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Entropy

Why I No Longer Care About Current Events Or World News

Dori Hartley | Posted 03.02.2014 | Fifty
Dori Hartley

If you mention the countries Syria, Ukraine, Afghanistan or Venezuela to me, a soft, numb cloud of blissful and most intentional ignorance folds over my consciousness and within milliseconds, I hear no more. Same goes for the phrases, 'world issues,' 'political strategy,' and 'government turmoil.' But no words instantly anesthetize me like the words, 'war,' 'conflict,' 'death toll,' 'budget,' and 'health care.'

"Spaced Out"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 06.01.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

I didn't major in physics in college, though I do have a BS in life, but I know that one of the principles of this fascinating science is that any space will be filled -- except, of course, the one between my ears.

Science's Sacred Cows (Part 7): Reductionism

Dave Pruett | Posted 05.19.2013 | Science
Dave Pruett

Reductionism has its limitations. Is a human being -- one who bristles at injustice, weeps at Pachelbel's Canon, loves her children, is awestruck by beauty, and craves chocolate -- simply the product of Pavlov's conditioned reflexes to stimuli?

Can Black Holes Tell Us Something About Digital Computers?

Mario Livio | Posted 03.10.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

Until the early 1970s, no one could see any relevance of these curious objects to what one might call everyday physics.

God As Ordering Force Of The Universe

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.09.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

How and why would God speak to me personally when there might be infinite other creatures on infinite numbers of other planets likewise seeking connection to the Divine?

Life, Death And Entropy

Matthew Zaro Fisher | Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion
Matthew Zaro Fisher

What is the purpose of existence? In the face of existence we ask God, ask ourselves: Why is the path from life to death adorned by both the joys of creation and the sorrows of corruption?

Have Scientific Questions? There Are No 'Answers in Genesis'

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.04.2012 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

When we permit theology to define our science, we end up with gibberish, but not even consistent gibberish.

Entropy, Negentropy And Our Moral Imagination

James O'Dea | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James O'Dea

The moral core of the universe produced the exquisite balance for life on Earth. Only a moral imagination can restore what our immoral greed and flagrant excess has wrecked.

Corroded infrastructure 2010/Robert Smithson's Writings on Entropy, 1966-67

Mira Schor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Mira Schor

This week my graduate seminar students (at Parsons Fine Arts MFA) and I had a great discussion leading from Robert Smithson's writings on entropy to i...

Black Holes: Universe To End Sooner Than Thought

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Space is getting to be a nasty place: not only did NASA bomb the moon, but new scientific research suggests the universe will end sooner than previous...