I’m an atheist, but not a militant one. Instead of scrapping religions, I believe we should instead recycle them. All that ecclesiastical art and architecture shouldn’t go to waste. Religious music is heavenly and a good requiem is to die for.
And what about Christmas? Even die-hard atheists love their Christmas trees and their mistletoe.
Religions are superb at two things – narrative and symbolism.
Yesterday I was wondering, where are ideas? Then afterwards, I had another idea (did you also lie awake at night worrying about this?) Continue reading
This week I’m getting all metaphysical. Since arguing that we create science rather than discover it, then it follows that science and the laws of nature are not “out there” waiting to be found, but are ideas contained within our imagination. They have the same status as stories that we tell each other.
The same is true of mathematics. It’s just an idea. That seems paradoxical, because mathematics has rules, like 1 + 1 = 2 that we can’t change. The rules seem to be real. They seem to relate to real world things that we can count. Continue reading
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If you’re a religious or spiritual kind of person, I’ve probably already pissed you off with this series of articles, and you’ve already stopped reading. That’s a pity, because you’re going to miss the best bit. Continue reading
The title of this article isn’t some kind of poetic metaphor. Last week I really did walk through the gates of Babylon. The Ishtar Gate, as it is called, currently resides in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. Forget Greek, Roman and Egyptian ruins – this is nothing like any of those. For a start, it’s not ruined. It’s perfectly preserved. And even more astonishingly, it’s blue. Continue reading
Do you ever wake up, throw the curtains open wide and marvel at how beautiful the world is? I know I do.
I enjoy a good sunrise or sunset even though I understand scientifically what the sun is, that the Earth is rotating on its axis rather than the sun moving across the sky, and that there are billions of other planets orbiting billions of other stars. Scientific knowledge doesn’t in any way diminish the experience. I still marvel at the magic and wonder of it all.
Where does this sense of wonder come from? Continue reading
It really bugs me that creative people are often identified solely as artists, writers and musicians. Scientists are regarded as plodders, and engineers worse.
What a toxic set of beliefs. Continue reading