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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 · 2 Comments

2017 Symposium – James Kalb

Identity and the Civilization of the West Identity has become a problem today. No one seems sure where it comes from, what it is for, or what difference it should … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · Leave a comment

2017 Symposium – Richard Cocks

Philosophy and The Crisis of the Modern World To find a way out of the current confusions and rifts in modern Western societies, and for its various countries to regain … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · 1 Comment

René Girard – Imitation and Life Without God

In preparation for teaching a literature course in the 1950s, René Girard reread some of the classic novels. In the process he realized that the novelists had had profound insights … Continue reading

4 January 2017 · 4 Comments

The Illogicality of Physicalism – A Response to Cocks

In a series of essays at SydneyTrads and The Orthosphere, Prof. Richard Cocks has developed a fascinating account of the “illogicality of determinism.”1 It’s refreshing to see scientism under such … Continue reading

6 November 2016 · 2 Comments

Feminism, Children and the Future

During World War I, Serbia had the most casualties of any country as a percentage of the population; between 16.67% to 27.78%.1 This meant that subsequently there was a very … Continue reading

20 August 2016 · 4 Comments

2016 Symposium – Michael Tung

A World Turned Upside Down: Finding True North in the Last Hour In this essay I will attempt to sketch out the Traditionalist view of the cosmos and the framework … Continue reading

30 April 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

2016 Symposium – Valdis Grinsteins

The failure of Utopian Europe The great advantage of seeing things from afar is that the whole can be appreciated without the observer being distracted with irrelevant or trivial details. … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 Symposium – Valdis Grinsteins

El Fracaso de la Europa Utopista. La gran ventaja de ver las cosas de lejos es que fácilmente observamos el conjunto y no nos distraemos en los detalles. Un árbol, … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 Symposium – James Kalb

Liberalism as a Religion The strange and increasingly nonfunctional condition of Western political and social life cannot easily be changed, because its causes are quite basic. To endure any length … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: James Kalb, “Against Inclusiveness”

“It is very difficult for liberal public discussion to reject and suppress the clear indications of science and scholarship, but inclusiveness must do so in order to deny the stubborn difference among … Continue reading

11 April 2016 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: José Ortega y Gasset, “Revolt of the Masses”

“If the European grows accustomed not to rule, a generation and a half will be sufficient to bring the old continent, and the whole world along with it, into mortal … Continue reading

21 March 2016 · 1 Comment

Dear White Haters…

SydneyTrads is the web page of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum: an association of young professionals who form part of the Australian independent right (also known as “non-aligned right”).

19 February 2016 · Leave a comment

Human Nature News – Feminist Bigotry

The recent Higher School Certificate (HSC) results indicate that boys are more likely to make strategic subject choices, entering subjects that lead to career success. The Federal Minister for Education, … Continue reading

22 December 2015 · 5 Comments

Human Nature News – Ways to Whiteness

Peter Baldwin, who served as a minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor governments, has written a fascinating assault on whiteness studies, a branch of “critical race theory”.1 There is … Continue reading

24 November 2015 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Jean-Pierre Changeux, “What Makes Us Think?”

“On the other hand, what is true for language is also true, by implication, for a particular system of cultural representations, of legal and ethical rules. If, on his arrival … Continue reading

2 November 2015 · 2 Comments

Introducing the “Sci Phi Journal”

Late last year Castalia House launched Sci Phi Journal, which is intended to be a bi-monthly periodical focusing on the intersection of science fiction literature and the world of philosophy. Edited by Jason Rennie, … Continue reading

16 August 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Roger Scruton, “The Aesthetics of Architecture”

“Contemporary architects often speak of ‘design problems’ and ‘design solutions’, and in that notion of design is encapsulated, as a rule, precisely the attempt to which I have referred, the … Continue reading

10 August 2015 · 2 Comments

The Opposite of Quality is Equality

▪ Republished with permission of the Thomas Carlyle Club for Young Reactionaries and Radish Magazine. SydneyTrads is the internet portal and communication page of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum: an association of young … Continue reading

1 May 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Joseph de Maistre, “Generative Principle of Political Constitutions”

“Those who have been happy to corrupt old institutions while preserving their external forms have perhaps done as much damage to mankind. Already the influence of modern universities on morals … Continue reading

22 December 2014 · Leave a comment

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

The Great Man of History and the Fallacy of Equality

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? [Where is the Great Man?] (1 Corinthians 1:20, English Standard Version) Many … Continue reading

16 July 2014 · 2 Comments

Ark de Triumph: Review of “Noah” (Darren Aronofsky)

The Biblical epic of Noah and his Ark has been a childhood staple for generations of Sunday school going youngsters – the felt board classic, replete with cute animals sticking … Continue reading

3 April 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Cory Bernardi, “The Conservative Revolution”

“The principles which have guided mankind for centuries provide a very clear map of the path we should take. In fact, they should be entirely uncontroversial for the religious and … Continue reading

31 March 2014 · 3 Comments

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

Quote of the Week: James Kalb, “The Tyranny of Liberalism”

“The technocratic society they prefer promotes liberal understandings. Market, bureaucratic and industrial forms of organization abolish durable ties and treat everything as interchangeable. The electronic media destroys fixed character by … Continue reading

10 June 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Theodore Dalrymple, “In Praise of Prejudice”

“Rights expand to meet the egos of those for whom freedom is nothing but unconstrained action (The only good that deserves the name, says Mill, is that of pushing our … Continue reading

15 April 2013 · 1 Comment

Second Documentary Screening, Friday 19 October 2012

On 19 October 2012, the Sydney Traditionalist Forum held its second documentary screening at the University of Sydney. The evening’s function centred around Ben Stein’s film Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed, a … Continue reading

20 October 2012 · Leave a comment

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