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The Big Picture | Notes & Critical Review

February 13, 2017

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Sean Carroll. The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. Dutton, 2016. (470 pages) Prologue We have two goals in front of us. One is to explain the story of our universe and why we think it’s true, the big picture as we currently understand it. (3) The other goal […]

The Great Partnership | Notes & Review

December 29, 2014

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.┬áThe Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning. Schocken, 2011. (369 pages) Reviews: Ian Marcus Corbin, Wall Street Journal; Richard Holloway, The Guardian; Ziauddin Sardar, Independent; Wallace Greene, Jewish Book Council; Introduction ┬áDebates about religion and science…usually testify to some major crisis in society. (1) [via: I opine that is because […]

The Unbelievers | Review

September 9, 2014

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The Unbelievers, 2013 [NR] Really, there isn’t much to review. This film is the equivalent of being the proverbial “fly on the wall,” to the “dynamic duo of science,” in their exhaustive travels from one public appearance to another. It’s fun to glimpse a small amount behind the scenes, but content wise, nothing is necessarily […]

TED | Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists

June 26, 2014

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Every day we face issues like climate change or the safety of vaccines where we have to answer questions whose answers rely heavily on scientific information. Scientists tell us that the world is warming. Scientists tell us that vaccines are safe. But how do we know if they are right? Why should be believe the […]

TED | Steven Pinker & Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The long reach of reason

March 18, 2014

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Steven Pinker (SP): Okay. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (RNG): Reason appears to have fallen on hard times: Popular culture plumbs new depths of dumbth and political discourse has become a race to the bottom. We’re living in an era of scientific creationism, 9/11 conspiracy theories, psychic hotlines, and a resurgence of religious fundamentalism. People who think […]