Science Stories: The Mythology of Evolution

Most people will be at least passingly famil­iar with the ‘war’ between ‘sci­ence’ and ‘reli­gion’ that has been a cent­ral theme in the his­tory of the West in the past few cen­tur­ies. My quotes are inten­tional because each of these con­cepts is far more com­plic­ated than com­mon usage would sug­gest. The prob­lem is: most, if […Read more…]

Remedios Varo: Spiritual Confinement and Escape

Not a lot of words from me this time: just three pic­tures. This con­cep­tual trip­tych by Spanish/Mexican painter Remedios Varo is too beau­ti­ful not to share, and just a sample of her impress­ive body of work, rooted in European sur­real­ism, but with a dir­ec­tion all of her own. The three works, in chro­no­lo­gical order, are: Toward […Read more…]

From Dust: Playing God

Video­games by their very nature often make in­teres­ting argu­ments on the things they por­tray. This struck me quite power­fully while play­ing a recent digi­tally dis­tribu­ted title called From Dust. The game was de­signed by Éric Chahi and deve­loped by Ubi­soft Mont­pellier, and it essen­tially re­volves around being a god and over­seeing the fate of ‘your’ people. […Read more…]

Two recent books on biological, cultural, and spiritual evolution

Over the past few years, I’ve be­come more and more con­vinced that the concept of evo­lution is not only a power­ful ex­plan­ation of chan­ges and pat­terns in the bio­logic­al world, but also, by exten­sion, of changes and pat­terns in human cul­ture, or the world of ideas. If the sur­vival of (spe­cies of) organ­isms ulti­mately depends on their abil­ity to adapt to ever-changing en­viron­ments, then the same might very well be true of ideas and con­cepts, and I believe it is a fruit­ful line of study to pur­sue this idea. […Read more…]