Bad Arguments Against Anarchy: Inequality

A recent Facebook post objected: “Libertarians have a stubborn attachment to utopianism.” I initially passed it over, and it was eventually edited to state, “Edit: some libertarians have a stubborn attachment to utopianism.” Somewhere in this comments an objection to anarcho-capitalism emerged. A defense of anarcho-capitalism did interest me to engage, and I recount the … Read more Bad Arguments Against Anarchy: Inequality

Arbitrary Morality is Intuitive

It’s a common criticism of the Christian ethic that the morals involved seem arbitrary. This article gives two or three arguments about why we should expect a good moral framework to appear arbitrary. 1 – All Moral Systems are Arbitrary Critics would like you to believe that the alternative to Christianity is their pet moral … Read more Arbitrary Morality is Intuitive

In Favor of Cultural Appropriation

While working out this morning, I was attacked by white guilt. I was listening to rap. Isn’t this cultural appropriation? Yes, and that’s a good thing. Later that morning I asked a white friend if she liked rap. She said yes, but mainly white rappers. I thought, “I could imagine a white-guilt-stricken person developing this … Read more In Favor of Cultural Appropriation

Complications in Theology of Lawlessness

This articles discusses lawlessness in the context of a polycentric legal structure. This is important because polycentrism is in some ways efficient, so societies are expected to tend to adopt that structure. Seasteds follow this structure. As an interesting side note: Transitioning from a geographic state to a polycentric geography isn’t technically hard. State land … Read more Complications in Theology of Lawlessness

On the Scientistic Ethic

Let’s broadly consider scientism to be something like the belief that science is the best means toward truth or that Christianity represents an unimportant addition to human knowledge over and above secular science. Let’s further define science narrowly as the best-practice implementation in modern times, including peer review and so on. In this case, there … Read more On the Scientistic Ethic

Early Thoughts on Christian Transhumanism

I’ve thought about Christian Transhumanism off and on in the past, but I don’t think I’ve ever done a deep dive. I will be reading and listening more soon, but this article summarizes my current thoughts as of now. This line of thought is inspired by listening to a pair of podcast episodes: Ep 37: … Read more Early Thoughts on Christian Transhumanism

For and Against the Multiverse

This article gives an argument against the multiverse and then gives a strong rebuttal to the argument. The argument against the multiverse is from the single experience of consciousness. I think I’ve made it before but I can’t find the article. Let’s call it Argument A. Anyway it goes like this: Suppose a natural of … Read more For and Against the Multiverse

On Williams and Ehrman

Peter J Williams and Bart Ehrman recently conducted an exceptional discussion of the historicity of the gospels on the Unbelievable show. This article includes criticisms of either side. Against the Christian side: I think Peter was overly reluctant against granting the possibility of contradictions or errors in the gospel. In the case of the death … Read more On Williams and Ehrman