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Posted November 21, 2014 By John C Wright

A yahoo who does not give his name but calls himself Vunderguy is asking a Houyhnhnm named John C Wright what is my emotional reaction to a man who calls himself Vox Day but whose real name is Theodore Beale. Speaking of flights and fancy, what’s your take on your publisher, Vox Day? Despite the […]

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Who is John Galt?

Posted October 28, 2014 By John C Wright

I came across this statement, made blandly by an Ayn Randian: “The essence of religion as the term is normally used is belief in the supernatural–without any proof and even despite proof to the contrary” Unfortunately, the statement is simply and flatly wrong. It is the kind of thing a man who has never once […]

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A Parcel of Their Fortunes

Posted October 25, 2014 By John C Wright

Men’s judgments  are A parcel of their fortunes; and things outward Do draw the inward quality after them, To suffer all alike. –Antony and Cleopatra. Act iii. Sc. 13. I want to draw something to your attention, my dear reader. I want you to do me a favor, and think. Think very carefully and very […]

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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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