The Dunning-Kruger Effect and the Spiritual Realm

The Dunning-Kruger Effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals tend to overestimate their capacity to perform specific tasks correctly. In plain English, incapable people tend to think they are much smarter or more competent than … [Read more...]

Phantom’s Lament

Phantom's Lament Men in their morning do not know the sieve. They spend their time, not knowing what they give. Pity the young, who have not learned to live. Men in their prime reckless for baubles strive. Strange objects, only useful … [Read more...]

On The Nature of Choice

"I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live" - Deuteronomy 30:19 Many people who support abortion claim to be … [Read more...]

A Reluctant Believer

Many claim that they would believe in God, if only they could. The desire for belief, and the corresponding comfort the knowledge of God's presence provides, seems to be remarkably commonplace. But there are always contrarians, and I am usually … [Read more...]

Strange Pairing

Regular postings here should begin again shortly. In the meantime, readers, I leave you this... Strange Pairing I sing of love and death... or rather, both. The pair are twins - so different, yet the same. One is the end of everything we … [Read more...]

The Problem of a Visible God

I ended my last post with a barely developed thought, without delving into necessary explanation: "Indeed, in an age where television and mass communication are evident, heavenly pyrotechnics would be revealing His hand far too clearly; belief … [Read more...]

So Why Do You Believe?

A couple of my acquaintances have renounced Catholicism for agnosticism recently. They were visibly dissatisfied with the answers they received when they asked pointed questions about God's existence. I can't say I'm surprised, since I frequent … [Read more...]

Return of the Recluse

Hello again, readers. For nearly 2 months, you have been spared the ravings of a notorious writer. Well, fear not for your lack of sanity: the recluse has returned. I won't post as much as I did in the old days, but there are still quite a … [Read more...]

The Honest Skepticism of George Orwell

"Do you believe in God, Winston?" "No." "Then what is it, this principle that will defeat us?" "I don't know. The spirit of Man." "And do you consider yourself a man?" "Yes." "If you are a man, Winston, you are the last man. Your … [Read more...]

A Very Short Discourse on the Glories of Bacon

It is told by sages how the men of old once set fires to their own houses in order to roast the tender flesh of the pig. Thus by fire and trial was born the manliest of meats – bacon. What other foodstuff has so dear a beginning? Bacon is … [Read more...]