Is Wikipedia an Acceptable Source for Research?

In one of the discussion boards for the Master’s in Information and Library Science that I’m taking, I was asked to comment on the following. Wikipedia is (or is not) an acceptable…

Porn and Human Trafficking in Spokane

On the surface, Spokane, Washington, seems like any other big city in the Pacific Northwest. Yet it is a city in the grip of a public health crisis. On February 23, 2019,…

The AI Apocalypse is Happening Right Now…but not in the way you think

I have to confess, I’m fascinated by artificial intelligence. My favorite TV show, Person of Interest, explores what happens when a machine develops human-like intelligence. I am currently watching through the entire…

Dull and Determined Effort

In my Touchstone article ‘The Cross of Least Resistance,’ I surveyed some scholarship by cultural anthropologists who have compared the different mindsets between Westerners and East Asians when it comes to success.…

Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Problem of Meta-ethics

Is it possible to infer values about what we ought to do from facts about how the world is? This question introduces a major problem within meta-ethics, which is how to philosophically…

America and the Collapse of Meta-Narratives

In the interview this summer with my twin brother Patrick, I talked about the breakdown of public discourse that inevitably follows the collapse of shared meta-narratives. In America today…the absence of shared traditions,…

Education’s Dual Purpose

From “Virtue and Classical Education: A Commencement Address to a Graduating Class.” Education should thus serve the dual purpose of cultivating dispositions attuned to what is good, true and beautiful in this…

Presentation at Gold Country Gathering 2019: George MacDonald and the Life of Gratitude

Earlier this month I had the privilege of speaking at the “Gold Country Gathering” that my parents organized for fans of George MacDonald. I spoke about human flourishing, George MacDonald, and my…

Everything Plato!

Plato wasn’t just a great metaphysician, he was also one of the greatest psychologists ever to have lived. In this edition of our podcast, Dr. Phillip Cary sheds light on Plato’s psychology.…

Virtue and Attitude

In my article ‘Virtue and Classical Education‘, I contrast modern and ancient understandings of virtue. In the historic understanding, virtue includes actions but is rooted in attitude. And while attitude includes emotion, it…

From Eden to New Creation: Rediscovering God’s Purpose for Planet Earth

This article is part of my ongoing series on Gnosticism. For a complete list of these articles, see ‘Full Links to Gnosticism Series.’ God and the Problem of Creation Camille is a…

Schubert “Trout” Quintet, 4th Movement.

There is a lot I could say about this playful little piece, but I think I’ll just let you enjoy.

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