Tenets of Modern “Skepticism”

1. All human thought is either ‘science-based’ or ‘fantasy-based’. These are mutually exclusive, and there are no other possibilities. 2. Everything I like is ‘science-based’. 3. Because it is ‘science-based’, it has value in all situations. People who believe it are smart and good. 4. Everything I don’t like is ‘fantasy-based’. 5. Because it is […]

A Thought as Orwell Spins…

The political party currently telling you that the police are racist brutes who cannot be trusted, is the same political party which says that you should forfeit your Constitutionally-affirmed right to self-defense, because police are the only ones which should be trusted with guns.

Conversations

Me (in response to a Facebook meme): Atheism is fundamentally incompatible with science. Atheist A: “I would like you to explain that. I would never say general creationism is fundamentally incompatible with science. As the existence of a God can not be proven or dis proven. I would say young earth creationism is incompatible with […]

Conversations With Atheists 5

This conversation occurred in a discussion thread for a video by Dr. William Craig regarding the nature of First Cause.  The atheist in question posted an identical set of objections to basically everyone who did not react negatively to the video.  Unlike previous posts, this is not paraphrased; I have simply copied and pasted the final […]

Conversations with Atheists 3

Paraphrased for brevity and clarity: —– Him: You can’t possibly be so stupid and uneducated as to dismiss the theory of evolution. Me: Intelligent Design is a theory of evolution.  There are several. Him: No, there aren’t! Me: Certainly there are.  Darwinism, Neo-Darwinism, Catastrophism, and Intelligent Design off the top of my head.  I believe […]

Conversations with Atheists 2

Paraphrased for brevity and clarity: —– Her: You don’t need god (sic) to explain creation. Multiple universes explains exactly how our universe came to be. Me: Even if it were a valid hypothesis, which it isn’t, MUT only pushes First Cause back one step. It doesn’t eliminate the logical necessity. Her: It’s more valid that […]

Plus Contra Armae Temperare

     “Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of arms.” —Politics, Aristotle of Stagira, c. 350 B.C. Obviously, the issue of disarming citizens is not a new one.  From my favorite hobby, hoplology, I know of several systems of martial arts which were created specifically in response to the disarming of […]

Penn, Science and Religion

“If every trace of any single religion were wiped out and nothing were passed on, it would never be created exactly that way again. There might be some other nonsense in its place, but not that exact nonsense. If all of science were wiped out, it would still be true and someone would find a […]

“Social Gospel”

Before I begin this entry, I must mention that, while I was considering what to say, I passed an inmate on the telephone…  teaching his child the Lord’s Prayer. Today is 21 Dec, 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar.  Reflecting on the end of the world, I have chosen for today’s topic the so-called […]