Category Archives: science

Stargazing

Yesterday, I saw a television documentary about Richard Feynman. At the very end, his sister describes him, lying in a hospital bed, dying of cancer. She saw him gesturing with his hands and the nurse said: “He is making involuntary … Continue reading

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On hot and wistful regrets

I have posted 45 articles so far. One every two days. I believe in self-discipline. So here I am, thinking about tomorrow’s blog. Will it be up to standard? Or will I want to retract it about an hour after … Continue reading

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Scent of a woman

I was staying in a bungalow with some friends when one of them picked up my deodorant and asked me: “Is this yours?” “Yes,” I said. “But it says ‘for men’,” she persisted. “I like how it smells,” I answered. … Continue reading

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Bottom-up morality

Many christians still argue that we can’t be good without god, even though there is a variety of secular moral frameworks. Primatologist De Waal turns this debate on its head by saying we invented god to help us live the … Continue reading

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enlightenment on acid

When I started blogging, I made a vow not to talk about sex, drugs or politics. I am about to break it. Somebody recently mentioned that taking psychoactive drugs is a short cut to enlightenment. I’d like to explain why … Continue reading

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What are you thinking?

I’ve read about a scientist who went upstairs to change for a dinner party. When the guests arrived, his wife went looking for him and found fast asleep. He said: “I found myself upstairs, with my tie in my right … Continue reading

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Great doubt

Some would say it is encouraged in zen: great doubt supposedly leads to great enlightenment. Take Hakuin’s word for it. Or don’t. That is equally fine with me. The trouble is that you are always encouraged to doubt within the … Continue reading

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That god shaped hole

He used to be the god of the gaps. But then the gaps became ever smaller. According to Richard Bube, there were no gaps left when Darwin had written the Origin of Species. After the theory of evolution, humans had … Continue reading

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Homeopathy, anyone?

“Why are you scared of homeopathy?” my friend asked. “I am not scared of homeopathy,” I answered. “You are,” she said. “I’ve read your blog and I think you are.” My friend is a retired yoga-teacher. She believes in homeopathy. … Continue reading

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Something to believe in?

If I see a book called: “Why the world doesn’t seem to make sense,” I have to buy it.  The title implies that the author thinks the world does make sense. It just doesn’t seem to. Or does it? That … Continue reading

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