The Left vs. Human Nature

By |2018-09-20T12:55:30-05:00March 3rd, 2015|Tags: , |

The Left does not like the idea of human nature. It tells them they are not free to do what they want. From a factual perspective, it tells them people do not change much, so the way things were in the past is mostly how they will be in the future. From a moral [...]

If Dostoevsky Had Written Science Fiction

By |2019-02-12T17:58:15-05:00July 28th, 2014|Tags: |

Sounding like a modern, the Greek writer Callimachus once penned an epigram where he quipped, “a large book is a great misfortune.” Does not the legitimacy of such an assertion depend on the author and the reader? Novelist Michael O’Brien gives all lovers of fine novels another marvelously large book. As one who enjoys [...]

Nietzsche, Napoleon, and Narcissism

By |2018-11-28T12:45:01-05:00June 3rd, 2014|Tags: |

“I am better than everybody else” is the disturbing theme underlying Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film Rope. Dostoevsky developed the same idea in Crime and Punishment as did George Bernard Shaw in Man and Superman. Rooted in Nietzsche’s idea of the übermensch—”Superman” or “Above Man”—the idea is that a new breed of humanity will emerge [...]

The Materialist Superstition

By |2017-02-03T11:40:15-05:00September 8th, 2012|Tags: , , |

The continued prevalence of the materialist superstition was manifest in a recent issue of Time magazine titled “In Search of the Mind.”[1] The cover story for the issue authoritatively declaimed that “consciousness may be nothing more than an evanescent by-product of more mundane, wholly physical processes.” According to one medical school neuroscientist cited in [...]