Donald Trump at Al Smith Charity Dinner:
I thought his jokes were pretty funny, but the Dems booed and heckled him.
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The ironic conclusion of all this centuries-long corruption of Western thought, pursued generation to generation, is exactly the opposite of the original design.
Radical skepticism attempts to reduce the number of intuitive axioms needed for thought to zero, and hence find a system that was the opposite of religion, a perfectly rational world where nothing is taken on the authority of prophets or apostles. A world without authority, where trust in teachers is needless. A world without faith.
But we have in postmodern nihilism the most grotesque opposite of these goals.
Some wag has just informed me that Saint Thomas Aquinas led the Church to discredit and perhaps its decline, citing his influence as what which caused the Church to be on the wrong side of the Galileo affair, and hence an enemy to science for centuries.
(So might say someone who had learned Church history from Carl Sagan’s COSMOS. Portraying Galileo as a martyr to science mugged by obscurantists is perfectly in accord with the War of Faith vs Science myth central to the faith of idolaters of science, who love, but who do not do or know science.)
I cannot tell you how wearisome it is to contradict the same wearisome falsehoods endlessly. No matter how often the trial is held, the accused is never found not guilty.
As a public service, I would like to list other people who, if only I could, I would call to the witness stand to give their opinion about the war between Science and the Church.
Let us rank them in alphabetical order, with links, shall we?
I just saw the third presidential debate.
The press did not do as fierce a job mugging Trump as before, indeed, when I actually heard a question from the moderator about the Wikileaks revelations, I thought perhaps I had stumbled through a dimensional gateway into a mirror universe where Spock has a goatee or Superman is a crime boss. Her reply was to say that the Russians were behind it, and that Trump was a puppet of Putin.
This is the woman who took a massive bribe from Putin and made the Uranium One deal with them, giving Russia control of one fifth of the Uranium production in the US.
I am reminded of the story of Pygmalion. You perhaps have heard the second half of the tale, where he sculpts the perfect woman out of ivory, and falls so deeply in love with his own creation that the love-goddess Aphrodite grants soul and life to the figure, whom he weds. But the first half is usually forgotten:
There was once a sculptor in Cyprus, the island sacred to Aphrodite, goddess of love, named Pygmalion. On this same island lived the daughters of Propoetus, who scorned love and declared Aphrodite to be no goddess at all, merely another name for the passions we have in common with animals. In retaliation, Aphrodite cursed them. The Propoetides lost the power to blush, and the blood hardened in their cheeks. They became the first prostitutes in the world, as shameless with their bodies as with their reputations. So hardhearted became these women that they turned into statues of flint. Pygmalion, revolted at the sight of them, scorned the company of all women.
Listening to Mrs. Clinton, I just kept thinking of a daughters of Propoetus, flint hearted and flint skinned, a creature incapable of blushing.
The sheer effrontery of blaming Donald for the violence at his rallies when that violence was staged and caused by mentally ill people her campaign hired just for that purpose, when the fact that her campaign was caught on tape admitting the same had just been discussed, makes her a Propoetide.
Superluminary, Episode 23 HATRED FOR ALL LIFE, is posted on Patreon:
In this exciting episode, Aeneas hurls a neutron star into the path of the oncoming singularity aimed at Sol. The death toll mounts. The darkness rises.
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Please note that the endless and silly debate about determinism and reductionist materialism is nothing but the crudest possible form of science worship as I have here defined it: the materialist takes the intuitive axiom of scientific reasoning, that all bodies act without free will, and applies it to the thoughts and deeds of human beings, and comes to a conclusion that renders all law and punishment simply meaningless.
But the two methods of reasoning cannot apply to the subjects proper to the other.
No one thanks the sun for having the fidelity to hold the beloved Earth in orbit, never letting it slip out into cold interstellar darkness. It is gravity, not fidelity, that is the cause identified. Efficient cause.
Likewise chastity in a young and pretty wife allured by a dangerous Don Juan is of no account if it is merely the outcome of brain chemical actions beyond her awareness or control. It is fidelity, not chemistry, that is the cause identified. Final cause.
The reductionist materialist, of course, cuts off the branch on which he sits, just as all modern simpletons do.