Chronological Archives

2015

7/5 – Why Useless?
7/6 – In Forty Days Nineveh Will be Destroyed
7/7 – Beati Mundo Corde
7/8 – Politically Incorrect Algorithms
7/9 – The Null Hypothesis
7/10 – Conspiracy Theories
7/11 – Are Hyperlinks a Bad Idea?
7/12 – Privacy
7/13 – Pope Francis and Proselytization
7/14 – The Order of the World
7/15 – The Progress of Humanity and History
7/16 – Progress in the Truth
7/17 – Progress in Technology
7/18 – The Evidence is Not Automatically on Your Side
7/19 – The Evidence Does Not Change Sides
7/20 – Confirmation Bias
7/21 – Whether the Structure of a Disputed Question in the Summa Be Most Perfect?
7/22 – Using Arguments to Arrive at Understanding
7/23 – Aristotle and the Ends of the Ages
7/24 – Aristotle and Bacon on the Sciences
7/25 – Ray Kurzweil’s Myth of Progress
7/26 – Evidence and Implication
7/27 – Hume’s Error on Induction
7/28 – More on Induction
7/29 – Simplicity and Probability
7/30 – Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome
7/31 – Mathematics and the Laws of Nature
8/1 – Love and Choice
8/2 – Voluntary Beliefs
8/3 – Various Kinds of Necessity
8/4 – Absolute Certainty
8/5 – Against Airport Security
8/6 – Absolute Subjective Certainty
8/7 – Belief and Probability
8/8 – 100%
8/9 – Edward Feser on Naturalism
8/10 – Sola Me
8/11 – Transitivity of Evidence Revisited
8/12 – The Unexpected Hanging
8/13 – Things it is Better to Believe
8/14 – What a Tangled Web We Weave
8/15 – When First We Practise to Deceive
8/16 – Real Distinction
8/17 – Being and Unity
8/18 – Whole and Part
8/19 – The Evidence Still Does Not Change Sides
8/20 – One and Many
8/21 – Defining Order
8/22 – Origin and Cause
8/23 – The Indifferent Universe of Richard Dawkins
8/24 – First Cause
8/25 – Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
8/26 – Division Into Two
8/27 – Claims and Evidence
8/28 – Extraordinary Claims and Extraordinary Evidence
8/29 – Intelligence Doesn’t Always Help
8/30 – Final Causes in Nature
8/31 – The First Cause and the Origin of Distinction
9/1 – The Sun and The Bat
9/2 – The First Cause and The World
9/3 – Richard Dawkins and the Simplicity of God
9/4 – Calibrated Probabilities
9/5 – Beliefs and Motivations
9/6 – Quick to Hear and Slow to Speak
9/7 – More or Less Remote From the Senses
9/8 – Know Thyself
9/9 – Vagueness
9/10 – All Call This God
9/11 – True and False Religion
9/12 – In The Beginning
9/13 – Whatever Can Happen Sometimes Does
9/14 – In
9/15 – Autobiographical Memory
9/16 – Time Out Of Mind
9/17 – Sola Me Revisited
9/18 – Decisions of Faith
9/19 – Fr. Brian Harrison’s Bomb Shelter
9/20 – St. Augustine on Science vs. Scripture
9/21 – Remote From My Senses
9/22 – Adam and Eve
9/23 – The Fall
9/24 – The Genre of Genesis 2-3
9/25 – Those Who Deserve to be Raised in Status
9/26 – Old and New
9/27 – C.S. Lewis on Bulverism
9/28 – Victory or Defeat
9/29 – The 1909 Pontifical Biblical Commission Statement on Genesis
9/30 – Imperfect Copies and Evolution
10/1 – Evil Demon
10/2 – Deep Time
10/3 – Not Very Serious Thinking
10/4 – Flood Geology
10/5 – Omphalos
10/6 – Painful Dilemma
10/7 – Origin of Species
10/8 – Genesis on the Fall
10/9 – A Visit to Morin
10/10 – The Fall and the Order of the World
10/11 – Scripture on Sin and Death
10/12 – The Magisterium and Original Immortality
10/13 – Original Immortality and the Order of the World
10/14 – Gehringer vs. Zimmerman on Original Immortality
10/15 – Zimmerman’s Response to the Catechism
10/16 – Quick to Listen to Reality
10/17 – The Liar
10/18 – The Paradox of the Heap
10/19 – The Cave
10/20 – More on Thought and Language
10/21 – Aumann Agreement in Real Life
10/22 – Pascal’s Wager
10/23 – Erroneous Responses to Pascal
10/24 – Numbering The Good
10/25 – Richard Carrier Responds to Pascal’s Wager
10/26 – Other Wagers
10/27 – Development of Doctrine
10/28 – The Coming Nuclear War
10/29 – Orestes Brownson vs. John Newman on the Development of Doctrine
10/30 – Causality and Free Will
10/31 – Ordering Sensible Pains and Pleasures
11/1 – Happiness
11/2 – Smoking Lesion
11/3 – Josephus on the Fall
11/4 – Josephus on the Three Sects
11/5 – Computer Issues
11/6 – More Perfect Than The Pharisees
11/7 – Killing Your Son
11/8 – Killing Someone Else’s Son
11/9 – Marcion of Pontus
11/10 – Chastek on Morality in the Old Testament
11/11 – Brownson Apologizes to Newman
11/12 – Ineffabilis Deus
11/13 – A Letter of Newman to Fr. Coleridge
11/14 – Newman and Darwin
11/15 – Newman and Modernism
11/16 – Burning Heretics
11/17 – Religious Freedom
11/18 – Son of Man
11/19 – The Book of Enoch
11/20 – The Son of Man in the Gospels
11/21 – The Hope Function and the Second Coming
11/22 – The Time is Short
11/23 – The Narrow Gate
11/24 – Image and Reality
11/25 – Ratzinger’s Response
11/26 – Thanksgiving
11/27 – Mary Magdalene
11/28 – Hidden God
11/29 – The First Mistake
11/30 – The Second Mistake
12/1 – Liar Game
12/2 – Predicting the Future
12/3 – The Salvation of Zachary Baumkletterer
12/4 – Kingdom of God
12/5 – Lying
12/6 – Break

