Steven Pinker’s narrative of Enlightenment conveniently dismisses how the dark side of modernity is born in the same enlightenment principles he wants to uphold.
My third discussion with Paul VanderKlay, where we talk about our own situations, the Jordan Peterson moment as well as our vision of the meaning crisis.
Christian Roy is an expert on Jacques Ellul, Marshall Mcluhan and Bernard Charbonneau. We discuss technicity, media and its relationship to a symbolic world.
The Storm Area 51 Facebook event has taken the internet by storm, boasting more than 3 million people interested or saying they will attend. Why has this joke become so popular, what social trope does it manifest in the world.
I look at the pattern emerging from the recent viral videos of people licking ice cream, spitting into containers in stores and putting the items back on the shelf.
We look at the strange Kanye moment and what it means in the unfolding social patterns, moving from saturation of entertainment and consumption to purpose and celebration.
I discuss the medieval problem of cannibal babies and who’s body will be resurrected if a person eats another person. I then look at what that means in terms of ontology and normal causality.
Halloween is a modern holiday based on ancient Irish and some English customs reaching back to Allhallowtide which are days to pray for the dead and to the saints using memento mori imagery.
As we watch our culture become blander and less cohesive, we need to ask the hardest questions, about distraction and entertainment, about the possibility of participation and how this relates to liturgy as the ultimate word of art.
Beyond giving us a coherent Christian mysticism, the Hesychastic tradition of the Christian East also offers a general anthropology, a vision and hierarchy of the human person which can give us a way to live in the world today.