30 June 2007

Unqualified Reservations

Via Arnold Kling, I find Unqualified Reservations. What a rollicking good read. The key insight is one which I have accepted but never managed to make so vivid - that the supernatural component of any religion is relatively unimportant and malleable. One point I did make earlier is that modern dominant "secularism" is rather different from 19th-Century underdog "freethinking", but this blogger "Mencius Moldbug" not only makes it but explains it.


If there's a criticism, it's "so what". That's not a strong criticism: describing the world accurately is worthwhile even if it doesn't lead to obvious courses of action, but we must remember the "why do we care" test to distinguish real meaning from word games.

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