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Photographic souvenirs of Peveril Point

Photographic souvenirs of a stroll along the prom to Bournemouth

Photographic souvenirs of GE2017, Poole count

Photographic souvenirs of a hike to Swanage

A guided tour of my new apartment in Canford Cliffs

Introductory page for my prospective next book, on Globorg

Excursion snaps taken in Santa Ponsa, Mallorca, September 2013

My room in Poole, illustrating my life 11 weeks after the Return

Pictures of Poole, illustrating my life 4 weeks after the Return

A miscellany of jokes that require learning to appreciate

Photos of a pair of lakes at the end of a jogging trail

Photos of my apartment showing how much stuff I have

Basic bibliographic details of my books, with links and more

An ultraminiature autobiography, for those who want it short

Photos of a walk in the woods with a group of Schwetzingen friends

The introductory page for my 2013 book Coral: The Next Twist Of Fate

Readers' notes page for my little 2012 book Christ: A Tall Story

Shaping virtual lives: a proceedings volume that I co-edited

A schematic and photographically illustrated autobiography

Introductory page for my philosophical autobiography

List of my main publications since 1991, many with PDF downloads

My recent Amazon book reviews republished in chronological order

Portrait photos of me at SAP on December 14, 2012

Portrait photos of me at SAP on December 17, 2010

Wise sayings in Arabic and German from Schwetzingen mosque

Introductory page for my book G.O.D. Is Great

Stub for a notes page for my book G.O.D. Is Great

Introductory page for my 2009 Globorg book plan

Photos taken during a pleasant walk in Schwetzingen Schlossgarten

Photos taken during a pleasant walk in the springtime sunshine

A page of photos taken in or near Schwetzingen Schloßgarten

Introductory page for my draft book Godblogs

Introductory page for my philosophy book Mindworlds

Group photo of old Exonians who dined together in Zurich in 2008

Portrait photos of me, 12 from November 2007 and 5 from January 2008

Outline for a speculative book on life, the universe and everything

Extended review of books by Penrose and Wolfram published in JCS

Me at Exeter College Oxford in June 28, 2003, and October 1969

Captain Pom vs the Grumians, text for a fun cartoon strip I wrote in 1999

Introductory page for my 1996 science-fiction novel Lifeball

 

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Physics
 

A purity principle might banish quantum weirdness

Geometric quantum gravity involves a structure called an amplituhedron

Quark stars may be formed by the gravitational collapse of neutron stars

Steven Weinberg on religion, cosmology, and particle physics

Sending humans to Mars is far harder than sending them to the Moon

Lee Smolin has developed a strong case for taking time more seriously

Eric Weinstein has a theory of quantum gravity, dark energy, and Higgs

Richard Feynman, Nobelist for QED, has a new viral hit physics video

The European Space Agency makes plans for Ariane, Orion, the ISS, and Mars

The Square Kilometer Array will let astronomers map intergalactic hydrogen

The Apollo mission and a Mars mission push the bounds of human endeavor

Vlatko Vedral thinks thermodynamics can provide a new theory of everything

Amanda Gefter reflects on cosmic inflation and the no-boundary proposal

Brian Greene considers inflation, dark energy, strings, and the multiverse

Alan Lightman laments the accidentality of the anthropic string multiverse

Michael Longo thinks the universe might be spinning around the axis of evil

Lee Smolin et alia propose merging spacetime and momenergy in 8-space

Sean Carroll reviews an idea to merge the multiverse with quantum branching

QED pioneer Freeman Dyson on a miscellany of themes

Stephen Hawking, Roger Penrose, and Jeremy Bernstein on cosmology

The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics and its meaning for cosmology

