In this episode, our editor in chief, I.J. Makan, talks to editor, Amos Dowber, about the importance of tradition in communicating knowledge, tradition vs traditionalism, the middle eastern sources of "Western culture," political violence, and the political co-opting of religion.
Mark Mercer is Professor of Philosophy, President of Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship, and a public intellectual.
Scott Masson is Associate Professor of English Literature and a public intellectual.
Is there a human nature? This question has been answered in various ways over the course of history. Some individuals believe that what makes us human is our DNA or our biological characteristics. Other individuals believe that humanity is a social construct – we are human because we engage in human activities in society.
In pursuit of equality in all measurable outcomes, the modern equivalent of spells, sacrifices, and rituals to manipulate the gods are diversity quotas, equity programs, redistribution of resources, reparations, and affirmative action.