Suppose you were confused or just plain curious as to the reality of human free will. Where would be a reasonable starting point to look into this topic? And where would likely be a clusterfuck waste of your precious time?
Tag / materialism
Nagel vs. The Uber-Narrative
Lots of intellectuals presume they ‘know’ it is impossible to deconstruct the received wisdom about how Darwinism, the natural worldview, and science are intertwined. Truth is, it requires patient dedication and a wide-ranging inquiry. But it is not really rocket science. The big obstacle is not the intellectual immensity of the endeavor, but the scalding ridicule and heresy indictments you will have to endure from the orthodoxy police if you ever speak up about it. I first wrote this in 2015. Before this blog took a sort of — poetic — turn.
A-i-t-S 1 : The Bouquet
This was the 1st in a series venturing beyond the veil of the materialistically and naturalistically obvious. It was first written in 2017. I’ve mentioned that I am posting all six of these true stories, which are events taken from my own experience, during the final month of this year, including several which have never before appeared in print. The purpose of the series is to show actual events from one biography — my own — which illustrate the demand for the abandoning of the orthodox worldview thrust upon us by materialistic science and modern education in favor of one which includes acknowledgement of spiritual reality. Before it’s too late! Read this for an orientation to the entire series.
A-i-t-S 3A : Cold Turkey Zazen
The 3rd in a series venturing beyond the veil of the obvious. Read this for more orientation info about the series. I almost feel a need to apologize since the length of this piece is over 5000 words, but only almost. Within this entire series (A-i-t-s) I try consciously to build as vivid a context as possible, according to my memory, within which the events in question unfurl. If I lose some people enroute, that is something I can live with. It is important to me to treat these things comprehensively and lovingly.
“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.” – Thomas Merton
A-i-t-S 1 : The Bouquet
Adventures in the Supernatural!
Introducing a new series of related articles describing some factual events in my life.
haiku ’93 (Alabama #2)
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Nagel Summarizes Nagel
The subtitle of Thomas Nagel’s 2012 book, “Mind and Cosmos”, makes evident why it unleashed such a stir within the scientific and philosophical establishments: ‘Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False’. That’s two sacred cows skewered in one fell swoop, the first a kind of hidden dogma not generally exposed to the light of agoric day, and the second a beloved and enshrined foundational darling! What made things worse was that Nagel was/is a serious respected philosopher with decades of establishment credibility, including avowed atheism, prompting figures like Pinker and Dennett to publicly wonder what had gotten into their old colleague. Nagel’s book is not an easy read. You have to keep awake on every page, go slowly, and double back sometimes. Due to this and the ensuing ruckus, he offered a short clarifying summary of the book’s core thesis in a brief NY Times essay a year later, which is the subject of this current article.