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I Renew My Vow

My traffic has been insanely high over the past week or so. Can I now make money by selling advertising? But I stand by my pledge, and if I ever violate it you may shoot me. My pledge: You will...

The Implications of Moral Instruction on Moral Theory / The Party of Reason and Progress

159 days until first class. My accomplishments in the past 24 hours include continued work on "Bigotry and the Immorality of Sentimentalism". The part that I am currently working on aims to show that the evidence Prinz points to in his...Show More Summary

Terrorism and the 'Bath Tub' Argument

Defeatist Londoners and other appeasers are settling down to the 'new normal': slaughter, including beheadings, on the streets of great and not-so-great cities. But what's the big deal? In yesterday's London incident only five were killed and only a few...

Responses to Rod Dreher's The Benedict Option

A tip of the hat to Karl White for sending us to Nine Most Intelligent Takes on Rod Dreher's The Benedict Option. I haven't yet read the book, though it ought to be arriving today. (What sort of 'ought' is...

Keep Calm and Ostrichize On

George Neumayr's piece begins: In 2006, Melanie Phillips wrote a book called Londonistan: How Britain Is Creating a Terror State Within. She argued that Britain was a sitting duck for Islamic terrorists, owing to its idiotic embrace of political correctness,...

Autism, Camouflage, and Consciousness

Does recent research into autism suggest real differences between male and female handling of consciousness? Traditionally, autism has been regarded as an overwhelmingly male condition. Recently, though it has been suggested that the gender gap is not as great as it seems; it’s just that most women with autism go undiagnosed. How can that be? […]

Just Over the Transom from David Gordon

Dear Bill, I hope that you are well. Your post on a bad reason for thinking atheism is not a religion was excellent. I'm taking the liberty of sending a link to a review of mine that argues along the...

What Explains The Left's Anti-Trump Hysteria?

El Rushbo explains. (I believe this is the first time I have linked to Limbaugh in 13 years of blogging.) Related articles Hillary's Presidential Bid as an Exercise in and Referendum on Cynicism Ann Coulter Calls To Impeach Judges Who...

Sam Harris sees our faculties as a "kind of miracle"

See the discussion here. Well, so do I. The kind of reliability our reason possesses is not what we should expect given naturalism, Reason does not emerge from irrational (or if you insist) nonrational causes. There is just the factShow More Summary

What Does America First Mean?

America First does not mean that that the USA ought to be first over other countries, dominating them. It means that every country has the right to prefer itself and its own interests over the interests of other countries. This...

Anger, Hate, and the Democratic Party

160 days until classes start. Accomplishments yesterday include more work on "Bigotry and the Immorality of Moral Sentimentalism". I am posting the drafts of this paper as I word on them on the in progress section of my Desirism website. Show More Summary

Coming Together and Walling Off

Is it an unalloyed and exceptionless good that people be 'brought together'? Not even the Facebook CEO thinks so. Mark Zuckerberg touts his social media site as bringing people together. How sweet. Yet he has had a huge wall built.....

The New Monastics of the Mind

My man Hanson with another fascinating column. Excerpts: Monasteries of the mind are an effort to reconnect with the past and disengage psychologically from the present. For millions of Americans, their music, their movies, their sports, and their media are...

Thinking About Galapagos (9): Darwin's Snails

If I had had the opportunity to hike the highlands of Floreana, I would have looked for land snails, which are said to be abundant there in some spots. There are seventy species of Bulimulus land snails that are endemic to Galapagos....Show More Summary

Websites and Aesthetics

161 days until the first class. I am taking additional steps to preparing myself for a new, more academic, lifestyle. In 148 days, I will switch to being a part-time employee, providing me with 20 extra hours per week to devote to academic pursuits. This weekend - on an impulse, I bought the desirism.com domain name and set it up as a website. Show More Summary

Seriousness as Camouflage of Nullity

Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, Harper, 1955, p. 61, #93: The fact of death and nothingness at the end is a certitude unsurpassed by any absolute truth ever discovered. Yet knowing this, people can be deadly serious about...

Thinking About Galapagos (8): Darwin's Mockingbirds

In the afternoon of Day 6, our tour group went snorkeling in Gardner Bay of Espanola. My wife and I, however, stayed on the boat to recover from our overexposure to the heat and the equatorial sun over the previous two days. This was...Show More Summary

Our grip on reality…

Are we losing it? Nick Bostrom’s suggestion that we’re most likely living in a simulated world continues to provoke discussion.  Joelle Dahm draws an interesting parallel with multiverses. I think myself that it depends a bit on what kind of multiverse you’re going for – the ones that come from an interpretation of quantum physics […]

Saturday Night at the Oldies: An Appeal to Obstructionist Dems

Wilbert Harrison, Let's Work Together. Canned Heat cover. Youngbloods, Get Together Jackie De Shannon, Put a Little Love in Your Heart Jackie De Shannon, What the World Needs Now is Love. Love trumps hate, Nancy Pelosi. And while we've got...

Jerry Coyne Talks Sense for a Change!

Here: It’s time that angry liberals stop calling every Republican a misogynist, a Nazi, or a white supremacist. On left-wing websites everywhere, these terms are being dispensed like gumballs from a machine. If we really want to take back the...

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