Materialism, positivism, progressivism, nihilism, cultural suicide, liberalism have won – certainly in an academic context in the developed world. From this point of view, the contributors to the Orthosphere are all heretics. On this lonely outcrop, the dissenters dare write in favor of Christianity, tradition and other anathemas.
But lo, the SJWs and logical positivists have found us – I’m not quite sure how. Why did they bother? And the plan is … what? To troll and flame, apparently. The world is supposed to be a better place if you don’t leave us alone? Really? Are we that scary? Are we actually in danger of converting anyone? I think it is more likely we are offering like-minded thinkers moral support, additional insights and things to ponder.
Given the “diversity” mania – don’t we add just a little diversity? I know, I know. Diversity actually means total uniformity. I won’t tell if you don’t.
I find it funny that some of the trolls, at least, seem to regard us as low IQ individuals who need a little help with our thinking. Is trolling us actually to be remediation then? That’s very civic-minded of you. However, I do believe that we have seen the wares you are selling long ago and have declined. That’s actually why we are at the Orthosphere.
Fifteen years ago I got into a philosophical email exchange with my polar opposite. The fact is that when people don’t have enough in common, communication becomes unworkable. For instance, he denied that life exists. How can one continue with such a person? There really isn’t any point.
At the beginning of all thought are unprovable axioms/assumptions. Perfect logic and reasoning in the service of false axioms are likely to lead to false conclusions. If you are a convinced atheist and I am a convinced theist we will just argue past each other. The rhetorical blow we imagine will be so devastating proves ineffectual. Reductio ad absurdum arguments rely on finding an implication of a position that contradicts other beliefs the arguer holds. But, more often than not, they don’t hold those other beliefs. So, for instance, if you showed me that morality was a neurobiological outcome of evolution, instead of giving up on morality, I would give up on neurobiological evolutionary theory – except I never subscribed to the stupid theory in the first place. See? It’s all a bit pointless isn’t it? We’re lost causes.