Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Beauty of Skepticism

The biologist and paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) was one of the most prolific and widely read authors of popular science in the twentieth century. (Links to a few of his books can be found below.) In addition to authoring or editing more than twenty books, he penned the foreword to Michael Shermer’s 1997 book Continue reading The Beauty of Skepticism

Nick Bostrom’s “The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant”

Nick Bostrom is a co-founder of the World Transhumanist Association (now called Humanity+) and co–founder of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He is currently Professor, Faculty of Philosophy & Oxford Martin School; Director, Future of Humanity Institute; and Director, Program on the Impacts of Future Technology; all at Oxford University. Continue reading Nick Bostrom’s “The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant”

Gabriel Marcel on the broken world, problems, and mysteries

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Gabriel Marcel (1889-1973), who was born and died in Paris, was one of the leading  Christian existentialists of the twentieth century. Two of his ideas that I find fascinating are his notion of the broken world, and the distinction between a problem and a mystery. Continue reading Gabriel Marcel on the broken world, problems, and mysteries