Monthly Archives: January 2021

The Black and White Brothers—Warnock and Ossoff

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By Andris Heks

When I heard the two Georgian Democratic candidates for the Senate in the Georgian run-off Senate election, the Reverend Raphael Warnock, the eleventh of twelve children from a poor Afro-American family and Jon Ossoff, a white documentary maker from a refugee Jewish mother, introduce each other at Biden’s election rally as ‘black and white brothers’, tears came to my eyes as I had a flashback to my experience with a very different pair of ‘black and white brothers’ in Australia a long time ago! Continue reading The Black and White Brothers—Warnock and Ossoff

Cosmological Immortality

Clément Vidal‘s essay, “Cosmological Immortality: How to Eliminate Aging on a Universal Scale” discusses various scenarios of cosmic immortality.1 Vidal says that we might worry about the far future because, for example, we may come to live extremely long lifespans or we simply care about future beings who will live there. Continue reading Cosmological Immortality

America Is Trending Toward Totalitarianism

Photo of Hannah Arendt in 1975

(Given recent news in the USA I thought it valuable to reprint this post from 4 years ago.)

In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true … Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie … “

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Brian Greene’s “Until the End of Time”

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Brian Greene is a theoretical physicistmathematician, string theorist, and Professor at Columbia University. His latest book, Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe, explores the question of how life can be meaningful in a universe destined for extinction. It is a brave, profound, wise, and erudite work.

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