Tag: Freedom

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The world is divided into two groups of people: Those that think Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States and those that know Donald J. Trump is the 17th President of the United States.

C.S. Lewis on The Liberal Arts

If education is beaten by training, civilization dies. –C.S. Lewis Gregory Dunn–The first reason we study the liberal arts has to do with freedom. That freedom is an integral part of the liberal arts is borne out of Lewis’s observation that “liberal comes of course from the Latin, liber, and means free.” Such an education makes one free, according to Lewis, because it transforms the pupil from “an unregenerate little bundle of appetites” into “the good man and the good citizen.” We act most human when we are reasonable, both in thought and deed. Animals, on the other hand, act wholly out of appetite. When…

Cognitive Liberty & Neuroethics Course

Brief Description of the Course Questions concerning freedom and coercion have played a fundamental role in the development of our society; the rapid flow of technological advances that we are experiencing often overtakes society’s ability to consider their implications in depth. Freedom and personal identity are being challenged on numerous fronts, and it is crucial that these issues be explored in a time when one’s perception of self identity may be bought, sold and manipulated in numerous ways. Cognitive Liberty may be defined as “the right of each individual to think independently, to use the full spectrum of his or…

Tune Out and Turn On!

The disaffection, disunity and collapse of the humanist State by grace of rugged individualism, personal determinism, self-will, imagination, and personal creativeness, will be your aim. Be the virus. Be the germ. Spread. Misalign. Resist radical change. Tune your hearing so that you are able to identify psychopolitics when you are confronted with it. Hone your senses such that when in your respective environments you are subject to preconditioning by operant mechanisms for acceptance of radical change, you recoil fundamentally. Shrug your shoulders when crises of ‘major’ importance are foisted upon the public at large. Roll your eyes when catastrophes are manufactured for…

William Barrette: The Mirror

Human creativity exceeds the mechanisms it invents, and is required even for their intelligent direction…. If we try to flee from our human condition into the computer we only meet ourselves there. The Illusion of Technique: A Search for Meaning in a Technological Civilization (Doubleday: New York, 1978)

Murray Rothbard: Youth and Inquiry

Certainly it is far from unusual for a young university student, eagerly caught up in a burst of free inquiry, to be a fiery radical, only to settle into a comfortable and respectable conservatism once well entrenched in a career bound to the emoluments of the status quo.

The Listeners

For the better part of my life, I have been bounced on a stranger’s knee, held captive, lectured to. It is time we spit in the faces of our storytellers. If we do not get off the knee on which we were raised, we will lose. If we do not burn the chairs in which our storytellers sit, we will lose.

The Cartographers

World maps, the tool of power politics and military intelligence, project proportional distortions of n-dimensional space onto the plane for propaganda purposes. Maps not only offer an abstract view of the world itself but also contain information about those who create them. This becomes particularly obvious with old maps. If we want to find out from which perspective the world is presented, we just have to look for the center of representation. –Becker