Thursday, December 28, 2023

On Medium: What’s the Most Important Human Trait?

Here's an article about our most important trait, which is what makes people different from animals: our limited freedom to select our environments with elaborate technologies.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

On Medium: Whose Voice is Loudest in the Free World?

Read on about the Western equivalent of the daily Muslim call to prayer, and how we often surrender to the dominant voices to escape our freedom.

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

On Medium: Who’s More Obnoxious, Conservative or Liberal Christians?

Read on about a competition for the ages: which side can be more obnoxious, conservative, authoritarian Christians or sentimental, wishy-washy liberal ones?

Monday, December 25, 2023

On Medium: Why Animals and People have Different Meanings in Life

Read on about the problem with John Vervaeke’s answer to the big philosophical question, which is that his approach applies more to animals than to people. 

Thursday, December 21, 2023

On Medium: Only Godlike Technology Can Save Us from Life’s Absurdity

Here's an article about transhumanism, existential doubts, and the blind spot in cognitive scientist John Vervaeke’s conservative take on life’s meaningfulness.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

On Medium: The Abomination of Christian Nationalism

Read on about the travesty of Trumpian Christian nationalism, as shown by Tim Alberta, and the liberal’s conundrum of how to address such a Hitlerian big lie.

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

On Medium: Does Science Preclude Atheism because Atheism Destroys Reason?

Read on to expose the sophistry of John Lennox’s facile remarks on how science supposedly conflicts with atheism because atheism undermines our capacity for reason.

Monday, December 18, 2023

On Medium: Can Atheists be Pantheists?

Read on about how atheism and pantheism are compatible, assuming the atheist is inclined to respond religiously to the cosmos’s wild creativity.

Thursday, December 14, 2023

On Medium: How Artistic Standards Can Lead Philosophers Astray

Here's an article that delves into a case study of how muddled literary philosophy can get, using Alexander Bard’s and Jan Söderqvist’s book Process and Event.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

On Medium: What Made Napoleon the Forerunner of Modern Dictators?

Read on about the social megamachines of ancient and modern oligarchies, and the loss of compelling propaganda for late-industrial enterprises.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

On Medium: The Smuggling of Chivalry into the Laws of War

Read on about how the laws of war outlaw the targeted killing of leaders, on chivalric grounds, while permitting the horrors of the mass slaughter of grunts.

Monday, December 11, 2023

On Medium: All Hail the Pantheist’s Impersonal Gods!

Here's an article about whether the essence of pantheism is nature's unity or creativity, and why we should notice the anomaly of our counter-creations in the cosmic wilderness.

Thursday, December 7, 2023

On Medium: The Alt-Right’s Reverence for the Naturalness of Capitalism

Here's an article about social Darwinism, the men's rights movement, capitalism's role in history, and the sociobiological screed in Bard’s and Söderqvist’s Process and Event.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

On Medium: Are Monopolies Evil Geniuses or Blundering Fools?

Read on about whether monopolies are likely to be inefficient rather than the evil geniuses we might imagine them to be, given the case study of Canada’s telecom sector.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

On Medium: Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Muddled Response to the Nietzschean Challenge

Read on about a leading new atheist's pseudo-conversion to Christianity, and the search for a viable Western religion in the conflict between civilizations.

Monday, December 4, 2023

On Medium: Even Scientists are Trapped by their Intuitions

Read on about intuition, objectification, the pragmatic aspect of knowledge, and how mindless physicality may ultimately be inexplicable to social mammals like us.

Thursday, November 30, 2023

On Medium: Should We Psychoanalyze the Mystics of the Axial Age?

Here's an article that assesses Bard’s and Söderqvist’s Lacanian screed in “Process and Event,” about whether Gnostic mystics were caught in an unmanly stage of personal development.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

On Medium: The Laws of War are Feats of Orwellian Gaslighting

Read on about POWs, PTSD, legalistic gaslighting, and the clash between the international acceptance of war, and the domestic outlawing of murder.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

On Medium: Jesus Died for God’s Sins

Read on about Carl Jung’s intriguing psychoanalysis of Yahweh, and how the biblical narrative implies that Yahweh was ashamed by his response to Job.

Monday, November 27, 2023

On Medium: God or Monstrous Nature? The Mother of All Dichotomies

Read on about the existential choice between believing that life or nature's monstrousness is metaphysically primary, and the relative triviality of most preoccupations.

Friday, November 24, 2023

On Medium: The Irony of Jewish Fundamentalism in Modern Israel

Here's an article about Jewish fundamentalism, the fragility of liberalism, and the liberal’s burden of distinguishing Israel from its Islamist neighbours.

Thursday, November 23, 2023

On Medium: Are Atheists Impudent for Flouting Civilized Traditions?

Here's an article about the unnaturalness of civilizational progress, and the sanctimonious prejudices behind Edmund Burke’s case against atheism.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

On Medium: Legal Fictions and Israel’s Status at the United Nations

Here's an article about the strangeness of regulating war with laws, the function of the United Nations, and the UN’s call for a truce in Israel’s war with Hamas.

Monday, November 20, 2023

On Medium: The Farce of Vox Day’s Alt-Right Case Against Atheism

Here's an article that examines a Christian nationalist's case against the supposed irrationality of atheists, and that addresses whether there's a secular basis for liberal morality.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

On Medium: How Germany Thrived and Died by its Culture of Excellence

Read on about the genius behind modern Germany's rise and fall, and the danger of cultivating a middle class when the existential truth is bleak.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

On Medium: John Lennox’s Devious Reasons for being a Christian

Read on about the apologist John Lennox's so-called scientific testing of Christianity, the difficulty of relating to God through Jesus, and whether this religion is true because it “works.”

