Thursday, September 28, 2023

On Medium: The Mysterious Timing of Trump’s Ascent

Here's an article about excessive Democratic civility, the slowing of social progress, the harsh reality of politics, and how to explain that Trumpism is happening now to the US.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

On Medium: The Irony of Jesus’s Short-Lived Victory Over Rome

Read on about the double irony of Jesus's relationship to the Roman Empire, and the irrelevance of the Church’s theological elaborations on Jesus’s social message.

Monday, September 25, 2023

On Medium: Selling Superstardom with the Myth of the Hero’s Journey

Here's an article about the clash between the model of adventure and the Pareto principle, and how the myth of the hero's journey is propaganda for the minority of superstars.

Friday, September 22, 2023

My Eighth Anthology is Available on Amazon

My eighth paperback and eBook anthology, Questing for Epiphanies in a Haunted House, is out on Amazon. Collecting around 600 pages from my recent Medium articles (99 articles, to be exact), the anthology is wide-ranging, covering topics in philosophy, theism, Christianity, secularism, and broader social issues.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

On Medium: Sex: The Kryptonite for All High-Minded Saviours

Read on about the clash between our animal bodies and our higher calling, and how we can escape personal hypocrisy only to be mocked by our collective vulgarity.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

On Medium: The Miracle of Human Ideals in the Cosmic Wasteland

Read on about how the shocking misnomer of scientific “laws of nature” leads us to underestimate the strangeness of our ability to improve on natural facts.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

On Medium: The Trump Cult and the Albatrosses Around America’s Neck

Here's an article about Southern racism, religious fundamentalism, the backlash against modernity, and how the Trump cult embodies the barriers the US faces to its modernization.

Monday, September 18, 2023

On Medium: Syntheism and the Prospect of a Spiritual Atheistic Religion

Read on about the Syntheistic movement to start an atheistic religion in the West, and whether we should revere or resent nature in co-creating with the universe.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

On Medium: How Africa’s Climate Bakes its Ethnic Divisions

Read on about precolonial African tribalism, the luxury of grand unifying myths in temperate climates, and how the geological environment can shape a region's political situation.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

On Medium: Should We Scale Back Civilization to Protect All Terrestrial Life?

Here's an article that meets the challenge of deep ecology with an existential perspective, weighing humanistic progress against the question of all organisms' substantial, inherent value.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

On Medium: The Enigma of Yahweh’s Sole Avatar

Read on about the strangeness of the divine power's having only a single avatar, such as Jesus, and how Roman imperialism disrupted the Hindu logic of Christianity’s latent polytheism.

Monday, September 11, 2023

On Medium: Is Technology Turning Our Species into a New Force of Nature?

Read on about transhumanism’s existential status in the history of religions, and how godlike knowledge and power would turn us into a new force of nature.

Friday, September 8, 2023

On Medium: The Myth that Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Go Together

Here's an article about the myth of the three so-called "transcendentals," Truth, Beauty, and the Good, and how, contrary to traditional, maudlin assurances, they're not united.

Thursday, September 7, 2023

On Medium: Conservatives Only Wish Their Pet Resentments Were Righteous

Here's an article about authoritarian populism, Jordan Peterson’s scorn, the prophetic tradition, and how conservatives are on the wrong side of history.

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

On Medium: Does the Nordic Model Work Only in a Cold Climate?

Read on about the effect of climate on Nordic social democracies, and the difference between libertarian hotheads and the cooler heads of Nordic compromisers.

Monday, September 4, 2023

On Medium: The Reckoning for Our Routine Suppressions of Epiphany

Read on about the psychological and social mechanisms for suppressing epiphanies, and about the existential insight that reality is the alien hiding in plain sight.

Saturday, September 2, 2023

On Medium: The Wokeness Charade that Stifles Thought and Art

Read on about the ironies of history, and how political correctness stifles debates about art, as in the uproar about Bradley Cooper’s fake nose in the movie “Maestro.”

Thursday, August 31, 2023

On Medium: Mathematicians as Magicians: The Trick Behind their Pompous Formalities

Here's an article about the link between magic tricks and the misleading formalities of mathematics, and how positing formal structures helps master the environment.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

On Medium: Jesus the Lamb is Coming Soon to Rule

Read on about how the Book of Revelation is the Bible's anticlimax, due to its failed, contradictory prophecy about Jesus's empowerment on the Day of Judgment. 

Monday, August 28, 2023

On Medium: Noble Lies and the Recurring Withdrawals of Neo-Shamans

Read on about neo-shamanism, social outsiders, mainstream culture, and the reasons why there's a cycle of social compromises and of countercultural reforms.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

On Medium: How the Ice Age Turbocharged Human Intelligence

Here's an article about the ancient climate's impact on human intelligence, and how the ice age drove our species into building refuges from nature’s harsh indifference.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

On Medium: Why Scientists Don’t Understand the Inhuman Wilderness

Read on about how scientists use math to excel in mapping things without understanding them, and how transhumans might expand their intuition to encompass alienness.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

On Medium: Should God be Rejected at the Final Judgment?

Here's an article about the plight of King Jesus, the farce of being judged by a monstrous deity, whether life is a divine test, and the relevance of anti-theism to atheists.

Monday, August 21, 2023

On Medium: The Varieties of Magic in a Disenchanted Cosmos

Read on about animism, high technology, the cruel wilderness, and some types of subjective and objective natural magic that appear in the disenchanted cosmos.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

On Medium: How to be Existentially Mature in an Infantile Society

Read on about prehistoric and late-modern immaturity, the key to reckoning with our common plight, and the prospects of choosing standards of real human maturity.

