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Thursday, December 28, 2006

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More on the gnostic heresy that our bodies are not important

Mean Mr Mustard writes:

" I come at this at least partly from a religious perspective. God created us as beings with a physical nature, not as disembodied spirits. Soul and body are not opposed creations, or even separate; they're inextricably bound up in one another. Human romantic love, for instance, of course has an important transcendant component but it's inevitably tied to our physical beings as well. Both conditions are necessary; neither is sufficient. That's why it's foolish and naïve for a girl to say, as is the modern view, "My husband should love me for the beauty of my personality alone, not what I look like." That's wrong in precisely the same way as the prior dichotomy about love and blood. Physical and inner beauty properly sustain and strengthen each other, and opting for one to the exclusion of the other is foolish no matter which one you choose. "

Amen to that.

Julian

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

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Canadian Colby Cosh considers the curious career of Carl

Carl Sagan, that is.

What I find interesting is that Sagan did everything in a clever way, including marrying the right women. He married three women who added lustre to his own career:

Lynn Margulis (arguably a better scientist)

Linda Salzman Sagan (an artist and writer)

Ann Druyan (writer and cutie)


Julian

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Ressentiment

Oz Conservative ponders the psychology of feminists.

I suggest he examines the Nietzschean concept of Ressentiment.


Julian

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Friday, December 22, 2006

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Will increasing globalisation lead to increasing social conservatism in the West?

The international Anglican communion is being dragged to the Right socially by conservative Africans, and a Norwegian female academic has stated - referring to Muslim men raping Norwegian women - that “Norwegian women must take their share of responsibility for these rapes” because Muslim men found their manner of dress provocative.

Are these signs that Third World social conservatism is starting to have an impact on Western social mores? Will this continue as global movement of ideas and people continues to accelerate?

Julian

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Cute Science Girls

Dusk in Autumn weighs in on the great Razib debate (here and here) about attractive women in the sciences.

In my (Australian) experience, there are quite a lot of cute girls in science. Perhaps they are more attracted to biology and biochemistry, which were my subjects. In my time as an undergraduate, the "beautiful people" of science seemed to hang out in the biochemistry department. Perhaps because it was a trendy subject. But I also noticed that there might be one rather cute girl who would hang around with a bunch of male physical sciences "geeks". This might be called the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs effect.

Julian

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

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Another conservative

Razib of "Gene Expression" has been turned into a conservative by feminists, sort of.

One of the hardest things about being a man of the Left must be having to listen to feminists.

On the issue that bizarrely got Razib into trouble, I remember once at a party hearing a young woman lecture that a man should never look at a woman erotically, to which I - young and pompous, but I think correct - said:

"My dear girl, if your father hadn't looked at your mother like that, you wouldn't be here".

One of the many stupid remarks on women made by the late pope, who liked to call himself the "papa feminista", was along the lines that husbands shouldn't lust after their wives. One really wonders how he imagined babies got made.

Julian

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Sunday, December 17, 2006

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They are still doing this kind of anthropology!

This kind.

Which goes to show something I've often noticed. No idea ever truly dies, it just remains in the soil waiting for the right moment to reemerge, like anthrax. (A thought I find curiously comforting).

Julian

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Interesting conservative Internet intellectuals

Fighting among themselves, unfortunately.

I do know what Auster means. Evolutionary biologists love to bash Christians. I' ve had similar problems on evolutionary biology discussion lists.

I am glad we don't live in the days of duels, or we would have no conservative Internet intellectuals left.

My short list of the brightest lights on the Right:

Steve Sailer

(Best freelance social scientist around. Very good at cutting down other thinkers who overreach themselves).

John Derbyshire

Very honest. Refreshingly pessimistic (probably because he's a Pom).

Udolpho

Not sure if he's conservative, but he's acerbic and funny with a nice-looking blog (I wish he'd identify the pictures at the top of his blog page).

Lawrence Auster

Very consistent worldview. Instinctive, honest conservative. Says the "unsayable". Grumpy and humourless, but in a good way.

More to come, including worthy Australians, as I think of them.

Julian

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