Is The Enlightenment To Blame?

Bill Vallicella, the Maverick Philosopher, replies to a question of mine, here. It’s a good and thoughtful response. When time permits (which it doesn’t at the moment), I’ll have some thoughts of my own to add. Bill has told me he will open the comment-box for that post (a rare move for him these days), so maybe I will do so over there.


  1. JK says

    If you’ll be so kind Malcolm, might you click a widget or something (and ask Mr V if he’d be so kind as to do likewise)

    So as to block any comment from JK that might come winging in on this post, or any resultant post associated.

    Posted June 22, 2015 at 2:39 pm | Permalink
  2. Whitewall says

    Malcolm’s question is mind stretching in and of itself. I know mine is aching from wrestling with just it. With Bill V. weighing in as well….well I’m going to have to borrow some spare “Mind Cells” to cope. Philosophy and the type of intellect that works in that genre have always fascinated me, simply because my grey matter isn’t suited to it. It is the resulting formation of political ideology for controlling mass numbers of people for evil purposes that interest me. This is where most of my education, training and worldly experience has been concentrated. With this on my side, I also search for the “soft spot” in what I believe to be “alien and enemy” ideologies at work in our culture and politics. I also naturally look for ways into the belly of this beast to begin its gradual destruction, by using its methods against itself.

    Also I eagerly await Bill’s rare opening of comments. Should be informative, especially if there are any creatures like me in the comments.

    Posted June 22, 2015 at 4:07 pm | Permalink
  3. Bill V. has not yet opened his posts for commenting, so:

    “What the Muslim world needs is precisely a healthy dose of doubt-driven open inquiry.”

    What the terrorist entities truly need is what President Truman promised the Empire of Japan on August 6, 1945:

    “If they do not now accept our terms they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth.”


    “Now how does that jive with what I wrote in the preceding paragraph?”

    Unless the word “that” (in the above-quoted sentence) refers to a person who speaks “jive” (have you seen the film “Airplane”?), I think the word that applies is “jibe” (as in “to be in accord”). It is surprising to me how often people misuse the word “jive”.

    Posted June 22, 2015 at 6:38 pm | Permalink
  4. JK says

    Kinda as much like Henry I’m seeing more frequently,

    “We gotta grab this problem and reign it in.”


    On the other hand I noted on a History-themed site a day or two ago (authored by no less a self described Academic, “During the rein of James I …”

    Posted June 22, 2015 at 8:43 pm | Permalink
  5. Whitewall says

    Very much to my liking…

    Posted June 23, 2015 at 8:27 am | Permalink

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