Lewis Trounces Freud

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I've already blogged once about reading Freud's Last Session, a two person play that is an extended argument between C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud, but now I've gotten the chance to see it performed.  (And it looks like it's running through May at the New World Stages in NYC, if anyone fancies seeing it.)When I saw it, I tried to keep score in my head of who was winning or who had the upper hand, since I was particularly interesting in how the changing dynamics of the debate were mirrored in … [Read more...]

More on the Damnably Foolish Virgins

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UPDATE: there are Harry Potter spoilers in the comments section.  If this is a problem for you, don't read my reply to Christian H or anything that follows.Thanks a lot to everyone who weighed in with exegesis of the parable of the ten virgins.  More perpectives and references are quite welcome.  Several people said it was impossible (physically and metaphorically) for the wise virgins to save the foolhardy ones; no mortal can fully redeem another person.  A number of people took this as a ju … [Read more...]

Made for Another World?

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While travelling this weekend, I finally got around to reading Freud's Last Session - a play that imagines a dialogue between Sigmund Freud (shortly before his death) and C.S. Lewis (not long after his conversion).  The show played recently off-Broadway, but I still haven't seen it. I have to say, I wasn't that impressed by the script.  The arguments Lewis presents are a lot more complex and compelling in the books he's written (and I assume the same goes for Freud as well).  I did think Lewis c … [Read more...]

Greedy Self-Denial

  Sorry for the delay in Sunday's Good Book posts!  A Song of Ice and Fire is at least partly to blame, but, now that I'm done with A Dance with Dragons, presumably that particular distraction won't be a problem for--shall we guess--another eight years.  I know this is technically going up Monday, but I was gone this weekend seeing my brother at the conclusion of his Shakespeare intensive and it seemed silly to hold the post for a week now that it's written.A little while ago, Eve lent me a … [Read more...]

Gevalt.

I've been travelling, so you'll have to wait until this afternoon for meaty new content, but, I had to share one quick thing.  While away, I went trawling through a going-out-of-business Borders, trying to find some quality, discounted books.  I didn't really succeed, in large part because terrible paranormal romances seem to have taken over all the shelf space.  (Where are E. Nesbit and Edward Eager?)  It's terrible to see the spawn of Twilight have taken over the YA section, but this is truly … [Read more...]

Empirics, Morality, and Rational Ignorance

Time for another go round of responses to comments on the last two posts in my current series on math and morality:Hendy wrote: So turn this to morality. What if smoking pot was permissible starting tomorrow. A large number of people would now take part in it while many others would consider to hold it wrong. Are their internal sensors faulty? Repeat this with abortion, nation-wide permissibility of gay marriage, etc. Some would immediately partake and others would still hold that it was … [Read more...]

Tangled up in Blue

Thanks so much for all the comments and challenges to yesterday’s post in the Math and Morality series. Rather than reply in the comment thread, I’ll be putting up response posts throughout the day. Please comment to clarify or bring up something I neglected! I’m glad Anonymous linked to Steven Pinker’s NYT article on ”The Moral Instinct” and that J.C. linked to the article on how descriptions of color vary across cultures. Hopefully pairing these two can help me clear up a little … [Read more...]


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