Tuesday, August 18, 2009

We Don't Need No Education

One great psychological advantage of resenting education is that it enables the willfully dependent to maintain the belief that society is permanently unjust and they are the permanent victims. If education were viewed as a viable means available for anyone to increase their standard of living, their entire i'm-a-victim-others-are-to-blame viewpoint would have to change. Instead of blaming others, they would have to endure the pain of looking inward. This is why getting an education in British lower-class schools is violently discouraged, and those who are studious are persecuted, even beaten. Getting an education is considered a threat. The success of one person is an insult to everyone else.

Adapted from Life at the Bottom: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass
by Theodore Dalrymple

Monday, August 10, 2009

Preliminary Backdrop Argument for the Existence of God

An inventory of our most basic irreducible assumptions and the role they play in determining belief and behavior, combined with the minimum requirements for an entity to be considered a person, imply that this assumption set is a single ideal personal entity who, given our purposive nature, is treated as God, with just as much objectivity, omniscience, authority, universality, obligation relations, and other ultimate characteristics, as any traditional idea of a personal God. And we do this necessarily.

As an example, we don't wake up in the morning wondering whether reason is going to be down, like we might wonder about our computer. We're going to approximate what it indicates and we are completely non-controversial about the authority of what it reveals to us. Furthermore, we merely need to contemplate these ultimates of mind such as reason, formal logic, and the rule-set of an ordered context of reality, in order to discover an endless stream of new knowledge when applied to our experience of the world. Consequently, there is some sense in which these ultimate fulcrums of thought actually communicate to us if we only think about them, just as the God of the Bible wants to guide believers into all knowledge. Lastly, the necessity of our valuing of these things implies both purpose and value, which are equally ultimate in this comprehensive set of guiding operational principles.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Chuck Norris Rides Again

"You can't model tolerance for certain minorities while belittling and quarantining those who don't blindly follow your lead."

Chuck Norris

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Protected Assumptions: Atheistic Anti-Intellectualism's Favorite Dance

All reasoned objections to belief in God ultimately depend on unargued God-like assumptions to which the objector must appeal for the same universal and ultimate authority over one's thinking that it was the purpose of the objections to challenge in the idea of God.