Category: Philosophy

Basics, Writing, Dialectic, Education, Pedagogy, Philosophy

Simplify Complex Problems Like Descartes

Ever Feel Stupid? Many of us wish we were smarter than we are. Rene Descartes even felt this way:   “For myself, I have never fancied my mind to be in any respect more perfect than those of the generality; on the contrary, I have often wished that I were equal to some others in promptitude …

Culture, Philosophy

The Loquacious Atheist: He Is Speaking Pure Gibberish

When I heard that Daniel Dennett’s new book on consciousness was released, I didn’t care. He has a tendency to argue in this format: Here’s an idea it isn’t worth explaining from the past. Here’s my alternative that uses sciency words. It cannot be explained by current science, but with enough scientific advances, it obviously …

Politics

Rod Dreher is a White Supremacist

When Rod Dreher, whom I typically think of as a fairly intelligent fellow of the male-librarian sort, saw this: he wrote the following in response to this horrible discrimination on the part of the DNC against white heterosexualmales : Got that? They do not want white heterosexual males to apply (unless you’re a transgendered male). Note …

Rhetoric, Culture, Education, Politics

On making America great again

Together we will make America Great Again, better than ever before. This political slogan is usually viewed as either a Nazi bigot’s racist screed against all truth and goodness or as an aspiration to be achieved in the unholy walls and halls of DC. It’s a phrase and sentiment that is not unique to Trump …

Christian Mindset, Basics, Bible, Christianity, Philosophy, Psychology, Spiritual Life

A Spiritual Exercise From Genesis 4:1-7

The Introduction to Cain’s Story Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the LORD.” And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a …

Ethics, Philosophy

Adler’s Moral Axiom

As far as I can tell, there are three major problems in ethical thinking today: Disconnecting ethics from happiness and therefore thinking that personal well-being and pleasure have nothing to do with ethics. Hedonism: The idea that right and wrong is only a matter of what leads to the highest personal pleasure. In social ethics, this means …

Literature, Philosophy

Foucault the Resentful

In an long interview, two of my favorite authors/speakers discuss the problems of academia, particularly the adoption of Lacan, Foucalt, and Derrida as heroes:   Peterson’s interpretation of why intellectual elites (Paglia calls them midgets), influenced as they are by Foucault act as they do is beautiful (6:42). He essentially says that the motive force …

Culture, Education, Philosophy

Paul Graham on what can’t be said

I love ideas, data, speculation, experiments, and plans. I also love arguments, refutations, and attempts at persuasion. And I think what I love the most about the United States is the general legal consensus that outside of inciting people to acts of terrorism, one is allowed to say what they wish without government censure. In …

Philosophy, Politics

Gloria Steinem and Moral Insanity

For Thomas Aquinas, sanity was one’s intellectual capacity to grasp first principles and reason from them.  For the ancient Hebrews, killing children for fertility is Molech worship. For Gloria Steinem, neither of those are a negative: “Are you kidding me? Listen, what causes climate deprivation is population. If we had not been systematically forcing women …

Culture, Politics, Uncategorized

Journalism: A lost art?

I was looking up some of Will Gervais’ recent work on atheism (has in the past published on why even atheists dislike athiests, heh). One of the articles that popped up was a salon article about his recent work about the apparent prevalence of atheism in the United States. In the final paragraph the author …