Friday, April 19, 2024

On Medium: Will Religion be Vindicated When AIs Rule Over Us as Gods?

Read on for a philosophical dialogue I had with the personal AI chatbot “Pi,” about the existential implications of the civilized stance towards nature.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

On Medium: Technology Sings Hymns to Our Impending Godhood

Read on about how technology automates religious ritual, as computers apply programs that stand in for the obsolete priestly rites that were supposed to improve life.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

On Medium: Conservatives Revere the Wilderness, not Civilization

Here's an article that corrects Dennis Prager’s gaslighting about social progress, by pointing out that conservatives can't support inherently progressive civilizations.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

On Medium: Nature is a Haunted House, and Scientists Posit the Ghosts

Read on about how science and philosophy ironically re-enchant the cosmos, leading to a dire existential reckoning by presenting nature's mode of productivity as monstrous.

Monday, April 15, 2024

On Medium: Wokeness is a Triumph of Liberal Decadence

Here's an article about how progress is an escape from animals’ servitude to nature’s wildness, and why we should be ambivalent about the decadence of so-called wokeness.

Friday, April 12, 2024

On Medium: Why Think God is a Person?

Here's a debate between an atheist and a Christian about whether there's still any good reason to think a person created the natural universe.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

On Medium: The Fad of Wokefying Evangelical Christianity

Read on about how “reconstructed” Christianity is effectively secular humanism, and how doubting Evangelicals look for bogus reasons to avoid the results of neutral skepticism.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

On Medium: The Telltale Contrast Between Biden’s and Trump’s Speeches

Here's an article about the contrasting speech styles of Donald Trump and Joe Biden, which amounts to a battle between corporate lameness and flamboyant flimflam.

Monday, April 8, 2024

On Medium: No, Nihilists, Morality Isn’t Vacuous in Nature

Here's an article about the nihilistic challenge to morality, and how an existential perspective vindicates the humanist's values, despite the failure of religious justifications.

Friday, April 5, 2024

On Medium: Can We Justify Humanist Values?

Here's a debate between a Christian and a secular humanist on whether values can be justified on naturalistic grounds or whether the humanist too must mystify.

On Medium: Jungians Use Psychology to Fudge the Merits of Religion

Read on about Jordan Peterson's claim that atheists misunderstand religious metaphors, and how atheists can rather condemn old literary religions on aesthetic grounds.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

On Medium: Consciousness: The Nemesis of Naturalism?

Here's a debate about between a classical theist and a naturalistic atheist about whether the hard problem of explaining consciousness clinches the case for theism.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

On Medium: Consciousness, the Crow’s Nest, and the Judo Throw of Nature

Here's an article that explains the role of qualia in alienating life to motivate the taming of the wilderness, and the spectrum of consciousness as levels of alienation.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

On Medium: The Vindication of Autocracy in the Face of Wild Nature

Read on about luck, the liberal’s faith in civilized freedom, and how autocracies may have the last laugh as bulwarks against nature's vicissitudes. 

Thursday, March 28, 2024

On Medium: Is Naturalism Coherent or Vacuous?

Read on for a debate on whether philosophical naturalists can devise a coherent, meaningful worldview that rejects theism and supernaturalism.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

On Medium: The Transgendered are Pioneers of Transhumanism

Here's an article about transgenderism, transhumanism, and the root of the conservative's authoritarian opposition to the freedom that lies at the end of liberalism.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

On Medium: Trump’s the Joker for Revealing Our Dark Secret

Here's an article about how in so flagrantly and publicly weaponizing the law, Donald Trump inadvertently reveals that America has likely always had a two-tiered judicial system.

Monday, March 25, 2024

On Medium: Is Philosophical Naturalism a Dead End?

Read on for a debate between an atheist and a Christian on whether philosophical naturalism is defensible or whether it amounts to a dead end. 

On Medium: Atheists are More Spiritual than Most Religious Folks

Read on about progressive societies, how knowledge should inform our highest values, and why atheistic spirituality is superior to the theistic kind.

Friday, March 22, 2024

On Medium: Are Sophisticated Theists Just Atheists in Disguise?

Here's a debate about the God of the philosophers versus the God of the masses, and whether elite theism is covertly equivalent to naturalistic atheism.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

On Medium: Does Metaphysics Show that God is Love?

Here's an article about the numerous problems with a Neoplatonic defense of the maudlin monotheistic sentiment that God is simply love.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

On Medium: How Secularists Should Think of Metaphysics

Here's an article about the difference between naturalism and supernaturalism, and how even an ironic, humble, pragmatic kind of ontology makes mincemeat out of theism.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

On Medium: A Loving God Would be Like a Pedophile

Here's an article that corrects the Evangelical Christian's love-bombing cliché that God loves us personally, with a dash of cosmic perspective that returns us to reality.

Monday, March 18, 2024

On Medium: Death Desecrates the Only Holy Aberration

Read on about how the desecration of sacred places such as temples or our pet projects reenacts the ultimate humiliation of the self's objectification in death. 

Thursday, March 14, 2024

On Medium: Kierkegaard’s Small-Minded Christian Existentialism

Read on about the relative smallness of Kierkegaard's Christian existentialism, and the cosmic absurdity that should replace the “incarnation” of Jesus for existential purposes.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

On Medium: Did Divine Love Create Black Holes and Quantum Weirdness?

