Opinions and musings on religion, philosophy, science, politics, and life from a conservative Catholic neurosurgeon.
Somewhere or other, Lewis or Chesterton (or both) observes that the insane man is the "most rational" of all ... for he has abandoned all ways of discovering and judging (potential) truth except that to which he can reason: that the reason it is impossible to reason with an insane man is that his insane and/or absurd conclusions make perfect rational sense ... given his insane suppositions.
Chesterton in Orthodoxy. One of his best insights. He said "the insane man is not the man who has lost his reason. He is the man who has lost everything but his reason."
Yes, that's exactly the statement I had in mind.
Apparently some people take that incompetent anti-Semite Chesterton still seriously. Mostly pretty stupid people in my experience.
Reason is a fine thing. Aquinas noted, "Reason in man is like God in the world."But reason must be moored. Moored to Eternal Law, in fact. Unmoored reason is indeed insanity. And the problem with leftist moral reasoning is that it is moored to axiomatic principles about the nature of human beings that are simply false.
Sturmbahnfuehrer Boggs:Reason is a fine thing. Aquinas noted, "Reason in man is like God in the world."Isn't it funny how the different sects of the Christian scam contradict each other?Martin Luther:Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith hasThe Sturmbahnfuehrer again:But reason must be moored. Moored to Eternal LawThat's probably one of those "objective" "God-given" laws that nobody can actually identify. Would you care to spell out the "Eternal Law", mein Sturmbahnfuehrer?
Troi Linghamstroker: "Would you care to spell out the "Eternal Law","There's a book that covers it well. Do your own homework, kid.
Senile old fart,Do you mean 'Summa theologica?' Aquinas covers 'Eternal Law', but not well. Sucking bullshit out of your thumb and quoting from scripture doesn't count as 'well'.
Anyway. There's a new book out - 'Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery' by Henry Marsh, a British neurosurgeon.Strongly recommended. Unlike Egnor, Henry Marsh can actually write coherently. And he's also not batshit mad.