Big Questions

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My gut response after reading this question was: Well, duh–obviously, summer is more conducive to happiness. I mean, you can make a good case for the virtues of spring and fall, but they’re really less seasons than they are opening acts. And apart from Christmas and skiing, winter doesn’t have a whole lot to recommend…

(Information and statistics purloined from The Edge’s 2007 World Question ) Violence has declined precipitously over the course of recent human history, says Chris Anderson, curator of the TED Conference. According to the 2005 Human Security Report “the number of armed conflicts in the world [has] fallen by 40% in little over a decade,” as…

Educated Guesses

It’s going to be a few days before the next “Big Question” post. In the meantime, I thought I’d let the scientific luminaries speak for themselves: The New Scientist has asked top scientists from a variety of fields to “forecast the future.” I was particularly struck by Oliver Sacks’ and Antonio Damasio’s predictions. And those…

Quantum Physics for Artists

I need to preface this entry by saying two things. First, I’m no quantum physicist. This is intended to be an introduction for the lay reader. Readers who are well versed in particle physics will no doubt be alarmed by my reductionism. So be it. You have to start somewhere. I would encourage those of…