“Truth implies freedom, because in the regime of freedom an arbitrary authority cannot impose dogmas according to its good pleasure: the human mind is at the same time subject to truth and free because of it.”
Chantal Delsol, “L’idée d’Université”, quoted on Siris, October 10, 2017.
“Wilder Penfield, an early-twentieth-century neurosurgeon who pioneered seizure surgery, noted that during brain stimulation on awake patients, he was never able to stimulate the mind itself—the sense of ‘I’—but only fragmented sensations and perceptions and movements and memories. Our core identity cannot be evoked or altered by physical stimulation of the brain.
“Relatedly, Penfield observed that spontaneous electrical discharges in the brain cause involuntary sensations and movements and even emotions, but never abstract reasoning or calculation. There are no ‘calculus’ seizures or ‘moral’ seizures, in which patients involuntarily take second derivatives or ponder mercy.”
Michael Egnor, “A Map of the Soul“, FirstThings.com, June 29, 2017.
“Political correctness is a serious problem, and it has an authoritarian tendency. … It is an obligatory, enforced participation in a fluid, liquefied moral world. We are told that we are not required to think or live in any particular way—except that we can’t think or live in ways that constrain, compromise, or even throw doubt on anyone else’s free decision to think or live differently. Taken to its logical extreme—everything is permitted as long as it permits everything—this becomes a paradoxical totalitarian toleration that is all the more dangerous because it deludes those who promote it into thinking that when they drive all dissent from the public square, they are ‘including.'”
R.R. Reno, “The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism“, First Things magazine, October 2017.