One response that I see a lot on Twitter and elsewhere is some variation on “calling Trump supporters racist is getting old”. And maybe I’m growing stupid as I grow older, but it finally dawned on me what was bugging me about that. I’ve been in plenty of discussions where one side or another used an… Continue reading “It’s Getting Old” Isn’t A Rebuttal
Chapter 6: How to lose your mind Feser opens the last chapter of his Refutation of the New Atheism by quoting a New Yorker article in which neurologist Patricia Churchland describes her mood to her husband and colleague Paul in neurochemical terms: Pat burst in the door, having come straight from a frustrating faculty meeting.… Continue reading The Last Superstition: A Slippery Slope to Sounding Weird
Chapter 5: Back to Plato’s cave This last section of Chapter 5 is basically a long jeremiad against everything and everyone Feser doesn’t like, with paranoid rants about the motivations of those who prefer post-Thomistic philosophies: More precisely, their desire to re-orient human life toward this world and reduce the influence of religion led the… Continue reading The Last Superstition: Back to the Cave
Chapter 5: The Mind-Body Problem After spending several pages, as is his wont, trashing Locke, Descartes, and other people he doesn’t agree with, Feser tells us why materialist explanations of the mind are doomed: the human mind is all about final causes: we plan, we imagine, we make mental images and so on. All of… Continue reading The Last Superstition: Material Brains, Immaterial Software
Adam Weishaupt left a comment in another thread, and I’m conceited enough to think my reply is worth reposting. You know you will never agree, right? This discussion can be likened with this: Imagine that there are only two people left in the world. One of them can only speak chinese, and the other can… Continue reading The “You’re Both Equally Wrong” Fallacy
I’ll have to remember this Bad Gods strip the next time someone demands that atheists disprove God: Or when any random douchenozzle completely misunderstands the concept of “burden of proof”.