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Carl Sagan: The Pale Blue Dot

Mijn recente boek Thuis in de kosmos is voor een groot deel geïnspireerd door de visie van de beroemde wetenschapspopularisator Carl Sagan (1934-1996). Hij wordt vaak een scepticus genoemd (en dat was hij ook), maar hij was ook een zeer bevlogen en zelfs spiritueel mens (zoals ik in mijn God, iets of niets? uitgebreid uitleg). In de bovenstaande…

Jared Diamond joins the choir of atheists

Jared Diamond, the professor of geography from the University of California, Los Angeles, and who got his fame from voluminous books like The Third Chimpanzee, Guns, Germs and Steel, and Collapse has recently published a new book, titled The World Until Yesterday. I haven’t read this book yet, but the website Salon.com published an exerpt…

Thomas Nagel on Plantinga’s book in New York Review of Books

Just a note to point visitors of my website to a wonderful review of the distinguished philosopher Thomas Nagel of Alvin Plantinga’s latest book Where the Conflict Really Lies in the New York Review of Books. It’s a review with a very interesting twist… (Thanks to John Teske for sharing the link via IRASnet!)

Is Richard Dawkins (still) a “real” scientist?

Is Richard Dawkins a scientist? According to Edward O. Wilson, in a recent interview with The Guardian, Dawkins is not a scientist. Wilson claims: “Would you like to talk about Dawkins?” he continues – and when I [i.e. the author of the article, Susanna Rustin] say yes, he laughs. “I hesitate to do this because…

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