Saturday, December 7, 2019

33. Review: The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins' best-selling book, The Selfish Gene, examines the fundamental nature of the replicating gene in a competitive environment, and all of the consequences thereof. I look specifically at the origins of life and DNA, and the evolutionarily stable strategy of behavior development in a game theory context.



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Saturday, November 30, 2019

32. Review: Suicide by Emile Durkheim

In Suicide, Emile Durkheim explores the sociological factors that lead a society toward greater or lesser rates of suicide. I specifically explore his analysis of egoistic suicide, or suicide driven by the breakdown of integrated social institutions and the dominance of individualism in a culture. I also touch on anomie, the disappearance of social norms that, in a healthy society, provide the structure of culture that help provide people with a sense of social stability.


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Sunday, November 24, 2019

31. Review: After the Flight 93 Election by Michael Anton

In this episode I look at Michael Anton's After the Flight 93 Election, a discussion of the danger, both to conservatism and the nation as a whole, posed by the post 1960s left. Anton's famous essay explains the need to elect Trump and to hold the left at bay at all costs, and the failure of conservatives to do so for decades. I also explore Anton' explanation for the the basis of republican government.

 

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

30. Review: Bronze Age Mindset by Bronze Age Pervert

In this episode I explore Bronze Age Mindset, the independently produced exhortation that calls for a renewed dedication to the pursuit of vitality, beauty, and excellence in our ugly modern bug world. I look at Bronze Age Pervert's recommendations for political and social action.



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The Atheist Conservative

Just throwing out a quick post to recommend The Atheist Conservative. There are very few places where conservatives who don't subscribe to the standard Judeo-Christian vision of conservatism can gather and discuss their ideas without having to defend them from religious folks. Nothing against the religious folks, but it's nice to have a space of our own. The Facebook page is pretty active, and the website has tons of great articles.

Check them out!

Monday, October 14, 2019

29. Review: Myths to Live By by Joseph Campbell

In this episode I look at the functions of myth and ritual, and the challenge that is posed by science to the enduring viability of mythology. I also look at the premise of the Jungian archetype. This is all in Joseph Campbell's classic, Myths to Live By.

 

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

28. Review: The Greeks by H. D. F. Kiitto

In this episode I look at the concepts of wholeness and arete (excellence) as envisioned by the ancient Greeks, through H. D. F. Kitto's superb overview, The Greeks. I look at the polis and how it impacted the life and thought of the Greeks.


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