June 17, 2020

For those of you who don’t know, there has been some very dubious activity concerning two black men who were found hanged within ten days and 50 miles of each other. One was found near a homeless encampment in Victorville, the other across from Palmdale City Hall. Both were supposedly suicides. But the circumstances raise more than just a few eyebrows. These terrible events appear to indicate darker forces at play. Here’s what we know: Only after locals and family… Read more

June 17, 2020

A recent Op-ed in the New York Times warned about a danger the nation faces, probably in mid to late-October, a few weeks before the election. There will be a dramatic announcement by a certain prominent individual. A cure for Covid-19 has been developed! The world is saved, and the hero of the day is the individual making the announcement. Do I have to tell you who that is? It’s who you think it is. The authors of the Op-ed… Read more

June 15, 2020

Triskaidekaphobia: Noun. Fear or avoidance of the number 13 Superstitious beliefs are common in the human species. The reasons are not clear. It can, in extreme cases, be a symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), but many otherwise rational people allow superstitions to affect their actions. Some psychologists say that our mind likes a sense of control, given the unpredictability of much that happens in our lives. Here is an article from a medical website that discusses this: https://www.medicaldaily.com/why-are-superstitious-beliefs-so-common-428303 Black… Read more

June 15, 2020

In the comment thread to my recent piece on statues, with regard to racism and Black Live Matter protests, Anthrotheist made this comment worthy of discussion: I can’t help but feel like a lot of this conversation rests greatly on the degree to which people associate statues and monuments with a national identity, and subsequently to what degree they invest their own sense of self in that national identity. Reasonably speaking, societies should not revere individual people; any given person… Read more

June 15, 2020

As I stated in order to introduce the Argument from Reason in my first post in this series (concerning doxastic voluntarism): CS Lewis fashioned the Argument from Reason and it has since been taken on by Christian philosophers and apologists such as Alvin Plantinga (in the form of the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism – EAAN) and Victor Reppert. For a bit of background reading, it is well worth grabbing John Beversluis’s excellent C.S. Lewis and the Search for Rational Religion (UK). It is… Read more

June 14, 2020

This is a comment from Geoff Benson (mate, we need to meet for another drink, Portsmouth way, when this mess is over!) on another thread concerning statues: You’ve finally made me realise the difference between the conservative approach and the liberal approach to these sorts of crisis presently afflicting the US, and spreading to other countries. I mean by this those in both camps who are well intentioned, not the regressive left that tries to de platform speakers or vandalise… Read more

June 14, 2020

Yes, this will be a value-laden political point. I’ll get back to the Argument from Reason in my next post. For the time being, let me talk about the leader of the free world, Donald Trump. The point I want to make today revolves around the fact that his re-election campaign team have just paid over $400,000 for airtime in pro-Trump ad spots in the Washington area, primarily on FOX (though also including, to a lesser extent, MSNBC and CNN)…. Read more

June 12, 2020

It’s my favourite philosophical thought experiment. There is a reason that I find the Sorites Paradox compelling, insightful and very important: it is everywhere and has ramifications right across the board. I’ll get onto it later. In my opinion, it goes hand in hand with conceptual nominalism – the belief that universals and abstract ideas do not exist “out there” but exclusively in our minds, constructed by them, whether agreed to by consensus or not. But before we get onto… Read more

June 11, 2020

Well, it should humiliate him, but will no doubt be water off a duck’s back. As we all know, Trump is the most presidential of presidents. He doesn’t react like a toddler, or a megalomaniacal narcissist. What’s that? Oh, sorry, that’s exactly what he does. When he was upset with poll numbers recently, he decided to shoot the messenger rather than take a look at his image and the way he was portraying himself. Trump thinks he can do no wrong… Read more

June 10, 2020

As I stated in order to introduce the Argument from Reason in my first post in this series (concerning doxastic voluntarism): CS Lewis fashioned the Argument from Reason and it has since been taken on by Christian philosophers and apologists such as Alvin Plantinga (in the form of the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism – EAAN) and Victor Reppert. For a bit of background reading, it is well worth grabbing John Beversluis’s excellent C.S. Lewis and the Search for Rational Religion (UK). It is… Read more

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