Knowledge the shade of a shade, Yet must thou sail after knowledge Knowing less than drugged beasts“ –Ezra Pound I. The Moral of Science In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a young university student discovers the animating principle of life. He constructs an eight-foot tall human from several fresh corpses. “It was on a dreary night of… Continue reading Frankenstein’s Secret
The story goes that once upon a time the famous philosopher and atheist Bertrand Russell was asked what he would say if he found himself standing before God, and God asks: “Why didn’t you believe in me?” Russell replied: “I’d look him straight in the eye and say: ‘you didn’t give me enough evidence’”.… Continue reading You Bet Your Life
I sometimes find myself awake in the wee hours of the morning thinking: “What the hell am I doing?” I did a lot of education, and then seven years in the financial world. This was surely sufficient for a lucrative career track to a comfortable retirement. But I only dreamed of going to sea, and… Continue reading The Philosopher’s Sandbar
I have always loved big weather events ever since I was a boy, from thunderstorms to hurricanes. Recently, though having just crossed the half-century mark, I found myself following hurricane Dorian with pretty much the same intensity of my youth. I love big weather events when I am safely tucked away somewhere. Conversely, when I… Continue reading Big Weather
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