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  • The Dark Side of the Enlightenment

    04/07/2018 6:05:00 PM PDT · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 43 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 7, 2018 | Yoram Hazony
    What, then, was “the Enlightenment”? This term was promoted, first and foremost, by the late-18th-century philosopher Immanuel Kant . . . [who declared] that only reason allows human beings to emerge from their “self-incurred immaturity” by casting aside the “dogmas and formulas” of authority and tradition. For Kant, reason is universal, infallible and a priori—meaning independent of experience. As far as reason is concerned, there is one eternally valid, unassailably correct answer to every question in science, morality and politics . . . This astonishing arrogance is based on a powerful idea: that mathematics can produce universal truths by beginning...
  • Enemies Of Enlightenment

    02/15/2018 6:18:54 AM PST · by davikkm · 12 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    When many people think about the ongoing culture war in the Western world, they often think of it as a war between left and right, or between liberals and conservatives. As the political environment becomes more complex, these traditional labels lose more relevance. The line between the two major political movements has blurred, which means someone that may have been a political foe in the past may be an ally today. This change is due to the large increase of political polarization we've seen over the past several years. A portion of the right has gone so far right that...

    07/08/2017 7:03:08 PM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 12 replies
    Heartland Institute ^ | 7/8/17 | Clifford F. Thies
    Donald Trump and Angela Merkel each advocated on behalf of the Enlightenment at the recent G-20 meeting: Trump, the populist, in appealing to the national experiences that form us, and Merkel, the elitist, to the faculty of reason that makes sense of it all.
  • Science can help you reach enlightenment — but will it mess with your head?

    02/27/2017 3:05:48 PM PST · by TBP · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 26, 2017 | Stefanie Cohen
    It’s a state achieved by many others throughout time. High-performance athletes are in ecstasis when they ski down huge mountains or surf giant waves. Monks attain it after years of meditation. Mystics feel it when they have visions. And the US government uses it to try to reset their most elite warriors after brutal battles abroad. This state of mind is called “flow” or an “altered” or “non-ordinary state of consciousness” where “action and awareness start to merge. Our sense of self vanishes. Our sense of time as well. And all aspects of performance, both mental and physical go through...
  • Orthodox Judaism Opposes Human Rights

    02/15/2016 4:39:58 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 32 replies
    Weltanschaaung Kampf ^ | 2/12/'16 | Yehoishophot Oliver
    The words that we use matter. When we speak using terms from Torah, our intention is clear. We believe that Torah is the source of our moral values. But once we start using English terms and ideas, we enter a dangerous philosophical minefield. We use words thinking that we’re expressing Torah ideas, but without realizing it, we are employing secular ideas as well. One prime example is "human rights." People use this term as if it's some kind of innate, obvious Truth, yet they fail to explain why it is so. Where oh where do these "human rights" come from...
  • From Marxism/Communism to Post-Modern Liberal Fascism

    11/07/2015 12:54:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 7, 2015 | Mark Musser
    ".......It is here where the modern Left made its transition away from communism into a postmodern existentialism. Dr. Hicks strongly argues that postmodernism is rooted in the Counter Enlightenment movement featuring German superstars such as Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Heidegger. According to Hicks, postmodernism favors subjectivity over objectivity, the inadequacy of language to communicate over reason and truth, various collective multicultural groupings over individual identity and autonomy, willpower over realistic experience rooted in rational analysis, communalism and solidarity over individualism in values, markets and politics, and finally, suspicion, if not hostility, toward science and technology. As such, the postmodern critique...
  • Why the War in Kurdistan Matters

    11/21/2015 7:35:43 AM PST · by GeorgieCavendish · 6 replies
    Pastebin ^ | November 3 | John Gallagher
    Why the War in Kurdistan Matters - John Gallagher We live in a society that’s grown around a very basic philosophical principle: That the world around us can be understood using our senses and our minds. From this simple insight comes the moral revelation that all human beings are equal in this capacity, and therefore equal in dignity. This radical idea was the turning point in human history, before which all civilizations had been dominated by the idea that class hierarchies and racism were perfectly justified according to the revealed wisdom of ancient texts, and sanctified by holy men with...
  • A Conservative Case against Capitalism and Industrialism

