Culture | Media

Skepticism, Salon, and Gender Studies

| by Malhar Mali | James A. Lindsay and Peter Boghossian’s “Conceptual Penis” article in Cogent has split the skeptic community into two broadly opposing factions. Generally, one claims that the hoax does not prove anything except the ingrained prejudices of the authors while the other finds that it has struck a blow to the […]

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My Apostasy from the Church of Critical Theory

In 1997 I earned a Masters degree in psychology from Duquesne University, a Catholic university in Pittsburgh, PA. At the time, Duquesne was one of only a few schools in the country with an emphasis in existential phenomenological psychology that was also accredited by the American Psychological Association. So, off I went. Twice a week, […]

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Culture | Media, Religion | Politics

This Is Your Brain on Ideology

PATHOLOGY: What is “ideology” and why is it bad? Like “postmodernism” or “feminism,” an ideology can have as many meanings as there are people using the term. In this article, I’m discussing the most common usage of “ideology”: the system of abstracted meaning applied to public matters. Wikipedia (at time of typing) tells us that, […]

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Religion | Politics, Review

Mumbo Jumbo Has Conquered the World

Post-truth, post-fact, post-reality. You don’t need a lengthy introduction on the state of the world. You just need to take a look around: A man who wavers between imbecile and potential despot sits in the highest office of the land; the far-Left in the academy enjoys titillating itself with concepts of postmodernity; the GOP engages in […]

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The Paranoid Style of the Illiberal Campus

| by Phil Magness | In 1964 historian Richard Hofstadter wrote an essay for Harper’s Magazine entitled “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” His thesis was a simple one – that American politics was “an arena for angry minds,” and that this anger often fomented “a sense of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy” among […]

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