Links roundup, 2.21

Many of you know by now that our local Borders bookstore is closing. Locally, this leaves us with quite limited in person browsing of books. The closure raises interesting questions about our future experience with books. Might my children grow up in a world without brick and mortar bookstores? Some estimate that in 5 years we will see a 50% reduction of brick and mortar bookstores, and 90% reduction in the next 10. Does this herald the end of the bookstore? Perhaps even the end of printed books? I suppose e-books are the wave of the future, but I still resist turning entirely to them. And what about the experience of being in a bookstore? There is something to be said for the experience of being surrounded by more ideas than you can reasonably take in, something about being around printed books that places a demand on you (they call out to be read or at least flipped through). This article reflects on the trend.

Edward Feser invites New Atheists to reflect, through a hypothetical dialogue between a scientist and a skeptic, about whether or not New Atheists are the exact sorts of people they loudly deride in public (guilty of the same kind of ignorance and bigotry which they routinely condemn).

Fr. Robert Barron answer three basic questions about God – “What is God?”, “Who is God?”, and “How is God the Trinity?”

This Newsweek article goes inside the drone control rooms and gives a disturbing picture of our use of military drones. You may know that the use of this tactic has increased dramatically under Obama. In my view, such practices are morally questionable at best, and often seem to make very liberal (and I think ultimately unjustifiable) use of the doctrine of double effect.

Howard Kainz reflects on Socrates’ trances and the “voice” that kept him from doing evil, suggesting that the experience sounds a lot like what Christian mystics say about the experience with guardian angels.

The counterfeit Christianity of the Fight Club is discussed in this nice review of the 1999 film that still captivates something important about our age – the existential crisis young men face in an age without meaning or masculinity.

Some lighter notes:
A list of the top 100 Arts and Faith films up through 2011.

The building of human castles. This is pretty cool.

7 mind blowing findings from modern physics. The world is a weird place.

About Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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