    06/10/2015 6:20:11 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 25 replies
    A Conservative Case against Capitalism and Industrialism The purpose of this paper will be a critique of capitalism and industrialization which I would call capitalism’s natural offspring. The very nature of this critique will come from a profoundly Catholic and Conservative perspective. Most people who have criticized capitalism and industrialism have often done so from a left-liberal political perspective and outlook. This can be seen from the writings of individuals such as Marx and Engel, as well as from ideas such as Socialism, Communism, and various other modern liberal ideologies. However in presenting this conservative critique of capitalism and industrialism...
  • Did the 1960s Really Happen? (Part Two)

    01/20/2015 8:56:58 AM PST · by rktman · 56 replies ^ | 1/19/2015 | Kathy Shaidle
    As last week’s epically embarrassing “James Taylor” fiasco demonstrated, the Western establishment acts like the Sixties never ended. But as I’ve been insisting for some time, in many respects, that “Sixties” never really happened. All that “peace and love,” “soixant-huitard” stuff comprised but a slender slice of the 1960s, and much of that was bogus, a cynical scam that ruined millions of lives. “OK,” some of you have said in the comments, “but at least that decade had a hell of a soundtrack!” Yeah, about that…
  • Swiss Memorial to Atone for Killing of 'Witch' in Age of Enlightenment

    06/13/2014 6:36:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 13, 2014
    The Swiss town that ordered Europe's last execution for witchcraft will unveil a memorial on Friday for the woman beheaded more than 200 years ago, accused of bewitching a child. Servant Anna Goeldi was denounced as a witch after her employer's eight-year-old daughter fell ill and began spitting up pins during fits of coughing, according to documents in the local archives. Authorities in Glarus, central Switzerland, became convinced Goeldi was a witch after she later appeared to cure the child using supernatural powers.
  • Cat Owners Have Higher IQs

    06/01/2014 7:56:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 115 replies ^ | May 30, 2014 06:56 PM EDT | Christine Hsu
    The findings revealed that cat lovers scored significantly higher on intelligence tests compared to their dog-loving counterparts. However, dog owners tend to be more energetic, obedient and outgoing than cat lovers, according to Live Science. Researcher Denise Guastello, a psychology professor at Carroll University, said at an annual Association for Psychological Science meeting in Chicago, that the average cat owner is more reserved, perceptive, tolerant and better at breaking rules than the average dog owner.
  • UN climate panel chair calls for 'enlightenment'

    04/07/2014 1:54:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/7/14 | FRank Jordans - ap
    BERLIN (AP) — The head of the United Nations scientific panel on climate change urged diplomats and scientists to show "enlightenment" Monday, as they began a weeklong meeting aimed at spelling out in plain terms what options the world has if it wants to prevent catastrophic global warming. Delegates at the closed-doors meeting in Berlin need to tackle a number of sensitive issues, including how best to cut carbon emissions and how to share the cost of shifting away from the fossil fuels that are largely blamed for producing the gases that are heating the planet. Their conclusions will feed...
  • Yoga fanatic drowned trying to achieve ‘enlightenment’ through near-death experience

    10/30/2013 10:42:42 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 43 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | October 30, 2013 | Lizzie Parry
    An extreme yoga fanatic drowned in a quarry after an experiment to achieve enlightenment through a 'near-death experience' went tragically wrong, an inquest has heard. Spiritualist Luke Monrose believed that by pushing his body to its limits and catching hypothermia he could 'unlock the secrets of the afterlife'. [snip] But his risky experiment went tragically wrong and a coroner today ruled Mr Monrose 'died as a consequence of a near-death experience which resulted in physical death'.
  • Obama’s Benghazi Propagandist

    05/08/2013 5:35:25 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 8, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Obama’s Benghazi PropagandistPosted By Matthew Vadum On May 8, 2013 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments A young White House speechwriter may be responsible for concocting the official lies about last September’s deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.The Obama administration’s rapidly unravelling narrative about what happened at the U.S. consulate in Libya’s second-largest city may have been cooked up by creative writer Ben Rhodes, the president’s 30-something Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting.The origin of the administration’s desperate election-season fabrications may come up today as a congressional committee...
  • Whittaker Chambers and Totalitarian Islam

