Philosophy

Also Sprach (Thus Spoke) Zarathustra

That was the title that the German philospher, Friedrich Nietzsche used for his paean to the imagined next evolution of man, the Übermensch or superman/overman. For Nietzsche, God was dead, Christianity was an abomination, and the future belonged to those who were willing to embrace the “will to power.” He said: With [Thus Spoke Zarathustra]…

Enemies or Former Allies?

Some people are irreverent to the end, even in the face of impending judgment. “This is no time to make new enemies.” Voltaire, when asked on his deathbed to forswear Satan. I wonder if he ever considered whether Satan was actually his former ally? After all, he ridiculed everything related to Christianity throughout his life,…

Real Vs. Synthetic

Many people suffer from synthetic attitudes. This state of mind can come from living in a dichotomy between the image you feel obliged to present to the world and what is your true sense of self. It is like the difference between bluster and confidence. Synthetic attitudes, such as that of the Pharisees who continually…

Geeks

Do you know a geek? Are you yourself a geek? The common image of geeks is of an intelligent and technically competent, though socially backward, often serious backward, individual. I been thinking about geeks and I think I have hit upon the source of the geek problem. Since I am somewhat a geek (really a…

Human Endeavors, Human Folly

“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans” Old Proverb. God is probably laughing at those who are the subject of this post. However, God’s laughter or lack thereof will not be a consideration among a growing and increasingly strident and intolerant group of scientists who have declared war, yes war, on…

The Problem Of Evil

There are those who believe that all religions of any consequence are an attempt to deal with the problem of evil and it is that problem that perplexes even the rationalists. I disagree. If we really lived in the sterile, non-spiritual, no ghost in the machine universe most scientific rationalists believe in, the real problem…