Friday, March 31, 2023

On Medium: Why the Muslim World Resents Judaism

Read on about the scapegoating of secular liberal Israel, the wounding of Muslims’ pride, and the deeper reason for the conflict between Israel and Palestinians.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

On Medium: Cosmic Horror and the Existential Problem of Islam

Here's an article that reflects on tyranny, progress, modern alienation, and how Islam might be modernized via its similarity to HP Lovecraft's take on cosmic horror.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

On Medium: How the Mass Mind Absorbs Potent Countercultures

Here's an article on how the conflict between mass and elite cultures is often overcome, and whether the co-optation is always degrading and politically compromised.

Monday, March 27, 2023

On Medium: The Downside of Christian Literalism

Here's an article about secret truths, noble lies, the politics of organized religion, and why Christian literalism isn't really the vaunted strength of that religion.

Friday, March 24, 2023

On Medium: The Existential Flaw of Christianity

Read on about organized religion, Jesus’s counterculture, the existential depth of Christian hypocrisy, and the battle between God and demonic matter.

Thursday, March 23, 2023

On Medium: Shouldn’t Incels and Femcels Cancel Each Other Out?

Read on about involuntary celibacy, the black pill, and how incels are toxically masculine even as their critique of mainstream society isn't preposterous.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

On Medium: The Existential Stakes of Judaism

Here's an article that leaves aside the scientistic atheist's refutations of religion, to focus on Jewish culture as a strategy for coping with theism’s absurdity.

Monday, March 20, 2023

On Medium: Religion’s Existential Status and a Clash of Atheists

Read on about the distraction of religions' rational status, whether religions fulfill their existential role, and the repertoires of two kinds of atheists.

Friday, March 17, 2023

On Medium: The Telltale Evolution of Our Concepts of God

Read on about how modern secular humanism only brings to fruition the human-centeredness that was always latent in religions' historic conceptions of the divine.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

On Medium: Are White Men Privileged Because They Aim to be Sociopathic?

Here's an article about the secular humanist's double standard, patriarchy, and how masculine values promote the sociopathic behaviours that enable men to acquire and to exert political and economic power.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

On Medium: The Mirage Of A Conservative Credo

Read on about the gross incoherence of the conservative’s worldview, as shown by an attempt to formulate a credo combining traditional religion and libertarian capitalism.

Monday, March 13, 2023

On Medium: The Storied Self: How the “Spirit” is Just a Dramatic Plot

Read on about narrative logic, the return of animism, and an analogy for understanding how a unifying, immaterial self can be inferred from our experience of only our distinct mental states.

Friday, March 10, 2023

On Medium: Can Pragmatists be Existentialists?

Here's an article about Richard Rorty's pragmatism, the positivistic and propagandistic aspects of his views, and the extent to which pragmatism is compatible with existentialism.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

On Medium: Are Cultures Just Big, Compromised Cults?

Read on about how cultures arise from cults as politicizations of zealotry, and how we can deepen our perspectives by appreciating what’s hiding in plain sight.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

On Medium: The Pretense that Objective Truth is Neutral

Here's an article about objectivity, intentionality (the meaning of symbols), pragmatism, civilizational progress, and how nonfiction and fiction are inversely related.

Monday, March 6, 2023

On Medium: Is God a Benevolent Dictator?

Read on about Alex O’Connor’s critique of Christopher Hitchens’ antitheism, and whether God is beyond good and evil because he's been corrupted by his supreme power.

Friday, March 3, 2023

On Medium: How the Self’s Illusion is Like a Geode

Read on about the semantic meaningfulness of symbols, the illusion of mental states, and the revealing contrast between internal and external perspectives.

Thursday, March 2, 2023

On Medium: Is a Worldview Just a Weapon?

Read on about worldviews, postmodern relativism and cynicism, and how the mind is like an interface, a set of maps, or a snail shell’s home.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

On Medium: The Ploy of the "Imaginative Conservative"

Here's an article on how a conservative historian fails to show that “modern conservatism” isn’t an oxymoron, by appealing to ten so-called conservative virtues.

Monday, February 27, 2023

On Medium: How Kurt Cobain was More Christ-like than Any Pope

Read on about the ironic essence of Christianity’s countercultural reverence for losers, and Christendom's natural betrayal of Jesus's subversive ideals. 

Friday, February 24, 2023

On Medium: What Does It Mean To Speak “Politically”?

Here's an article on the relationship between salesmanship, politics, and morality, and on the most dubious craft of selling things that don’t sell themselves.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

On Medium: How Philosophy Creates a Cosmic Perspective in God’s Absence

Here's an article about Neil deGrasse Tyson’s secular humanism, the existential take on life, and why science isn't enough for a cosmic perspective.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

On Medium: Is Science Enough for a Cosmic Perspective?

Read on about the humanistic need for a cosmic perspective to end tribalism, and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s scientistic take on enlightenment in Starry Messenger.

Monday, February 20, 2023

On Medium: The Kernel of Truth in Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Juvenile Scientism

Read on about scientism, a longstanding culture war between intellectuals and the less reflective masses, and why philosophy is poison for the average person.

Friday, February 17, 2023

On Medium: Why We Can’t Imagine the End of Capitalism

Read on about collective rationalizations and mind-control, the shifting meaning of “capitalism,” and how societies hide their downside with culture.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

On Medium: Are Modern Secularists as Hypocritical as Most Christians?

