Saturday, February 29, 2020

On Medium: Does the Existence of Love Refute Cynicism?

This article is about some surprising social implications of intimacy, such as that we treasure love because we have contempt for the dishonesty that's rife in public life, and we keep our love a secret because our true self is despicable, so we assume that we don't deserve love or that love must be a miracle.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020

On Medium: John Vervaeke on Wisdom and the Meaning Crisis

This article is about whether scientists know how to make life meaningful, whether they should they turn to philosophy and religion for wisdom, and whether even wise and flourishing people susceptible to existential anxiety.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

On Medium: Bureaucrat Meets Philosopher

Here's a philosophical dialogue about the bureaucratic mindset.

For a much earlier version of this line of thinking (from 2012), see Philosophy and Social Engineering, including the dialogue at the end.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020

On Medium: The Mythic Jesus and the Fragmentation of Shamanism

This article critiques the Jesus mythicist's comparison of Jesus with pagan dying-and-rising gods, and explores the neo-shamanic or existential aspect of Christianity. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020

On Medium: The Repugnance of Politico-Speak

Read this article if you'd like some clarity on how talking points and the political meme of inappropriateness are betrayals of humanity.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

On Medium: Socialist Fantasies and the Escape from Nature’s Prison

This article is about a trendy critique of culture wars that rebrands old philosophical and religious ideas in terms of information ecologies, Game B, Rule Omega, and memeplexes.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

On Medium: Woke Propaganda and the Fear of Art

This article is about how identity politics ruins the art of storytelling and why those who grow up with social media and the internet prefer propaganda and fear art.