Monday, October 3, 2022

On Medium: The Age-old Catholic Mastery of Disneyfication

Read on about how the Church sanitized Roman polytheism, neutralized esoteric Christianity, and practiced Disneyfication long before Walt Disney co-created Mickey Mouse.

Friday, September 30, 2022

On Medium: Mass Society’s Triumph Over Intellectuals

Here's an article about modern skirmishes in the ancient cold war between deep thinkers and the unreflective masses, and how liberalism gives the masses the upper hand.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

On Medium: Tribalism and the Open Question of Love’s Moral Impact

Here's an article that contrasts the animality of family bonds with the unnaturalness of the moral perspective, to question whether romantic love has an overall moral impact.

Monday, September 26, 2022

On Medium: Christianity’s Kafkaesque Hell

Read on about how a Catholic apologist attempts to defend the indefensible, rationalizing the absurd problem that Jesus's sacrificial death is supposed to have solved.

Friday, September 23, 2022

On Medium: The Ancient Cold War Between Intellectuals and the Unreflective Masses

Here's an article about modern equality, Leo Strauss, and how thought leaders have always been torn between helping and withdrawing from the less reflective society.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

On Medium: What it Means to Say Life is Absurd

Read on for a simple analogy that bypasses pretentious existential jargon, and shows how absurdity is about the clash between objective and subjective perspectives.

Monday, September 19, 2022

On Medium: Debunking Ben Shapiro’s Debunking of Atheism

Here's an article on freewill, theological rationalism, the universe's fine-tuning, the grounding of morality, and the fiasco of a salesman’s attempt to be philosophical.

Friday, September 16, 2022

On Medium: Is Romantic Love Immoral?

Read on about love’s biological function, the difference between eros and agape, and whether romantic love facilitates or hinders the moral enterprise.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

On Medium: A Clash of Pantheisms

Here's an article about how to preserve humanistic morality after nature’s re-enchantment, and why we should be dualistic rather than monistic pantheists.

Monday, September 12, 2022

On Medium: Dan Foster’s Lame Test for the Divinity of Inner Voices

Read on about how even liberal theists mythologize the self’s internal divisions, mistaking unconscious suspicions or other inner promptings for divine messages.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

On Medium: Should Most Content Creators Fail Because They’re Only Mediocre Talents?

Read on about why we should appreciate the chasm between artistry and hackery, and why we shouldn't expect the most successful content creators necessarily to be the most talented.

Friday, September 9, 2022

On Medium: What’s the Strongest Atheistic Argument?

Here's an article about why religion's historically inevitable incoherence, rather than the problem of evil or of unnecessary suffering makes for the strongest atheistic argument.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

On Medium: How Understanding the Facts Makes All Knowledge Partly Subjective

Read on about mental maps, the oxymoron of pure objectivity, and how justifying our beliefs to show that we understand them makes the beliefs partly subjective.

Monday, September 5, 2022

On Medium: The Vaunted Catholic Deconstruction of Our Secular Age

Read on about Charles Taylor’s gambit of social constructionism in his history of modernity, and how the Judeo-Christian tradition rather self-destructed.

Friday, September 2, 2022

On Medium: Compared to Science, is Philosophy Just a Nuisance?

Here's an article about scientism as a downside of the mastery of modern techniques, and whether philosophy only disgraces itself compared to the progress of pragmatic science and engineering.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

On Medium: How Physical Objects Submit to the Apparent Miracle of Human Consciousness

Here's an article about the role of objectification in the advent of civilized politics, and how scientific objectivity fits in with the discovery of the strangeness of consciousness. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

My sixth anthology is out on Amazon!

Here's my sixth paperback and eBook anthology, available now on Amazon. 

I have more than enough material from Medium for a seventh one, so I've split them up by topic. This sixth one focusses on pantheism, atheism, Christianity, and transhumanism, and the next one will focus on history, politics, and social issues.

Monday, August 29, 2022

On Medium: Why Tim Andersen Fails to Reconcile Science and Religion

Read on about the deep-seated conflict between science and theistic religion, how the Christian physicist Tim Andersen doesn’t come to grips with the heart of the problem.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

On Medium: Why We’re Ashamed to Admit the Flaws of our Religion

Here's an article about the cultishness of religions, how they prey on our aversion to feeling embarrassed, and why we should evaluate our core religious or secular beliefs from an aesthetic standpoint.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

On Medium: How Black Holes Help Solve the Mystery of Consciousness

Here's an article about life’s revolt against nature’s entropy, the pivot points of cosmic transformation, and a perspective on the mystery of qualia.

Monday, August 22, 2022

On Medium: Just Two of Jordan Peterson’s Howlers

Read on for a takedown of some of Jordan Peterson's howlers on his tone and on the free market, from his commentary on “totalitarian” environmentalists.

Friday, August 19, 2022

On Medium: A Toast to Trustworthy Movie Reviews

Here's an article that appreciates the informed, inspired, relevant, entertaining movie review, to an art form that's disappearing in a void of cynicism and disposable contents.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

On Medium: How the Fear of Death Adds to the Mystery of Consciousness

Here's an article about how the instinctive fear--and even inconceivability--of our death supports a mysterian deflation of the metaphysical mystery of conscious states.

Monday, August 15, 2022

On Medium: Deconstructing Bishop Baron’s Case for Christianity

Read on about Thomism, religious analogies, and the Church’s bait-and-switch between the elite philosopher's necessary being and the personal God of vulgar Christianity.

