Science

The Return of Storytelling in a Digital Age

By |2019-04-25T12:01:26-05:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, Fiction, Literature, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Technology, Writing|

Podcast stories, like reading, have the advantage of engaging the audience’s imagination. And lest the technophobes among us decry the dominance of gadgets, rather than the gadgetry taking us into a brave new world, the technology is actually allowing us to participate in a much older form of literature: storytelling… Some time ago, on [...]

Of Men, Monkeys, and Jared Diamond

By |2019-02-18T02:27:20-05:00November 7th, 2018|Categories: Books, Darwin, Featured, Louis Markos, Modernity|

For the twenty-first-century disciple of Darwin, man—though he possesses no essential, intrinsic worth that separates him from his chimpanzee cousins—has proven himself a most effective destroyer of that very mother nature who evolved him into his present form... The Third Chimpanzee, by Jared Diamond (432 pages, Harper Perennial, 2006) Of the three founding fathers of [...]

Science, Faith, and English Professors

By |2019-06-27T12:48:13-05:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Philosophy, Religion, Science|

While science and religion have differences that need reconciliation, you can regard the so-called ‘war’ between them as ‘fake.’ The history of science is entwined with our human search to discern a deeper understanding of our purpose within the universe.... Alan Honour begins his book Cave of Riches: The Story of the Dead Sea Scrolls with how [...]

Finding Refreshment in a World of Endless Work

By |2019-06-27T10:17:27-05:00October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Happiness, Information Age, Josef Pieper|

It only took a moment. The smartphone was somewhere in the grass, forgotten. Our hands and jeans were covered in smears of purple and green sidewalk chalk. My two-year-old daughter and I were busy drawing roads and buildings on a square of pavement—here a library, there a post office, with our house around the corner. [...]

Aliens, Elephants, and Angels

By |2019-06-25T17:07:18-05:00September 29th, 2018|Categories: Dwight Longenecker, Science, Senior Contributors, Space, Time|

Some time ago while wasting time I came across a seemingly profound, but ultimately silly discussion which is prevalent within popular culture. It’s called the Fermi Paradox, and it goes like this: “There are billions of stars out there like the sun. Therefore, statistically there must be billions of planets like earth where intelligent life has developed. Given the vast amount of [...]

A Death in New Mexico: The Old Healer

By |2019-07-10T23:21:35-05:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Death, George Stanciu, Religion, Science, Tradition, Tragedy|

When I moved to Santa Fe, the City Different was a small, sleepy Western town with real stores around the Plaza, not upscale tourist traps that appeared after marketers invented the Santa Fe style. One day, I wandered into a small shop on Galisteo Street, not far from the Plaza. A forty-watt bulb dimly lighted [...]

Nature, Science, and Civilization

By |2019-06-10T11:19:01-05:00September 26th, 2018|Categories: Civilization, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Leviathan, Mark Malvasi, Nature, Science, Senior Contributors, Technology, Western Civilization|

At its finest, the new conception of nature enabled people to appreciate, and wish to safeguard, the natural environment on which life depends. At its worst, this reverence for the natural world gave rise to a mindless sentimentality that regarded all human activity as harmful and exploitive. I. The English mathematician and philosopher Alfred North [...]

Messages From Outer Space: Man, Contemplation, & Technology

By |2019-05-07T14:40:16-05:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: Books, Christianity, Civil Society, Culture, Science, Technology|

All the minds of all the brilliant thinkers that the world has ever known will still come up pathetically short when compared with the grandeur of the universe. Technology, if it is to soberly measure its own capabilities and power, must approach the questions of the universe with a certain degree of humble modesty... "Until [...]

Apocalyptic Visions: Faith, Reason, & Science Fiction

By |2018-08-18T20:54:56-05:00August 18th, 2018|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Fiction, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Philosophy, Science|

The apocalyptic vision in science fiction is akin to the memento mori in mediaeval art. It reminds us of the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. And these last things remind us of the first things—most importantly the primary reality that we are made in the image of God to love and [...]

In the Beginning Was the… Music?

By |2019-05-16T13:39:38-05:00July 21st, 2018|Categories: Existence of God, Mathematics, Nature, Science|

Michio Kaku has made a name for himself as a world-leading theoretical physicist unafraid to speak his mind. Dr. Kaku, the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York, has published more than 70 articles in physics journals on topics such as supersymmetry, superstring theory, supergravity, and [...]

Is the Human Brain Just Like a Computer?

By |2019-05-09T15:49:02-05:00July 5th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Nature, Science, Technology|

Some dream of a time when we will achieve immortality by downloading the contents of the brain into a computer. But is this truly possible?… I have just read a fascinating and, to my mind, cheerful article, by the research psychologist Robert Epstein, on why your brain is not a computer—for the simple reason that your brain does [...]

How Friedrich Nietzsche Changed Philosophy Forever

By |2019-04-25T11:23:14-05:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Modernity, Philosophy, Relativism, Science, Truth|

Friedrich Nietzsche sought to change the world, and there is significant evidence that the existentialist philosopher succeeded. Many of the contemporary world’s assumptions regarding the primacy of individualism and the disavowal of universals were exposited by Nietzsche.[1] Yet, one of this thinker’s most important revolutions lay in his complete redefinition of philosophy. The dominant [...]

Can Technology Improve How We Read Books?

By |2019-08-22T11:22:57-05:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Books, Modernity, Science, Technology|

Robin Sloan attempts to show the ways in which technology can improve upon our old and outdated modes of reading. But his novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, demonstrates that though Mr. Sloan knows technology, he misunderstands books and bookstores… Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (288 pages, Picador, 2013) In the wake [...]

CGI Apocalypse: The Veiling of Nature

By |2018-06-07T02:52:00-05:00June 10th, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Culture, Nature, Science, Stratford Caldecott, Technology, Timeless Essays|

The world may ultimately be broken down, not into atoms or elements or quanta of energy, but into something like “pixels” or units of information. These build up into the impressions of things that are the objects of our consciousness, constituting the other half of reality… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords [...]