About Butterflies and Wheels
Butterflies and Wheels was established in 2002 and has (not surprisingly) evolved since then. At the beginning it focused mainly on various kinds of pseudoscience and epistemic relativism, aka postmodernism. The latter prompted an increasing focus on moral or cultural relativism and a defense of universalism and human rights. This in turn led to concern with the chief opponent of universalism and human rights, which is religion. This then led to interest in the backlash against overt atheism.
Why Butterflies and Wheels?
Because Mary Midgley borrowed Alexander Pope’s witticism about breaking a butterfly upon a wheel, only she did it wrong.
Anybody who posts supportive comments at ERV is likely to be blocked from posting comments here.
Note: this is not a genuine “rule.” It is an explanation for the ostentatiously obtuse, added in a spirit of levity. It won’t be here long.
Note a year later: it turns out this is a genuine rule, because believe it or not, the people who were posting supportive comments at ERV then are still doing so a year later. By “supportive comments” I mean talk of kicking me in the cunt and similarly elevating discourse. The rule will be here as long as it’s needed.
Ophelia Benson (Editor)
Josh Larios is the Webmaster.