2016

1/7 – New Year’s Resolutions
1/8 – Sweet Wine
1/9 – Love of Truth and Love of Self
1/10 – Bryan Caplan on Preferences Over Beliefs
1/11 – Rational Irrationality
1/12 – Do I Really Want To Know?
1/13 – How Not to Love the Truth
1/14 – Hume on the Real Presence
1/15 – Hume’s Error on Miracles
1/16 – Miracles and Meteorites
1/17 – Miracles and Secondary Causes
1/18 – Miracles and Multiple Witnesses
1/19 – Neither Will They Believe if Someone Rises From the Dead
1/20 – Too Much Evidence
1/21 – Everything Proves It
1/22 – Spinoza’s Geometrical Ethics
1/23 – Making Arguments vs. Manipulating Symbols
1/24 – Making Your Point vs. Understanding Reality
1/25 – The Actual Infinite
1/26 – Whether Lying is Always Wrong?
1/27 – I Respond
1/28 – Quotations
1/29 – Settled Issues
1/30 – Some Personal Remarks
1/31 – Short Blog Posts
2/1 – The List of All True Statements
2/2 – Uncertain Future
2/7 – Sola Me and Claiming Personal Infallibility
2/14 – Consistency
2/22 – Bias vs. Variance
2/28 – 24 Hours
3/6 – Do It Tomorrow
3/13 – 2:42 PM
3/20 – Eliezer Yudkowsky on AlphaGo
3/27 – Easter for Unbelievers
4/3 – Knowing and Being
4/10 – More on Knowing and Being
4/18 – Contradicting You and Contradicting Myself
4/23 – Telephone Game
5/1 – Let’s Draw a Line
5/2 – Truth in the Senses
5/3 – Substance
5/5 – Desire and The Good
5/6 – Will and Experience
5/7 – Doing and Making
5/8 – Is and Ought
5/9 – Action, Virtue and Happiness
5/15 – Circular Virtue
5/16 – Good Will
5/18 – Moral Object
5/19 – Intrinsically Evil
5/20 – Morality and Evolution
5/21 – My Morals and Your Morals
5/22 – Beyond Redemption
5/23 – Convincing By Stories
5/24 – Morality and Stories
5/27 – Story of Your Life
6/10 – Little Things
6/12 – Language as Technology
6/14 – Political Parody
6/25 – A Lesson for us All
7/16 – The Error of Parmenides
7/17 – All Things are Water
7/24 – This or Nothing
7/25 – Not All Things are Water
7/26 – Whole, Part, and Element
7/31 – Composing Elements
8/3 – Mixing Water and Wine
8/5 – Matter, Form, and Disposition
8/7 – Form and the Goodness of God
8/29 – All Who Go Do Not Return
8/30 – Why They Don’t Return
8/31 – Crisis of Faith
9/17 – Every Agent Acts for an End
10/7 – Being and Good
10/16 – As the Heavens are Higher than the Earth
10/29 – St. Thomas on God and Sin
11/1 – Supreme Good
11/4 – Origen and Adam Smith
11/5 – If At First You Don’t Succeed
11/6 – No Envy in God
11/7 – Zeal for God, But Not According to Knowledge
11/8 – Good Out of Evil
11/10 – No Respecter of Beings
11/13 – Humility and Seeing the Bigger Picture
11/26 – On Behalf of Pope Francis
11/27 – Over the Precipice
12/5 – David Allen vs. Mark Forster
12/10 – Remarriage and What People Know
12/22 – The Good I Do Not Want

