Monthly Archives: January 2020

Richard Carrier on the Dark Ages

Below is an excerpt from Richard Carrier’s essay, “Yes, the Dark Ages Really Were a Thing.” It resonates with me because while teaching philosophy, especially at Catholic universities, I often encountered the (mistaken) view that the Dark Ages weren’t really that bad. Continue reading Richard Carrier on the Dark Ages

Understanding Freedom: Freedom and Politics – Part 1

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https://understandingthings.net/2019/10/01/understanding-freedom-part-iv-freedom-and-politics/

In the United States, the political world is superficially divided in terms of the two-party system: Republicans (ostensibly, the defenders of “freedom”) vs. Democrats (ostensibly, the defenders of “equality”). Continue reading Understanding Freedom: Freedom and Politics – Part 1

God and the Meaning of Life – Thaddeus Metz

Cambridge University Press has just published a 62-page book by my friend Thaddeus Metz: God, Soul and the Meaning of Life.  It is part of the Cambridge Elements series which provides concise introductions to many academic topics in the arts and sciences. Continue reading God and the Meaning of Life – Thaddeus Metz

Understanding Freedom: Freedom & Government – Part 2

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Virtually everyone knows, and most of us would at least pay lip service to, the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” But another “Golden Rule” seems to correspond far more directly with most people’s lived experience: “He who has the gold makes the rules.” Continue reading Understanding Freedom: Freedom & Government – Part 2

Playing Poker

Before applying to graduate school at the age of 30, I had spent almost eight years playing a lot of (relatively) high stakes poker. I’ve hesitated to publish this post—it reveals my youthful immaturity and recklessness. But at the urging of my son-in-law, I’ll publish it nonetheless. Here is the story of my youthful playing poker. Continue reading Playing Poker