BETWEEN the FINITE and the INFINITE

BETWEEN the FINITE and the INFINITE

By John Martin Ramsay
In these podcasts, Dr. John Martin Ramsay looks at living at the interface between the finite and the infinite by taking small bits of easily understood situations to grasp the magnitude of the insight.
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#39 What's Going On Backstage?
Flying between the finite and the infinite is an adventure; it can be invigorating or debilitating, filled with potential or constrained. This podcast urges the reader to fly!
02:54
January 19, 2020
#38 Letting Go of the Rope!
Letting go of the rope requires great faith but allows one to fly.
04:57
January 13, 2020
#37 Chagrin!
Did you know that methane is 28 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide?
02:19
January 10, 2020
#35 Your Input solicited
Help me with a green anthem for the youth of the world!  Their movement needs an anthem as a call to action!
02:20
December 30, 2019
#34 Action Needed!
I am looking for a composer to write the music for my lyrics for "A Green Anthem for the Youth of the World!"
01:54
December 26, 2019
#33 A Letter to Teenagers
Advice from an old man.
03:39
December 16, 2019
#31 Attitude!
Let's get down to practical illustrations of ways to live at the interface between the finite and the infinite!  Robert's Rules of Order?
10:46
December 1, 2019
#30 On the Fence
Do we have something to crow about?
06:23
November 25, 2019
#29 Rummikub
Have you got the game of life all figured out?  
06:01
November 17, 2019
#28 Make up my mind!
When is it appropriate to keep an open mind and when is it appropriate to vacillate, procrastinate, or make up your mind and be decisive?
03:10
November 11, 2019
#27 Happiness
What is happiness?  Can it be measured?  What do you think of the United Nations' report which ranks the countries of the world by how happy they are?  Can you be happy when your situation is terrible?
08:15
November 4, 2019
#26 Questionable Theology?
An open mind applied to both science and religion.
06:25
October 27, 2019
#25 What would health mean if there were no sickness?
Making a case for Questionable Theology.
04:22
October 20, 2019
#24 A. I. versus H. S.
We use humor as the antidote to being upset!
14:30
October 13, 2019
#23 Government
Living in the world at the interface between the finite and the infinite  is neither complete with a finite set of rules by which we can govern nor is the chaos of anarchy acceptable.  Where does that leave us?
04:48
October 7, 2019
#22 Which One Are You?
We humans indeed hold a special place in the formation and development of the universe.  But there are serious warning signs that we need to urgently change our exploitation of our earthly position if we intend to continue our life on earth.  Think cosmically first and then adjust our earthly actions to match what is required of us to hold onto our position.
04:39
September 30, 2019
#21 Take a Yacht!
A solar powered yacht is one answer to airplanes.
03:53
September 23, 2019
#20 A Pot of Gold
Is a rainbow made up of different colors or are the colors just our perception of a rainbow?
06:58
September 15, 2019
#19 The Supreme Being
Do you believe in God?
02:47
September 8, 2019
#18 LGBTQQIP2SAA+
LGBTQQIP2SAA+...!!!  Perhaps it all boils down to an important understanding that each individual is an individual never to be repeated.  Perhaps, if we understand this, we humans will be more able to respect each other and work together in determining what the Almighty expects of us.
04:40
September 1, 2019
#17 It Makes a Huge Difference
At the interface between the finite and the infinite, human societies seem to polarize whether it be dividing North Korea and South Korea, choosing communism or democracy, and joining the Republican or Democrat Party in the United States.  How does this polarization appear in the face of climate change?
05:24
August 25, 2019
#16 Oh Nuts!
Can a very simple concept be described in few words?  In this podcast I try but quickly find that the few words are so deep that it is difficult to plumb the bottom, especially since there is no bottom to the Infinite!  So, I chose to illustrate what it means to live at the interface between the finite and the infinite and used the question of gender to show how the concept of gender has changed over the years.  Is gender a matter of genes?  Is gender a choice?  Are we asking the right questions?  Can finite beings ever draw final conclusions?  Other podcasts will deal with the implications of your answer to that last question!!!
06:40
August 18, 2019
#15 ME and WE
Hale Schroer, in his sermon yesterday at Samuel United Church of Christ in Clayton, Missouri, matched ME and WE with ID.  That got me to thinking about "love thy neighbor as thyself," although that scripture was not the text for the sermon, "Christians and Made not Born."  Living at the interface of the finite and the infinite begs for cultivated links and awareness between ME and WE.  I end this podcast with a childhood song!
04:52
August 13, 2019
#14 This Very Moment
Now is the interface link between the past and the future!
02:28
August 7, 2019
#13 A Guy Dance
Listen to the entire podcast to decipher what is meant by "guy dance!"
03:32
July 28, 2019
#12 The Underbelly of Humans
#12 The Underbelly of Humans
04:50
July 21, 2019
#11 Do We Have a Choice?
This second podcast concerning climate change compares the situation faced by Harriet Tubman in her choice between liberty and death with the situation we face today between working together or death.
06:17
July 14, 2019
# 10 Jefferson and Climate Change
A message stimulated by considerations at the significance of Fourth of July.
07:01
July 7, 2019
#9 The Scientific Method
The Scientific Method is a powerful tool.  But, like most other things living at the interface between the finite and the infinite, science can be misused.  What use we make of science matters!
03:05
June 30, 2019
#8 The Truckers' Joke
People have bought into the revolution in electronic communication.  Dr. Ramsay takes a look at one electronic joke hanging in the air in central Kentucky as truckers pass it from one to the other as they roll by.  What are the implications for society?
04:35
June 23, 2019
#7 The Past is Gone?
Long hair started growing a long time ago, cell by cell, day by day.  What can this tell us about how the past acts as a coiffed frame around our smiles or furrowed brows?
10:18
June 15, 2019
#6 Life is a Jigsaw Puzzle
#6 Life is a Jigsaw Puzzle.  A message of diversity for Pentecost Sunday!
04:24
June 10, 2019
#5 So what!
Podcast #5 is about EDUCATION.  N.F.S. Grundtvig understood that preparation for living at the interface between the finite and the infinite requires a different form of education—one in which there are no exams!  The Scandinavian countries provide a case study of what a difference education can make in how we manage our lives.
08:07
June 2, 2019
#4 Bulging Biceps and Washboard Abs
In Episode #4, "Bulging Biceps and Washboard Abs," Dr. Ramsay states, "We need to use words and dictionaries as we fumble along through life. But, defining them is like pinning and mounting butterflies. Once mounted, life is gone and the butterfly no longer flies."  Words are useful in the same way a cadaver is useful to a surgeon in learning how to enhance life!
07:32
May 24, 2019
#3 Don't Define it, Just Dance!
College students try to define what dance is and end up going beyond their assignment!
04:40
May 19, 2019
#2 Out of the Box!
This is the second of a series of podcasts about living at the interface between the finite and the infinite,  This one tackles the problem of classifying people as either male or female.
08:25
May 15, 2019
#1 Between Black and White
Dr. Ramsay describes a 7th grade biology class considering what it means to classify people into black or white.  He liked teaching 7th graders because they are wonderfully open minded and intelligent because they have not yet been brain washed by their adult world.
12:07
May 7, 2019