Reasonings Archive

Rightwing Political Correctness?

Posted September 12, 2014 By John C Wright

A reader named Mr Tucker complains of the obvious incompetence and blatant dishonesty of Politicians of the Right, and asks a perfectly reasonable question of me: You truly did bring the matter into focus by plainly stating – in an ‘Occam’s razor’-ish manner – that the cognitive discontinuity was an end unto itself, not necessarily […]

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On the Sexual Nature of Man

Posted June 20, 2014 By John C Wright

Here below is a republication of a long essay I wrote back in 2009 under the general title Apologia Pro Opere Sui.  At the request of more than one reader, I have stripped out the specific comments related only to the event that provoked it, in order to frame the argument in more general terms. […]

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My Material Contribution to Materialism

Posted June 15, 2014 By John C Wright

Having met three and four and five avowed members of that subspecies, no doubt closely related to mankind, called Reductionist Materialists, Homo Sapiens Reductio Automata, I am exasperated beyond measure that none of them can frame a proper argument to defend, or even explain his views. My patience, albeit legendary, has finally burst all bounds […]

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Case for the Prosecution

Posted June 5, 2014 By John C Wright

Part of our ongoing, and perhaps endless MARS NEEDS WOMEN discussion. The discussion took an interesting turn, when a reader asked me about an atheist argument in favor of moral objectivity. Having been an atheist who was convinced of the objective nature of moral law, and who for that reason was puzzled that my hated […]

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A Motion For Discovery

Posted June 5, 2014 By John C Wright

Part of an ongoing conversation. A reader with the pseudonymous name of False Keraptis replies to our ongoing MARS NEEDS WOMEN hypothetical with the following: First, I move for discovery. I’m going to need the foundational texts of Martian Civilization (if that’s too contentious to define, then just give me the 100 most common texts), […]

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More on Selfish Gene Theory

Posted June 4, 2014 By John C Wright

In this space, in recent days, we have been paying homage to the Z-grade yet schlocktastic sciffy movie MARS NEEDS WOMEN by posting as many pictures of Yvonne Craig as possible. I have also, between pictures, been discussing and debating whether or not morality is objective rather than conventional. By objective, I mean the principle […]

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Mars Needs Women; Earth Needs Men

Posted June 3, 2014 By John C Wright

A follow up to an earlier post found here: http://www.scifiwright.com/2014/05/mars-need-women/ Let me add a leg to the hypothetical in my earlier post, to ask to anyone willing to answer it the following question. If morality is based on genetics, or based on instinct, or based on  a game-theory situation where each player is rationally concerned […]

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Mars Need Women

Posted May 30, 2014 By John C Wright

A continuation of a recent column: When asked if there was an independent and objective ground for moral judgments, such as, for example, a condemnation of abducting another man’s wife, comments returned three types of replies, of which these below are typical. The first: There are many [objective grounds] aren’t there? The need for order. […]

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The Guenevere Ratio

Posted May 29, 2014 By John C Wright

Concerning my column at EveryJoe, which holds that atheists, while being personally moral or not as their nature and consciences direct, are unable to account for the universality of the moral code, a reader with counterfeit name of False Keraptis asked the following: I’m both an atheist and a believer in objective morality. How is […]

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On Imperfect Knowledge

Posted May 27, 2014 By John C Wright

This is a column published in this space two years ago, reprinted at the request of a reader who wanted to see it again. ————————————————————- Sean M. Brooks writes and asks: In debates or discussions with other online friends, I’ve been told that “opinions” cannot be wrong, false, mistaken, erroneous, etc. My reaction was to […]

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