Big Questions involving philosophy, science, spirituality and religion
Simon’s year of nihilistic stupor in Los Angeles
Living in the present between anxiety and regret
Is obsession with death a guy thing?
Quotation and immortality
How to talk about David Lynch
Is every joke an “epigraph on the death of feeling”?
How string theory came to dominate physics…
…and acquired its share of enemies
Have we ever had a theory quite like string theory?
Does string theory explain why apples fall from trees?
Can the Anthropic Principle be non-trivial without being absurd?
Math, physics, and beauty
David’s book “Reef Madness”
Louis Agassiz: one of Darwin’s great 19th-century foes
Charles Darwin, geologist
Alexander Agassiz’s epic battle with Darwin over coral reefs
How the US Navy vindicated Darwin
Darwin’s legendary nose for what matters