some mocked; the black swan flew

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Now when they heard of <sup class="crossreference" style="font-family: 'Charis SIL', charis, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 0.65em; vertical-align: top;" value="(A)”>the resurrection of the dead,<sup class="crossreference" style="font-family: 'Charis SIL', charis, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 0.65em; vertical-align: top;" value="(B)”>some mocked. But others said, <sup class="crossreference" style="font-family: 'Charis SIL', charis, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 0.65em; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”>“We will hear you again about this.” – Acts 17:32 ESV

mocking.  hearing more.  how much do we need to know in order to mock?

Mocking is expressing impatience with an idea which we are confident is not worthy of reflection.  We mock absurdity, but only if it bothers us enough to push it back into it’s place beyond plausibility.  But how much mastery do we really have on what is plausible?
Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote ‘The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable’ to address the phenomena of events which are:

  1. surprising – not what anyone was predicting
  2. significant – not able to be ignored
  3. sensible – makes sense looking backward, as if we should have seen it coming
Dead people don’t rise.  That is the common experience.  Telling stories of the dead getting up fits in a category that doesn’t typically overlap with our waking sensibilities.  Death normally results in a lifeless body.  Over and over and over, that is what is experienced and what is therefore expected.  Not only is it expected, it begins to rule our understandings of what has been, what is, and what will be.  That is only sensible.  But what if someone says the sensible has been superseded with the sensational?  What if the sensational is significant?  What if it really matters?  What if it stands up to inspection?  What if there is a black swan?  What if it really has risen?

But others said, <sup class="crossreference" style="font-family: 'Charis SIL', charis, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 0.65em; vertical-align: top;" value="(C)”>“We will hear you again about this.”

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