Humans Really Are That Important

We Think, Therefore We Matter. “If the universe were to crush him, man would still be nobler than what kills him” - Blaise Pascal. I have previously examined the contradiction at the heart of environmentalism: the denial that humans are in any way unique. The idea that humans aren’t that special is a fashionable one. …

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The Contradiction of Environmentalism

Are humans the crown of creation, or just another animal? It seems to me that there is an unresolved contradiction at the heart of environmentalism: are humans special, or not? That may seem like a pretty basic question, but from it there flows a raft of challenges to environmentalist thinking. If humans aren’t special, then …

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Karl Popper says to ban Antifa

The left have taken to invoking a literal footnote from Popper's Open Society, to try and justify their addiction to fascist violence. But they completely misunderstand Popper, who would have tolerated the alt-right, much as he disliked them. On the other hand, he would have condemned Antifa as criminals.

Originally published at Incite.Do read on ...

Exit the Humanists, Stage Left

The intent of this post is not to to adopt a position for or against any of the issues mentioned in it – be it same-sex marriage, euthanasia or abortion – but to point out that humanism, even secular humanism, does not, ipso facto, dictate a particular position on any of them. Yet many secular humanists seem to assume, indeed openly argue, the opposite.

This does a disservice both to the public sphere, and to humanism itself, leading as it does, some secular humanists to adopt deeply anti-humanist attitudes. Do read on ...