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What is mathematics? It’s neither physical nor mental, it’s social. It’s part of culture, it’s part of history. It’s like law, like religion, like money, like all those other things which are very real, but only as part of collective … Continue reading

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JBS Haldane on courage and nonviolence: I AM a man of violence by temperament and training. My family, in the┬ámale line, can, I think, fairly be described as Kshattriyas. …From 1250 to 1750 we occupied a small fort┬ácommanding a pass … Continue reading

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At the local viewing of the transit of Venus, I asked an astronomer named Lisa how people noticed a planet going in front of the Sun in the first place. (Surely they weren’t just staring at the sun all day?) … Continue reading

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The Book of Genesis illustrated by R. Crumb A five-year effort, published in 2009 A.D. Crumb: “In setting out to illustrate the Book of Genesis, I quickly learned that I had to read the text very carefully and closely in order … Continue reading

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the Begats

The word < is normally defined to mean less than in some quantifiable sense. For example, considering the set {3,6,1441}, one could say that 3<6<1441. But in the abstract language of partially ordered sets, < is reinterpreted many ways — … Continue reading

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In AD 312 a pretender to the imperial title by the name of Constantine marched from Gaul … towards Rome…. [V]ictorious … the dominion of the Roman[s] was set upon a radically new path … an imperium christianum…. [O]n the … Continue reading

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Without science, explaining why there is something rather than nothing requires explaining every leaf, rock, beetle and star. Cosmology and evolutionary theory pare the explanation requirement down … we might have to explain only a physical law or three, and … Continue reading

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