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The collapse of rational certainty

Modernity was built on certainty in science and mathematics. That was revealed as delusional during the early 20th century.

January 23rd, 2022

No meaning of life as a whole

Misunderstanding “a life” as an object leads to the complaint that, although meanings exist, life is meaningless overall.

December 27th, 2021

No meaning without justification

The rationalist theory of justified action leads to nihilism. Understand your activity as a vivid, variegated landscape instead.

December 25th, 2021

Some other varieties of objectivity

Nihilistic claims about subjectivity, inherent meaning, universal meaning, and scientific objectivity do not hold up.

December 24th, 2021

No objective meaning

While the meaning of “objective” is nebulous, learning to relate to meaningness more objectively is possible and worthwhile.

December 23rd, 2021

No meaning without proof

A stubborn nihilist can always just refuse to admit that anything is meaningful.

December 12th, 2021

Vaster than ideology

When you discover you are owned by an ideology, you can escape. Better, you can become a larger space.

December 11th, 2021

No cosmic meaning

Intuitions of “cosmic meaning” root in hunger for personal significance, and in encounters with vastness.

November 30th, 2021

No meaning from the Big Bang

Everything was meaningless at the moment of the Big Bang. What could add meaning after that?

November 19th, 2021

Lite nihilism, on the way to completion

Lite nihilism includes a valuable, accurate analysis of the failure of eternalism.

November 12th, 2021

No eternal meaning

Meanings come and go; they are not eternally stable—and that is fine.

November 5th, 2021

No meaning for mortals

Your future death does not make your present meaningless.

October 31st, 2021

Nihilistic reasoning errors

The many justifications for nihilism rely on a handful of mistaken patterns of reasoning.

October 29th, 2021

Sexy cynicism and nihilist elitism

Recognizing meaninglessness requires unusual intelligence, courage, and toughness. Nihilist elitism renders you stupid, cowardly, and helpless, though.

September 24th, 2021

The nihilist apocalypse

A world of total license: the catastrophe some fear if nihilistic views become widespread.

September 20th, 2021

Nihilism is black magic

Nihilism has a taboo allure of forbidden power—because everyone knows eternalism is wrong.

September 10th, 2021

“Nihilism is OK” is not OK

“Nihilism is inevitable, but not a problem.” This is mistaken: it makes you miserable and ineffective, and erodes social and cultural capacity.

September 8th, 2021

Cold comfort: the promise of nihilism

Nihilism promises you don’t have to care, because nothing means anything. But you do care—and you can’t escape that.

September 6th, 2021

No transcendent meaning

If meaning lives only in Neverland, we can’t make much use of it. Fortunately, it’s here, now.

September 5th, 2021

No absolute meaning

Are you adult enough to accept that the world offers no absolute guarantees?

September 5th, 2021