"It is here that the question of the eternal verities arises. In order to assure himself [Descartes] that he is not confronted by a deceiving God, he has to pass through the medium of a God—indeed, in his register, it is a question not so much of a perfect, as of an infinite being. Does Descartes, then, remain caught, as everyone up to him did, on the need to guarantee all scientific research on the fact that actual science exists somewhere, in an existing being, called God? —that is to say, on the fact that God is supposed to know?"
Jacques Lacan, Seminar XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis (via sublimehysteric)
This medium… this drive for the guarantee; it appears to show itself on page 2 of Harris’ The Moral Landscape where he throws out a faith based affirmation of the medium: “The most important of these facts are bound to transcend culture”