It’s Groundhog Day

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Groundhog Day has long been one of my very favorite movies. On one level it is a very funny movie; on another, it is a particular take on Nietzsche’s doctrine of eternal recurrence. It is definitely a film that rewards rewatching. In fact, the legendary film critic Roger Ebert reviewed it twice and included it in his list of great movies. Continue reading It’s Groundhog Day

Thoughts At The End Of January, 2023

I have previously written about the difference between how the world is and how we imagine it could be. Today I was thinking about the problem from the microcosmic point of view—the difference between what I am and what I wish I could be. Why is so much of our potential never actualized? Continue reading Thoughts At The End Of January, 2023

Why Do People Believe Crazy Things?


superb essay about the proliferation of online conspiracy theories was published at 3 Quarks Daily on .

As an undergraduate History major, I reluctantly dug up a halfway natural science class to fulfill my college’s general education requirement. It was called Psychology as a Natural Science. However, the massive textbook assigned to us turned out to be chock full of interesting tidbits ranging from optical illusions to odd tales. Continue reading Why Do People Believe Crazy Things?

Sean Carroll: The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe

I have just finished Sean Carroll’s The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. Carroll is a theoretical physicist and philosopher who specializes in quantum mechanics, gravity, and cosmology. He is a prolific public speaker, science populariser, and an NSF Distinguished Lecturer. It’s one of the most enjoyable and thoughtful books I’ve read in a long time. Continue reading Sean Carroll: The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe