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With a background in science I am extremely interested in the meeting ground of science, theology, and philosophy, especially the ethical questions at the border…
Novels aren’t pedagogical instruments, or instructions in law or physics or any other discipline. A novel has to be an emotional experience, a trip of…
Music is, of course, a universal emotional experience, cutting across cultures and languages. I studied piano for ten years as a child and consider that…
I’ve taken a philosophical position on e-mail. Although I think it’s a wonderful communication technology, and it has a lot of good uses, it is…
I have too many friends who tell me that they spend the first hour of every morning going through their e-mail messages. I’d like to…
I oppose any belief that contradicts experimental evidence as determined by the methods of science. All beliefs not in such contradiction may be considered as…
I have for a long time loved fabulist, imaginative fiction, such as the writing of Italo Calvino, Jose Saramago, Michael Bulgakov, and Salman Rushdie. I…
If I were not a writer, I would spend more time doing the things that I am already doing, which include doing research in physics,…
As both a scientist and a humanist myself, I have struggled to understand different claims to knowledge, and I have eventually come to a formulation…
As a scientist, I don’t believe science will ever discover whether God exists. Nor do I believe religion will ever prove it.
I still will sit down at the piano and play when I am wrestling with something emotionally or just want to move into the musical…
All writers have roots they draw from – travel, work, family. My roots are in science and it is fertile ground for fiction.
I have always loved magic realism as a form of writing. I have also been fascinated for a long time with the intersection of science…
Except for a God who sits down after the universe begins, all other gods conflict with the assumptions of science.
I think e-mail is representative of our fast food mentality in the United States, where everything has gotten faster and faster, and we’re required to…
We’re plugged in 24 hours a day now. We’re all part of one big machine, whether we are conscious of that or not. And if…
For me, consciousness is the most interesting unsolved problem of science, and, in fact, we may never know what it is about a particular arrangement…
I consider myself a spiritual atheist. I certainly believe there are forces bigger than ourselves, and that we should be searching, individually, for meaning in…
We live in a highly polarized society. We need to try to understand each other in respectful ways. To that end, I believe that we…
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