Jacques Monod (1910 – 1976) was a French biologist who was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1965 for his discoveries in molecular biology. His classic book Chance and Necessity: Essay on the Natural Philosophy of Modern Biology Continue reading Summary of Jacques Monod’s “Chance and Necessity”
Diagram of evolution of the (observable part) of the universe
from the Big Bang (left), the CMB-reference afterglow, to the present.
IS THERE A CONNECTION BETWEEN EVOLUTION AND MEANING?
In previous blog posts (“Death Is Bad,” and ““Can Science Give Us Immortality”) we have given two reasons to believe that life is meaningful: Continue reading Evolution and the Meaning of Life
Fraternal love (Prehispanic sculpture from 250–900 AD, of Huastec origin). Museum of Anthropology in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.
Reflecting on recent columns about love, the issue of the gap between theory and practice has resurfaced. Continue reading The Gap Between Theory and Practice
No I am not a member of PETA, nor have I ever owned a pet. But a friend recently asked me to comment on an NPR article, Continue reading Non-Human Animal Suffering
Suppose you have lived your entire life for others; suppose selflessness virtually defines you. Now assume that after a lifetime of selflessness, you are sometimes unappreciated by, or taken advantage of, or not as close as you would like to be, to those others. Continue reading On Love and Pain