Friedrich-Georg Jünger on Technology & Prometheanism

By |2021-06-01T19:40:04-05:00June 2nd, 2021|Categories: Civilization, Culture, Economics, Modernity, Philosophy, Science, Technology|

According to Friedrich-Georg Jünger, modern man’s veneration of technology reveals his distant kinship to the Titans of myth. This ‘titanic’ impulse to dominate and consume expresses itself through our technology-driven industrial economy, which now determines every aspect of life from the air we breathe to the food we eat. Ongoing debates concerning the growing power [...]

Tolkien on Magic, Machines, & Mordor

By |2021-05-20T11:01:01-05:00May 22nd, 2021|Categories: Beauty, Christian Humanism, Conservation, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, J.R.R. Tolkien, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Technology|

Do we use our increasingly sophisticated gadgetry and expanding knowledge in an elvish, creative, and artful way to foster beauty and truth? Or do we use technology to manipulate, make money, and gain more power in the world? One of the stress points of the modern age is the pace and power of technology. Will [...]

Why Can’t They Make Beautiful Windmills?

By |2021-05-21T12:54:32-05:00May 21st, 2021|Categories: Beauty, Civilization, Culture, Economics, Environmentalism, John Horvat, Technology|

No one wants these disproportional, ugly windmills. People don’t want their views obstructed. Even in a godless society, the modern cult of ugliness is so unnatural that human nature rebels against it. So why can’t they make beautiful windmills? Why must the industry insist upon these cold, depressing behemoths? A green new world is coming [...]

Can We Live Without Enchantment?

By |2021-05-11T15:23:43-05:00May 10th, 2021|Categories: Modernity, Mystery, Philosophy, Science, St. John's College, Truth, Wilfred McClay|

Is the presumptuous mapping of all material reality a boon to humankind, or will it prove a curse? Might an acknowledgment of mystery as a steady and enduring feature of our condition be key to our mental and moral health, and our sense of our own freedom? This essay was co-authored with Donald A. Yerxa.* [...]

Cursive and the Brave New World

By |2021-05-08T14:58:34-05:00May 8th, 2021|Categories: Glenn Arbery, Language, Science, Senior Contributors, Space, Writing, Wyoming Catholic College|

Once mastered, cursive enables us to write rapidly without lifting the pen from the paper—a skill that has major advantages over printing. Cursive now stumps many college students today. Whether it can ever make a comeback seems to be an issue. At about 10 o’clock the other night, my wife called me out of my [...]

Neil Postman’s Vision of Humane Education

By |2021-04-24T08:09:06-05:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Education, Information Age, Liberal Learning, Neil Postman, Technology|

Whether it be in the context of public schools, private schools, home-centered education, co-ops, or learning pods, revisiting Neil Postman’s vision will help foster humane education in our Zoom World. It was nearly sixty years ago when famed media theorist Marshall McLuhan penned The Gutenburg Galaxy as “a series of historical observations” regarding the cultural [...]

Zoom, the Pandemic, & the Death of Sacred Spaces

By |2021-04-15T12:32:24-05:00April 18th, 2021|Categories: Community, Coronavirus, Culture, Education, Science, Technology|

When the pandemic separated us from our sacred spaces like the church or other communal places, Zoom promised connection. However, Zoom—as a medium of education and relationship—prevents us from truly connecting because of technology’s nature to divide, distract, and isolate. But when it came to the subject of letters, Theuth said, ‘But this study, King [...]

Designed for Distraction

By |2021-03-25T17:29:14-05:00March 29th, 2021|Categories: Architecture, Culture, Science, Technology|

The internet is like a city; websites are like buildings. In the same way that architecture works in and through the technological design of the building and produces an aesthetic effect, so does web design. Therefore, the websites we visit are forming our souls, not merely by their content, but also through their design. The [...]

Artistic Entrepreneurship: The Way Forward in a New Digital Era

By |2021-03-24T19:12:06-05:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Audio/Video, Conservatism, Culture War, Music, Technology, Uncategorized|

I believe we are stepping into a new era for the arts, particularly for Christians and conservatives, if we are willing to fight hard for it. We have been hidden too long, and our new digital world, as foreign and alien as it may seem to the thoughtful artist, can be an ally rather than [...]

Keep Computers Out of Kindergarten

By |2021-03-23T16:38:19-05:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Education, Science, Technology|

Although personal computers in the high school classroom were becoming a norm before COVID, the pandemic accelerated the process and forced the rest of K-12 to adopt them. By all means, introduce computers in middle school and teach computer technology in high school, but keep them out of elementary schools. Of the many bizarre responses [...]

The Strange Gospel of Masking and Public Policy

By |2021-03-09T15:54:46-06:00March 9th, 2021|Categories: Coronavirus, David Deavel, Politics, Science, Senior Contributors|

The lesson of the great masking crusade is important. We need to admit now that forcing unproven, divisive, and ultimately fruitless policies on the population has been a mistake. Universal mask mandates have not made a difference in fighting COVID. Rather, they have divided our country, provided a surplus of garbage, and caused some dental [...]

Ways to Fight Big Tech

By |2021-01-15T10:52:54-06:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: David Deavel, Information Age, Senior Contributors, Technology|

The social-media giants won't stop censoring conservative speech anytime soon. Why would they? The reality is that conservatives must fight back against big tech immediately. Here are several ways to do it. Will you see this essay on Facebook or Twitter? Maybe, maybe not. The two major social media networks have been censoring political speech [...]

The Democratic Impulse of the Scholars in Nietzsche’s “Beyond Good and Evil”

By |2020-11-25T11:25:50-06:00November 30th, 2020|Categories: Friedrich Nietzsche, Great Books, Philosophy, Science|

Among the critics of the Enlightenment faith in science, Friedrich Nietzsche stands out as among the most profound. In “Beyond Good and Evil,” Nietzsche argues that the enthronement of science has created a new class of elites known as the scholars, who seek to impose the assiduous, calculating, and “objective” spirit of science on every [...]

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