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The Weekly Eccentric

The Religion of Scientism and Slavs

Point 15 in Zuby’s “20 Things I Learned or Had Confirmed from the Pandemic” would’ve greatly appealed to August Comte, who hoped that science would become a religion (literally).

Zuby’s Point 15:

‘The Science’ has evolved into a secular pseudo-religion for millions of people in the West. This religion has little to do with science itself.

The founder of sociology, August Comte (according to Henri de Lubac), saw society evolving from the primitive religion of fetishism to the advanced religion of scientism. He literally believed in “social physics” (which he later called “sociology”), as a type of science that could figure out how to run society as well as math can add numbers. The scientists who would do this for us would be revered and become our new clergy.

“Social physics would be ‘as positive as any other science based on observation,’ as scientific as celestial, terrestrial, vegetable or animal ologies. Thus the scientists will soon have gained ‘all the territory successively lost by the clergy’ and they will constitute ‘a new spiritual power.’”

Henri de Lubac (quoting Comte), The Drama of Atheist Humanism (Ignatius, 140).


The parallels of the religion of Scientism with other religions are striking. Below are six parallels between the Scientistic (a member of the Church of Scientism) and the Theist (a believer and church-goer):

1.            The certitude of faith. The average Theist can’t … Read the rest

The Weekly Eccentric

Recommended Podcast Episode

Joe Rogan interviewing Andrew Huberman. It was simply packed with insights, ranging from the ability to get testosterone through plant combinations (something the rest of the world understands but the U.S. doesn’t) to why it’s important to keep your room cool when you sleep.

Body temperature, according to Huberman, might be the next great area of health exploration.

It reminds me of my (brief) experimentation with acupuncture. The acupuncturist told me it’s all about creating a heat-cold balance in the body. He said it’s an ancient Taoist principle.

I didn’t have any luck with acupuncture (though I’m not sure I gave it a fair shot), but combined with Huberman’s observation, my interest is piqued.

Anyway, I enjoyed the podcast episode enough to subscribe to Huberman’s podcast, “Huberman Lab.” I don’t easily subscribe to podcasts (they clog my app), but I’m definitely going to give this one a try.


Reading

A lot more Jacques Philippe.

I’m late to the game with Philippe, but given that most authors I read have been dead for at least 50 years, I feel like I’m on the cutting edge here. Philippe is still alive.

I’m combining his insights with mindfulness meditation. I think (think!) that mindfulness meditation is a form of practicing abandonment to the divine will, which Philippe says is crucial:

We must put everything, without exception, into the hands of God,

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Recommended: The Water Dipper

I really enjoy the column or website whose focus is to recommend links to online essays and articles. I refer to them as “aggregators” (which is the correct term when it comes to websites . . . I’m not sure it’s used to describe columns . . . no matter).

The biggest aggregator of all time was The Drudge Report. I don’t know why he went off the reservation last year. Some say he simply loathes Trump; others says he simply reverted to his Jewish liberal roots; others say he sold the site and didn’t tell anybody (either because he’s always been secretive or that was part of the deal). Either way, Drudge is dead . . . or severely crippled. Or a dick. Pick your metaphor.

The best aggregator of essays was Arts & Letters Daily. It’s still pretty good, but The Chronicle of Higher Education bought it in 2002 and it started the inexorable drift to the Left. Unlike Drudge, A&L provides a short synopsis.

If you subscribe to Medium, the editors send out a weekly roundup of recommended Medium articles. It’s one of the better e-newsletters I receive, but whereas Arts & Letters Daily drifted to the Left in the early 2000s, Medium plunged in head-first last year. Its front page often reads like an AOC Tribute page without the balance and moderation, though it does seem to have … Read the rest

Robot Wins NFC Championship Game

Tom Brady is going to this tenth Superbowl, David Barclay RIP, and did we just see extortion?

Congratulations to the deplorable Tom Brady. The Trump friend is now cemented as the greatest quarterback of all time. He finished his televised evening by trotting to the sideline to hug his son.

The man needs deprogramming and quick.


We lost a good Catholic earlier this month and I didn’t even know it. Billionaire David Barclay died on January 10th.

Yes, “billionaire David . . .”. And yet I say he was one of the good guys.

I base that assessment on this memorial that Taki wrote a few days ago.

When Taki once finished a ski run at an exclusive resort, a stranger walked up to him and asked if he was Taki. Taki nodded and the man said, “I like your column [in The Spectator].”

Taki responded, “What is an intelligent person like you doing reading the rubbish I write?”

The stranger responded, ““I own The Spectator, I have to read it—but I still like your column.”

Thus, says Taki, started their friendship.

He said Barclay and his wife kept to themselves, which annoyed a lot of the other guests at the private resort. When someone asked Taki what interested Barclay, he said, “Religious matters.”

