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Consciousness: What is it, and Where is it Found?

It is a common-place assumption that brains generate consciousness. The fact that brain damage, drug use, sleep deprivation, etc., impair thinking seems to confirm the brain’s generative capacity. However, how a physical mechanism … Continue reading

26 April 2017 · 4 Comments

Poetry by Mark Richardson: “Evening Trees”

Evening trees, arching to the setting sky pulsing upward, palms raised high leaves shimmering in metallic glare one last shout, one trumpet blare sounding out toward the light then falling … Continue reading

28 February 2017 · 1 Comment

2017 Symposium – Urho Lintinen

Restraint: An Heroic Tale in Three Acts Every now and then, a social phenomenon reported by the omnipresent media drives me to engage with a recurring cycle which begins with … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · 2 Comments

Nicolás Gómez Dávila on Nature

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24 December 2016 · 1 Comment

The Illogicality of Determinism – Further Considerations

In “The Illogicality of Determinism” (The Orthosphere, 19 March 2016) I point out the absurdity and contradictions of arguing for determinism.¹ The sheer pointlessness of the exercise is staggering. The … Continue reading

28 October 2016 · 6 Comments

Quote of the Week: Paul Gottfried and Thomas Fleming, “The Conservative Movement”

“Whatever the differences that characterize their various schools of thought, conservatives, as much as Leftists, are united by a distinctive approach to reality – particularly nature. For the Left, the … Continue reading

25 July 2016 · 2 Comments

Poetry by E. Antony Gray: “The Rose of Time”

Everything in time prolongs It must heed its inward law To such all that is belongs And in this it has no flaw; Dark rose whose crimson face Of unspoken … Continue reading

17 July 2016 · 1 Comment

2016 Symposium – Peter King

Of the World Some scientists tell the story that we are all made of matter that has existed since the beginning of the universe, and which will remain after we … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: J. R. R. Tolkien, Letter to his Son Concerning Women, Courtship and Romance

“You may meet in life (as in literature) women who are flighty, or even plain wanton — I don’t refer to mere flirtatiousness, the sparring practice for the real combat, … Continue reading

28 March 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Arthur Versluis “Antimodernism”

“If the essence of modernism is progress, a belief that technological development means socioeconomic improvement, the heart of antimodernism is a realization that ‘progress’ has an underbelly – that technological industrial development has destructive consequences … Continue reading

8 February 2016 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Sophocles, “Ajax”

“[…] I have learned my lesson, To obey the gods – and not be disrespectful To the sons of Atreus; they are in command, And we are under them; that … Continue reading

13 October 2014 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Irving Babbitt, “Literature and the American College”

“The humanism of the Renaissance was a protest against the excesses of the ascetic. Now that science aspires to be all in all, somewhat after the fashion of theology in … Continue reading

29 September 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Robert R. Reilly, “Making Gay Okay”

“There are two fundamentally different conceptions of science – one that is scientific and one that is not. In the first, science properly deals with reality, mostly in its physical … Continue reading

15 September 2014 · Leave a comment

It’s OK to say NO to Cultural Marxism

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25 April 2014 · Leave a comment

Essays on the Frankfurt School, Part III: Carl Jung

As to the previous essay on Existentialism, it could be surmised that man’s obligation to construct meaning in his own life is limited only to physical, concrete realities. Jung calls … Continue reading

19 February 2014 · Leave a comment

Essays on the Frankfurt School, Part II: Existentialism

I. Introduction If we’re going to tackle the Frankfurt School, we ought to understand their ideas. In order to understand their ideas, we have to confront their basic assumptions. This … Continue reading

8 January 2014 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Jonathan Bowden, Interview at the Union Jack Club, 21 November 2009

“Q. In what sense to you understand men and women to be different and in which way should societal and other institutional discrimination reflect those differences?” “A. I think life determines the … Continue reading

26 August 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: HRH Prince of Wales, “Harmony”

“Western civilization was equally rich in instructive myths. Just as with the teachings of spiritual texts, the lessons are all there, but we do not seem to notice them any more. Consider … Continue reading

29 October 2012 · Leave a comment

Recommended book:

Cory Bernardi, "The Conservative Revolution"

Cory Bernardi, "The Conservative Revolution" (Connor Court, 2013)

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Recommended book:

Derek Turner, "Sea Changes" (Washington Summit Publishers 2012)

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