Donn Day


Why Spinoza Still Matters by Steven Nadler. At a time of religious zealotry, Spinoza’s fearless defence of intellectual freedom is more timely than ever. More.


National Sovereignty and the Challenge of Immigration by Samuel Gregg. The idea of national sovereignty is indispensable to any coherent discussion of immigration policy. More.


Don’t Think Too Positive by Gabriele Oettingen. Fantasies about the future have a troubling effect on achieving actual goals. If positive thinking doesn’t work, what does? More.


Is it Wrong to Blame Islam? by Spencer Case. Jihadi terrorists claim to act on the authority of Islam. Could they be right? Some very influential people seem to think that it is morally wrong even to consider this hypothesis. […]


Pursuing Unity: Race and the American Story by S. Adam Seagrave. The primary cause of American disintegration is not the proliferation of sources of division, but rather the absence of sources of unity to counterbalance and contextualize them. The racial […]


Diversity Includes Intellectual Diversity by Glenn Geher. Diversity Includes Intellectual Diversity. More. Related: The Google Memo: Four Scientists Respond by Quillette Magazine. See here.


Freud the Philosopher by David Livingstone Smith. Before fathering psychoanalysis, Freud first slayed the dominant Cartesian intellectual tradition of mind-body dualism. More.


Okay, Google: How Do You Prepare A Country For Totalitarianism? by Robert Tracinski. To be ready for dictatorship, people have to embrace its habits and practices voluntarily, or at least show little resistance. Google is doing its part. More.


Scientists Unveil a New Inventory of the Universe’s Dark Contents by Natalie Wolchover. The first major results from the Dark Energy Survey signal the start of a new era of cosmology. More.


Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? by Jean M. Twenge. More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. More.


Why the Left Can’t Solve Global Warming by Shikha Dalmia. Greens are more interested on assigning blame than looking for fixes. More.


More on Nancy MacLean by Marian L. Tupy. I realize that I am a bit late to this party and that many of Nancy MacLean’s strange claims and factual errors have already been exposed and debunked by people much more […]


A Song of Ice and Fire by Eric Kurlander. World Ice Theory and the supernatural imaginary of the Third Reich. More.

Light Redux

Postings will remain light for August, but should return to normal next month.


A Demagogic Bully by Mark Pulliam. The Southern Poverty Law Center demonizes respectable political opponents as “hate groups”—and keeps its coffers bulging. More.


German Philosophy Has Finally Gone Viral. Will That Be Its Undoing? by Stuart Jeffries. A new generation of rockstar philosophers are taking the discipline to the masses. But their TED Talks, TV shows, and best-sellers might be ruining it forever. […]


Silicon Valley Censorship by Sam Westrop. Google’s latest project is an application called Perspective, which, as Wired reports, brings the tech company “a step closer to its goal of helping to foster troll-free discussion online, and filtering out the abusive […]


First Support for a Physics Theory of Life by Natalie Wolchover. Take chemistry, add energy, get life. The first tests of Jeremy England’s provocative origin-of-life hypothesis are in, and they appear to show how order can arise from nothing. More.


The Future of American Civil Religion by Daniel Strand. Whatever you think of American civil religion, Protestantism was the fuel that made it go. When you lose the fuel, you lose the benefits that have accrued to American society because […]


2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity: The Social and Economic Trends that Shape America by The Heritage Foundation. The 2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity evaluates a range of factors needed to sustain freedom and opportunity in America. Through charts […]