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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

Guest Video: Jordan Peterson Recounts a Story about Egyptian Gods

This week’s Guest Video is presented by Dr. Jordan Peterson, who here recalls an ancient Egyptian myth as an allegory for the cycle of life and death and the battle … Continue reading

18 March 2017 · 2 Comments

Poetry by Derek Turner: “Cold Constitutional”

On the ice-edge of the hill Gazing down grateful from verge of valley, Coming in across country, a splinter of winter – My feet hold fields. And today, I saw … Continue reading

27 February 2017 · 1 Comment

Globalism, Don Juan and the Perennial Philosophy

The perennial philosophy involves the notion that there are certain metaphysical truths that transcend any particular culture: that there is essentially just one wisdom tradition and it identifies a hierarchy … Continue reading

20 February 2017 · 5 Comments

2017 Symposium – Valdis Grinsteins

Identity and the New Nationalism. Where is it going in Eastern Europe? I During the refugee crisis in 2015, it was clear that a huge difference existed in the immigration … 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

2017 Symposium – Brett Stevens

Y3K Western identity never knew itself. Men of the West understood themselves as tribes and later nations, but never saw a need to unify as a civilization until they faced … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · Leave a 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

H. L. Mencken on the Architecture of the Cathedral

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2 December 2016 · 1 Comment

G. K. Chesterton: In this World, Heaven is Rebelling Against Hell

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”).

11 October 2016 · 2 Comments

Retreat to Hell or Advance to Heaven

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”).

5 October 2016 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Carl Schmitt, “The Concept of the Political”

“A religious community, a church, can exhort a member to die for his belief and become a martyr, but only for the salvation of his own soul, not for the … Continue reading

4 July 2016 · 1 Comment

2016 Symposium – Kristor J. Lawson

The Social Contract with the Logos Society as manifest in all its organs and instruments – including the individual – is mediated by a web of agreements among disparate entities … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 Symposium – Thomas F. Bertonneau

Shostakovich’s “Leningrad” Symphony: Art Transcending Politics The topic is not only compound but complex, associating itself with numerous difficulties.  The term transcendence, for example, is more often associated with religion … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a 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 – Barry Spurr

“Falling towers”: T.S. Eliot, the Decline of the West and the Doctrine of the Incarnation I Central to T.S. Eliot’s Anglo-Catholic faith and practice, which he pursued from the time … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 6 Comments

C. S. Lewis on the Debunkers of Monarchy

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16 March 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Eric Voegelin, “The Political Religions”

“When the heart is sensitive and the mind is perceptive, one look at the world will suffice to see the misery of the human creature and to guess at way … Continue reading

4 May 2015 · 1 Comment

Reactionaries Believe in: Values Beyond the Economic

“Reactionaries believe in values beyond the economic: political, spiritual, heroic, organic.” (Thomas Carlyle Club for Young Reactionaries; Radish Magazine) “Modern capitalism is just as subversive as Marxism. The materialistic view … Continue reading

16 January 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Guillaume Faye, “Archeofuturism”

“Moreover, as the philosopher Raymond Ruyer, detested by the left-bank intelligentsia, foretold in his two important works, Les nuisances idéologiques and Les cents prochains siècles, once the historical digression of … Continue reading

7 July 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Julius Evola, “Meditations on the Peaks”

“In this way, beyond the natural symbol of the mountain, which is directly perceived by the senses, we can access its doctrinal and traditional symbolism, namely, the deeper content of … Continue reading

12 May 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Ken Tamplin – Living for the Lord

What follows are programme notes for the “Conservative Song” segment of Radio Carpe Diem compiled by Luke Torrisi. The notes were produced for a broadcast of Monday, 21 February 2011, and form … Continue reading

24 February 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

Classicism: Its Theory and Practice

I. The Question Anyone possessed with a literary enthusiasm has read a poem written in the last half-century or so that made them wince with pain—a poem written by someone … Continue reading

9 October 2013 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Julius Evola, “Revolt Against the Modern World”

“Those who begin from a particular traditional civilisation are able to integrate it by freeing it from its historical and contingent aspects, and thus bring back the generative principles to … Continue reading

30 September 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Michael Whelan, “Without God All Things Are Lawful”

“There is, if you like, an inescapable logic implicit here. It goes something like this: ♦ when God (the transcendent, the ultimate, the divine dimension) recedes from the consciousness of … Continue reading

20 May 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Lawrence Auster, “Erasing America”

“In the traditional or Classical-Christian view, life is experienced as participation in (or as rebellion against) a comprehensive order of existence – natural, social and divine – that precedes the … Continue reading

14 January 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Russell Kirk, “The Conservative Mind”

“I think that there are six canons of conservative thought – Belief in a transcendent order, or body of natural law, which rules society as well as conscience. Political problems, … Continue reading

23 April 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Richard Weaver, “Ideas Have Consequences”

“Hysterical optimism is a sin against knowledge, and the conviction has been here expressed that nothing substantial can be done until we have brought sinners to repentance. Such phrases echo the … Continue reading

13 February 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Edward Dowden, “True Conservatism – What is it?”

“And you look backward into the darkness hoping to find your Past there. It is vanished: you cannot find it, and, I tell you, you will never find it that … Continue reading

8 January 2012 · Leave a comment

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