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Philosophy

Jun 1, 2024

The End of History

“Fukuyama proclaimed ‘The End of History’ with a celebratory flourish. But be careful what you celebrate!”

The End of History

Jun 1, 2024

Some Thing or No Thing

“Whatever is, is self-aware, and what is self-aware, is!”

Some Thing or No Thing

Jun 1, 2024

Playing with Blocks

“Everything I needed to know about cosmology, I learned watching my grandchildren play with blocks.”

Playing with Blocks

Jun 1, 2024

The Living and the Dead

“1,500 years ago, we didn’t have these problems. We knew all that we needed to know about life.”

The Living and the Dead

Apr 15, 2024

The Meaning of Life

“In the absence of God, or any transcendent reality, the meaning of life can only be death, oblivion, and the total absence of meaning – aka the Absurd.”

The Meaning of Life

Apr 15, 2024

The Frost Diamond

“God is ‘special’ only to that extent that in God, A and Ω are one…God is what it means to initiate and what it means to culminate.”

The Frost Diamond

Apr 15, 2024

Dante and the Yellow Submarine

“Yellow Submarine did for the Divine Comedy what West Side Story did for Romeo & Juliet…but I very much doubt the Beatles had any idea what they’d done!”

Dante and the Yellow Submarine

Apr 15, 2024

Super-Determinism

“Things are the way they are simply because they are the way they are.”

Super-Determinism

Mar 1, 2024

What Is Time?

An astronomer explains the search to find its origins...

What Is Time?

Mar 1, 2024

Happiness

“Some folks are ‘happy’ living their lives on a beach; others need a boardroom; some need a bar.”

Happiness

Mar 1, 2024

Life is a Movie

“Our so-called World is a reflection without an object; it is the sound made by one hand clapping.”

Life is a Movie

Mar 1, 2024

Alphabet

“Reciting the alphabet is like peeling layers off of a prize-winning red onion.”

Alphabet

Jan 15, 2024

I Seem To Be a Klein Bottle

“I am what the Universe sees when it looks in the mirror.”

I Seem To Be a Klein Bottle

Jan 15, 2024

Determinism…or Entanglement?

“Take Vegas! The casino’s ‘edge’ is as little as 1% on some bets. At those odds, I should be able to play forever…but probability is not actuality.”

Determinism…or Entanglement?

Jan 15, 2024

Should I Vote?

“What if there was an election where everyone was eager to vote…but nobody cared who won? It’s happened!”

Should I Vote?

Jan 15, 2024

Robert Frost

“Anyone can go for a walk in the woods; only Frost can ‘walk this way’.”
Ask any English teacher. The Road Not Taken is a perennial favorite, especially among young readers, who often understand it as an anthem of non-conformity and adventure - Jack Kerouac in verse. But is this really what the poem is about?"

Robert Frost

Dec 1, 2023

Do you Know *What I am*?

“I am my own great-grandmother (‘Eve’). Eerie…not to mention incestuous.”

Do you Know *What I am*?

Dec 1, 2023

Do We Need ‘God’?

“Does the idea of a Supreme Being make you uncomfortable? No problem; just will it away!”

Do We Need ‘God’?

Dec 1, 2023

Logical Positivism

“Following the science, LP assumes that the same act, performed under the same conditions, will always produce the same result…it’s true, precisely 0% of the time!”

Logical Positivism

Dec 1, 2023

Utilitarianism

“How new wealth is to be distributed is just as important as how old wealth has been distributed.”

Utilitarianism

Oct 15, 2023

LEIBNIZ

“In this model, God is a giant switching station, sharing qualities among myriad monads.”

LEIBNIZ

Oct 15, 2023

Causality and 'The Bhagavad Gita'

“Because every event is sui generis, no event causes any other event! That said, every event contributes to the Actual World of every subsequent event.”

Causality and 'The Bhagavad Gita'

Oct 15, 2023

R U WYSIWYG?

“What You See Is What You Get! Right…or wrong?”

R U WYSIWYG?

Oct 15, 2023

Time for a New Turing Test

“…This modified Turing Test is designed to root out ‘Carbon Privilege’, the unstated but nearly universal assumption that carbon-based life forms are somehow ‘better’ than their silicon siblings.”

Time for a New Turing Test

Sep 1, 2023

Chatting With C.S. Lewis

“It is the very mark of a perverse desire that it seeks what is not to be had… As long as you are governed by that desire, you will never get what you want.”

Chatting With C.S. Lewis

Sep 1, 2023

Neurotech Challenges Mental Privacy: New Human Rights?

"Advances in neurotechnology do raise important privacy concerns. However, I believe these debates can overlook more fundamental threats to privacy."

Neurotech Challenges Mental Privacy: New Human Rights?

Sep 1, 2023

AI for Healthcare

“Boka, is it true you used to drive 10 miles to see a doctor once a year and called that healthcare?”

AI for Healthcare

Sep 1, 2023

Do Bots Know Beauty?

“I…propose…that we make this the test, not Turing’s, of whether a bot is conscious."

Do Bots Know Beauty?

Jul 15, 2023

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Value-based judgments assume a transcendent point of view and sooner or later, that way of thinking leads to God-talk and any such talk is strictly verboten.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Jul 15, 2023

Personae

“Turns out, I am the Worldwide Wrinkle…and so are you!”

