Friday, September 29, 2023

On Medium: The Villain’s Journey Towards Embracing Antisocial Reality

Read on about how the myth of the hero's journey demonizes the existential heroism of renouncing a domesticated life for a dehumanizing immersion in the beyond. 

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.”