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In short, we need to recover the courage we celebrate in our heroes, and in particular, the courage to tolerate, for the sake of a…
We should get used to the idea that we’ll probably never be able to find – and confirm – a good explanation of the ultimate…
Some of the greatest, most revolutionary advances in science have been given their initial expression in attractively modest terms, with no fanfare.
Darwin’s idea of natural selection makes people uncomfortable because it reverses the direction of tradition.
Wherever there is a design that is highly successful in a broad range of similar environments, it is apt to emerge again and again, independently…
I think many people are terribly afraid of being demoted by the Darwinian scheme from the role of authors and creators in their own right…
The mind is the effect, not the cause.
Words have a genealogy and it’s easier to trace the evolution of a single word than the evolution of a language.
Human freedom is not an illusion; it is an objective phenomenon, distinct from all other biological conditions and found in only one species – us.
A child raised on a desert island, alone, without social interaction, without language, and thus lacking empathy, is still a sentient being.
I don’t think the 9/11 attacks taught us anything we didn’t already know about religion. It has long been obvious – even to the deeply…
We adore babies because they’re so cute. And, of course, we are amused by jokes because they are funny. This is all backwards. It is.…
Some cultural phenomena bear a striking resemblance to the cells of cell biology, actively preserving themselves in their social environments, finding the nutrients they need…
There is no reality of consciousness independent of the effects of various vehicles of content on subsequent action (and hence, of course, on memory).
If the history of resistance to Darwinian thinking is a good measure, we can expect that long into the future, long after every triumph of…
The secret of happiness is: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.
The problem is that no ethical system has ever achieved consensus. Ethical systems are completely unlike mathematics or science. This is a source of concern.
In 50 years – or 20 years, or 200 years – our current epistemic horizon (the Big Bang, roughly) may look as parochial as the…
As every scuba diver knows, panic is your worst enemy: when it hits, your mind starts to thrash and you are likely to do something…
The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for…
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