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

On Medium: Can Americans Fix their Democracy with Social Media?

Here's an article about technological innovation, the antiquated US Constitution, and how the contrast between capitalism and democracy breeds populist frustration.

Monday, November 13, 2023

On Medium: Waiting for Godot in the Middle East’s Holy Wars

Here's an article about the clash between Jewish and Islamic idols, and the absurdity of a war between Abrahamic monotheists when the deity likely doesn't even exist.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

On Medium: The Clash between Medievalism and Modernity in the Middle East

Read on about the unrealistic options for peace in the Middle East, given the temporal clash of civilizations, and why Israel will never be at peace until the Muslim world is modernized.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

On Medium: Israel as the Vanguard in a Clash of Civilizations

Read on about Islamic illiberalism, the West’s surpassing of medievalism, and Israel's hostile environment and vanguard status in a clash of time periods.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

On Medium: Do Modern Liberals Owe Everything to Christianity?

Here's an article that exposes the red herrings in the Eastern Orthodox David Bentley Hart’s haughty, historical case against new atheism, from his book Atheist Delusions.

Monday, November 6, 2023

On Medium: The Abyss That’s Engulfing Western Philosophy

Here's an article that calls for honour in the clash between the scientific (analytic) and literary (Continental) traditions that divide Western approaches to philosophy.

Friday, November 3, 2023

On Medium: Is Israel Blaming All Palestinians for Hamas’s Terrorism?

Read on about the brutality of war in the tribal Middle East, and whether Israel is effectively punishing all Palestinians in Gaza for Hamas's terrorism.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

On Medium: The Catholic Church’s Feeble Lies About Atheism

Read on about religious sanctimony in Catholicism, the Catechism's take on human freewill, and the historic reversal of fortune between Christendom and liberal modernity.

On Medium: Is Israel David or Goliath in the Middle East?

Here's an article about the biblical David and Goliath metaphor, and how we grasp for cognitive filters to overcompensate for paradoxical ambiguity in the Middle East.

Monday, October 30, 2023

On Medium: Why Babies are Right to be Atheists

Here's an article that clarifies the epistemic status of religious and nonreligious belief, and exposes the apologist William Lane Craig’s confusions about atheism and agnosticism.

Friday, October 27, 2023

On Medium: Who Punishes God for Experimenting with Sentient life?

Read on about the problem of evil, whether life is an experiment God set up to test our religious faith, and the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of suffering.

Thursday, October 26, 2023

On Medium: Reckoning with the Muslim World’s Loathing of Israeli Jews

Read on about the key imbalances that explain the Arab-Israeli conflict, namely Muslims' racist hatred of Jews, and Israel's disproportionate power in the region.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

On Medium: You’re either Free and Alienated or Enslaved to Physics or Society

Here's an article about why alienation isn't a disorder since all living things are withdrawn from nature, but some people know why that freedom is a blessing and a curse.

Monday, October 23, 2023

On Medium: Can We Submit to Nature’s Carbon’s Cycle?

Read on about the carbon cycle, the incoherence of scientists' pitch for environmentalism, and how progress begins with revulsion for the inhumanity of wild places.

Thursday, October 19, 2023

On Medium: How Superstars and Losers both Know Life’s Strangeness

Read on about the surreality of being a celebrity, and how superstars and the downtrodden share an appreciation for life's existential strangeness. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

On Medium: Trump's Superpower and the Tragedy of the Pied Piper

Read on about the GOP's folie à deux with Donald Trump, and how Democrats have no opposing spell to cast to compete with Trump's superpower of telling shameless lies.

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

On Medium: Is Atheism Just an Excuse to Sin?

Here's an article that exposes some obnoxious, outdated tactics of Christian apologists, such as the demonizing of atheists and the conceit that God's existence is self-evident.

Monday, October 16, 2023

On Medium: Must Civilization be Saved by Neoshamans?

Read on about the conflict between civilization and ethical and aesthetic renewal, and where social progress and distractions meet the lingering existential predicament.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

On Medium: Artists versus the Algorithm: Is the Internet Good for Art?

Here's an article about the creator economy, the existential function of art, the internet's impact on writing, and the ironic downside of getting too much of what we want.

On Medium: Will Donald Trump be Punished or is Liberalism for Chumps?

Read on about Trump’s lawlessness and America’s fork in the road: will the rule of law hold or will Trump's open lawlessness demonstrate that liberalism's a sham?

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

On Medium: The Lame Sophistry of Christian Apologetics

Here's an article about the dubious techniques of Christian apologetics, the travesty of the Kalam argument, and the search for middle ground between Christians and atheists.

Monday, October 9, 2023

On Medium: The Spell that Nature Keeps Casting Even on Scientists

Here's an article about cosmic strangeness, conflicting enlightenments, and how scientific explanations darkly re-enchant nature after slaying the older, unworthy gods.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

On Medium: A Nazi versus Virtue-Signalling Canadian Politicians

Read this satire about the saga of how the Canadian government retracted its standing ovations in Parliament for a "Ukrainian hero" who fought in WWII against the Soviets.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

On Medium: The Cosmos is Haunted by its Deep Inexplicability

Here's an article about how to appreciate the universe's metaphysical mystery of why there's something rather than nothing, in the aesthetic givenness of all things, which amounts to an enlightened preoccupation with unvarnished reality.