Thanks to science fiction in literature and film, we are all familiar with cyborgs, brain-computer interfaces and augmented realty; all are examples of transhumanism, but nowadays, these aspects of emerging technology are also becoming an increasing part of our real...
George Carlin once asked, “If God loved you, how come He gave you tumors?”
Traditional theism doesn’t just say “some” being created the universe, but that it was created with us in mind. The evidence of the huge structure of the cosmos, with most of it irrelevant to life, our location in that universe and the eons of time necessary for evolution belie the claim that it was created for us.
Review of Marcelo Gleiser’s, The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning
There is a new book on the intersection between science and the meaning of life: The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning by Marcelo Gleiser, the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College.
Jim Holt’s recent book, Why Does The World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story, tackles the question that Martin Heidegger characterized as the greatest in all philosophy and William James called the darkest in all philosophy–why is there something rather than nothing?
“We are at the cusp of incredible things. It’s time to wake up and embrace it. We didn’t evolve through billions of years to remain animals. I believe that the biology has to go. Essentially, we’re living in a flesh coffin. I think we need to get down to the point when we’re basically pure data in machines.”
A detailed review of a forthcoming book, The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective by Dr. Clement Vidal, a young scholar and member of the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition Group at the Free University in Brussels, Belgium. Vidal investigates a most important question–whether modern scientific cosmology can satisfy our search for meaning in life. The book is a carefully and conscientiously crafted work of immense scope and daring imagination, one of the most important and timely books of the last few decades.