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Might Versus Right

God speaks to Job out of the whirlwind, and what he has to say is essentially, “I’m bigger and stronger than you, so shut up”. He doesn’t tell Job that the whole point was to win himself a bet, as that would be embarrassing and show how he is actually Job’s moral inferior. As opposed […]

Posted on February 21, 2011 at 10:22 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Kant And Anti-Nature

Immanuel Kant insisted that an act was only moral if it was against your inclinations. Modern people who read this respond with incredulity and indignation. This may be because they are assuming that Kant is claiming that a benevolent but congenial action is “not moral” in the sense of being immoral or a Bad Thing […]

Posted on February 22, 2011 at 11:21 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Four Refusals

Not to exploit others, not to lie, not to make war, and not to breed; these are the four great refusals to accept the nature and reality of our own species. Now, we have been taught, especially in the twentieth century, that “refusal to accept” is always a bad thing. This rests on a confusion […]

Posted on February 23, 2011 at 10:05 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Miserific Vision

We are all brought up to believe that little birdies sing because they are happy, and so forth. Most of us never learn what birdsong actually is: namely, either “I’m the best, mate with me, I give good egg!” or “Go away! This is mine! Mine, I say! Get lost!” The trees of the forest […]

Posted on February 24, 2011 at 09:11 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement

Despite his often dubious historiography and his inability to understand the phenomenon of heterosexual homosociality, John Boswell deserves a round of applause for pointing out that one common homophobic argument – that the race would die out if homosexuality was tolerated – actually implies that everyone would be gay if only they got the chance. […]

Posted on February 25, 2011 at 10:37 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Proof

The SF author Greg Bear has written a short story involving a logico-mathematical Proof, elaborated by various civilisations over the next few billion years, to the effect that – given the starting conditions of Life, as self-replicating entities subject to genetic drift – then competition, predation, exploitation, enslavement, war and genocide are absolutely inevitable. Not […]

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 10:09 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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On Ecclesiastes 1:18

Why should enlightenment lead to happiness, anyway? If enlightenment means perceiving the truth, what if the truth were that the universe was not made for us? It might be inimical to us in particular because we have the ability to know we are going to die, or because for some strange reason we can disapprove […]

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 09:37 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Every Virus Is Sacred!

Look at a Christmas crib and other images of the Holy Family, and what do we see? A species that worships its own reproduction. Well, then, let us be even-handed and create a Nativity scene for the digger wasp. If “all life is sacred”, does that apply to an Ebola virus; and if not, why […]

Posted on March 1, 2011 at 10:20 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The End-Point of Dualism?

I was reading somewhere that for a Gnostic Dualist the biggest bad guys after the Demiurge himself were Adam and Noah, because these accomplished the continuation of the evil that is Creation. Yes, I see how that must follow. But I was startled by a rider to this doctrine, that the moral life is “just […]

Posted on October 2, 2018 at 21:01 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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