Messages From Outer Space: Man, Contemplation, & Technology

By |2019-05-07T14:40:16-05:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: Books, Christianity, Civil Society, Culture, Science, Technology|

All the minds of all the brilliant thinkers that the world has ever known will still come up pathetically short when compared with the grandeur of the universe. Technology, if it is to soberly measure its own capabilities and power, must approach the questions of the universe with a certain degree of humble modesty... "Until [...]

Apocalyptic Visions: Faith, Reason, & Science Fiction

By |2018-08-18T20:54:56-05:00August 18th, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Fiction, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Philosophy, Science|

The apocalyptic vision in science fiction is akin to the memento mori in mediaeval art. It reminds us of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. And these last things remind us of the first things—most importantly the primary reality that we are made in the image of God to love and [...]

In the Beginning Was the… Music?

By |2019-05-16T13:39:38-05:00July 21st, 2018|Categories: Existence of God, Mathematics, Nature, Science|

Michio Kaku has made a name for himself as a world-leading theoretical physicist unafraid to speak his mind. Dr. Kaku, the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York, has published more than 70 articles in physics journals on topics such as supersymmetry, superstring theory, supergravity, and [...]

Is the Human Brain Just Like a Computer?

By |2019-05-09T15:49:02-05:00July 5th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Nature, Science, Technology|

Some dream of a time when we will achieve immortality by downloading the contents of the brain into a computer. But is this truly possible?… I have just read a fascinating and, to my mind, cheerful article, by the research psychologist Robert Epstein, on why your brain is not a computer—for the simple reason that your brain does [...]

How Friedrich Nietzsche Changed Philosophy Forever

By |2019-04-25T11:23:14-05:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Modernity, Philosophy, Relativism, Science, Truth|

Friedrich Nietzsche sought to change the world, and there is significant evidence that the existentialist philosopher succeeded. Many of the contemporary world’s assumptions regarding the primacy of individualism and the disavowal of universals were exposited by Nietzsche.[1] Yet, one of this thinker’s most important revolutions lay in his complete redefinition of philosophy. The dominant [...]

Can Technology Improve How We Read Books?

By |2018-06-15T01:02:05-05:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Books, Modernity, Science, Technology|

Robin Sloan attempts to show the ways in which technology can improve upon our old and outdated modes of reading. But his novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, demonstrates that though Mr. Sloan knows technology, he misunderstands books and bookstores… Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (288 pages, Picador, 2013) In the wake [...]

CGI Apocalypse: The Veiling of Nature

By |2018-06-07T02:52:00-05:00June 10th, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Culture, Nature, Science, Stratford Caldecott, Technology, Timeless Essays|

The world may ultimately be broken down, not into atoms or elements or quanta of energy, but into something like “pixels” or units of information. These build up into the impressions of things that are the objects of our consciousness, constituting the other half of reality… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords [...]

Prisoners to Our Screens: The Modern Ideology of Images

By |2019-04-25T13:10:01-05:00June 10th, 2018|Categories: Philosophy, Science, St. John's College, Technology, Truth|

Tradition, philosophy, and religion long ago succumbed to science as the sole arbiter of truth, but now science too has been dethroned. What rules today is a different form of ideology—ideas and images replace concrete experience. Can we escape the Screen with its hollow images and counterfeit emotions and experience the human way of life?… [...]

The Ancients on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol

By |2018-06-07T22:20:17-05:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: Aristotle, Culture, Plato, Science, Virtue|

Modern philosophy, empirical science, and our social sciences stand mute before moral questions and the human spirit. Let us, therefore, turn to the Ancients for their understanding of alcohol’s effects upon the soul… “What’s this chemical ferment called life all about? I shall be impelled to strong drink if something exciting doesn’t happen along pretty [...]

Children Under Siege in the Digital Age

By |2019-03-26T14:36:28-05:00May 28th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Education, Information Age, Science, Technology|

Millions of children today are raised, by default, to be slaves to group-think, addicted to endorphins released from a digital device, burdened with neural pathways so obliterated that nary a logical thought might pass from brain to lips... In The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald casts both an unlikely hero and an unlikely weapon [...]

The Death of God and the New Stories

By |2019-03-28T13:27:51-05:00May 20th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Death, Existence of God, Great Books, Religion, Science, St. John's College|

The narratives of science and Christianity are obviously not novels, nor works of fiction, for both claim to tell the true story of humankind—where we came from, what we are, and where we are going. To determine if either of these narratives is true, we must assess the plot… In 1882, Nietzsche’s madman ran [...]

“Black Mirror” and the Soul

By |2018-05-18T16:24:45-05:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Science, Technology, Television|

Black Mirror succeeds at making viewers consider the ways humanity is being changed by technology. In its last season, the show considered the idea of uploading consciousness into a computer-generated world. But can the soul be reduced to a collection of data in this way?…… Apparently starved for new ideas, the popular science-fiction television [...]

Patrick Deneen on Why Liberalism… Succeeded?

By |2019-02-26T16:39:59-05:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: Books, Culture, Liberal Arts, Liberalism, Technology, Thomas R. Ascik|

Patrick Deneen has entitled his book Why Liberalism Failed, but by his own analysis, he could have entitled it Why Liberalism Succeeded… Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen (248 pages, Yale University Press, 2018) In his comprehensive condemnation of three hundred years of modern liberalism, Patrick Deneen at one point speaks of “advanced liberalism,” [...]

The Feminist War on Science

By |2018-11-05T00:51:28-05:00April 20th, 2018|Categories: Feminism, Paul Krause, Science, Truth|

Feminists conclude that human biology must be transcended in order for women to be free—indeed, that there needs to be a wholesale revolution against biology and human nature itself if women are ever to be free... “In This House, We Believe: Black Lives Matter, Women’s Rights Are Human Rights, No Human Is Illegal, Science Is Real, [...]