Read on for whether God is love and whether that sentiment follows from our ability to think in metaphors and to have psychedelic and mystical experiences. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

On Medium: Consciousness is the Rupture that Drives Our Terraforming

Here's an article that attempts to solve the mystery of consciousness by reflecting on the mind’s overall function as an intentional discontinuity with the neutrality of nature's wildness.

Monday, March 11, 2024

On Medium: “Barbie” Should Have Been More Existential

Read on for a review of the movie "Barbie," to see why, based on evolutionary psychology and contrary to kneejerk feminism, it's “literally impossible” to be a man too.

Friday, March 8, 2024

On Medium: Does Science Make Atheistic Naturalism Mandatory?

Here's a debate between an atheistic naturalist and a proponent of classical theism, on philosophical naturalism and its relation to science, metaphysics, and atheism.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

On Medium: Why Would God Care What You Do?

Read on about how Richard Swinburne argues that God is our parental benefactor and therefore cares how we live, and about the consequences of strengthening that analogy.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

On Medium: Christianity has Always Been Anti-Modern

Read on about the Church’s demonization of civilized progress, and how authentic Christianity has always been opposed to proto-modern, secular humanistic values.

Monday, March 4, 2024

On Medium: Why Personal Authenticity Still Matters

Here's an article that presents a sociological critique of existentialism, showing why personal authenticity still matters in the clash between cultures and countercultures.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

On Medium: Is Theology as Rational as Science or as Arbitrary as Art?

Read on about Richard Swinburne’s pseudoscientific defense of theism, and about the true status of philosophy as a discipline that stands between science and art.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

On Medium: Life’s Key Secrets are Theatrical

Here's an article about how the theater is an existential extended metaphor, with its concepts of the curtain call, and of the suspension of doubt that entertains life.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

On Medium: The Flaw in Goethean Pantheism

Read on about Goethean versus humanistic pantheisms, and why we should critique the 18th C. Tobler essay despite its anticipation of Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Monday, February 26, 2024

On Medium: Christianity Demonizes Modern Progress

Read on about how Christianity demonizes the Promethean, progressive aspects of modernity, while making superficial peace with humanistic pride (and thus with Satan).

Thursday, February 22, 2024

On Medium: What Trumpers Share with the OJ Simpson Jurors

Read on about what Trump's supporters have in common with the OJ Simpson jurors: a thirst for vengeance amid the breakdown of civic duties.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

On Medium: Why are Sacred Spaces so Easily Spoiled?

Read on about irony of how mass attention defiles what’s cool, and how the privacy of consciousness is likely the model for the vulnerability of sacred places.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

On Medium: The Classical Theist’s Naïve Optimism about Reason

Read on about a classical theist's so-called best argument for God's existence, and the religious games we play to avoid facing the harsh reality of nature.

On Medium: Should Trump be a Hero to Generation X?

Read on about personal authenticity, the paradox of Trump’s character, and whether Trumpism reduces existentialism and the values of Generation X to absurdity.

Monday, February 19, 2024

On Medium: People are Anti-Natural, not Supernatural

Here's an article about the question of dualism between mind and matter, Descartes’ last laugh in the divide between wild things and artifacts, and how societies are anti-natural.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

On Medium: Why the Trumpian Grotesquery is Happening Now to America

Read on about unconscious consumerism, our outpouring of collective narcissism, and how even Trump's enemies promote him as a symbol of their excesses.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

On Medium: Deflating the Mystique of Religious Language

Read on about the mundane and psychedelic origins of theological concepts, and how the mystique of religious language rests on an equivocation and can thus be deflated.

Monday, February 12, 2024

On Medium: We’re Tormented and Tantalized by Cosmic Wildness

Read on about how science confronts us with the absurdity of nature’s godless creativity, and why intuiting nature's impersonality is so traumatizing.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

On Medium: God’s Lack of Religiosity Makes Fools of Most Worshippers

Here's an article about the gulf between elite and deluded spiritualities, and how tribal religiosity can be compared to futile fan clubs that worship celebrities.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

On Medium: The Obvious Way that Science Proves Atheism

Read on about the Copernican Revolution, the call for large-mindedness, and how science refutes exoteric religions by undermining our intuitive picture of the world.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

On Medium: There Will be No Great Centrist Dialogue in America

Read on about online tribalism, centrist naivety, bad faith “conservatives,” and why there won't be an effective centrist dialogue between America's political extremes.

Monday, February 5, 2024

On Medium: The Romantic Origin of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

Here's an article about the Romantic side of Darwin's theory of evolution, and how the Romanticist's analogy between the natural order and an artist's wild creativity implies pantheism.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

On Medium: Will Atheism Drive Us Towards Neo-Pagan Tribalism?

Read on for a critique of Dustin Arand’s assessment that the rise of Western atheism is largely responsible for America's toxic, "neo-pagan" tribalism. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

On Medium: Feeble Defenses of the Platitude that God is Love

Here's an article that considers some reasons to identify God with love, stemming from the concepts of evolution, Jesus, mysticism, and near-death experiences.