Archive for September, 2014

Life And Meaning

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

I’d like to take a brief moment to write about life and meaning, or more specifically, that feeling we all sometimes get when we sense ourselves saying, “What’s the point of it all?” That emotion swings back and forth within me, depending on what’s going on in my life.  If I were to try to […]

Sexism And Political Correctness

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

As many of you have probably gathered over the years, I’m not a fan of political correctness.  The philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris recently got himself in trouble over a few comments he made.  People (primarily feminists) are claiming he’s sexist.  He’s written a book on spirituality without religion, and so he’s been touring around, […]

What Education’s All About

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker recently wrote a brilliant piece for The New Republic.  In it, he discusses his views on education.  I found one passage particularly important. It seems to me that educated people should know something about the 13-billion-year prehistory of our species and the basic laws governing the physical and living world, including […]

Laniakea – Immeasurable Heaven

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

I often find myself coming home late at night and I stare up at the stars.  If you’re a physicist, a lot goes through your mind when you think of all of space and the universe.  Recently some new research has came out, giving us a new way to view superclusters.  So what is a […]

Marriage And Sexual Morality

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

I can remember first buying Will Durant’s The Story of Civilization history bookset back when I was a teenager.  I tried reading it back then, but Durant’s vocabulary was beyond me, and I wasn’t getting much out of it.  Now it’s been some fifteen years or so, and I’ve went back to reading them again.  Well, […]