Breaking Lorentz symmetry at the Planck scale may give us quantum gravity

The LHC could find not only the Higgs but also evidence for supersymmetry

A biography of Paul Dirac and a new account of the Pauli-Jung correspondence

Tim Palmer uses fractal geometry for phase space to tackle quantum puzzles

David Albert sees a threat to special relativity from quantum nonlocality

John Updike, Lee Smolin, George Johnson, and John Derbyshire on Einstein

Do black holes destroy information or not? Leonard Susskind reports

The Large Hadron Collider, CERN, Geneva

Three physicists show how to reconstruct the universe from tiny triangles

NASA finds more planets, news of the Kepler and James Webb telescopes

A. Garrett Lisi's "exceptionally simple theory of everything" based on E8

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor

Hugh Everett III and his relative state theory of quantum mechanics

Itzhak Bars has a new two-dimensional theory of time

Michael J. Disney's doubts about contemporary cosmology

Christopher Isham and Andreas Döring present a topos foundation for physics

My review of a Springer book on the foundations of quantum mechanics

My reviews of two physics books in the Springer Frontiers Collection

My brief outline of a textbook by Barton Zwiebach on string theory

 

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Other Sciences
 

The Weil conjectures were big in mathematics for half a century

Benoit Mandelbrot made a breakthrough in our understanding of nature

Wikipedia summarizes EU and US rules on dietary supplements

Matt Ridley scoffs at chemo, bio, demo, and minero apocalypses

Nick Bostrom says we almost certainly live in a computer simulation

A new group is consolidating data and analyses on global warming

Hugh Woodin proved that the continuum hypothesis is true in ultimate L

Beluga whales are so sensitive that a scientist swam naked for them

Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini have written an unfortunate book about evolution

By all accounts the Singularity Summit 2009 in New York was a big success

Don't laugh: Ray Kurzweil thinks he has a shot at living forever

Economics is not a natural science, says Douglas Rushkoff

Evolutionary biology is waking up to group, species, and ecosystem selection

Report on production of synthetic DNA and artificial life

 

2013-05-22

2013-05-08

2012-09-25

2012-08-18

2012-03-08

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2011-08-06

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2012-08-28

Social and Political Studies
 

Rolf Peter Sieferle und seine Vergangenheitsbewältigung

Oxford PPE graduates have quite a lock on UK politics

US grand strategy in the Trump era, from Foreign Policy

Donald Trump talks about politics for US newspapers

The 14th White Privilege Conference was a celebration of diversity

Margaret Thatcher deserves a full biography to record her career

The European Union wants a trillion dollars, but how will it spend it?

American Jews are unusually rich and well educated: Steven Weiss asks why

The United States of America are divided and defeated as never before

David Rieff on the dream and delusion of global democracy

Barack Obama outlines the road ahead in a Rolling Stone interview

The financial crisis has given new life to the Marxist analysis of capitalism

A survey shows that about half of young American women shave their vulvas

The United States of Europe is coming and the financial crisis is helping

Consolidated page of writings on or by philosopher John Gray

Andrew Berwick's overlong declaration of European independence

Dan Wilson's novel about robot apocalypse is good enough for Spielberg

Max Brooks imagines World War Z against zombies, now a major movie

Mark Lilla reflects on Chinese interest in Leo Strauss and Carl Schmitt

Robert Wright contemplates the emerging global superorganism

A panoply of luminaries present their visions for the year 2020

John Rawls published an influential theory of justice in 1971

The next few decades may herald the emergence of the Nöosphere

Life in office cubicles is not good for the human spirit: a philosophical protest

Roger Scruton ponders the sacred and the human, forgiveness and irony

The British character has changed in recent decades, says Theodore Dalrymple

Paul Krugman recommends Keynesian action to stave off global depression

The US National Intelligence Council issues its report Global Trends 2025

George Soros explains the 2008 financial crisis with his new theory

Chris Hitchens laments Sarah Palin's ignorance of science

Quentin Skinner tries to explain Thomas Hobbes on republican liberty

Steve Stein tries to balance climate greenery and U.S. oil independence

Peter Thiel sees market implications in the risk of apocalypse

Roger Sandall on religion and violence

Review of books by Mandelbaum and Reich on capitalism and democracy

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his Mormon background

Global warming: how good is the evidence and what does it show?

