If We Can’t Push Smalltalk, Let’s Fix Ruby

Functional programming is an entirely different kettle of fish. It’s meant for those situations where you know (and by extension NEED to know) everything about the code you’re calling. Ruby, used properly, is like Smalltalk in that the most immediate answer to “how does that work” for a newbie should be “who cares/”. ‘Morphable’ classes… Continue reading If We Can’t Push Smalltalk, Let’s Fix Ruby

Technology and the Industrial Revolution

“The notion that there is a way of life characteristic of modern (or industrial) societies that is qualitatively different from the way of life of premodern (or folk) societies goes back, at least, to the German sociologist Max Weber. Modern societies, said Weber, are governed by bureaucracy; the dominant ethos is one of “rationalization,” whereby… Continue reading Technology and the Industrial Revolution

The Difficulty of Marrying the Scientific Perspective With the Atheist Perspective

Although atheism often claims to be ‘scientific’, it’s difficult to square that claim with the difficulties atheism causes for the scientific perspective itself. Firstly, atheism begins with a deep distrust of belief in general, yet scientific collaboration and thus science itself are predicated on belief. Without believing the results of other scientists each person would… Continue reading The Difficulty of Marrying the Scientific Perspective With the Atheist Perspective

The Development of Theology and the Natural Sciences

Including the Means by Which the Opposition of the Rational and the Empirical Arose and Its Continuing Effects Theology, as a praxis, arose initially out of Christian apologetics. It’s for this reason that I consider theology properly a Christian phenomenon. Theological insight has been applied to other belief-systems (and indeed to other things that exhibit… Continue reading The Development of Theology and the Natural Sciences

The Most Mysterious of Mysteries

Some will be disappointed by the realization of what I’m referring to in the title. As in, that’s not mysterious, it’s barely even interesting. But in naming it as the most mysterious mystery the double positive is itself neither positive nor negative, but both simultaneously. It is the most mysterious mystery precisely because it’s even a… Continue reading The Most Mysterious of Mysteries

The Reality of the Truth of the Actual

The most insidious lie inherent in reductionism, sciencism, subjectivism, naturalism, physicalism, nihilism, whatever name you prefer, is not simply that those who preach it are liars, know that they are liars, nor even that those who listen and ostensibly agree also know they are liars, and are thus themselves liars. Even opposing it in any… Continue reading The Reality of the Truth of the Actual

Primordial Experiencing

The empirical is obviously that which we derive from experience, yet so is the intelligence that interprets, understands, explains and judges that derivation, in that we only know of intelligence by experiencing it. ‘Bodies’ in Lonergan’s terminology are recurrences in the empirical as such. ‘Things’ are unities found in the empirical, and as such are neither… Continue reading Primordial Experiencing