Announcements:  The Kroger Foundation application for the church is back on hold again.  Stan had a conversation with them about the status of UUCE as a congregation.  The Jewish Humanist group is haveing a pot luck at the end of August and we are invited.  We will conbine our congregational pot luck with their event for this month.  There is a gathering for world peace in Battelle park on August 6.  

We lit a candle for Emily’s friend’s father who had a heart attack.  Betty has created new art for us to wear in late summer.  Everyone should display theirs when you come to church on Sunday.  It is the little art card.  Your name is written on yours so you know which piece of art you are supposed to wear.

Jim spoke to us about unknown unknowns.  In epistemology (the theory of knowledge and how knowledge is aquired), the term unknown unknown refers to circumstances or outcomes that were not conceived of by an observer at a given point in time. The meaning of the term becomes more clear when it is contrasted with the known unknown, which refers to circumstances or outcomes that are known to be possible, but it is unknown whether or not they will be realized.  Jim pointed out the differences between people who read the signs but don’t comprehend them (that is, people who know that they have been warned even if they do not understand the threat) and people who don’t read the signs (that is, people who have no idea that a warning has been given and a threat is imminent.)  Knowing what you don’t know is the first step in learning.  If you don’t even know that you lack knowledge, then you are not prepared to learn.  For example, if your religion teachs with certainty that what is said in the Christian bible is without factual error, then anything that conflicts with that certainty will be forever closed and unknown you.

Where do we look for answers?  Where do we look for questions?  Each of us has a set of filters that we wear so that we don’t have to comprehend everything our senses see and hear.  What senses do we not possess, such that we dont even understand what we cannot comprehend?

Anosognosia is a condition in which a person who suffers disability seems unaware of or denies the existence of his or her disability or defect.  See: pointy-haired boss.

In the end, reality is what our senses percieve if BP allows us to know it.

Rick