Category: Books


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.


Book Review: Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhuman

The instability of the category ‘human’ has been the subject of philosophical debate for centuries but it is only recently that the biological and informational sciences have begun to shake the ethical foundations of modernity by revealing a lack of real, material distinctions between ourselves and other animals or, indeed, between ourselves and machines.


Jethro Knights: DIY Omnipotender Tale of a Self-Made Superman (full article)

“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 Overview of Clement Vidal’s “The Beginning and the End” (Part 2)

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.