The Demarcation Problem

Below is the text of my newest article for the Berkeley Science Review:   In October, 2004, the Dover Area School District in York County, Pennsylvania decided that intelligent design would be taught in their classrooms as an alternative to evolutionary theory. In response, a group of Dover parents sued the school district, claiming that […]

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Love In A World Of Atoms

The threads that weave the cloth of our mentality are soulless. Our experience of the most beautiful sunset, our most fervent desires, our loftiest thoughts, and our most expansive feelings of love are storms of neural activity, nothing more. Science – and neuroscience in particular – has stripped our mental lives of a soul. But […]

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Being Moral Without God

“‘But what will become of men, then?’ I asked him, ‘without God and immortal life? All things are lawful, then, they can do what they like?’” – Dmitri in The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky There is a fear amongst the religious that the denial of divine authority makes senseless the notion of morality. But the belief that morality […]

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The Future of Spirituality

What will spirituality look like in 100 years? What will it look like when technology is fully woven into the fabric of our world and our biology, when our scientific understanding of the world and of ourselves will have progressed far beyond what we can imagine? What will the temples of such a world look like? Or its […]

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Why I Do Science and Philosophy

It seems to be fashionable for scientists to claim that philosophy is dead or useless. If that’s the case then I must be a deeply confused person. If philosophy is “dead” because science has or eventually will answer all of philosophy’s questions, then you shouldn’t believe anything I’ve said on this blog: I haven’t run […]

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