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Evolution vs. Intelligent Design, Part II

Continuing the controversial discussion on Evolution vs. Intelligent Design, I am reviewing a book by the director of the Biologic Institute, Douglas Axe: Undeniable.

Dr. Axe’s book tries to frame the Evol vs. ID debate in terms of “common science” — that is, in concepts that any layperson can understand. Too many scientists like Richard Dawkins try to frame modern science as a practice fit only for the elite, as it increasingly depends on concepts  too advanced for the common man to comprehend. This trust is not ‘blind’, people like Dawkins may claim, because scientists have credentials which justify any and all of their findings…no matter how incredulous these findings may seem to the rest of us. Continue reading

Wrathion and the Cthulhu Mythos

I just love stumbling upon tidbits like these! It’s so neat to see the inspirations artists take from classic material, and reincarnate old concepts in an eerily familiar, yet entirely new form.

Now, I have known for a while that WoW draws on ideas from the Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft, but I had no idea how far they’d went with it! Continue reading

Moral Relativism is Nonsensical

If “the fundamental principles of right conduct” are not mere legalities, enactment, or custom, then they must be objective, for the obvious reason that if the standard for right conduct is subjective, then no such standard exists, not being a fundamental principle. Morality not only is not subjective, it cannot be subjective, because a subjective fundamental principle is both an oxymoron and an actual contradiction in terms.

Vox Day

One cannot be both a cultural relativist and a revolutionary. The revolutionary proposes changing the culture. A cultural relativist can never propose such a change. What standard could be used? A cultural relativist, were he honest, would hold his own culture to the same standards as a foreign culture, and say that our laws, traditions, and customs cannot be changed or criticized.

John C. Wright

Moral Relativism is merely a circular argument made in a vain attempt to escape one’s own conscience. Continue reading

Hayao Miyazaki vs. the Horrific AI

Miyazaki’s comments in context.

Basically, some guys thought they could program an Artificial Intelligence to learn how to do human movements, and then teach it to draw pictures like a human being. Act like a human, think like a human, create human art. Admittedly an intriguing concept.

Instead, their AI “learned” how to create horrific behaviors that were an absolute mockery of human movement. “It’s walking on its face! Lol!!”

Instead of realizing that their AI was not very bright and had no concept of humanity whatsoever, the geeks instead chose to market this as a ‘success’ that still held great promise as a substitute for actual human art. They got schooled by Miyazaki, who said their AI was an offense to life itself. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Fountain

In case anyone ever heard about this movie but was afraid to watch it because it didn’t make any sense…consider this a spoiler-free guide.

The Fountain‘ is one of those weird, profound movies that people tend not to like because they don’t understand what the heck is going on. Nevertheless, the film also happens to be an impressive work of art. It’s not only inspiring, but also makes sense if you know what to look for.

First of all, the general description of this film (as seen on Wikipedia, Amazon, etc.) is wrong. They say the movie is about three men who live in the year 1500, 2000, and 2500 AD. It’s not.

‘The Fountain’ is about one man. Continue reading