    07/09/2011 12:33:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE | July 9, 2011 | Andrew G. Bostom
    Whittaker Chambers and Totalitarian Islam Playwright David Mamet recently acknowledged that he had been profoundly influenced by Communist apostate Whittaker Chambers’s 1952 anti-Communist memoir, Witness. Mamet described how reading Chambers’s opus inspired “the wrenching experience” of forcibly reevaluating the way he thought, particularly his confessed leftist-herd co-dependence. Also, echoing the delusive herd mentality of the Left’s ad hominem attacks in the 1950s on Chambers — whose allegations of Communist conspiracies have been entirely vindicated with irrefragable documentation from the captured Soviet Venona cables — Congressman Peter King’s staid initial hearings of March 10, 2011, on American Muslim radicalization engendered similarly...
  • Arab Awakening?

    05/01/2011 12:59:31 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 01, 2011 | G. Murphy Donovan
    First it was the "Jasmine Revolution" and then it was the "Arab Spring." The "Arab Awakening" is latest euphemism for internecine mayhem in Muslim world. These terms are invariably accompanied by the adjectives "peaceful' and "democratic." As the body bags accumulate, such circumlocutions are harder to digest. The principal purveyor of such pretense is al Jazerra, global network propagandist for the Arab Emirates. American and European reporters, indolent or inept, are quick to take their cues from al Jazerra, but the latest attempt to mask the mayhem of Muslim civil wars offers a special insult to American history. The "awakenings'...
  • Rare book collection on display at Stanford University

    02/20/2011 12:37:20 PM PST · by thecodont · 5 replies
    San Jose Mercury News / ^ | Posted: 02/19/2011 03:57:18 PM PST | By Lisa M. Krieger
    Over hundreds of years, and thousands of miles, a collection of rare historic books now on display at Stanford University bristles with an excitement as fresh as yesterday. The collection, "The American Enlightenment: Treasures from the Stanford University Libraries," offers a glimpse of transatlantic intellectual debates triggered by the discovery of the New World, contributing to the revolutionary experiment that created our nation. Could a perfect new government -- uncorrupted by European degeneracy and disorder-- be created? Were the American Indians "the fundamental state of nature" of all human societies? How should children be raised? Was slavery immoral? What were...
  • The Birth of The Blues (great read about church and state)

    01/25/2011 8:04:48 AM PST · by Notary Sojac · 3 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 24 January 2011 | Walter Russel Mead
    In music, as everybody knows, the blues were born in the Mississippi Delta and traveled up the river and the railroads from New Orleans to Memphis, St. Louis and on to Chicago. In politics, the blues were born farther north: in the Puritan commonwealth of 17th century New England centered around Boston. For the Puritans, the construction of a godly society was the first order of business. The state was not the enemy of liberty; the state was society’s moral agent. Today’s libertarians sometimes like to call their blue model liberal opponents “unamerican”. Nothing could be farther from the truth:...
  • Enlightened and Enriched

    08/04/2010 8:55:56 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies · 1+ views
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2010 | Joel Mokyr
    We owe our modern prosperity to Enlightenment ideas. ___ Was the Enlightenment a Good Thing? At first blush, the question sounds almost sacrilegious. The eighteenth-century Enlightenment, after all, taught us to be democratic and to believe in human rights, tolerance, freedom of expression, and many other values that are still revered, if not always practiced, in modern societies. On the other hand, historians question whether the Enlightenment actually led to brotherhood and equality (it did not, of course), and even freedom, its third objective, was achieved only partially and late. Some have even suggested that its ideas of human “improvement”...
  • Bedtime Stories for the Islamic World (Stuck on failure without embracing enlightenment)

    07/09/2010 6:42:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies · 2+ views
    National Review ^ | 07/08/2010 | Rich Lowry
    In the 16th century, astronomer Taqī al-Dīn built one of the world’s great observatories in Istanbul. It rivaled that of the pioneering Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe — while it lasted. “Taqī al-Dīn’s observatory was razed to the ground by a squad of Janissaries, by order of the sultan, on the recommendation of the Chief Mufti,” Bernard Lewis writes in his book What Went Wrong? “This observatory had many predecessors in the lands of Islam; it had no successors until the age of modernization.” NASA administrator Charles Bolden caused a furor when he revealed that President Obama had directed him “to...