Category Archives: Religion/Atheism

Jordan Peterson’s Twelve Rules: #7) Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)


  One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them, In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. – J R R Tolkien Okay. Here … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson’s Twelve Rules: #5) Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them


With four down and eight to go, Jordan Peterson begins talking about his fifth “rule for life” here. Peterson says this is the chapter he thought he’d get in the most trouble for writing, but so far he hasn’t. He … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson’s Twelve Rules: #3) Make friends with people who want the best for you


I’m going through a talk by Jordan Peterson on his twelve rules for life, assessing them one by one in the context of Peterson’s approach to life and politics. We’ve survived as far as Rule #3.   Make friends with … Continue reading

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Me and Jordan Peterson on the Couch


Well, this looks like being a lot more fun than I expected. I said a while back that I had been debunking people who were almost unknown, and perhaps ought to take on some high profile disseminators of misinformation. I … Continue reading

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Natural Consciousness: (Part 1) Emptiness


I promised myself a while back I’d deal with the issue of consciousness. Writing something as comprehensive as I intended proved to be too great a task to complete in one go. Meanwhile, I decided to try to write shorter … Continue reading

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The Limits of Discussion


Sorry There Weren’t Any More Jokes I said in passing last time that I was depressed. There were more personal reasons for my depression than the (very depressing) Brexit and global warming, but I didn’t want to write about the … Continue reading

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Do We Have Free Will?


I remember as a child reading something about “the will” and thinking how odd it was that philosophers talked about it like they might talk about an object. The will? Don’t we just do stuff? I haven’t thought a lot … Continue reading

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Thirty-four Strange Questions: Part 2 (18-34)


I’m continuing where I left off in my mostly-chapter-titles book review of Roger Carswell’s Christian apologetics, Before You Say “I Don’t Believe”. In Part 1, I introduced the next question: (18) Have you ever wondered why, unlike other leaders, Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Thirty-four Strange Questions: Part 1 (1-17)


This is a review of the book, Before You Say “I Don’t Believe” by Roger Carswell. I’m doing it in two parts to keep the chunks down a bit. Luckily, while I’m failing to make much progress on the difficult … Continue reading

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A Naturalistic Explanation of Suffering


Last time, I noted something of a gap in the results of internet searches on the origin of suffering. I didn’t see any naturalistic explanations, at least in the first page, just supernatural ones and the odd bit of anthropocentric … Continue reading

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