On Medium: Does Global Warming Guarantee Autocracy in the USA?

Read on about the link between illiberalism and physical hotheadedness, and how global warming will likely affect the American South, dragging the country into an autocracy.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

On Medium: Why Scriptures Are Still Revered In An Age of Disposable Text

Here's an article about the Bible’s structural advantage of forming its mystique in the ancient world when texts were inherently mysterious, long before our Age of Disposable Text.

Monday, August 14, 2023

On Medium: Are Scientists as Objective as Thermometers?

Read on about how objectivity works against understanding, thermometers set the standard for objectivity, and the pragmatic aspect of science makes it partly subjective. 

Thursday, August 10, 2023

On Medium: Are Scientists So Ruthless that they Orphan their Brainchildren?

Read on about the pragmatic aspects of knowledge and perception for squirrels, humans, and transhumans, and the difference between mapping and understanding real events.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

On Medium: Why We Should Worship Absurdity

Read on to chart the sublime inhumanity that’s found beyond the lifeworld’s vanities, and how we can avoid trivializing God by personifying the ultimate creative power.

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

On Medium: Hotheads and Cooler Heads: How Climate Decides Who’s Free

Here's an article about how climatic zones likely affect the reception of liberalism, and why the Torrid Zone is autocratic while the cooler regions are more compromising.

Monday, August 7, 2023

On Medium: How to Live Well in an Indifferent Universe

Read on for a critique of four ways of understanding morality, namely empathy, instrumental rationality, the retreat to fiction, and existential confrontation.

Friday, August 4, 2023

On Medium: Is Science Neutral or Imperialistic Towards Nature?

Read on about the progressive, mammalian purpose of deeming everything to be part of a “natural universe,” and about science's role in humanistic civilization.

Thursday, August 3, 2023

On Medium: The Mystery of Why Journalists Still Interview Politicians

Here's an article about why news outlets insist on interviewing politicians even though everyone expects the latter to be incapable of public shows of honesty.

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

On Medium: The Sin of Trying to Rationally Justify Christian Beliefs

Read on about how the Gospel of John uses Doubting Thomas as a foil to counter Gnosticism, to proclaim that faith should be blind rather than a type of knowledge.

Monday, July 31, 2023

On Medium: Trampling the Record of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Scientistic Confusions

Here's an article about an academic culture war, the confusions behind Tyson's numerous anti-philosophical remarks, and how the love of science can make philosophy look bad by comparison.

Thursday, July 27, 2023

On Medium: Theists Insult God’s Integrity by Expecting Miracles

Here's an article about the unintended consequences of expecting miracles from God, and the vanity of implying that the universe shouldn’t speak for itself.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

On Medium: Should Atheists Respect the Placebo of Religion?

Here's an article about whether religion is needed to maintain mental health, and whether atheists are foolish for spreading the “disease” of harsh existential truth.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

On Medium: Overtones of the Meme that Science Explains “How Nature Works”

Here's an article about scientism, the pragmatic meme about science and "how nature works," and the smallness of scientific progress compared to nature’s inhuman vastness.

Monday, July 24, 2023

On Medium: Is Science Immune from Criticism if it Drives Civilizational Progress?

Read on about science's progressive role in civilization, the workability of nature, and the link in Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ideology between scientism and utilitarianism.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

On Medium: How the Mind is the Brain’s Clothing that Mistakes Itself for a Spirit

Read on about the illusion of our inner self, and how it arises as the brain's tool that mistakes itself for the primary tool-user and ghostly possessor of the body.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

On Medium: Can Consumers Escape being Infantilized?

Here's an article about consumerism, self-infantilization, neoliberal psychiatry, and the question of whether mainstream liberal adults are existentially mature.

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Seventh Anthology on Amazon

My seventh paperback and eBook anthology is out on Amazon, called Treadmills in the Abyss. Over 650 pages, it focusses on history, progress, and politics, whereas the previous one, Cosmic Divinity and Religious Blasphemies concentrated on philosophy and religion.

The eighth anthology is already in the works too.

On Medium: The Eucharist: Source of the Zombie Cannibal Mythos

Read on about the magical thinking in the Eucharist, the Paschal lamb, Mithraism, and zombies, and how horror hides in plain sight as a sanitized Christian routine.

Monday, July 17, 2023

On Medium: Is Civilization the Triumph of Slave Morality?

Here's an article about whether Nietzsche's criticism of Christianity applies to existentialism and to the resentment that drives our civilized revolt against nature.

Friday, July 14, 2023

On Medium: The Cosmic Poem that Spoils Galileo’s Bleak Equations

Read on about Galileo's scientistic metaphor of the “book of nature” that's written in the language of mathematics, the limits of science that nevertheless obtain, and why artists will finish the grand narrative.

Thursday, July 13, 2023

On Medium: UFOs as Apocalyptic Threats to Human Pride

Here's an article about the potential UFO coverup, the whistleblower David Grusch’s “ontological shock” to conformists, and how some seek and others flee from any such revelation.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

On Medium: How Even Science is as Arbitrary as the Taste in Art

Read on about the relativity of both collective and idiosyncratic conceptions, and the false dichotomy between objective truth and subjective opinion.

Monday, July 10, 2023

On Medium: Is Happiness Ever Honourable if Life is Absurd?

Read on about how we conform to different environments, the implications of elite knowledge, and whether we should always feel ashamed for forgetting the big picture.

Saturday, July 8, 2023

On Medium: “Intellectual Conservatives” and their Harmless Boogeymen

Here's an article about the shallowness of intellectual conservatism, as shown by Eric Voegelin's and Jordan Peterson's criticisms of “Gnosticism” and “neo-Marxist postmodernism.”