Richard Jenkyns and Jonathan Sacks ask whether we need a literary canon

A report on the world in 2030 and an account of Google in the cloud

Chalmers Johnson's apocalyptic trilogy on the American republic

Caleb Crain contemplates the decline of book culture

Oil was the most convincing reason for starting the Iraq war

Ayn Rand was a key figure for many, including Alan Greenspan

Al Gore and his new book on reason and the environment

Norman Podhoretz makes the case for bombing Iran

Recalling Oswald Spengler on the decline of the West

Wendy Shalit on the new phenomenon of girls gone wild

My unimpressed reaction to Jimmy Carter's book on the Palestinians

Mark Steyn on the imminent end of civilization as we have known it

Tony Blair on Middle East policy, Los Angeles, August 2006

 

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Business Life
 

Big Data is changing the world for good and ill via new analytic apps

Facebook Graph Search tackles deep challenges and may change the game

Tom Wolfe reports on how the Masters of the Universe became eunuchs

An IEEE special report on the history and future of money

Deutsche Bank experts say a euro crash is now a very likely scenario

Germany is taking big steps toward a renewable energy hydrogen economy

The established publishers of science journals are under online attack

History of the unfolding tragedy of the European common currency

Solar photovoltaic tables for charging wireless devices are coming

Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica and a new kind of science

A review of three or four books on the growth of a global online mind

Trotz Griechenland und Irland bleibt der Euro robust

Should we change our morality to celebrate the selfish pursuit of money?

The IBM Watson system will soon be competing in the TV quiz show Jeopardy

Amazon and Apple are spearheading a digital publishing revolution

HPI researchers have developed an imaginary interface for mobile devices

Goldman Sachs is a great vampire squid that profited from five big bubbles

Google may be about to monopolize access to all printed information

Bloggers are causing the biggest news revolution since printed newspapers

IEEE Spectrum Special Report on the Singularity

Intellectual Ventures CEO Nathan Myhrvold is the king of high-tech patents

The cloud and the grid, Google and CERN, the future of online life

Shai Agassi plans to deploy fleets of electric cars in Israel and Denmark

Sunseeker yachts are expensive and exclusive, and built in Poole

World-Wise Web: the semantic web, Tim Berners-Lee, Wikipedia, mashups

SAP is making a big push to embrace small and mid-sized enterprises

SAP in India and an essay on the Indian middle class

SAP Developer Network blog I wrote on natural language frontends

Group photo of my SAP NetWeaver TREX team in September 2006

Photos of the 27th Annual International ACM SIGIR, Sheffield, July 25-29, 2004

Photos of me at the SAP DKOM, SAP University, October 27-28, 2004

 

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Islam and Islamism
 

A British Museum exhibition on the pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj

A new book describes the revolting religious sect called Shi'ism

A Pew survey projects global Muslim population growth by 2030

Americans inherited Islamist agents from the Nazis and now regret it

A formerly well regarded U.S. imam is now in Yemen preaching jihad

Egypt and the Arabs: a scholarly overview of the state of play

Two books by Muslim women suggest that Sharia is an intolerable system

Pankaj Mishra writes about Islam, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and writing

Tariq Ramadan is disturbed by the Swiss refusal to accept more minarets

A new book on Islam in Europe claims that a revolution has occurred

On the censorship of a novel about the young wife of the prophet Mohamed

Two al Qaeda founding figures, Dr. Fadl and Dr. Zawahiri, disagree

Selection of 2008 press stories about Islam that provoked my ire

Geert Wilders is under pressure to suppress his new movie about Islam

Ayaan Hirsi Ali on a book by Lee Harris plus article by Lee Harris on jihad

Reviews of Edward Said, Western Orientalists, and Ibn Warraq on Islam

Moez Masoud is a Muslim televangelist who offers a hint of hope for us all

James Pinkerton on Samuel Huntingdon on Christendom and Islam

Achievements and limitations of the historic Islamic pursuit of science

Ian Buruma attempts to make the liberal case for tolerating Islamism

Summary of authoritative lecture by Bernard Lewis on Islam

Richard Wolin on the problem of tolerating intolerant Muslims in Europe

Two critical reviews of a nasty book by Dinesh D'Souza on 9/11

 

