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Camouflage | Salvo 42

The Darwin Tales

It's Time to Remit Darwinian Storytelling to the Annals of History

by Terrell Clemmons

. . . For if there truly is no way of determining what is "fit" other than by seeing what survives, then Darwin was arguing in a self-confirming circle: the survival of the survivors. In rhetorical terms, this is what's called a tautology—a statement that is true by definition, due to the construction of the language by which it is expressed. In effect, Darwin's proposed mechanism—natural selection—rested on the observation that, "Survivors survive." To which any clear-thinking middle-school student might say, "Well, duh." . . . ►►►

Feature | Salvo 31

Dying to
Feel Good

Modern Self-Realization & the Painkiller Addiction Epidemic

by Heather Zeiger

Addiction to prescription pain medicine, also known as opiate drugs, has reached epidemic proportions. Everyone from the famous actor to the talented musician to the hotshot CEO to the good suburban kid is the current face of opiate drug addiction. This article will look at the trends and contributing factors that have led to today's epidemic. ►►►

Feature | Salvo 41

Eye Openers

Eight Common Factors for Atheists Changing Their Minds About God

by Matt Nelson

. . . When Cardinal Ratzinger was once asked how many ways there are to God, he replied, "As many ways as there are people. For even within the same faith each man's way is an entirely personal one." Of course, the future pope was not endorsing the view that "all religions are equal" but rather that there seems to be a unique combination of factors, or steps, that moves each convert towards belief in God. Nevertheless, there are some factors that show up so frequently in individuals' conversion stories that they merit attention. Here are eight of the most common factors that lead atheists to change their minds about God. . . . ►►►

Feature | Salvo 41

It's Beyond Us

Extraordinary Claims Need an Extraordinary Cosmos

by Regis Nicoll

. . . Panspermiais a fringe scientific theory, but the multiverse theory has gone mainstream over the last couple of decades. Its proponents, like Neil deGrasse Tyson, assert that our cosmos is part of a "multiverse" that contains an infinite number of universes, ensuring that the intricate network of coincidences necessary for our existence will have been actualized. Accounts of how these universes came about rival anything imagined by H. G. Wells or Gene Roddenberry. Here are a few: . . . ►►►

Department: Archives | Salvo 32

Capital Losses

Nietzsche on Losing English Morality

by Cameron Wybrow

Often one can learn something from authors with whom one disagrees. An author with whom I disagree, but from whom I have learned a good deal, is Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900). . . .►►►

Undercover | Salvo 32

Cornering Your Market

Why Premium Sex Is Your Best Bet for Relational Success

by Terrell Clemmons

. . . Isn't it strange that something as intimate and private as sex has become, at least in the eyes of some, the fulcrum around which all relational life seems to turn? Or not turn. Take reactions to Lolo Jones for example, the rags-to-riches track and field star whose intention to save sex for marriage drew more coverage than her athletic success. "Lolo Jones should've had sex before that race," was one of the tamer digs fired her way, "because #SexisforWinners." Sex may well be for winners, but before making a definitive statement out of that, the smart single would do well to figure out which game she (or he) is trying to win. . . . ►►►

Feature | Salvo 42

Bot Behavior

Whether Humans or Robots, We Need Moral Programming

by Richard W. Stevens

. . . Pure materialism says that everything in the human mind reflects only the operation of physical and chemical processes. But ideas are non-material.17 The mind, therefore, must be storing non-material information in a collection of instructions and data patterns, just as Mitsuku does. That means that for the human mind to possess knowledge and moral reasoning powers, there must be an outside source of that knowledge and power. The source would have to be intelligent enough to understand morality and skilled enough to instill the morality data and software into human minds. Dr. Zacharias is correct: morality, the software of good and evil, must come from a higher source than undirected physics, chemistry, or biological hardware. ►►►

Feature | Salvo 33

World War Sex

A Global Revolution Imperils Men, Women & Children

An Interview with Gabriele Kuby
by Benjamin J. Vail

In early April 2014, German author and sociologist Gabriele Kuby visited the Czech Republic to give a number of public presentations promoting her new book, The Global Sexual Revolution: The Destruction of Freedom in the Name of Freedom, recently translated into Czech (ed. and very recently into English). During her visit to Brno, I had a chance to interview Kuby about one of the most important issues of our time: the continuing sexual revolution that is leading not only to private lifestyle changes but also to a new legal understanding of sexuality and the family. Kuby warns that the global trend of "gender mainstreaming" threatens the fundamental understanding of our very human nature, with dire consequences for children, families, and society as a whole. . . . ►►►

Operation ID | Salvo 42

Mutant Destruction

Does Cancer Really Innovate?

by Jonathan Wells

Critics of intelligent design (ID) sometimes argue that if the human body were designed, it would be perfect. Among other things, we would not suffer from diseases such as cancer. Defenders of ID point out that this criticism is misplaced. Design does not imply perfection. Many things we know to be designed (such as cars) are imperfect. The "argument from imperfection" against ID is implicitly a theological argument, namely, that God is the designer and anything designed by God must be perfect. ID does not make that claim. . . . ►►►

Feature | Salvo 42

Engendered Confusion

The Chaos of Postmodern Sexuality

by Laurie Higgins

. . . In blindness and with blinding speed, disciples of the "trans"-affirming movement have been advancing their science-denying beliefs. One would think it impossible that the alchemical-ish belief that men can become women or that humans can be "born in the wrong body" could catch fire in the modern world, but we don't live in modernity. We live in postmodernity, which denies the existence of objective reality and objective moral truth. Prior to the emergence of postmodernism's exaltation of subjectivism and relativism, the notion of pregnant or "chestfeeding" men would have been laughed at by all. As Richard Weaver noted, ideas have consequences. . . . ►►►

Logistics | Salvo 41

Deep-Seated Rights

What They Are & Why You Have Them

by Steve Jones

. . . The consequence of this failure to understand what the word [rights] meant, said Maritain, would be that the Declaration would be treated as something open to interpretation. States would be free to reinterpret, limit, and eventually rescind rights recognized and detailed in the thirty articles of the Declaration. Despite its auspicious beginnings at the drafting stage, the document quickly showed itself to lack any real teeth. Maritain's concerns were not hyperbole or hysteria. His warning that the Declaration would fail to protect the rights of individuals has been played out time and again on the international stage. . . . ►►►

Deprogram | Salvo 42

Zombie Killer

The "Icons of Evolution" Have Joined the Ranks of the Undead

by Denyse O'Leary

. . . As it happens, there is a politically correct talk-around of the problem. W. Ford Doolittle, an evolutionary and molecular biologist, wrote in 2009 that none of this means that life lacks "universal common ancestry" because "'common ancestry' does not entail a 'common ancestor.'" Why such mental gymnastics? Doolittle freely admits that the reason is the need to defeat "anti-evolutionists" in "the culture wars." So the culture war is what really matters? Not the facts? . . . ►►►

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