Saturday, September 19, 2020

On Medium: The Dark Secret of Spirituality

This article is about going beyond the platitudes of spirituality, especially the one about the need for unconditional love. What would really be involved in spiritual love? Should spiritually enlightened people be expected to love everything?

Friday, September 18, 2020

On Medium: Who Deserves to be Happy?

This article is about the paradoxes found when we reflect not on how to be happy but on the prior questions of whether anyone deserves to be happy, and if so, whom.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

On Medium: Why Hasn’t Trump Started a War?

The mystery of why monstrous President Trump hasn't started a war and is apparently averse to carnage. Just what kind of monster is he?

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

On Medium: Grim Theater: the Greater Rationality of Reelecting Donald Trump

Here's an article about a condition under which it might be more rational to reelect Donald Trump than to vote for Biden, the condition being that the country is beset by structural defects that aren't likely to be reformed in the foreseeable future, in which case the most the American population can hope for from its government is entertainment (specifically, gallows humour), not problem-solving. That's where Trump and the shenanigans of the Republican sociopaths and guardians of plutocracy and Christian theocracy come in: they're the superior entertainers.  

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

On Medium: The Pythagorean Illuminati and their Mathematical Reality

Examine the outer reaches of mathematical mysticism and whether the Pythagorean Illuminati can deduce that reality is made of math.

Monday, August 31, 2020

On Medium: Woke Culture and Toxic Femininity

This article is about the less familiar type of personal toxicity, the feminine kind: how it evolved, the values that emerge from it, and how both male psychopathy and toxic femininity might be surpassed by hyperrational existentialism.

Friday, August 28, 2020

On Medium: Craving Authenticity in a Flood of Lies

Read on if you're looking for hints of the sublime in the torrent of lies on social media and in popular culture.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Friday, August 21, 2020

On Medium: Godless Honour and the Free Fall of Liberty

Here's perhaps the last article in the Godless Honour series, on the downside and paradox of liberty. 

The article revisits questions I addressed a couple years ago in "Do we Really Want to be Free?

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

On Medium: The Limbo from the Labyrinth: Consciousness and the Brain

Read on for an explanation of how subjectivity or consciousness (qualia) arises from the objective, physical world.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

On Medium: Secular versus Religious Enlightenment

Here's a lengthy dialogue I had with a monistic mystic on the nature of enlightenment and God. Should enlightenment be secular or religious? Should we be traditional mystics or cosmicist pantheists? Should the sage show compassion or transhuman amorality? Why would God create anything?

Sunday, August 9, 2020

On Medium: Godless Honour and the Tragedy of Art

Continuing a series on secular values, this article is on whether art can redeem an existentially absurd life, despite art's trivialization due to its proliferation in digital form on the internet and social media.

Friday, August 7, 2020

On Medium: The Nightmare of God

Read on to discover the nightmare at the root of the world's major religions, the hell of being God that would trigger his creation of universes and of organic vessels as so many escape-hatches into divine ignorance, which saints, messiahs, and mystics spoil to complete the satanic irony of enlightenment.

Monday, August 3, 2020

On Medium: Top Three Criticisms of Atheism

Continuing my series on the top three criticisms of this or of that, here's one on atheism. Hint: among those three isn't the claim that theism can be proven true. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

On Medium: Godless Honour and the Pursuit of Pleasure

Here's another article in my series that critiques some major values of secular humanism. If happiness is selfish and sex is foolish, is comedy the most worthy pleasure?

Saturday, July 25, 2020

On Medium: The Cults of Scientism in Philosophy and Economics

This article is about the paradox of the secular cults of scientism, namely logical positivism and neoclassical economics.

Monday, July 20, 2020

On Medium: Godless Honour and the Trap of Empowerment

This article continues my series on godless honour and the values of secular humanism. Is there an enlightened way to conquer nature and people?

Monday, July 13, 2020

On Medium: Trump's Inept Totalitarianism

This article explains that the silver lining of American individualism and of Trump's narcissism is that Trump's anti-presidency can only humiliate the country, not wreak a totalitarian catastrophe.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

On Medium: Godless Honour and the Descent of Reason

This article is part of a series on how to achieve godless honour. When science and philosophy confront an absurd, inhuman, irrational world, the pair undermines our grandiose boasts about our progress and inherent dignity.

Monday, July 6, 2020

On Medium: Clarifying and Debating the Christ Myth Theory: Round Two

Read on for a continuation of my debate with Graham Pemberton on whether Jesus was a historical figure and on the nature of the debate between the historicists and mythicists.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

On Medium: Godless Honour for Human Nature

This article compares ancient and modern enlightenment, Epicurean ataraxia and consumer-friendly happiness. Is science-centered secular humanism an improvement on the ancient's less optimistic perspective?

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

On Medium: Digitizing the Mind: Why Information won’t be Owned

Read on to consider whether capitalism is obsolete in the Information Age and whether there's some deep reason why information won't ultimately be owned.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

On Medium: A Primer for Christians and Skeptics

The age-old debate that never gets old: a dialogue between the Christian and the skeptic. Decide for yourself who has the upper hand.

Monday, June 15, 2020

On Medium: Is the Law of Attraction Infantile?

