Reasonings Archive

What is America?

Posted September 28, 2016 By John C Wright

A certain idea of late, so dishonest and at the same time so absurd, and absurdly un-American, has fascinated if not possessed the minds of gentlemen whose accomplishments in other fields I honestly admire, I think it only fitting to state as briefly as possible why I reject the idea wholly, in all its parts and applications. Rather […]

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Tabling the Conversation

Posted September 6, 2016 By John C Wright

I am ready to call a cease fire in the ongoing non-debate with 1RW on the mysteries of matter worship. A cease fire and not a surrender: I will reopen the debate once he agrees to follow, and shows himself able to follow, the rules and usages of this fashion of war. My boasted patience […]

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Parable of the Codebook

Posted September 2, 2016 By John C Wright

Regarding the discussion of materialism, and specifically the analogy with a chest of drawers containing game moves on cards, a reader writes in this comment and question. He is using his own analogy to frame the question, which he puts as follows: Let me see if I understand your position: A visitor at a car […]

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Parable of the Naughts and Crosses

Posted September 1, 2016 By John C Wright

A reader asks: I have carefully read most of your argument with Dr Andreassen and I find that the point where you and him disagree is that you affirm final causes and he does not. Would you be willing to give a defense of final cause? Or in other words why you affirm that there is […]

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Let us cut to the chase. Think back to the day when you first discovered that you were a meat robot without free will, without freedom, and without dignity. Did the discovery fill you with awe, rapture, wonder and gratitude? For, if not, the discovery is false. Truth is majestic and majesty provokes awe; truth […]

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Parable of the Stopsign

Posted August 19, 2016 By John C Wright

A reader asked me about materialism and immaterialism. It was not the absurdly dishonest Dr. Andreassen, also known as Mechanoshakespeare-Man, so I thought it no waste of time to answer and explain my reasoning. In case any one of my readers is a masochist, or a new reader, or a student of philosophy interested in what […]

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The Genetic Fallacy

Posted July 28, 2016 By John C Wright

A reader writes and asks for help formulating a theological argument. He says that his friend argues that all religious belief and non belief could be explained and had to be explained through genetics. He stated that some people just had that religious inkling ingrained in them purely through genetics and others did not. The […]

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A Modest Proposal

Posted March 24, 2016 By John C Wright

The Rabid Puppies, led by Theodore Beale aka Vox Day, has offered for your consideration certain items for Best Related Work. These are of a trenchant and disturbing nature: Moira Greyland’s account of her childhood abuse at the hands of her mother, the award-winning science fiction writer Marion Zimmer Bradley “Safe Space as Rape Room”, […]

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The Percent Chance that Existence Exists

Posted February 15, 2016 By John C Wright

It has been said by well accomplished and esteemed physicists that the percent chance of our universe having its current constitution, that is, the physical constants of the cosmos, such as the gravitational constant, Planck’s constant, and so on, being precisely what they are, is infinitesimal. Bosh and nonsense. This is why argument from authority […]

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Empire of Lies

Posted February 13, 2016 By John C Wright

Either there is truth or there is not. If there is, a civilization cannot long survive if it be based on untruth. It there is not, civilization cannot be based on anything at all, but brute force, lies, and partisan loyalty. Difference of thought between citizens in a truthful civilization can be reconciled by reference […]

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