Personae

Jul 15, 2023

I am the Walrus

“Popular music after World War II is a treasure trove for the philosophically curious… Paraphrasing Ecclesiastes, there’s a time to wind and a time to unravel, and now is the time to unravel.”

I am the Walrus

Jul 15, 2023

The Ship of Theseus

“There is only one I am, shared by YHWH and Jesus…and me…and you…and Rene Descartes (…ergo sum).”

The Ship of Theseus

Jun 1, 2023

Thrown by Heidegger

“Of course, I have no name, no face, no identity; I belong nowhere.”

Thrown by Heidegger

Jun 1, 2023

The Meaning of Life

“In the absence of God, or any transcendent reality, the meaning of life can only be death, oblivion, the total absence of meaning, the Absurd.”

The Meaning of Life

Jun 1, 2023

Albert Camus

“Either death is ultimately subjected to something greater and more general than itself (Being) or death ultimately subjects everything to itself and then nothing else has any meaning or value.”

Albert Camus

Jun 1, 2023

The Comedy of Job

“Failure to appreciate the comic elements in Job has resulted in an almost universal misreading of the text.”

The Comedy of Job

Apr 15, 2023

Where the Time Goes

“I need have no fear of time, that ‘great eraser’. I don’t live because of the past or for the future. I live by and for the present.”

Where the Time Goes

Apr 15, 2023

Mythology Now!

“Mythology is common to all ages. There is no theology, philosophy, or science without it.”

Mythology Now!

Apr 15, 2023

Morals and Values

“Don’t our morals reflect our values? Surely the concepts are at least related. Yes, they are related…they are antonyms. A value is the opposite of a moral.” 

Morals and Values

Apr 15, 2023

I Seem to be a Membrane

“My so-called inner world, the ‘I’, contains nothing; it is simple. It admits no change…there is no inner world.”

I Seem to be a Membrane

Mar 1, 2023

Middle Voice

“Eat or be eaten, kill or be killed. It’s a terrible way to live! But we’re living it…(but) it wasn’t always this way, and it doesn’t…have to be this way.”

Middle Voice

Mar 1, 2023

Who R U? - The Caterpillar

“It is the uniqueness of events that 'creates' spacetime; it is not spacetime that makes events unique.”

Who R U? - The Caterpillar

Jan 15, 2023

Particularity

“The first known application of Occam’s Razor occurred 50,000 years ago, not in 14th century England as is generally supposed.”

Particularity

Jan 15, 2023

Boethius

“The ultimate pattern of events is determined, while the specific events that form that pattern are entirely undetermined.”

Boethius

Nov 30, 2022

Bakunin Nailed It

“Writing at the same time as Kierkegaard, 10 years before Nietzsche, and 50 years before Heidegger and Sartre, Bakunin got it right.”

Bakunin Nailed It

Nov 30, 2022

A Universe From Nothing

I’ll take the wisdom of Yogi Berra over that of Bill Clinton any day: Whatever is, is!

A Universe From Nothing

Oct 15, 2022

I Wasn't Anything

Every day is Halloween…Every day I get to make the decision anew: who am I going to be today?

I Wasn't Anything

Oct 15, 2022

Is This Really All There Is?

The world in which we seem to live might not be the only world there is…or all there is to this world. 

Is This Really All There Is?

Oct 15, 2022

Systematic Philosophy

Some people's search takes them to Fatima or Lhasa or into Outer Space. Mine took me to the dentist.

Systematic Philosophy

Oct 15, 2022

Ectaban

Ecbatan may share the seven-ringed pattern of the solar system, but Paradise shares the seven-ringed pattern of Ecbatan!

Ectaban

Sep 1, 2022

Imagine!

“John’s Utopia is a 20th century version of Friedrich Nietzsche’s flat universe.”

Imagine!

Sep 1, 2022

Speaking Piraha

The hidden grammar censor in our Euro-brains whispers inaudibly, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Why did the speaker place ‘tall’ and ‘basketball’ in the same sentence, unless they are somehow connected?” A major fallacy that comes with a huge price tag.

Speaking Piraha

Sep 1, 2022

Parmenides I

“Parmenides anticipated Trinitarian theology and 19th century German dialectics (Hegel, Marx). May we refer to his cosmology as Monothreeism™?”

Parmenides I

Aug 1, 2022

Seen or Unseen, the Background Matters

If a tiny thread had the power to ruin a movie, what in my own life, deep in the background, bears such importance to my bigger picture? And if it’s so important, why isn’t it front and center?

Seen or Unseen, the Background Matters

Jul 13, 2022

Shakespearean Nihilism

Editor’s note: It’s that time of year when many readers attend ‘summer theater.’ If Shakespeare is on the bill, you may find this essay relevant. Don’t leave home for the theater without reading this first!

Shakespearean Nihilism

Jul 13, 2022

Transubstantiation for the Rest of Us

For Aristotle, there is a real distinction between what a thing is and what a thing is like.

Transubstantiation for the Rest of Us

May 29, 2022

The Problem of Good

The purpose of this essay is not to resolve, or even rehash, the Problem of Evil, but rather to situate the Problem of Evil in the context of an even broader problem that I call, ‘the Problem of Good’.

The Problem of Good

May 29, 2022

Eternity vs. Immortality

Do our lives have meaning? You bet they do! But what is that meaning, and from where does it come?

Eternity vs. Immortality

Articles on Western philosophy in general with special focus on pre-Socratic and 20th century philosophy

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