Welcome to the Age of Denial
IN 1982, polls showed that 44 percent of Americans believed God had created human beings in their present form....0
US brain project puts focus on ethics
The false mouse memories made the ethicists uneasy. By stimulating certain neurons in the hippocampus, Susumu Tonegawa and his...
Why Can’t My Computer Understand Me?
Hector Levesque thinks his computer is stupid—and that yours is, too. Siri and Google’s voice searches may be able...
Steven Pinker embraces scientism. Bad move, I think
Steven Pinker has written a long essay in The New Republic embracing scientism. That's really too bad, because this...
Science Is Not Your Enemy
The great thinkers of the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment were scientists. Not only did many of them...
Warning Label: Big Pharma meets Big History
Why should Big Pharma invest in Big History? My answer is in the form of a warning label I...
A Black Hole Mystery Wrapped in a Firewall Paradox
This time, they say, Einstein might really be wrong. A high-octane debate has broken out among the world’s physicists...
The Real Meaning of the Exoplanet Revolution
Until quite recently we knew of only one life-harbouring planet in a single planetary system — adrift within a...
The Nature Of Consciousness: A Question Without An Answer?
Today I’d like to go back to a topic that leaves most people perplexed, me included: the nature of...