Last will and testament

No, I’m not dying; we’re referring here, yet again, to the ol’ philosophical arguments about free will. Even worse, this may not be the last despite the implications of the title, but c’mon, I haven’t done one in a while so you can’t complain. This one was inspired by re-reading a post from five […]

Making change

One of the most confusing things to attempt is self-evaluation. It might be easy to think that if there’s one person we’re intimately familiar with, it’s ourselves, but when it comes down to it, we realize how hard objectivity is in such situations. Ego is such a loud voice in our minds, it’s hard […]

None of this looks familiar

I’m the middle of a book that will be reviewed here upon completion (well, not right here, but up above somewhere,) and in the meantime, I keep running across thought-provoking content that I want to expand upon. I haven’t been taking notes, preferring instead to keep moving forward on the book, because it’s been […]

Don’t take it personally

It’s funny; I first read the posts which prompted this over a week ago, and have been thinking about this ever since.

To set the scene as briefly as I can, the first post can be found here, which details some highly questionable practices from a particular nature photographer, but admits that this is […]

Oh, the humanities!

Jerry Coyne and crew have been having a grand old time tearing this debate apart (1st post, 2nd post), but there’s just something I wanted to add. And I can’t really call it a debate, I just haven’t found a better word: it’s basically a few philosophers championing the humanities by tilting at the […]

But how? Part eight: Getting emotional

Walkabout podcast – But how? Part 8 http://wading-in.net/walkabout/wp-content/uploads/audio/Walkabout-BH-P8.mp3 This is an extension of some thoughts that came up from doing this post, and highlights a sudden realization that I had. While I’m embarrassed that I never tumbled to it before, at least consciously, it’s also something that I suspect a lot of people never […]

But how? Part six: Love and Beauty

Walkabout podcast – But how? Part 6 http://wading-in.net/walkabout/wp-content/uploads/audio/Walkabout-BH-P6.mp3 I probably should have tackled this one sooner, but I’d gone through a period with too few discussions on religion and this favored argument had simply slipped my mind. So for the next part of the “But How?” series of posts (and in honor of the […]

Emotion=soul?

So, not long after I put up a post about deconstructing arguments, I find an example about arguments that really don’t need it, because they weren’t even constructed in the first place. Over at RichardDawkins.net, we get to see a classic example of what passes for journalism these days, where some nitwit named Giles […]