Monthly Archives: January 2012

I'm not sure I understand matter

Catholic thought has been deeply entwined with Thomism for centuries and while the association has loosened it is still very present.  So as a reactionary Catholic I'm of course sympathetic to that philosophy.  But the truth is, my understanding of … Continue reading

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Slippery slopes, statistics and the telephone game

Leah Libresco of Unequally Yoked recently told her readers: In statistical news, social scientists have not found any evidence of doctor assisted suicide launching us down a slippery slope.  The rates of people electing medically-assisted suicide has stayed flat in Oregon and … Continue reading

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The BBC thinks I'm morally lenient

The BBC offers a quiz to Test Your Morality (HT: Brian Green at The Moral Mindfield). Basically they present you with some scenarios of what someone has done and ask you to give 1-10 ratings of your sense of wrongness, … Continue reading

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Presidential status check

Christian Wulf, the president of Germany (a figurehead in our constitutional order) is presently caught in a bit of a scandal. Everyone is wondering if and when he will resign.  If he actually resigns I might use the selection of … Continue reading

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Laughing all the way to church

Behold, my reader, this scene from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life: I was reminded of this of this scene on reading Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life by … Continue reading

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