What the Wartortle?!

On Augmented Reality & Our Impending Blended Digitized Future

At a park in Post Falls, Idaho, near where I live, there is a pond where you can see different types of wildlife, including ducks, muskrats, and turtles. Once my children and I even saw a beaver.

One autumn afternoon in 2016 when my children and I visited the park, we observed that it seemed unusually full of people. Yet the other visitors seemed strangely absent-minded and even slightly disoriented. Suddenly I heard a man talking to me. "Did you see the wartortle over there?" the man, probably in his late twenties, asked, as he started to approach me.

"A what?" I replied.

"The wartortle. I just saw one over there by the pond," he said excitedly, taking it for granted that I knew what...


has a Master’s in Historical Theology from King’s College London and a Master’s in Library Science through the University of Oklahoma. He is the blog and media managing editor for the Fellowship of St. James and a regular contributor to Touchstone and Salvo. He has worked as a ghost-writer, in addition to writing for a variety of publications, including the Colson Center, World Magazine, and The Symbolic World. Phillips is the author of Gratitude in Life's Trenches (Ancient Faith, 2020), and Rediscovering the Goodness of Creation (Ancient Faith, 2023). He operates a blog at www.robinmarkphillips.com.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #60, Spring 2022 Copyright © 2024 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo60/what-the-wartortle


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