The internet is a big place. That you have found yourself in this particular corner of it could be a 1-in-1,206,691,969 coincidence of no more significance than the particular microbial population that’s contemplating its collective future among the old-growth forests of your left eyebrow. Or, it might be a turning point in the evolution of the universe. Or it could be both. In any case, you might want to read some of the things below in order to find out. Thanks for stopping by!

The APIs of Religious Experience

Posted on March 19, 2018

The holy is a serious business. Wars have been fought over the proper way to worship, and the contradictions and absurdities of religion can seem limitless. What if we’ve got the wrong metaphor? What if didn’t think of religious and spiritual traditions as competing ideas about the One True Way, or as just exercises to…

Ecological Efficiency, Hamburgers, and the Possible Survival of Civilization

Posted on June 8, 2017

“Efficiency” usually means the degree to which costly inputs to a process are reduced in relation to the process’s desirable outputs. This linear input-process-output model of efficiency fits well with the linear models of production, consumption, and growth that have been spreading, like cultural parasites, over the globe for the past few hundred years. On…

A Sermon for the Choir

Posted on May 30, 2017

Please note, dear reader and esteemed member of the choir: this hortatory fragment was written some time ago. Since then, the climate has changed just slightly. This means it is already out of date. However, it remains less out of date than most hymnals, so the choir may still find it of modest interest. How…

Between Here and There

Posted on February 14, 2017

There is a lot of talk in the small, curious world of theoretical physicists, and in the swarm of admiring hand-wavers, paper-skimmers, and buzzword-retailers that surrounds them, myself included, about the arrow of time. This arrow, which is no doubt fletched with the remnants of scores of papers debating its existence, speeds in only one…

Why Not Democracy?

Posted on September 5, 2016

Democracy means “rule by the people.” We call our system of government democracy, but we are not ruled by the people. Technically, we are ruled by politicians. Every few years we are subjected to an election campaign. We attempt to select the best of a small number of choices, and — if we’re not too…

On The Saving of Planets

Posted on August 1, 2016

Planets, in the basic sense of the word, do not need saving. Their trajectories through the heavens are wholly indifferent to the squabbles and errors of microbial-scale life upon their skins. Even in a more inclusive meaning of “planet,” that of a home for life, a garden of diversity and even, perhaps, a living being,…

Genesis

Posted on July 1, 2016

This is it, my friends. After some years of incubation, ideas begat words, which begat documents, which begat schemes, which begat domain names, which begat doubts, which begat delays, which begat panics, which begat more delays, which begat reflection, which begat inspiration, which begat more domain names, which begat a WordPress installation, which begat a…