Friday, 17 January 2014

Truth or Death

Death is the end of all biological functions that maintain a particular living organism. Phenomena which usually bring about death take in biological aging (senescence), predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, murder and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury. 

Bodies of living creatures begin to decay soon after death. There is no technical proof as to whether or not consciousness survives the demise of an organism.

In human cultures, the nature of death and humanity's consciousness of its own mortality has for millennia been a concern of the world's religious traditions and of philosophical inquiry. This comprises belief in resurrection (associated with Abrahamic religions), reincarnation or rebirth (associated with Dharmic religions), or that consciousness eternally ceases to exist, known as oblivion.

Friday, 22 February 2013


Death is the permanent cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include biological aging (senescence), predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, murder and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. In human societies, the nature of death has for millennia been a concern of the world's religious traditions and of philosophical inquiry. 

This may include a belief in some kind of resurrection (associated with Abrahamic religions), reincarnation (associated with Dharmic religions), or that consciousness permanently ceases to exist, known as oblivion (associated sometimes with atheism).The response after death includes various feelings of grief or emotional suffering one feels when someone the individual loves has died. Commemoration ceremonies after death may include various mourning or funereal practices.

The physical remains of a person, commonly known as a corpse or body, are usually interred whole or cremated; though among the world's cultures there are a variety of other methods of mortuary disposal. In the English language, blessings directed towards a deceased person include rest in peace, or its initials RIP. The most common cause of human deaths in the world is heart disease, followed by stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases, and on the third place lower respiratory infections.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012


Truth is one of the central subjects in philosophy. It is also one of the largest. Truth has been a topic of discussion in its own right for thousands of years. Moreover, a huge variety of issues in philosophy relate to truth, either by relying on theses about truth, or implying theses about truth.

It would be impossible to survey all there is to say about truth in any coherent way. Instead, this essay will concentrate on the main themes in the study of truth in the contemporary philosophical literature. It will attempt to survey the key problems and theories of current interest, and show how they relate to one-another. A number of other entries investigate many of these topics in greater depth. Generally, discussion of the principal arguments is left to them. The goal of this essay is only to provide an overview of the current theories.

The problem of truth is in a way easy to state: what truths are, and what (if anything) makes them true. But this simple statement masks a great deal of controversy. Whether there is a metaphysical problem of truth at all, and if there is, what kind of theory might address it, are all standing issues in the theory of truth. We will see a number of distinct ways of answering these questions.

Wednesday, 6 July 2005

The Answer to All of Your Questions

The Answer to All of Your Questions
I've gotten several emails today requesting my opinion of President Bush's statement in Denmark today that he will not select a Supreme Court nominee based on his or her views on abortion.

Some seem to think I would feel betrayed t that the President would not advocate to advance the pro-life agenda in the Supreme Court. That is simply not the case. In fact, if Bush were to select someone simply because of their views on a political issue that would be an error on his part and serve to further errode our judiciary.

But, as I noted on Swamp Pundette's Blog today, if Bush sticks to his statement that he will nominate someone who would strictly interpret the Constitution, that individual would, without question, be opposed to Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

The whole concept of abortion rights are based upon "penumbras" and "emanations" of rights from the Bill of Rights.

Here's how the Court explains it... The guarantee's of freedoms set by the Bill of Rights creates "Zones of Privacy." These Zones created by guarantees in turn produce "emanations" which give the guarantees substance. Those emanations in turn create "penumbras" or "prenumbral rights" such as "privacy and repose." See Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965) at 484.

Understand? Me neither. Ultimately, the result is the Court creates very specific rights not contained in the Constitution, such as abortion rights. This is precisely what a Textualist, or Constitutionalist, or Originalist Justice, as Bush will appoint, will tear down. IF Bush gets the right guy.

Remember, Justice Souter was appointed by HW Bush. Reagan appointed both Justice O'Conner and Justice Kennedy. Conservatives have had a really bad record in actually appointing strict constructionalists to the Supreme Court.

But make no mistake, Bush may not pick based on a candidates stance on the issues, but his pick will vote against Roe and Casey because they are bad law and contrary to the principles of the Constitution and Republican Democracy.

In closing, I have enjoyed all the email I have been recieving and the discussion which has resulted. Feel free to continue asking questions, or if you have a topic you would like to see discussed here click the email link to the right.

Stay Vigilant!

UCC Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

UCC Endorses Same-Sex Marriage
On July 4, the General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) approved a resolution endorsing same-sex marriage. With 1.3 million members, the UCC is the largest christian denomination to take such action.

The voice vote approving the "Resolution in Support of Equal Marriage Rights for All" passed in the 54 member body with only two or three nays.

The resolution based on a pretty scant and maligned interpretation of scripture (for an excellent discussion of a biblical view of homosexuality visit Exodus International's Online Library) claimed that compassion was the basis of the resolution. Today, Exodus International, the largest international coalition of ex-homosexuals released a press release expressing that the UCC's decision is anything but compassionate.

Dr. Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary said this: Anyone looking for proof that liberal denominations are capitulating to the logic and demands of the homosexual movement needs only to look at developments in the UCC.

The battle continues, and sadly the UCC has given a pretty sharp tool for same-sex marriage advocates to use to divide evangelicals.

Reagan may be the Best...

...but Michael Moore is the worst.

From the tactful insight that brought us Bias and Arrogance comes what I am sure will be one of my favorite books of all time...

"100 People Who Are Screwing Up America : (and Al Franken Is #37)"

That has got to be the best title for a book... ever.

I have not read the book yet, so I can't really recommend it or speak to the content. That said, a book lists Michael Moore as the #1 person screwing up America, along with George Soros, Senator Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson (all in the top 20) and Courtney Love (#95) has got to be on the right track.

I also want to point out that Bernard Goldberg lives in Miami, Florida... which makes me proud.