As we’ve been seeing, socialism of various flavors is back in vogue. But, as University of Oklahoma professor David Deming points out, socialism not only has a bad track record, it is problematic morally. [Read more…]
Rand Paul is dropping out of the presidential race. I’m disappointed. To me, he represented a true anti-establishment voice, one based in his libertarian ideas and not just in being obnoxious. Not that I fully buy into libertarianism, though I appreciate its concern for civil liberties. But let me ask this: What happened to libertarianism? Supposedly the millennials, the internet subculture, the new entrepreneurs, and the zeitgeist in general are libertarian, wanting personal liberty, a free economy, and minimal government. So why hasn’t libertarianism gotten more political traction?
We have women born in a man’s body, and men born in a woman’s body. Now there is a case in which supposedly a cat was born in a human body. After the jump, read the article and watch the video of the young woman meowing, hissing at dogs, and grooming herself.
Notice the neoplatonic worldview here, as well as in the rhetoric of transgenderism, which suggests that we have an identity prior to our birth, a sort of pre-existing spirit that is then embodied when it enters the world. But the “soul,” the seat of one’s personal essence and identity, is separate from the “body.”
Many of the Greeks and Romans believed this, as did various Renaissance mystics. The Mormons believe in something like this. So do some Eastern religions. Christianity, though, has always had a higher view of the body. But it’s certainly hard to understand how scientific materialists can buy into this sort of thing, and yet they do.
A futurologist is predicting that we will merge with computers and evolve into a new species: Homo Optimus. We will live in the internet, be able to project our consciousness into multiple android identities, and live forever. This may happen as early as 2050. I think I am evolving into Homo Pessimus. [Read more…]
Archaeologists have discovered the site of a deadly massacre in which 27 people were killed by primitive weapons. The researchers date the site at some 10,000 years ago and say the people were hunter-gatherers. This upsets the theory that warfare and organized violence appeared only when early humans settled down into permanent settlements.
This also upsets the perhaps related theory of the “noble savage” of Jacques Rousseau, according to which primitive people in “the state of nature” live lives of peace and virtue, with violence and other evils coming only as a result of “civilization.” Apparently, human beings have been fallen and sinful as far back as we can see. [Read more…]