Darwin vs Morality: Part II

In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins attempts to describe the biological roots of morality. He begins by saying: “Natural selection favors genes that predispose individuals, in relationships of asymmetric need and opportunity, to give when they can, and to solicit giving when they can’t. It also favors tendencies to remember obligations, bear grudges, police exchange […]

Darwin Vs. Morality: Trying to Find a Biological Basis for Morality

There are certain kinds of arguments philosophers call “self-defeating” because if you turn out to be right you are wrong and obviously if you turn out to be wrong you’re wrong. Trying to find biological foundations for morality is one of these kinds of arguments. A very clear example of a self-defeating argument would be […]

The Rig Veda, Iranian History, and Zarathustra

[Editor’s note: The article by Dr. Koenraad Elst below was first published by the Indian Journal of History and Culture, Chennai, Autumn 2015.] Abstract: The discipline of Iranian Studies is proceeding in ignorance about the age and place of the founding character of the civilization it studies, Zarathuštra Spitāma. However, Vedic literature may have decisive […]

Monarchy, Metaphysics, and The Divinization of the Body

Hierarchs, Hellenes, Hebrews (and Hindus) The following is an exploratory venture into the depth-dimension of kingly investiture. Support is drawn from Egyptian, Greek and Hebrew rites (without hazarding a genealogy). Additionally, an Indian addendum, so to speak, runs through the analysis, appearing wherever reference to the subcontinent’s traditions (usually those of Tantric Shaivism) provides elucidating […]

Self-Consciousness, Language, and Spiritual Decline — Part II: The Reign of Quantity

Barfield’s “story” in History in English Words is a tale of immense loss of concepts and things in one area disguised by a proliferation of concepts and things in another area, so that an increase of quantity camouflages, as it were, a decrease in quality.  The loss affects a core-vocabulary having to do with spiritual […]

Self-Consciousness, Language, and Spiritual Decline — Part I: Mind and Myth

Called “Myth,” chapter V of Owen Barfield’s study of History in English Words is a discussion of Pagan lore. The old stories of the Greeks and Romans, not to mention of the Celts and Goths, represent the world as animated; that is, as being full of what in Latin are called animae – “spirits” or […]

NYC Celebrity Gala for Animal Welfare Announced

An impressive line up of celebrities and contemporary artists have donated rare objects and art pieces to an upcoming live auction for animal welfare. The event — “Art to the Rescue” — will be hosted by the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery and the Marlborough Gallery, and will benefit the Animal Care Centers of New York and John Bartlett’s Tiny Tim Rescue Fund. “I realized a […]