Philosophy, Religion, Science, Technology

An Immanent Problem

Frontispiece of Sir Francis Bacon’s “Great Renewal,” 1620

I grew up loving science.  I still do.  The radical break I saw in the 1950s and 60s, described in my previous post, was the fruit of a very complex confluence of things driven by increasing scientific knowledge of the world that have led to an ever more rapid transitioning from former ways of life that have bound human beings to place, land and production from time immemorial.  Prior to and even after the industrial revolution, travel and communication was slow and mostly local.  Getting places was by foot or horse or boat, perhaps even by train starting around 200 years ago.   Communications was limited to the range of speaking and hearing aided by writing and the distribution of written material.  A majority of the human population was associated with agriculture and the production of food. 

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Physics, Religion, Science

The Feynman Challenge

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Physicist Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman (1918-1988) was one of the most highly regarded physicists of the 20th Century.  He had an uncanny knack for getting to the heart of a problem with simple language and insights.  His work had impact not only in fundamental physics  but he posed challenges to explore new areas such as nanotechnology or quantum computing, and also, perhaps surprisingly, science and religion.

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