Category Archives: Where is Civilization Going?

Of Moon Landings, False Rabbit Trails, and Approaching Epistemic Oblivion

It’s the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. “We came in peace for all mankind” reads the plaque left behind by Neil Armstrong & “Buzz” Aldrin. Except that on Earth there is no peace, & some believe the whole thing was faked. Did we really go to the moon? The Lost Generation Philosopher ponders the mystery…. Continue reading

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Cycles and Stages of Civilization

Cycles and Stages of Civilization – furthers the statement that the Third Stage is dying, that the Fourth Stage cannot replace it, we cannot simply go back, and so we must pave the way for building a Fifth Stage of civilization. Continue reading

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Materialism (Vers. 2.0, Part 5)

Continuing the discussion of how the materialist worldview has left Western civilization & culture morally adrift, & vulnerable to the forces presently destroying it from within. Continue reading

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Materialism (Vers. 2.0, Part 4)

Materialism (Vers. 2.0, Part 4) continues the discussion begun in Parts 1 – 3, asking whether any secular moral theories are sufficient to thwart modern tendencies toward relativism, nihilism, and abuses of money and power. Continue reading

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Materialism (vers 2.0., Part 3)

Our discussion continues: what, precisely, is materialism? It is not simply the pursuit of wealth & material goods. It is a comprehensive worldview. It is important to understand this distinction to understand one of the most basic issues our civilization must eventually face. Continue reading

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Materialism (Vers 2.0, Part 2)

Materialism (Vers 2.0, Part 2): in “A Free Man’s Worship” (1903) philosopher Bertrand Russell called for a humanist ethic of respect for scientific truth, economic justice, and world peace. How well has this held up? Is its failure just the sign of a civilization’s growing pains, or of something fundamentally wrong with its key assumptions? Continue reading

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Materialism (Vers 2.0, Part 1)

[Author’s note: this series of posts is a much-expanded and hopefully much-improved version of the series that began here, which is desirable to reprint lest it disappear from that site. The question that came to me was, Why not refurbish … Continue reading

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