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Is underpopulation the real problem?

Here.This is, of course, from a pro-life Catholic organization. I get the idea that most of our forbears, had they been asked what, if anything, is wrong with homosexuality, would raise fears of underpopulation. Even ancient societies...Show More Summary

Depoliticize and Humanize

Reading Notebooks 1951-1959 of Albert Camus, I cannot help but love and sympathize with this sensitive, self-doubting, and tortured soul. Stages of healing. Letting volition sleep. Enough of 'you must.' Completely depoliticize the mind in order to humanize it. Write...

The 2-D Argument Against Metaethical Naturalism

A few years back I noted that 2-D semantics provides a straightforward refutation of synthetic metaethical naturalism (SEN): SEN implies that moral terms differ in their primary and secondary intensions, this is clearly false (moralShow More Summary

Pope Francis on Capital Punishment

The man is a sorry specimen, a disgrace to the papacy. What a come down from the brilliant and penetrating Ratzinger. Part of Bergoglio's latest outburst: “Nowadays the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person,”...

Whether 'Image and Likeness' Supports God's Having a Body

If man is made in God's image and likeness, does it follow that God is essentially embodied? Faciamus hominem ad imaginem et similitudinem nostram... (Gen 1, 26) Let us make man in our image and likeness.....

What Should You Do in the Aftermath of the 'Brexit' Vote?

First off, hats off! to the Brits, or at least to those of their number who voted Leave. But now what should we do? Expect turmoil in the markets. The stock market was down when I checked it a few...

You Say You Want Money Out of Politics?

You say you want money out of politics? But of course you understand that running political campaigns costs money. What you object to is the buying of influence. What you object to are candidates who will do the bidding of...

The Ever-Increasing Frenzy, Tension, and Explosiveness of This Country

Try to guess when the following was written, and by whom. Answer below the fold: Ever increasing frenzy, tension, explosiveness of this country. You feel it in the monastery with people like Raymond. In the priesthood with so many upset,...

The Brexit Vote: Ethnic Nationalism versus Commercial Cosmopolitanism in Big History

Arriving at one of his golf courses in Scotland, Donald Trump praised the British vote to leave the European Union: "They took their country back, just like we will take American back."Back to where? Protectionist trade barriers? Xenophobic...Show More Summary

Desirism Book - Part 0019 - A Belief in Goodness

Through several postings, we have had a universe with one person (Alph) with one desire (to gather stones). This is a universe with a limited number of stones, so Alph needs to spend half of his time scattering stones so that he canShow More Summary

Life Without a View Other than the Immediate One

Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959, tr. Ryan Bloom, Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2010, p. 202: Algerians. They live in the richness and warmth of friendship and family. The body as the center, and its virtues -- and its [sic] profound sadness...

Private Property

Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959, tr. Ryan Bloom, Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2010, p. 177: The Revolution is good. But why? One must have an idea of the civilization one wishes to create. The abolition of property is not an end....

What does it mean to say "I have a right to my opinion?"

What does it mean to say that I have a right to my opinion? If I have a right to life, it implies that some powerful person cannot take my life away from me without justification. How would someone take your opinion away from you, short of brain surgery? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

Brexit

I am not a citizen of Great Britain, but I do have an opinion regarding Brexit - Britain's referendum on whether to remain in or leave the European Union. First, I want to object to the idea that, "Simply because you are not a citizen,...Show More Summary

Desirism Book - Part 0018 - Incentives and Deterrence

In my last post, I introduced Bett - a person with no desires - into a world that originally contained Alph with his one desire to gather stones. I also gave Alph the ability to give Bett a desire - either a desire to gather stones or...Show More Summary

Venice in August

Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959, tr. Ryan Bloom, Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2010, p. 163: Venice in August and the swarms of tourists, who flock to St. Mark's Square at the same time as the pigeons, peck at impressions, and give...

Does Dawkins base his "religion is child abuse" argument on one letter?

No, he doesn't. He bases it on intuition. It can't be wrong if it feels so right. Richard Dawkins: That is of course true. And I am not basing it on that. It seems to me that telling children, such that they really, really believe, that...Show More Summary

Politics as Adversarial and the Stupidity of Republicans

Perhaps you think I go too far when I liken politics to warfare. Well then, will you admit that it is adversarial? The defense attorney in a court of law fails to do his job if he strives for objectivity:...

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