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Here's an article that juxtaposes the hype for science with the downside of human progress, and compares secular and religious institutions that are supposed to be antithetical. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

On Medium: Signs of God: The Minefield of Miracles

Read on about the clash between religious and scientific perspectives, and how the attempt to make the theistic argument from miracles plausible undermines it. 

Monday, February 13, 2023

On Medium: The Uncomplicated Core of Existentialism

Here's an article about our fundamental condition and decisions in life, and why existential philosophy doesn’t have to be a surfeit of pretentious obscurities.

Friday, February 10, 2023

On Medium: The Religious Apologist’s Toy Proofs of God

Here's an article about the Kalam argument, anachronistic rationalism, embarrassing hidden premises, and the religious apologist's childish form of cosmology.

Thursday, February 9, 2023

On Medium: Can Naturalness be Naturalized?

Read on about the role of self-knowledge in cosmology, and whether scientific explanations are endless or nature effectively emerges from something supernatural.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

On Medium: The Joy of Belonging to a Monstrous God

Here's a critique of Anthony Kronman’s pantheism, contrasting "joyful" pantheism with a kind that's more grounded in the implications of nature's inhuman indifference to life. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

On Medium: Why Philosophy is as Unpopular as Real Spirituality

Read on about intellectual counterculture of existential philosophy, and its modern impostors, as in academic philosophy and the neoliberal fads.

Monday, February 6, 2023

On Medium: Is the Concept of God Miraculous?

Read on about the theist's fallacious Argument from the Idea of God, why that idea is incoherent, and the idea's natural source in the history of religions.

Friday, February 3, 2023

On Medium: Why God Can’t Help Us with Moral Choices

Here's an article about the fallacies of the theistic argument from morality, that only God can account for our objective moral obligations or for our deference to our conscience.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

On Medium: Decoding the Cosmic Meaning of the Zombie Motif

Read on about how the zombie motif in popular culture presents three ways of interpreting the world: humanization, objectification, and mystical horror.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

On Medium: Did God Design Consciousness to Work in Nature?

Read on about the limits of reason in cosmology, and the religious apologist's phony choice between chance and intelligent design, in an argument for God's existence.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

On Medium: The Inhumanity of Ayn Rand’s Libertarian Mythos

Read on about my main disagreement with Ayn Rand's libertarian egoism, her loaded view of human nature, and why progress requires saying “No” to nature.

Friday, January 27, 2023

On Medium: Scientific Nihilism and the Resurrection of Morality

Here's an article that contrasts internal and external perspectives, the naïve view of ourselves with the scientific view of natural facts, to explain the objectivity of value judgments.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

On Medium: Must God Exist Because Most People are Religious?

Read on about the many fallacies of the apologist's common consent argument for God's existence, that it's unlikely there could have been so much religiosity if God didn't exist.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

On Medium: Scientific Progress as the Ogling and Ravaging of Nature

Read on about animism, scientific objectification, progress, the zombie metaphor, and the surpassing of animistic myths with Luciferian ones.

Monday, January 23, 2023

On Medium: How Monotheists Objectify Nature by Glorifying God

Here's an article about the history of religion, the irrelevance of theology, and the telltale continuum between prehistoric pantheism and civilized monotheism.

Friday, January 20, 2023

On Medium: Why Many Intellectuals Despise Romantic Love

Read on about two pitfalls in life: romantic love as a vestige of animality, and intellectualism as a gateway to transhuman alienation.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

On Medium: The Sophistry of Ayn Rand’s Case for Ethical Selfishness

Here's an article that delves into the crudeness of Rand's Objectivism, covering altruism, the egoism of robber barons, and instrumental reasoning, among other topics.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

On Medium: Pragmatism and the New Atheist’s Irrelevant Victory

Read on about the downfall of the new atheist movement, postmodern truth, religions’ social utility, and where religions still go wrong in ethical and in aesthetic terms.

Monday, January 16, 2023

On Medium: The Downsides of American and Chinese Atheism

Here's an article about the options for an atheistic society, such as liberalism, collectivism, and the dream of an existentially honourable society.

Friday, January 13, 2023

On Medium: When Theists and Atheists Make for Strange Bedfellows

Here's an article about how some theists and atheists are Jungian shadows of each other since nerds or counterculturalists alone can take themselves to opposite extremes.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

On Medium: Personhood as the Pinnacle of Alienation

Read on about the differences between animal and human consciousness, the levels of sensory and cognitive detachment, and how our species is inherently alienated.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

On Medium: Why Would a Loving God have Created the Dinosaurs?

Here's an article that pits maudlin theology against the cosmic horror of deep time, and considers some theodicies or reasons why, in this case, a loving God would have created the dinosaurian age.

Monday, January 9, 2023

On Medium: How Nature Made People Supernatural

Here's an article about universe’s destructive creativity, trivial uniqueness in nature, and the genuine anomalousness of personhood in the cosmic scheme.

Friday, January 6, 2023

On Medium: How Science Enslaves the Natural Order

Read on about the pragmatic agenda behind scientific objectification, and how philosophy zombifies the physical objects that scientists and engineers mean to enslave.