Blind spots

I am the national poster-boy for cultural illiteracy. Well, maybe that's too harsh. It's probably better to say that I have gaps — blind spots — in my cultural education. I've read Shakespeare, Tolstoy and many of the classics. I know the difference between Mozart, Sting and Andrew Lloyd Webber. I ... Continue reading

Where is everybody?

Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids In fact, it's cold as hell And there's no one there to raise them if you did —Rocket Man, Elton John Hence the enigma: an origin of life on Earth appears highly improbable; an origin elsewhere is highly conjectural. —Martin A Line, "The enigma of ... Continue reading

Dodging intelligent design

There is just no evidence for the existence of God. ... So the relevance of evolutionary biology to atheism is that evolutionary biology gives us the only known mechanism whereby the illusion of design, or apparent design, could ever come into the universe anywhere. —Evolutionary biologist Richard ... Continue reading