. . . You might say that your belief in the reliability of your senses is an article of faith. After all, it is something that you hold to be true without conclusive proof. Moreover, it is a conviction that has practical consequences for every moment of your waking life. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you conduct yourself according to this conviction that your senses are reliable. In short, you devoutly trust your senses. This is just one of the ways that all of us live by faith, regardless of what our particular worldviews happen to be. . . . ►►►
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. . . When pornography enters into a marriage, the result is shame. By "shame," I do not mean the feeling of being ashamed (although that may be part of it). I mean that one is, at the most intimate level, hiding. There's something within us that knows that sexuality is meant for something other than the manipulation of body parts. Pornography kills sexuality because porn isn't just about sex and because sex isn't just about sex. . . . ►►►
. . . Baker, for instance writes that 1984 "resonated perfectly with the type of totalitarian states playing chess for the globe in the Cold War," but by 2006, he found Brave New World more filled with details that "correspond perfectly with the future toward which we seem to be heading." Hunt, for his part, found that both novels presaged modern conditions strikingly accurately, but in different ways. Given the accelerating pace of social change, it might be good to revisit the question yet again and seek to determine how well each dystopia predicted the future in various ways. . . . ►►►
. . . According to researchers Kay Hymowitz, James S. Carroll, W. Bradford Wilcox, and Kelleen Kaye, authors of Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in America, a 2013 report examining marriage trends, the large majority of young adults do rate marriage as an important part of their life plan. But instead of prioritizing it in their twenties, they're pushing it out to some future point in time when they're ready, whatever "ready" means. ►►►
. . . Am I saying that there is nothing wrong with Western civilization? No, and neither was Goodman. He was a gadfly to the modern West as Socrates was to Athens. He was no shallow triumphalist. But unlike today's critics, Goodman loved the Western culture he was criticizing. He wanted to improve it, not destroy it. Our kids deserve teachers with that motive. ►►►
. . . Anyone can inadvertently pass along a bad idea, right? Well, there's a darker side to recapitulation theory. Not only was the concept wrong, but its means of promotion—through embryo drawings concocted by Haeckel (see beginning of article)—were fraudulent. According to the journal Science, "generations of biology students may have been misled" by Haeckel's phony drawings, which were commonly reproduced in biology textbooks. . . . ►►►
. . . What's so astonishing is that these men, these very disturbed men, using fraudulent data and theories that have been discredited, succeeded in transforming much of society. Today's sexuality education is based on their teachings. Once I understood who the founders were—Kinsey, Calderone, Pomeroy, Money, and others—I understood how we got to today's "comprehensive sexuality education." I knew how we had reached today's madness. . . . ►►►
The benefits of science are so amazing that they can seem almost magical. There is more to the comparison than mere whimsy. In his classic book The Abolition of Man (1944), Oxford don C. S. Lewis claimed that "the serious magical endeavour and the serious scientific endeavour are twins." At first glance, Lewis's observation might seem nonsensical. Science is supposed to be rational, skeptical, and objective. Magic, by contrast, is supposed to be the domain of the dogmatic, the credulous, and the superstitious. Yet as strange as Lewis's observation might first appear, I think he correctly ascertained three key similarities between science and magic—similarities that highlight the growing dangers that are posed by the misuse of science in today's society. ►►►
. . . At times, this academic groupthink leads PhDs to defend issues that are indefensible and to give their allegiance to causes that are immoral or unethical. At other times, it leads them to believe things that are simply and demonstrably false—things that violate objective observation, common sense, and the collective experience of mankind. Indeed, colleges and universities across Europe and America brazenly teach their students three things that are so patently absurd that only a PhD could believe them. . . . ►►►
. . . The mere suggestion that religion can improve sex will seem laughable to many. Our society has largely bought into the narrative that religion is the enemy of sexual pleasure. In the wake of the sexual revolution, many people have come to believe that someone whose sexual habits are constricted by religious values cannot at the same time experience fulfilling sexual happiness. While religious believers have often disputed these claims, only comparatively recently has science taken their side. Evidence meticulously gathered by social scientists has conclusively shown that religious people as a whole are more sexually fulfilled than any other group in Western society. . . . ►►►
. . . As I see it, this is the tragedy of university life. Tenure protects the proselytizers, and students are cowed into submission so as not to jeopardize their grades, or even their degrees. The intellectual vitality that emerges from honest reflection and disagreement is absent from most college classes. Students are there to be manipulated as if they were objects in a grand experiment. . . . ►►►
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