The Is-Altruism Dichotomy

February 1, 2013

In this first episode of Reason at Large, I discuss the so-called “is-ought dichotomy” and show that the reason most secular philosophers and intellectuals—including so­-called “New Atheists” and “secular humanists”—have been unable to bridge the “is­-ought gap” is that they have not been trying to derive the principles of morality. . . Continue »


The Moral Cliff

December 7, 2012

Everyone is aware that America faces a financial crisis involving the $16.3 trillion national debt, the impending “fiscal cliff,” and the long-term insolvency of entitlement programs. But America also, and more fundamentally, faces a moral crisis—a crisis that underlies and gives rise to the financial crisis—and we cannot effectively act. . . Continue »

Prometheus and the Black Goo of Altruism

July 2, 2012

Although Ridley Scott’s film Prometheus is an incoherent mess, it does feature an obvious theme. It glorifies altruism, selfless sacrifice to others. Children’s author and blogger Adrian Bott explains what’s going on in the opening of the film: Let’s begin with the eponymous titan himself, Prometheus. He was a wise. . . Continue »