By Jon Cogburn
We all know that any emotional bias -- irrespective of truth or falsity -- can be implanted by suggestion in the emotions of the young, hence the inherited traditions of an orthodox community are absolutely without evidential value.... If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. With such an honest and inflexible openness to evidence, they could not fail to receive any real truth which might be manifesting itself around them. The fact that religionists do not follow this honourable course, but cheat at their game by invoking juvenile quasi-hypnosis, is enough to destroy their pretensions in my eyes even if their absurdity were not manifest in every other direction.
- H.P. Lovecraft
- Saturday (October 29th) Linkorama. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
- Samhain List 2015. BP Morton first shares some interesting history about the various places and times where the end of October and beginning of November are taken to be propitious times to commemorate, celebrate, and beware of the dead and also shares her Samhain list, which is a list of people who have died since last year's Samhain and have touched her family in various ways. The group is interesting as are the descriptions BP gives for each person. Let us hope that they are still with us.
Friday, October 30th:
- Choosing Death. John Fletcher reflects on the senses in which fully committing to something requires fully excluding other things. Sadly this seems to hold not just for patterns of behavior the excellence of which requires sustained practice, but also to the kind of communities we build. To think otherwise is to fail to see the humor of this. The discussion following the piece is interesting as well.
Thursday, October 29th:
- The Stupid Car that Drags me Round. Jon Cogburn attempts to do for Delmore Schwarz what he earlier did for Philip Larkin (here and here). It's not clear whether either of them actually appreciate this kind of thing, though Cogburn's intentions are good.
- On Lovecraft’s Racism. Michael LaBossiere critiques a variety of responses that might get racist authors off the hook and raises the question of how the moral status of the author might be relevant to the interpretation of her work.
Wednesday, October 28th:
- Replying to J. Edwards Hackett. Hilan Bensusan replies to J. Edward Hackett's comment on his (Bensusan's) October 26th post. A possibly stoned commentator accuses him of being drunk. [As a teetotaler I'm in a good position to adjudicate the relative merits of both intoxicants and can with great authority defend Roger Scruton's view of the matter (unlike the thing with that other drug, no one ever proved that he was in the pay of the booze industry).] In any case it's an interesting discussion, and I think that Bensusan is on to something with the Derrida/Whitehead connection.
Tuesday, October 27th:
- Philosophy of Etiquette. BP Morton confronts her earlier self who only saw etiquette in its role of hushing the powerless and allowing the reign of hypocrisy. BP argues, pace her earlier self, that virtue requires etiquette and that philosophy of etiquette is required by ethics and political philosophy. As with all of BP's best posts, there are several dissertations worth of projects here.
Monday, October 26th:
- Carrie Jenkins Interview on the Metaphysics of Love (and On Metaphysics Monday No Less). J. Edward Hackett interviews Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins about her metaphysics of love project. Great stuff!
- Predications and propositions (or Whitehead meets Derrida). Hilan Bensusan starts the process of connecting the dots between Whitehead and Derrida. J. Edward Hackett encourages him to clarify some of the central nodes, which Bensusan begins to do in his post of Wednesday the 28th.
Sunday, October 25th
- Sunday (October 25th) Morning Recap. O Lord, who art ever merciful and bounteous with Thy gifts, look down upon the suffering souls in purgatory.