Category: Philosophy

Christianity, Philosophy

The Foolish Atheist

Bruce Charlton comments on an atheist who didn’t follow his folly far enough: Dawkins is a good example of one who refused to follow his path of excess to the palace of wisdom; because he was not even aiming at wisdom; he refused to persist in his folly, hence he remained a fool rather than …

Diet, Exercise, Health, Philosophy

Self-Experimentation

Seth Roberts wrote The Unreasonable Effectiveness of My Self-Experimentation. He explains how self-experimentation improved his sleep, mood, health, and weight. Self-experimentation is similar to foraging and hobbies more than strict lab-science, he says: “My self-experimentation resembled foraging, hobbyist, and artisanal exploration, Professional science is a poor match for any of them. The similarity of foraging, hobbyist, and artisanal exploration suggests …

Ethics, Culture, Philosophy, Psychology

Evidence for Stoicism

Stoicism claims that virtue is the only good and therefore the highest good. Is there any evidence for this? People really do not live like virtue is the highest good. But, do they live as if the respect virtuous people? Do people live like they want to be known as good people? Yes: Human rights …

Health, Philosophy, Science Fact of the Day

The Tao of Bro-Science

When the gym is your lab: Bro-Science If you go to any gym, you’ll find a great deal of unusually specific information about strength training. Strangely, you’ll find very little in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, or scientific literature appended to it. This information is Bro-Science. The problem with Bro-Science is that it differs from gym …

Bible, Book-Review, Christianity, Philosophy

Dallas Willard on the Beatitudes

Dallas Willard‘s understanding of the Beatitudes: It will help us know what to do—and what not to do—with the Beatitudes if we can discover what Jesus himself was doing with them. That should be the key to understanding them, for after all they are his Beatitudes, not ours to make of them what we will. …

Ethics, Philosophy

What is a virtue?

Understanding virtue is so crucial for true happiness and success that you should probably read this page even if you don’t intend to read anything else at Virtus et Potentia. Essentially a virtue is a good habit. But what is a habit and what does it mean for a habit to be good? Introduction: Virtues …

Rhetoric, Education, Philosophy, Politics

Laugh Tracks

I don’t watch the Big Bang Theory and I intentionally don’t watch shows with laugh tracks. BBT has a laugh track and I just decided to watch a bit of it without the laugh track: Very little to none of that is funny. But why are there laugh tracks? Well, they work. People laugh out …

Ethics, Christianity, Philosophy

Jesus, Musonius Rufus, and Family

Many scholars suppose that Jesus had a negative view of the nuclear family that was softened by the gospel authors (or that he was inconsistent in his teaching): “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own …

Autobiography, Book-Review, Culture, Philosophy

Hedonism, Love, and Goodness

The things that shape who we are and how we think are pluriform and sometimes mysterious. This is especially so in the age of the internet stuff that may disappear forever after you read it. Every once in a while, the Internet sends it back to you. Around 2008-2009, I was quite depressed. And while …

Christian Mindset, Culture, Philosophy

Do Women Need Toxic Masculinity?

In the feminist literature, stoicism is central to Toxic Masculinity. But stoicism is a philosophy of using reason to interpret and control your emotions, it is similar to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. For feminists, controlling, regulating, or moderating your emotions is a form of freudian repression that somehow hurts men (or …