January 29, 2017
I started my blog in December 2013 and began to use site stats to record traffic in February 2014. Now, just less than three years later, I have passed 1,000,000 page views. It took me roughly two years to get my first half million views, and one year to get the next half million. So readership is picking up. To date I have published 661 posts. I do this work voluntarily, and social security provided my entire income—thanks FDR—so I’m not rich. But I am privileged to share my thoughts in the hope that some might benefit from them.
In addition to weekly posting, I would like to publish a new meaning a life book that elaborates on my own evolving thoughts. My first book on the topic was always meant as the prerequisite research necessary to write a second more personal book.
Finally, I would like to thank my readers, many of whom have made insightful comments, and a few of whom I’ve come to know through email. Despite what they might say about writing for themselves, most writers also wants to be read. So again thanks to all who have viewed these pages.
I started this blog less than two years ago and I started tracking page views about a year and a half ago. Today I just went over 500,000 page views. I also will publish my 500th post in the next few days.
I would like to thank my readers, many of whom have made insightful comments, and a few of whom I’ve come to know through email. Despite what they might say about writing for themselves, every writer also wants to be read. So again thanks to all who have viewed these pages.
Finally I have many plans to improve the website. I want to soon start video blogging, in large part so that when I’m gone my granddaughter can still hear my voice. I also want to explore the idea of hope and how it is, I think, the key that helps us to brave the struggle of life without appealing to dubious metaphysical propositions.
So if you like the site, you can be assured there is more coming. Thanks,
No dear reader, I am still here. But my wife is very ill and I have had less time to write. However, I will be back, hopefully, as soon as things improve. I must say that, as we age—my wife and I are now both in our 60s—one does begin to see that entropy will eventually win. I still think this a great tragedy, but as long as we are mostly powerless to stop it, we might as well accept it.
An aside. Today is my wife and my 35th wedding anniversary. I thank Jane for being in my life. I would be lost without her.
My June 10, 2015 post marked the 193rd consecutive day I had written a post. And then 3 days without a post. What’s up with that? Well to tell the truth I wanted a break. Moreover, I had just finished my book, Who Are We?: Religious, Philosophical, Scientific and Transhumanist Theories Of Human Nature, so I decided to take a few days off.
So playing—hiking, golfing, urban trekking and babysitting my granddaughter—have taken center stage in the last few weeks. When the weather is beautiful I just get the urge to be outside. And by the way, play is good for you; it is part of a meaningful life. A life without the joy of play is a diminished life. So here’s to just playing.
On Sunday April 26 I was interviewed by RTE Radio 1 of Dublin, Ireland for the radio program “Life Matters.” The title of Sunday’s program was “Does death make life worth living?” The program focused on how the defeat of death by technology would affect both life’s meaning and religion.
Others interviewed included noted futurist Zoltan Istvan, and philosophers Stephen Cave, John Hardwig, Christine Overall, and myself. My contribution began about 19 minutes into the show. Istvan made the transhumanist case, Cave and Hardwig defended death, Overall defended immortality, and I argued that religion will fail to accommodate to transhumanism. When people can choose immortality, religion as we know it will end. You can hear the entire radio broadcast here.