He said it was a white lie to deter the man, but it was also true: … Read the rest

Google Scares Me, Taki, the Gulag

Tuesday miscellany

I’m merely linking to this: Google Is Not What It Seems. It’s an excerpt from Julian Assange’s new book. I’ve long maintained that something doesn’t “smell right” about Google: its government ties, its shockingly-fast growth, its involvement in foreign affairs.

But, alas, I’m not the guy to talk with about contemporary foreign affairs. I don’t even have a firm opinion on Assange.

Though I am kinda hoping that he and Snowden both get pardons. I have no opinion on whether the pardons are just. I just like it when a stick, any stick, gets pushed in the eye of the Establishment.


My man Taki Theodoracopulos’s current column is just a series of (loosely?) related points. It’s not his best piece by any means, but points are thoroughly-enjoyable.

Lord Belhaven died at 93. His widow said he had the perfect death: “He asked for a gin and tonic, went to bed, and never woke up.” That sounds good but not perfect. If had gone to Confession right before the gin, that would’ve been perfect.

“Trauma is now as American as apple pie, and purported to be caused by many things: betrayal, moral injury, an abuse of authority, the loss of a pet, the closing of a nightclub, or the malfunction of a television set. Actually it’s a spiritual void that afflicts those who use social media and take celebrities seriously. Therapists and … Read the rest

So, Were They Eating Pangolins or What?

Bric-a-Brac Thursday

Today’s TDE entry is, well, brick-a-brac: a selection of items of modest value. If I make you laugh and give you one interesting piece of information, my efforts on this post will be gratified.

The title reminds me of a Joseph Epstein anecdote. He went to a used store to get rid of a bunch of stuff. The woman at the counter was writing the items down individually and confirming:

Epstein: “Record Albums.”

Woman: “Record Albums.”

Epstein: “Overcoat.”

Woman: “Overcoat.”

Epstein: “Box of brick-a-brac.”

Woman: “Shit.”


One reason for this bric-a-brac post? I appear to have the flu.

For those keeping count, I came down with COVID on November 1st. It lifted about a week later, then I was afflicted with frequent (daily) migraines until last Saturday, at which point I began to feel normal.

Then yesterday morning, wham, I could barely move.

When a friend saw my office auto-email response (“I’m away from my desk dying and can’t return messages”), he texted me to see if I was alright. I responded, “ I had COVID after-effects like migraines for weeks. I was beginning to get worried. But this morning, I woke up with the flu to take my mind off it.”


Rise of the Pangolin

This Wired story says we’ll never know where COVID came from. At best, they think they can come up with a cause by the preponderance … Read the rest

Miscellany

England after 1688 and bears in the gay community

Rise of the Moneyed

I’m enjoying volume 4 of Peter Ackroyd’s history of England: Revolution: The History of England from the Battle of the Boyne to the Battle of Waterloo.

I wanted to learn a bit more about how the commercial sector used its power after deposing the Catholic James II to fatten their wallets.

The first example came right away: 1694, the establishment of the first central bank: The Bank of England. Subscribers put money into the Bank, the Bank loaned King William money to finance war against France, the King would repay the loan at 8% interest from tax revenues.

And voila, the privileging of the moneyed class was ensconced and the era of Hudge and Gudge (business and government working together to grow each to monstrous proportions) was upon us.


The book starts after James II had fled England. Parliament had to decide how William could be the legitimate king, since it refused to pretend he had actually conquered England (that would’ve been both inaccurate and humiliating). After much discussion, and coming up with a new Bill of Rights that granted most power to Parliament, William and Mary (who had a decent claim to the throne) were declared conjoint sovereigns.

“Declared” by Parliament, leading many English to believe they were installed by Parliament. The result? The divine right of kings was dead.

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Biden Will Pack the Court?

And why it’s a really big deal

Court Packing

Man, scary stuff. Every right-of-center news outlet heard it: Biden refused to say he wouldn’t pack the court.

I didn’t see a single mainstream news outlet mention it. I’m sure some did, but when I Googled “Biden and court packing” yesterday, the three top recent stories came from the New York Post, Washington Examiner, and Fox News. National Review was next.

No NYT, WaPo, Huffington Post, Slate, Salon, or the other minions of the Left.

Make no doubt about it: Court-packing would end Democracy as we know it.

Under Marbury v. Madison, the Supreme Court is, well, supreme. It says what the laws say and, at times, legislates from the bench.

If the reigning power can simply add Justices to get the result it wants, then it controls everything with no checks. The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, combined with Marbury v. Madison, allows a Supreme Court of hundreds of justices to run roughshod with no checks or balances.

If you then end the filibuster and toss in two new Democrat-controlled states?

Game over, my friend. Game over.

If at some point the Republicans regained power, they would add justices. Then the Democrats would add justices. It’d become a huge assembly, divided among factions beholden to their patrons.

A huge morphing would be set off in our politics.

If the U.S.

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