You can’t beat nature

There’s an old joke about a scientist going to God and saying, “We’ve cracked it, we know how to make life, we don’t need you any more.” “That sounds pretty clever,” replied God, “show me.” The scientist bent down and gathered together a little pile of dirt. “Hold on a second,” said God, “use yourContinue reading “You can’t beat nature”

The waking dream of a better world

Being human is pretty damned complex. We have certain things, like our sex drive, which we come into when our bodies have matured enough, and which becomes a biological imperative. It’s established by nature, not us and we have no say in its existence. We also have an autonomic system, the system that keeps ourContinue reading “The waking dream of a better world”

Good and evil

Before I take this anywhere, it is a fairly commonly held belief that good and evil are a balance of forces in the universe. That, as Richard Feynman would have it, is our guess which must be measured against nature to find out if it has any substance to it, or whether nature pops itContinue reading “Good and evil”

Before we change the world we must change

Why is it important we ground ourselves in nature before we attempt to save the world? Nature is the ultimate arbiter of science, if a scientific theory is not borne out by nature, it’s abandoned, useless. If I head out with some half baked idea that I want to save the world, but never testContinue reading “Before we change the world we must change”