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Benatar, Death, and Deprivation

This is the seventh entry in a series on David Benatar's The Human Predicament (Oxford UP, 2017). We are still in Chapter 5 and will be here for some time. This entry covers pp. 98-102. Recall the Issue If one...

Who Will Hire You?

Time was when leftist termites were found mainly in government, the media, schools and universities, Hollywood, and the churches, Now they have come to infest huge corporations that control the flow of information. The times they are a'changin.' Here is...

Motherhood in America: The Natural Desire for Parental Care in a Liberal Regime

"After decades of decline, motherhood and family size are ticking up." That's the conclusion in a new report from the Pew Research Center. As is shown in the chart above, the percentage of American women ages 40 to 44 who are mothers has risen to 86% in 2016 from a low of 80% in 2006, and thus moving close to the high of 90% reached in 1976. Show More Summary

President Trump's Considerable Achievements

The following ought to convince you if you don't wear a pussyhat or suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Daniel McCarthy: He won states in 2016 that had been out of reach for Republican presidential candidates for 25 years or more:...

Secret Harmonies

We need a richer idea of consciousness and of our minds: Jenny Judge suggests that our experience of music in particular points to a need for an expanded conception of the mind to include visceral apprehension.  Many who have championed the idea of an extended mind that isn’t just identifiable with the brain alone will […]

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Western Culture: Truth, Wisdom, and Justice

The attached video shows how Fox's Tucker Carlson uses language that white supremacists love. A part of this video concerns the interest in "preserving our culture". For example, the video shows clips in which Carlson says: This is a...Show More Summary

Don't Get Fooled Again

A little ditty from The Who to stiffen the spines of Republicans and inspire them in their stand against the filthy, mendacious Dems. Politics is war, and if you don't have it in you to fight, then get off the...

More on Meditation: Worldling and Quester

The New Zealander to whom I replied in Impediments to Meditation responds:... you rightly sense that there was a certain selfish ambition in my turning to meditation. Though following your post Meditation: What and Why, my stated...

Catholic Higher Education is a Joke

Here is yet another example: The College of the Holy Cross [Worcester, Mass.] is mulling whether to shed its century-old sports symbol the “Crusader” out of concerns the image of a Christian warrior might be offensive to Muslims. Why not...

The Craphole Contretemps Continues

But Rod Dreher is having second thoughts. Worth your time.

Smokers as Contemplatives?

Now that's a stretch to elicit scorn, but this article does make some good points pushing back against the extremism of the tobacco wackos. The most absurd view of smoking known to me is the one that was the party...

Pakistani Humanist Denied UK Asylum . . .

... after failing to identify Plato! Holy Guacamole! (HT: Karl White) A Pakistani man who renounced his Muslim faith and became a humanist has had his application for asylum in the UK rejected after failing to correctly answer...

Impediments to Meditation

This just in from a New Zealand reader: Firstly let me say, your blog "Maverick Philosopher" has been truly inspiring for me. Particularly insofar as it has freed me from the sense that I need to pursue my love of...

Natural Law Theory

The first topic we will be discussing in the Philosophy of Law course is "Natural Law Theory". I have to admit that, when it comes to the philosophy of law, I tend to think that all major positions are correct. They do not have any substantive difference. Show More Summary

Singular Existence and Quantification

For Tim M. who wants to discuss this topic with me. ComBox open.......................... Singular existence is the existence of particular individuals. It is the existence attributed by a use of a singular sentence such as 'Max exists,' where 'Max'...

Trump was Right about Feculent Locales

This piece by a former Peace Corps volunteer to Senegal is a must-read. A few quotations: People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water. He...

Use and Mention

You should never use 'progressives' without sneer quotes because 'progressives' are destructive leftists who confuse change with progress. The offensive term is mentioned in the first independent clause, and then used in the second, albeit in an altered sense. When...

Portrait of a 'Racist'

Story here. (HT: Monterey Tom) You can always rely on a 'liberal' to play the race card. Related articles Tucker Carlson Asks 'Why The Outrage?' for Trump's 'S%thole' Comments - Liberty Headlines

Trump the 'Trigger'

Trump's shoot-from-the-hip style forces leftists to show their true colors while keeping them in a state of impotent frenzy. That can't be bad, can it? Robert de Niro, Italian hothead and HollyWeird liberal, loses it 'bigly' over Trump in his...

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