To Tinkerers, Everything Looks like an Artifact

The very religious also tend to be strangely solipsistic, which is an odd combination of traits to possess. Traditionally religious people often have a fairly negative view of the capabilities and worth of human beings vis-à-vis those of the powerful creator gods they worship. Yet, at the same time, traditional religious thinkers and theologians posit … Continue reading To Tinkerers, Everything Looks like an Artifact

The Strange Solipsism of Traditional Religion

Recall from the last post how I was once accosted at a bus stop by the apparent reincarnation of eighteenth century clergyman, Christian apologist, and philosopher William Paley hawking his argument for the existence of God via the analogy of a wristwatch? To refresh your memory, the conversation went down like this:  “Do you have … Continue reading The Strange Solipsism of Traditional Religion

If Communication is Imposition, Missionaries are among the most Imposing of all Communicators

“Do you have the time?” “Uh, yeah. It’s half past—” “I know what time it is. I wanted to know if you knew. Have you ever considered your watch there on your wrist? Like how it had to have a maker?” Hold up there, Bill Paley.  When this conversation unfolds, I am an undergraduate at … Continue reading If Communication is Imposition, Missionaries are among the most Imposing of all Communicators

Communication as Imposition: The Satanics of so-called Free Speech

The purpose of this post is to stake out some particularly Satanic religious ground in the problematic struggle over so-called “free speech” in a liberal democracy. I will argue that communication—understood to minimally comprise the two acts of signaling intent to communicate, followed by relaying a message—is a form of imposition on the sovereign attention, … Continue reading Communication as Imposition: The Satanics of so-called Free Speech

Children, but not Siblings

Oh they’re a motley, problem crew, these Children of Erlik. And how not? Darkness, Courage & Bravery, Chaos, Evil, Disaster, Defeat, Iron & Mining, Informants, Discord: that’s a cohort worthy of Pandora’s fateful box. The leadership are alternately unpredictable, acting under cover of darkness, courageous but given to bravado. The apologist is on the warpath, … Continue reading Children, but not Siblings