Friday, August 12, 2022

On Medium: How a Commercial Success Can be an Artistic and a Moral Travesty

Read on about how Ayodeji Awosika’s writing advice traps new writers with a bait-and-switch tactic, as he presupposes the dubious neoliberal standards of copywriting.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

On Medium: Why Not Even Catholic Casuistry Can Hide the Scope of Human Freedom

Here's an article about the Church’s Orwellian propaganda, as displayed by the Catholic Encyclopedia and Pope Francis’s lame attempt to tame secularism.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

On Medium: Why We Should Reject the Conceit of "Objective Truth"

Here's an article about the evolution of tracking, mapping, and understanding, life’s role in the greater evolution of nonlife, and the need for a pragmatic theory of truth.

Friday, August 5, 2022

On Medium: A Toast to Introverts

Read on for a toast to the shy, sensitive, awkward losers in life who are overlooked because they prefer signal to noise, and are snubbed for seeing too deeply.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

On Medium: Why Does Jordan Peterson Resent His Critics?

Here's an article that explains the oddities of Peterson’s anger and tears, by hypothesizing that he has a scientistic God complex and an authoritarian personality.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

On Medium: Jordan Peterson’s Normalizing of Trump’s “Presidency”

Read on about how Peterson, the supposed expert on totalitarianism and personality, ignores two elephants in the room, Trump's authoritarianism and his palpable mental disorders.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

On Medium: We Know We’re Telling Tall Tales Because Our Mouths are Moving

Read on about a pragmatic theory of truth, encompassing conceptualization, objectivity, the real difference between fiction and nonfiction, and the spectrum of stories we tell.

Friday, July 29, 2022

On Medium: Should Writers Advertise for the Big Tech Platforms They Use?

Here's an article that repudiates the mission of Medium's self-appointed ambassador, Ayodeji Awosika, to replace “negative” content with neoliberal propaganda and hackery.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

On Medium: A Toast to Generation X

Read on for a toast to an unsung era; to the forsaken, cynical inbetweeners who may be the last honourable breed; to the skeptical, jaded, tragic Generation X. 

Monday, July 25, 2022

On Medium: Jordan Peterson’s Five Dodges of the Question of God’s Existence

Here's an article that critiques Peterson’s confusions about whether he “believes in God,” enumerating his dodges of the deeper question of whether he thinks God even exists.

Friday, July 22, 2022

"The Secrets of Godlessness" anthology is available on Amazon

The Secrets of Godlessness was originally the second half of Religion's Travesty of God, but the volume was way too long so I divided it into articles that focus on criticizing religion and ones that criticize secular society. Secrets is the one on secular society.

I already have enough further articles posted on Medium to produce two further anthologies of comparable size (over 500 pages each), so I'm working on them. One will focus on dark pantheism and religion, the other on history and social issues.

Cheers!


 

On Medium: Jordan Peterson’s Jumble of Grievances

Read on about how Peterson's incoherent rants on pessimism, postmodern leftism, dominance hierarchies, and social inequality, and how he bullies his audience and his critics.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

On Medium: The Stakes of Transhuman Godhood

Here's an article that reflects on the ontological divisions between animals, people, and evolved gods, and weighs the existential stakes of these transitions.

Monday, July 18, 2022

On Medium: How Democrats Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight

Here's an article that compares conservative and liberal cultural values to account for Democratic malpractice, such as in that party's inability to plan for the eventual overturning of Roe v Wade.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

On Medium: Does Transhumanism Rehash the Delusions of Progressive Religion?

Here's an article about transhumanism's relation to religion, and how both religious and secular utopian visions extrapolate from a real, historical form of godhood.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

On Medium: The Emptiness of Liberal Christianity

Read on about the overturning of Roe v Wade and how the liberal Christian’s case against authoritarian Christianity reduces to secular humanism.

Monday, July 11, 2022

On Medium: Should Transhumanists be Pessimistic About Human Nature?

Here's an article about Nietzsche's social Darwinian elitism, the ascent of modern secular culture, and whether the transhuman must be pessimistic about human nature.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

On Medium: Conservative Savagery and the Overturning of Roe v Wade

Read on about the pretense of conservative legal reasoning, the anachronism of bigotry, and how to see through the Supreme Court's sophistry in its overturning of Roe v Wade.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

On Medium: Will There Ever be an Honourable Religion?

Here's an article about the social dynamics of religious compromise with secular politics, and the prospects of Transhumanism as a fitting religion for the future zeitgeist.

Monday, July 4, 2022

On Medium: The Childishness of Ordinary Adulthood

Read on about jadedness, symbolic cognition, the playacting of our social roles, and how the average adult experience is fundamentally childish.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

On Medium: Postmodernity: When Progress Becomes Poisonous

Here's an article that explains modernity and postmodernity in terms of a transition from collective self-confidence to jadedness, using journalism as a case study.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

On Medium: How Hacks Sell the “Law of Attraction” with Sophistry

Here's an article that dismantles Ayodeji Awosika’s advertisements for the creator economy, to show that even a naturalized version of the "law of attraction" backfires.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

On Medium: The Bizarre Biases in American Censorship

Here's an article that tracks American attitudes towards violence, sex, and profane language, and explains how the legacy of puritanical Christianity warps American society.

Friday, June 24, 2022

On Medium: Epic Heroes and the Timidity of the Garden of Eden Myth

Here's an article about the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gnosticism, Transhumanism, the fear of human progress, and the historical context needed to interpret the Garden of Eden myth.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

On Medium: Philosophy’s Childishness and History’s Anticlimax

Read on to find out why if children are natural philosophers, and philosophy is akin to childish play, culture’s bedrock assumptions must be frivolous.