Is the world attracted to our desires, so that we always get what we want? Will the universe react to our infantile wishes like a cursed lamp and destroy us? Read on to find out.

Friday, June 5, 2020

On Medium: Scientism and the Downfall of New Atheism

This article is about how authentic atheism avoids the siren call of scientism and is more pessimistic than secular humanism, for being grounded in the fearlessness of philosophy. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

On Medium: Assessing the Christ Myth Theory

Here's an article on how to address the question of Jesus’s historicity, in good secular faith instead of falling for the mythicist's or the apologist's canards.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

On Medium: Atheism and the Power Vacuum of President Trump

Here's an article about the irony of evangelicals’ vessel theology, which is that by idolizing President Trump, these fake Christians have illustrated how leaderless we've always been as a species.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Medium: Top Three Criticisms of Christianity

Continuing the series on the top three objections to various things, here are my top three to the world's least tenable major religion, Christianity.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

On Medium: Happiness is for Sheep

This article is about how happiness is a form of domestication and mental enslavement, and how the hyperaware are obliged to suffer and to laugh in honour of the world's monstrous absurdity.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

On Medium: The Meaningful Coincidence of Trump and Covid-19

This article reckons with the epic scale of Trump’s blight on America, by noting the meaningful coincidence that the Covid-19 disaster happened under Trump's watch. Some such impossible-to-miss disaster would have to befall the country for Trump to be fairly remembered as the country's worst modern president.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

On Medium: The Hypocrisy of Thanking First Responders

Read on about our hypocrisy in thanking the first responders to the COVID-19 pandemic, while doing nothing to ensure that they earn a living wage.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

On Medium: Why would God Care about Morality?

Here's an article about the monster lurking within the monotheist's God. More specifically, it's an analysis of monotheism which shows that God would have to tyrannical and amoral.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

On Medium: Should Philosophy be Commonsensical?

This article addresses the question of whether authentic philosophers should defer to commonsense as an arbiter or instead hold human intuitions in contempt, to honour the inhumanity of the deepest truths.

Incidentally, I've added the links to my Medium articles in the Map of the Articles, for handy access to them. 

Also, I've improved the formatting of my earlier anthologies on Amazon, and added links to the table of contents in the eBook versions of them.

Cheers! And I hope you're all doing well despite the so-called end of the world.

Monday, May 11, 2020

On Medium: Jesus’s Resurrection and Evangelical Showmanship: Part Two

Once the evidential apologist William Lane Craig's case for Jesus's resurrection is exposed as creepy and specious, we still face the question of the real foundation of Christianity. Read this second part of my refutation of Craig. Part One is here.

Friday, May 8, 2020

On Medium: Jesus’s Resurrection and Evangelical Showmanship: Part One

Read on as I demolish William Lane Craig's specious case for Jesus's resurrection, revealing the hollow showmanship of Evangelical Christianity.

Monday, May 4, 2020

On Medium: The Greater Miracles of Science

This article is about how the wonders of artificiality and of nature’s absurdity show that the conventional view of miracles is tedious for being tied to the confusions of theism.

Friday, May 1, 2020

On Medium: Why Miracle Stories are Irrational

Here's an article for those who are perplexed about the fact that many people still think miracles happen, even though David Hume showed that miracle stories are always irrational.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

On Medium: Politician meets Philosopher

What happens when a politician meets a philosopher, and the two discuss the merits and the drawbacks of each other's mode of communication? Find out in this handy dialogue.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

On Medium: How to Fake Politics in the U.S.A.

Read on to see why, in this Trumpian era of tribalism and rampant monstrosity, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the American discourse of political partisanship is a sideshow. 

Friday, April 17, 2020

On Medium: The Futile Ploys of the Intellectual Christian

What happens when ancient myths and fairytales are dressed up as philosophical arguments? Read on to explore the audacity of the Christian's intellectual disguise. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

On Medium: Capitalism and Fake Modernity

Here's an article on how capitalism supports a fake version of modernity, by undermining the progressive values of humanism and reimposing ancient societal class divisions.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

On Medium: The Enlightened Use of Donald Trump

Interested in using Trump instead of just being victimized by him? Read on to see how we can turn President Trump into a useful symbol of nature's inhumanity, to summon the wonder and the awe we need to fight the power behind the throne.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

Third anthology available on Amazon: Dirge of the Awakened Ones

My third anthology is available now on Amazon, collecting mostly my Medium articles and some other recent ones that came out on my blog after the second anthology. 

The third one's called Dirge of the Awakened Ones, it's 578 pages and it's out in paperback and eBook formats. This eBook includes chapter links, and I'll be fixing up the formats of the earlier anthologies, now that I'm a little better at formatting.

Stay safe, wash your hands, and treat each other like the plague. ;)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

On Medium: The Audacity of the Quran

The Quran is supposed to lay bare the essence of monotheism that's been obscured by Jewish and Christian backsliding. So is monotheism still respectable? Here's an article that examines the themes of the Quran and explains the source of the Quran's audacity.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020

On Medium: The Existential Choice between Modernity and Religion

This article is about how, beyond the stale, skewed, and superficial debate about whether religion is rational, there's a conflict between the values of progress and submission.