2017

1/19 – The More Known and the Conjunction Fallacy
1/20 – Developing a False Doctrine
1/21 – Patience
1/22 – Patience and Truth
1/23 – Patience, Truth, and Progress
1/24 – Four Minutes and Thirty-Three Seconds of Regress
1/25 – Nothing New Under the Sun
2/3 – Scott Alexander on the Decline of Culture
2/3 – Turning Back the Clock
2/4 – Irreversible Change
2/5 – Technology and Culture
2/6 – Questions on Culture
2/9 – Knowing Knowing and Known
2/10 – Knowing Knowing is Secondary
2/11 – Ezekiel Bulver on Descartes
2/12 – Modernism Responds to Pius X
2/13 – Truth and Culture
2/14 – We Didn’t Really Mean It
2/15 – Those Who Walk Away from Omelas
2/16 – Vaguely Trading Away Truth
2/17 – Neither to the Right nor to the Left
2/18 – Pope Antiochus Epiphanes
2/19 – Fairies, Unicorns, Werewolves, and Certain Theories of Richard Dawkins
2/20 – Science and Certain Theories of Sean Collins
2/21 – Parmenides the Eliminativist
2/22 – Semi-Parmenidean Heresy
2/23 – Wishful Thinking about Wishful Thinking
2/25 – Age of Em
2/26 – Chastek on Determinism
3/3 – Alien Implant: Newcomb’s Smoking Lesion
3/4 – The Practical Argument for Free Will
3/5 – Mind and Matter
3/6 – Form and Reality
3/7 – Statistical Laws of Choice
3/11 – Zeal for Form, But Not According to Knowledge
3/12 – Parts and Parmenides
3/27 – Zombies and Ignorance of the Formal Cause
6/8 – A Remark on Usury
8/18 – Decisions as Predictions
8/19 – Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
8/20 – Blaming the Prophet
9/3 – Minimizing Motivated Beliefs
10/1 – Predictive Processing
10/6 – The Self and Disembodied Predictive Processing
10/7 – Some Complaints about Parts and Wholes
10/8 – Embodiment and Orthogonality
10/9 – Artificial Unintelligence
10/15 – Lies, Religion, and Miscalibrated Priors
10/17 – An Existential Theory of Relativity
10/20 – Idealized Idealization
10/28 – Predictive Processing and Free Will

2018

1/20 – Truth and Expectation
1/22 – Truth in Ordinary Language
1/25 – Thing In Itself
1/27 – It Is The Way It Seems To Be
2/3 – Sense and Intellect
2/25 – Mary’s Surprising Response
3/3 – Real Distinction II
3/6 – How Sex Minimizes Uncertainty
3/11 – More on Orthogonality
3/14 – Being and Unity II
3/25 – Hard Problem of Consciousness
4/21 – Consistency and Reality
4/24 – Really and Truly True
4/27 – Form is Not Matter
5/6 – Self Reference Paradox Summarized
5/12 – Form and Reality II
5/18 – Nature of Form
5/19 – Replies to Objections on Form
5/20 – Reductionist vs Anti-Reductionist Dichotomy
6/3 – Skeptical Scenarios
6/12 – Start at the Beginning
6/17 – Truth and Expectation II
6/22 – Kantian and Anti-Kantian Confusion
6/30 – Generalized Kantian Dichotomy
7/1 – Motivated Reasoning and the Kantian Dichotomy
7/8 – Revisiting Russell on Cause
7/14 – Truth and Expectation III
7/22 – Necessary Connection
7/23 – Common Sense
7/25 – Explaining Causality
7/29 – Common Sense and Culture
7/30 – Miracles and Anomalies: Or, Your Religion is False
7/31 – Necessity, Possibility, and Impossibility
8/4 – Employer and Employee Model of Human Psychology
8/10 – Ontological Becoming
8/11 – Aristotle on Future Contingents
8/12 – Spooky Action at a Distance
8/13 – Open Future
8/14 – Schrödinger’s Cat
8/15 – Open Past
8/17 – Violations of Bell’s Inequality: Drawing Conclusions
12/16 – Employer and Employee Model: Truth
12/18 – Employer and Employee Model: Happiness
12/20 – Causality and Moral Responsibility
12/21 – Quantum Mechanics and Libertarian Free Will
12/24 – “Moral” Responsibility
12/25 – Discount Rates
12/30 – Perfectly Random

2019

1/1 – Tautologies Not Trivial
1/3 – Laws of Logic
1/5 – Kavka’s Toxin
1/6 – C.S. Lewis on Punishment
1/14 – Fair and Unfair Logic
1/22 – Place, Time, and Universals
1/24 – Earth By Earth
1/26 – And Fire by Fire
1/28 – Words, Meaning, and Formal Copies
2/1 – Technical Discussion and Philosophical Progress
2/4 – Pseudoscience
2/7 – Rao’s Divergentism
2/10 – Structure of Explanation
2/12 – Was Kavanaugh Guilty?
2/13 – Counterfactuals as Historical Fiction
2/17 – Counterfactuals and Causality
2/18 – Start at the Beginning II