Reasonings Archive

Whence, Whither, Who?

Posted June 19, 2017 By John C Wright

A reader asks: I wish someone could explain to me the antipathy towards Evolution that is so common in religious circles, mostly among Evangelicals, but also some Catholics. There are only three questions that no man escapes answering. For most people, the answer is shown rather than spoken, demonstrated in the way he lives his […]

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Age of Hoaxes

Posted June 8, 2017 By John C Wright

A reader wrote and asked on what grounds I am skeptical about the claims of the Greens promoting the idea that socializing the world economy and curtailing the industrial revolution is the best way of combating the looming scourge of manmade Global Warming.   It is a fair question.

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An Error as Old as Epicurus

Posted June 1, 2017 By John C Wright

Our own Stephen J, a frequent commenter here, makes a trenchant observation: One of the single biggest arguments against the nihilist thesis of Thomas Ligotti’s philosophical tract The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, I have always thought, is the fact that the book exists at all — for if Ligotti truly and wholly believed the […]

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Dialog on Beauty

Posted February 24, 2017 By John C Wright

A reader asked me what I thought was a fascinating question. As part of our general education classes, one of the fields I need to take a class in is Race and Diversity. I didn’t need to be a prophet to know this class was going to be pseudo-Marxist crap. So I chose the one […]

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Evidence for the Self Evident

Posted February 10, 2017 By John C Wright

This is a column which is both overdue, and unnecessary. It is unnecessary because any honest man of average intelligence can deduce the truth of the matter after a moment’s reflection, and those above average in less time. It is overdue because for years, decades, and well-nigh a century now, sophists have been pretending not […]

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The Measure of Beauty

Posted February 2, 2017 By John C Wright

A question most puzzling to the modern mind is how it can be possible for beauty not to be in the mind of the beholder. How can beauty be objective, there is nothing to measure? Some objective truths are not measured. Measured objects are only those objects that have a repeated characteristic, such as length, […]

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In the Eye of the Beholder?

Posted January 25, 2017 By John C Wright

What I said was that is beauty is either objective or subjective. If it is subjective, that means that no real beauty actually exists in the real world, it is merely a personal and arbitrary thing we impose on the world. But if beauty is merely a personal and arbitrary thing we impose on the […]

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The Triumph of Claptrappery

Posted January 19, 2017 By John C Wright

I confess my indifference to the modern program in philosophy, that is, the attempt to replace philosophy with nihilism, snark, nonsense, and hysteria, has grown into a steady and steadfast determination that it must be opposed at all costs. I will not call my mood hatred, since hate has no part of this: but if you […]

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What Are the Odds?

Posted January 18, 2017 By John C Wright

A very great deal of confusion among educated men is caused by the sloppy locution in the English language which allows us to say chance “caused” something. Indeed, at times I believe the whole of the Copenhagen interpretation of Quantum Mechanics is merely a confusion of words. Chance is the word we use when we […]

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Socratic Irony

Posted January 14, 2017 By John C Wright

A dialogue: JCW: Do you or do you not think Socrates knew the answers to the questions he posed? SJ: You know, that’s a surprisingly good question. JCW: (Says nothing, but puffs out his chest a bit, sticking his thumbs in both lapels, rocking back and forth slightly on the balls of his feet, and trying to […]

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