” file on their computer because they weren’t thinking when they saved it the first time. I go crazy listening to people stress […]

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Jesus as salesman. Relatable Jesus.

We really don’t know much about Jesus. To show that, here’s a perspective on Jesus from Bruce Barton – a critical dissection of his method that, for unclear reasons, I don’t think Christians are usually willing to entertain: Finally he knew the necessity for repetition and practiced it. It has been said that “reputation is repetition.” No […]

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My alma mater in the news

…well, maybe not the news, per se. Does The Atlantic count? Grove City College reports demographic and some other information to the government on a voluntary basis, said its president, Paul McNulty. He said that—even though it doesn’t have to—the college also tries to adhere to the principles of Title IX to serve male and female students […]

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Sell solutions, not deliverables

Something I’ve learned since starting a business: When selling your products or services, focus on your potential customers’ stated problems/pains, and not the product or service they think they need. Decide whether you can fulfill their expectations based on whether you can address and solve whatever problem they’re facing–not whether you can deliver the specifications they claim to […]

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On speaking clearly

Gosnell’s behavior was terribly wrong. But there is no reason to believe that an extra layer of regulation would have affected that behavior. Determined wrongdoers, already ignoring existing statutes and safety measures, are unlikely to be convinced to adopt safe practices by a new overlay of regulations. This is the liberal Supreme Court’s argument against […]

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Signs of the times

From the erudite Theodore Dalrymple at Taki’s Magazine: Since perfect peace cannot hold our attention for long, accustomed as we are to a life of constant stimulation, we tend, or feel the need, to focus our minds on the dramatic. Without violent manifestations of discontent and criminality somewhere in the world, we should soon grow […]

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The loss of the contemplative mind

From Teddy Wayne, writing at the New York Times: Mr. Carr also noted counterarguments: Formulating relatively simple thoughts on the internet can yield more complex ones through real-time exchanges with others, and people whose reflex is to post a notion hastily rather than let it sit may not have been the most deliberative thinkers in […]

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On social change, early birds = slow birds

An interesting generalization from fertility data (chart below) at Our World in Data: We also see from the chart that the speed with which countries can achieve low fertility has increased over time. A century ago it took the United Kingdom 95 years and the US 82 years to reduce fertility from more than 6 to […]

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Beyond the boring limits

Selected quotes from David Bentley Hart’s Religion in America. For, if we succumb to post-Christian modernity, and the limits of its vision, what then? Most of us will surrender to a passive decay of will and aspiration, perhaps, find fewer reasons to resist as government insinuates itself into the little liberties of the family, continue to […]

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The sway of ideological legacy

Regarding the ultimate nature of reality, at least, neither the general consensus of a culture nor the special consensus of a credentialed class should be trusted too readily, especially if it cannot justify itself except by reference to its own unexamined presuppositions. So much of what we imagine to be the testimony of reason or […]

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