Objective Truth

Unless your definition of knowledge is that of a level of understanding and foresight unobtainable by any human being, then yes, I believe objective truths exist—in scientific objectivity. Though, all should be wary of any claims that follow a mention of objective truth, for there devils sometimes lie, disguised as the truth we wish to…

The War of the Worlds

In 1898, the English author H.G. Wells published The War of the Worlds, a fictitious and imaginative account of an alien invasion of Earth from Mars. Towards the end of the novel’s eleventh chapter, Wells describes a scene of destruction left behind from the first Martian attack, one in which an entire town was leveled…

Extremism

An act of extremism on one side guarantees an act of extremism from the other; equal in magnitude but opposite in direction. Extremism is like an oscillator, one that is never dampened, for extremism seems to avoid the friction morality attempts in vain to face it with. When one develops a new peak in this…

Pascal’s Wager Is Silly

I’ve heard it said that at that last moment before death, why not accept God? What have you got to lose? Is intellectual integrity threatened by a deathbed conversion? I wound answer: no. Supernatural claims are unfounded, and what a person thinks seconds before death does not matter, at least assuming my naturalistic viewpoint. But…

Atheist Fairies

Behold the atheist who thinks himself the most noble of man—he who makes charitable giving even more of an egocentric process than the believer. Instead of, “look at how great I am serving the one above us,” it is, “look at how great I am.” The former is abject submission, the latter is ostentation in…

Gorilla Shootin’

Killing an animal to protect a human child is far less upsetting than killing an animal because somebody is craving a burger. If you care to meet me with reproach over this view, keep in mind that the distinction between which animals are acceptable to kill stems from subjective cultural bias. The distinction is based off…

The Writer

Writing should never be watered down to include more readers. This is not to say one should make their writing unnecessarily cryptic, but that writing should not sacrifice its meaning as to not ostracize readers who disagree. One should write to reveal the truth, and sadly, the truth divides us. The deniers of the truth,…

Beware the Post-Modernist!

I disagree on the most fundamental aspects of philosophy with nearly all those who are religious. I do not see virtue in faith, and while I can love and respect my fellow man who does not appreciate skeptical values, I can also tell him that I think he is wrong. There is no arrogance in…

The Educator

It is the duty of the individual who takes it upon him or herself to be an educator to also be passionate, and to be effective. Such a position of influence is not to be taken lightly. Within the teacher’s grasp is the lecture which inspires a young biology student to pursue a career in…