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Will Beauty Save the World?
Art that presents truth as a living force is irrefutableBy James Hanink | October 15th 2018 8:16 PM
A character in Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, tempted to despair, asks an intriguing question. Will beauty save the world? There are a couple of reasons to answer “not likely.” Here’s a first reason. Since there are sharply differing accounts of the nature of beauty, it probably isn’t any one thing. But…READ FULL BLOG POST
What Studies Show -- and Don't
The presuppositions of studies merit scrutinyBy James Hanink | October 10th 2018 9:09 PM
Hummingbirds are wonderful creatures. Happily, their range is expanding. Studies show this expansion! Of course, we often read of studies that reach less welcome conclusions. Studies have shown that fish oil does little to lower cholesterol; they’ve shown that aspirin doesn’t reduce heart attacks. New studies cast doubt on the…READ FULL BLOG POST
Let us wriggle free of the 'conservative' and 'liberal' duopolyBy James Hanink | October 8th 2018 3:04 PM
Let’s start with good blockers. Alpha-blockers and beta-blockers play a strategic role in reducing high blood pressure and even some cardiac problems. They’re health-defenders. Next up? Something seasonal: Fall’s the season for football blockers, especially welcome as goal-defenders. What about bad blockers? They’re a motley crew of offenders. Enter name-droppers…READ FULL BLOG POST
History Puzzles & Providence
Nature is simply a starting point for graceBy James Hanink | October 5th 2018 5:18 PM
“Don’t mess with Texas!” Right, probably a mistake. There’s no doubt, though, that it’s folly to cross Mother Nature. And Father Time? Why, he chronicles the history of our lives. Surely, then, Henry Ford’s famous “History is bunk!” is nonsense—on stilts. Isn’t it history that decides our worth and measures…READ FULL BLOG POST
Philosopher Responds to "Whatever!"
Nattering nominalists close the case on truthBy James Hanink | September 28th 2018 3:53 PM
What is the aim of our clicking and reading? It is not to say, "Whatever!" The aim is thinking. And when we think, we form judgments. We think, for example, that G. K. Chesterton was a journalist, that gin merits tonic, that the Babylon Bee has great satire. When we think we…READ FULL BLOG POST