"A Good Melody Needs Cohesion and Concealment" A good melody needs three pairs of properties. The first is cohesion and concealment. Without one, it falls apart. Without the other, it loses mystery. Read More The Top 40 Philosophy Blog
Idea: There are four good reasons for being a reductionist. At the cellular, molecular, or quantum level, you don't exist. But it's those lower levels of reality that are most real. The higher levels are just manifestations of their parts -- of how things at the lower levels behave and interact. This theory is called "reductionism." Reductionism's Theme Song Why believe [...]
Today's Top 40 Philosophy blog post continues the series exploring what makes a good song: "Melodies Are Growing Trees" Head on over and check it out. Or start here for the beginning of the series.
It does, and everyone (from Plato and Aristotle to you) agrees. In this post, we explore the various ways of dividing reality into different levels.
Today, my article, "Is Christian Existentialism Unbiblical?," is going live on Conciliar Post. In addition to posting here and writing for Conciliar Post, I host the Top 40 Philosophy podcast and write the Top 40 Philosophy blog. Check out my series there, comparing contemporary Christian music (CCM) with mainstream pop. "Why Is Christian Music So Bad?" "The Lyrics Make [...]
There is a huge fight going on about where reality is, and no one realizes it. Except me. And tons of other people. Option 1: Reality is at the bottom Many people think only the smallest things are really real. If they're physicists, they're particle physicists. If they're biologists, they're molecular biologists. They think everything else -- human actions, human [...]
I just finished listening to The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater, and have decided I should tell you about it. Like C. S. Lewis, I love literature that is ostensibly for youngsters. Unlike C. S. Lewise, I listen to audiobooks constantly. I'm listening to one right now, while I'm typing this. (Or am I?) So, [...]