Category: Philosophy

Rhetoric, Politics

Gloria Steinem is an Idiot

Steinem argued in the 1980s that opposing abortion is actually a secret form of Nazism, and she repeats the argument in an interview below: Well, the new generation of reader is instructing me by saying that these essays are still relevant …. on a more serious note, to put it mildly, is why Hitler was …

Philosophy

Were the Spartans Pederasts?

A great deal of “the literature” about ancient Sparta includes the citizens of that great city in the numbers of those ancient Greek perverts who practiced pederasty. Paul Cartledge is among the many academicians who have accepted this myth: One particularly striking instance of this displaced or surrogate fathering was the institution of ritualized pederasty. …

Culture, Philosophy, Politics

The Parody of Modern Conservative Ideology

Conservatives rarely conserve anything. This is well known. What they like to do is make conservative cases for making society worse. For instance: henever you find an article that begins with the title, “The Conservative Case” for or against something, lock your door, check your wallet, and grab your gun. You know what’s coming is an …

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 …