Monthly Archives: September 2023

Cosmological Natural Selection: Crawford’s Critique and Rifkin’s Rejoinder

Lee Smolin: Cosmological Natural Selection - Cosmological Natural Selection Smolin's hypothesis of cosmological natural selection, also called the fecund universes theory, suggests that a process analogous to biological natural selection applies at

I recently summarized “The Logic and Beauty of Cosmological Natural Selection,” Lawrence Rifkin’s essay which appeared in the June 10, 2014 issue of Scientific American. What follows is a critique of its main ideas by the video game designer Chris Crawford and a response by Dr. Rifkin.  Continue reading Cosmological Natural Selection: Crawford’s Critique and Rifkin’s Rejoinder

Should Donald Trump be disqualified from ever running for president again?

By Laurence Houlgate

Here is a question that should be asked by every philosophy professor in their classroom this term: Should Donald J. Trump be permanently disqualified from holding any office, civil or military, including the office of President? Continue reading Should Donald Trump be disqualified from ever running for president again?

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth – more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habits; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of the well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. ~ Bertrand Russell (“Why Men Fight: A Method of Abolishing the International Duel,” pp. 178-179) Continue reading Men fear thought as they fear nothing else