Experiencing neither romance nor spirituality – A good comparison between not experiencing romance and not experiencing spirituality. I have often thought about this comparison myself. When I considered myself a new atheist, I was constantly annoyed by how much atheists talk about being spiritual. It’s fine to be spiritual, but it so overemphasized and exaggerated that it felt like a respectability politics tactic, one that failed to acknowledge or validate people who aren’t spiritual. And it basically blocked any potential conversation about what it’s like to not experience spirituality, in a world that thinks you must. Being asexual and aromantic spectrum has made me unapologetic about being nonspiritual.
Why books don’t work – The article argues that we don’t absorb information from nonfiction books very well, discusses why, and possible workarounds. Nonfiction books (and lectures too) are based on a “transmissionism” model of learning: an idea is described, and you learn the idea. But a better way to learn an idea is by actively engaging with it. I am wondering how to apply these ideas to improve my own blogging. Certainly when I blog about an idea, I learn a lot about it because I need to engage with it, but how do I encourage readers to also learn?