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How to Give Atheists the Chance to Give God a Chance

Posted March 9, 2015 By John C Wright

Below is the written version my remarks to the Society of Patrician’s meeting held 9 March 2015 at Saint Veronica’s in Chantilly. Do you believe in Santa Claus? Most adults do not. When addressing the question of how to give atheists the chance to give God a chance to save them, we look to them […]

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Live Long and Prosper

Posted February 28, 2015 By John C Wright

Leonard Nimoy has passed away. By portraying Mr Spock on Star Trek with such even tempered humor, so convincingly, he had an effect on me greater than any other imaginary character has had. He was the model I followed and still do, the example of how a rational man should act. We have now seen […]

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The War of Ignorance versus Faith

Posted February 21, 2015 By John C Wright

Hmph. I just came across another antieducated sophophobe who declared there to be a war between science and faith, especially the Roman Catholic Church. I asked him to name the Papal Bull or Encyclical, or any other official document of the Church prohibiting or condemning the practice of scientific inquiry. He did not know what […]

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Brad R Torgersen on False Advertising in SFF

Posted February 5, 2015 By John C Wright

Brad R Torgersen pens a clear and brilliant explanation of an otherwise inexplicable phenomenon: Depending on who you ask, the Hugos are broken because they are either too insular (this is part of the SAD PUPPIES theory) or too easily manipulated by outside voting blocs (the “fandom purist” theory) or because “fandom” itself is still […]

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Tale of Two Comments

Posted February 3, 2015 By John C Wright

There is a scene in ATLAS SHRUGGED where Dagny is astonished that the crowd cannot tell that John Galt is the hero and that the little men around him are whining rotters merely at a glance, and she is nigh lightheaded with indignation and surprise. How could they not see? Who cannot tell the difference […]

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A Sad Puppy Speaks!

Posted January 28, 2015 By John C Wright

This is a nice, concise, well written column over on Sarah Hoyt’s blog, written by Charlie Martin. His point: do not let MiniTru rewrite history, and make out Science Fiction to have somehow been anti-female, despite the large number of top notch female writers and despite the extremely large number of admirable female characters. […]

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If I Were the Devil by Paul Harvey

Posted January 24, 2015 By John C Wright

I heard on the radio today a Paul Harvey column from 1965, found a recording, which I offer to my readers. It shows a man of ordinary insight possessing no prophetic gifts, merely by grasping the point of the teachings of Christ can see insights and utter prophesy entirely beyond the reach of any intellectual. […]

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Word Fetishes

Posted January 23, 2015 By John C Wright

A reader with the abstract yet addictive name of Concept Junkie leaves this comment regarding the case in favor of marriage, now, for some reason that does not bear close examination, called traditional marriage. (As if a three-sided triangle needed to be called a traditional triangle to distinguish it from all those square triangles with […]

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Tens of Thousands of Invisible Men

Posted January 22, 2015 By John C Wright

I Google’d the words MARCH FOR LIFE today, January 22nd, and clicked the ‘news’ tab. The results were fascinating: articles from Fox News, from Vatican Radio, Breitbart News, Patheos Blog, Newbusters, WTOP‎ (our local Christian radio)  the Catholic News Agency, and Channel 7, the local ABC affiliate. Notice anything odd about that? Someone with more […]

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The Nature of the Andromeda Realm is Abstract and Fluid

Posted January 20, 2015 By John C Wright

I was looking for the correct demonym for Andromeda. (Is it Andromedan or Andromedean or Andromedian? Andromedahin? Andromedaneese? Andromedine? Andromedaoi? Andromedishman?) So I typed in the word Andromedan, and I found this:

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