On the postmodern hubris of meta-level thinking

Submitted by frlarry on Tue, 06/06/2017 - 16:40

Ever since computer games developed significantly beyond the PACMAN stage, and imagined realities took on three dimensions and other attention absorbing features, our inveterate game players have come to think of reality itself as a kind of programmed virtual reality, and, as such, that it could be reprogrammed. This may strike someone who entered adulthood before PACMAN went viral as delusoinal. Reality, we might say, is a given. Our capacity to shape reality is very limited, and subject to unforeseen consequences. We might even wonder at the sanity or the cluelessness that this almost godlike attitude seems to imply.

What Matthew 24:28 says about government programs and their architects

Submitted by frlarry on Sun, 05/28/2017 - 20:00

What is the fundamental cause of the subprime mortgage crisis and the crash of 2007/2008? If you don't know the answer to this, you haven't been paying attention. The fundamental cause was that lending institutions were forced, by government mandate, to take on high risk mortgage lending.

National Socialism (Nazism) vs. Bolshevism

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 03/15/2017 - 10:17

It was Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher and logician, who, although he himself became a confirmed socialist, pointed out that Bolshevism under Vladimir Lenin had become, in effect, a religion. (See ”The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism”.) The religious fervor of their adherents can blind them to the deeply flawed nature of their underlying philosophical presuppositions and operating principles. Russell could see that Bolshevism, in practice, was a very bad deal.