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“Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” Genesis 11:7–9

We live in what I believe to be one of the most fascinating periods in human history. Of all the achievements and experiences that human history contains, at no point in the past that we are aware of has the whole of the species been able to communicate with each other, with the only exception being the story of the Tower of Babel above, in which allegedly all of humanity was able to understand each other because they spoke the same language. This is in many ways the inverse of the modern problem we currently find ourselves in as I see it, when effectively the whole of humanity can communicate with each other almost instantaneously, but increasingly find ourselves incapable of understanding each other is saying in any meaningful way. …


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Artificial Intelligence is probably the greatest technological achievement in history. It’s subjective of course, but I’ve been obsessed with technology ever since I was a kid. While I’m sure there are many technical advances I am unaware of, AI, or machine learning, surpasses them all. An exception could perhaps be made for the invention of language or perhaps the wheel, however I doubt few other things will have such a profound effect on the human species. AI has been a stable component of contemporary culture for multiple generations now. …


I must admit it is with some trepidation that I start this project. This is for many reasons, but as with most things in life, we don’t usually get to pick the time, we only have some say in the place, and the only real choice we have is our actions, and even that is debatable at times. I have been writing this article in my head for several years now, and at some point, I need to commit words to paper, or in this case, bits to databases, about a project I have been working on for some time.

In the many iterations in my head I have bounced back and forth between trying to outline what it is I have been doing, or whether I should start with what I have not been doing. …


The modern world is full of temptation and its become easy to consider some sins to be harmless, or perhaps not even sins at all, but is this actually the case? Is there such a thing as a harmless sin? Any inquiry into the concept of sin will quickly find the inquisitor in a depth above their own head as they learn that this topic has been one that has been philosophized over for not just centuries, but millennia. …


Today’s politics have gotten so divisive and toxic that even getting online and checking the news most days is a trial. It’s an effort to try and discuss current events with anyone outside of my own political bubble. I’ve made some inroads on this goal on Twitter. Some, but not many. The best I’ve been able to make is conversations with those that would probably fall on today’s center-left.

But that’s not good enough. Not if we want to stop the ongoing culture war and the, what is in my opinion unfortunate, inevitable conflict. There’s much in the public discourse about walls these days, and whether or not you believe in walls on our southern border, there is a wall that no one is talking about, the digital wall between the left and right of our culture. This invisible barrier that prevents any and all communication between two large segments of our society. In our inability to communicate, we become defensive and combative. …


I wish I had kept notes. I wish I had kept a journal of where social media would take me. It occurs to me that in a sense I have kept a journal, that journal being social media itself, however, I am still divided on whether or not writing my personal thoughts on my posts at the time versus trying to recall my personal thoughts after the fact based off of those posts…. I’m not sure which one would hold the most insight, though I have an idea.

Trying to find the beginning of my timeline on that one social media platform (you know the one) was an interesting journey. Side note: I’ve not completely found it do to lack of time, but I got pretty close, and if I had to say one thing about it, let’s just say it’s amazing how much I thought I knew. But that’s not what this is about. …

Jeremy Spradlin

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