|Dec. 18th, 2007 @ 01:46 pm who is ioz? I'll tell you who|
|A recent commenter introduced me to IOZ and it has become my favorite blog. He has a true gift for the unexpected, which renders him both fascinating and hilarious - he gets me with sudden lols and I'm not a big loller. I don't know what he's talking about sometimes but even then he never loses my interest.|
Here's today's: The Wooo-Wooo Atheism:
To quote the unfortunately effable drummer Neal Peart: "Why are we here? Because we're here." This sort of answer makes Western religionists uncomfortable because it doesn't accord them a privileged position in creation. All of the questions about purposefulness and consciousness that they raise; all of their insistence on the immaterial nature of the mind and the conscience; all of their objections about mechanistic explanations; these ultimately boil down to the last trench in their long battle to maintain a cosmology centered on man. Privileging human consciousness as uniquely unfit for natural inquiry is finally a bulwark against the idea that we are incidental to the universe: geographically, cosmologically, biologically, purposefully.
Haught would call this nihilism, which is really his way of saying that his own mind is too impoverished to imagine a moral order without external justification. In a word, authoritarian. In the absence of third-party validation, he can't accept any action or thought as virtuous.
(Emphasis mine.) Emphasized not because I have much comment - just that it's sooooo true.