Of Dimensionless Points in the Expanse of Space

“Points in space are indistinguishable and interchangeable.  Because they lack any differentiating attributes, whatever the world consists of must not reside at points.” - George Musser, Spooky Action at a Distance, 2015  

Of Socrates' Virtue Quest

“Socrates’ quest, in all the Socratic dialogues, is to find what genuine virtue is and what a really good person is – that is, one who is good according to what is good by nature, as contrasted with one who is merely deemed good by the conventions of...

Of Corrupting One's Soul

“Just as no man would voluntarily relinquish his bodily health for something of ephemeral value, such as pleasure, so also no man would voluntarily corrupt his own soul for anything whatever.” -Richard Taylor, Good and Evil, 2000  

Of Cultivating Justice

“If justice is a certain state of a man’s soul, then a wise man will cultivate that state and prize it above any earthly good.” -Richard Taylor, Good and Evil, 2000  

Of Moral Philosophy

  “It has been fairly characteristic of moral philosophers to begin with an assumed dichotomy between what is and what ought to be.  Having turned their backs on the former as having little relevance to philosophical ethics, they have proclaimed...

Of Human Activity as Intentional and Purposeful

  “When a man is seen doing anything, it can generally be asked why he is doing it, what he is doing it for, or what he is trying to accomplish.  There is some point to what he is doing, some outcome that he intends.” -Richard Taylor, Good and...

Of the Fiscal Crisis of the Modern State

  “A central topic of current anti-democratic rhetoric is the fiscal crisis of the contemporary state, as reflected in the astonishing increase in public debt since the 1970s.” -Wolfgang Streeck, How Will Capitalism End?: Essays on a Failing...

Of the Human Species

"Our species will not last long." -- Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, 2016  

Of Curiosity

“It is not against nature to be curious: it is in our nature to be so.” -- Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, 2016  

Of Nature

  “Nature is our home, and in nature we are at home.” -- Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, 2016  

Of Birth and Death

  “We are born and die as the stars are born and die, both individually and collectively.  This is our reality.” -- Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, 2016  

Of Life

  “Life is precious to us because it is ephemeral.” -- Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, 2016  

Of Life

"Our appetite for life is voracious, our thirst for life insatiable." – Lucretius, De rerum natura

Of Love, Honesty and Knowledge

  “It is part of our nature to love and to be honest.  It is part of our nature to long to know more and to continue to learn.  Our knowledge of the world continues to grow.” -- Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, 2016  

Of Reality

“Reality doesn’t owe us comfort.” -- Clinton Richard Dawkins, English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author        

Of Quantum Theory

 “We may not understand quantum theory, but a theory that predicts the real world to ten decimal places cannot in any straightforward sense be wrong.  Theology not only lacks decimal places: it lacks even the smallest hint of a connection with the...

Of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

"Werner Karl Heisenberg made a precise statement of the uncertainty principle.  A very short, narrow wave will have an accurate location, but such waves (whether for water or for matter) have a range of velocities; for many kinds of waves, the front...

Of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

  “A key feature of the new quantum physics was a discovery that still bothers students and professors today.  It is called the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.” - Richard A. Muller, Now: The Physics of Time, 2016  

Of Quantum Theory

“Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood a single word.” - Niels Henrik David Bohr, one of the founding fathers of quantum physics  

Of Free Will and the Future

  “Unlike the past, the present is subject to your free will.  According to physics, as we currently understand it, the past does not totally determine the future; at least some random element originates in quantum physics.  The presence of such a...

Of Entropy

  “Entropy may be a bit mysterious, but it is not mystical.  It is everyday, and an essential tool in engineering.” – Richard A. Muller, Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley  

Of Physics

  “Physics has a way of giving obscure and abstract definitions to everyday quantities.” – Richard A. Muller, Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley  

Of Events

  “High-probability events are far more likely to occur than low-probability events.  That’s tautological, but being so makes it true. – Richard A. Muller, Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley  

Of the Soul

  “Many atheists accept the concept of the soul; they just deny the existence of a favor-bestowing  God.  It is primarily physicalists who reject the reality of the soul.”   – Richard A. Muller, Professor of Physics, University of California,...