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A More Martial Religion

James A. Donald said:

A more martial religion could have adopted the cause of forcibly ending slavery, and still remained true to itself. Christianity could not.

Must “Forcibly ending slavery” be our litmus test for legitimate religion?

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2012 in religion

 

Adaptation versus Common Descent

Either WordPress has classified me as a spammer, or everyone in the orthosphere hates me. Every comment I’ve made to WP blogs in the last few weeks has gone straight into moderation. Poor me.

Normally I’m only scattering one liners of dubious value, but I just now tried to leave a more substantive comment on Thrasymachus’s post about evolved morality. Here’s what I wrote:

As a creationist, I find it highly annoying how stupid most creationists are, and how inept so many are at fighting evolutionists. A large part of the problem is that evolutionists play fast and loose with words. “Evolution” is a sack full of associated but not necessarily entangled connotations. Walter ReMine spends a fair amount of pages in The Biotic Message demonstrating the sleight of hand used by evolution propagandists so he can establish a consistent and non-equivocal terminology, so he can go about the business of arguing for a fascinating theory of creation.

Where this is relevant to your post: any creationist who believes that dogs, foxes, coyotes, dingoes, and wolves all descended from the same original beast ought to have no trouble with the idea that creatures change form, diversify, adapt. They evolve, if evolve is taken strictly to mean “unfold”, and not the creation of new genetic information. What I perceive to be the non-negotiable objection held by most creationists (smart or stupid) is an objection to common descent. This is fitting. Common descent is prima facie ridiculous. Future generations will catalog the idea alongside spontaneous generation and the bodily humors.

So: even the most recalcitrant young earth creationists ought not to have trouble with the concept that God’s creatures change and adapt, including humans. But some do, as demonstrated. The problem’s source, as with so many other diseases of modernity, is in Universalism. It is offensive to the Universalized mind, yea even the fundamentalist churchian creationist Universalized mind, to contemplate that some races of mankind may be degraded, incompetent, beastly, in a word: devolved.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

You, too, can contribute to the Great Susan Walsh Ban-athon

Word on the street is that Aunt Giggles (a.k.a. Susan Walsh) is now deleting any comments which mention Dalrock, Rollo, or Yohami. Truth will out. Groovy.

Obviously the best response is to see how many people can get banned this weekend from Hooking Up Smart. We’ll call it the The Great Susan Walsh Ban-athon. The goal: 1000 bannings by Monday.

Here’s the plan:

Go to Hooking Up Smart, pick a post or three, and add a comment containing the names Dalrock, Rollo Tomassi, and Yohami. Save the link to your particular comment and, if you know how, take a screen shot and upload it to some image host.

Then come back here and report your contribution in the comments. Include the link to your comment and to the screen shot, if you have one. To keep the banning total honest, anyone we don’t recognize as an established member of the mano/ortho/roissysphere will be asked to provide a link to some comment or blog post proving his existence before this week.

Spread the word. Give Aunt Giggles the bird. The success of The Great Susan Walsh Ban-athon is in your hands.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Father Knows Best: Scattershot edition

Texas now has a gin. Also a pecan rum.

Logical Fallacy Poster

Ethics, game theory, and social engineering. Bruce Schneier’s analysis.

How Bézier curves work

In depth video analyses of cinematic action sequences. The Dark Knight, Salt, and the classics.

Plus-sized bikinis for your fat wives

I missed this excellent comment by Haley the first time around.

Ancient engineering and mathematics expressed in engines of war.

Death metal warm-up

An Ars Technica article about climate that isn’t credulous moonbattery. Gaia be praised.

Oh my Roissy! They killed Kenny! Those manboobs!

Shame the Beta Month. Heck, make it a year.

Adventures of Fake Justin Bieber

Not All Wall-hitters Are Like That

Thrasymachus is a hoss.

Archive.org’s preservation of inchoatus.com, a dead website that used to publish conservativish, libertarianish, Christianish reviews of science fiction and fantasy. Orson Scott Card is lazy. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is deep and profound. Michael Flynn’s Firestar series is brilliant (it really is). Cryptonomicon is more gold than gold. If you like those, you should read all of the Gene Wolfe reviews. Then you should read all of Gene Wolfe.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Linklove

 

Father Knows Best: The Cowardly Edition

The Main Attraction:

John Derbyshire: The Talk: Nonblack Version

An interview with the Derb: I May Give up Writing and Work as a Butler

Attempt at a Google Bomb: Rich Lowry is a Coward

I like this Google Bomb better: Rich Lowry

Joe Sobran on a different coward

Vox Day: A Purge Too Far

Thrasymachus: We Need to Talk…

James Donald with a characteristically incisive comment on a post at ESR’s blog.

James Donald in a comment on his own blog.

latte island: Schadenfreude of the Week

Sons of Obama

Sideshows:

SF author Gene Wolfe: The Best Introduction to the Mountains. Reflections on Tolkien and civilization.

Old Vox Day posts, brought to light by Vox Popoli commenter Daniel: Jesus Christ and Leadership, Quality of Evidence

Thrasymachus: Christianity and Leftism

Anonymous age 69, a comment on a PMAFT post

Ten Foured: I Guess I Am A Single Dad Now

The marvelous deti, in a comment at Ten Foured.

The Last Psychiatrist: What’s Wrong with The Hunger Games

Professor Mentu: Experiment Shows Women are More Productive than Men. But there’s a twist.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Linklove

 

A Metaphor for the 21st Century

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Black Swans on Your Picnic Table

This war is going to turn out badly. We are wasting lives and resources while the United States decays and other threats emerge

Now, the towers have fallen
So much dust in the air
It affected your vision
Couldn’t see yourself clear

From the fall came such choices
Even worse than the fall
There’s this chain of consequences

Action, cause and reaction
Never follows to plan
Black swans on your picnic table
Knocking over the jam

Please don’t preach me forgiveness
You’re hardwired for revenge
War is just about business
Within, without

The dead live on within us
Keep your fingers crossed
We were choking on the smoke and the dust
And the lives that were lost

Scratch the surface of liberals
There’s a beast underneath
Others hiding their Jekyll’s
Within, without

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in music