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Arts and Letters
 

Saul Bellow recalled as novelist, husband, and father

Karen Wiesner explains how to write a novel in 30 days

Hilary Mantel's Tudor-era historical novels are winning prizes

David Foster Wallace: a memorial page

Early reviews of Ian McEwan's 13th novel Sweet Tooth look good

Shame and Sleeping Beauty are both movies exploring the outer limits of sex

Consolidated page of edited reviews on the life and work of Martin Amis

Philip Larkin was a sad and lonely figure who wrote for decades to Miss Jones

Illustrated souvenir page on Amis, Fenton, Hitchens, McEwan, and Rushdie

Chad Harbach reflects on the rise of MFA literary culture

Sven Birkerts laments the difficulty of reading novels in the web age

Adam Kirsch reviews Europe via novels by Sebald, Houellebecq, and McEwan

Ian McEwan looks at the role of religious revelation in recent history

Martha Nussbaum reviews some philosophers' books on Shakespeare

Will Self has written a good body of literature including The Book of Dave

My cut of Colin McGinn's review of Oliver Sacks on music

Illustrated celebration of Ian McEwan's novel about Dunkirk and the movie

Reminiscence by David Lodge of Malcolm Bradbury's famous television drama

Short cuts of some reviews of Tina Brown's book on Princess Diana

Review of Ian McEwan's uncomfortable novella about British honeymooners

Roger Sandall reflecting on the sexualization of everyday life

Page about Philip Pullman's trilogy for children and the resulting movie

 

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Military and Security
 

The British Trident SLBM nuclear deterrent is due for replacement

Korean war is a renewed possibility as Kim Jong Un pumps up the rhetoric

James Blitz reviews the British debate on how to replace Trident

Bill Sweetman reveals USAF secret stealth drone activities

Many scenarios have been worked out for a war against Iran

Israel has based a nuclear strike capability on German U-boats

The People's Republic of China is investing heavily in military power

The IAEA report on Iran's nuclear weapons program with IISS reaction

Remotely piloted aircraft represent the new wave in post-9/11 warfare

Das Panzergeschäft mit Saudi-Arabien ist politisch höchst brisant

NATO is working on behalf of a broad-based coalition out of area in Libya

LCS-2 USS Independence is ready for combat off the coast of a hostile state

General McChrystal used Afghanistan as a laboratory for counterinsurgency

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty needs more political work to succeed

The British military presence in Yemen ended in the port of Aden in 1967

British defence news from operations to procurement to strategy

Anti-missile systems like Aegis, Patriot, and Iron Dome are maturing fast

Robot war machines are evolving fast and already perform numerous roles

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II to be reviewed by the Pentagon

My cut of an essay by Robert Kaplan on the U.S. will to win against terror

Illustrated discussion of military robots and their role in warfighting

Critical review of General Petraeus' counter-insurgency policy in Iraq

Christopher Hitchens reports on the death of a model American soldier

Hoover Institution Policy Review essay on post-cold-war U.S. foreign policy

 

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History
 

British and German accounts of the person Adolf Hitler

Richard Wagner and Adolf Hitler transformed the history of Germany

The history of Germany from medieval times is central to Europe

From start to finish, the Third Reich was destined for disaster

Adam Kirsch reviews recent books on the moral ambiguities of World War II

The neolithic revolution may have seen religion precede agriculture

Collective page on the life and historical writings of Niall Ferguson

Airfix model kits gave me a history lesson on aircraft and their motors

A new book on the mass murder that Hitler and Stalin committed together

An analysis of the duel that Hitler and Churchill fought 70 years ago

Hitler's library offers a few insights into the mind of a tyrant

Ludwig Wittgenstein came from an extremely dysfunctional family

Andrew Roberts on Churchill's War Cabinet and World War II

Charles Darwin first publicized his theory of evolution 150 years ago

Adam Kirsch debunks another bad book by Pat Buchanan on World War 2

Austerity in Britain was bitter 65 years ago and is again now

New books on Winston Churchill question his conduct of World War II

Nicolson Baker's book on the origins of World War II is no good at all

Illustrated review of Operation Barbarossa and the Soviet defeat of Nazism

New York Review essay on the problem of evil and the Holocaust

Illustrated celebration of the ancient Greek gods and their advantages

Illustrated memorial of the early Chinese emperor Qin and his army

My cut of Francis Fukuyama on the history at the end of history

My critical review of "war nerd" Gary Brecher on the Second World War

 

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Psychology and Neuroscience
 

Eben Alexander is a Christian neurosurgeon who says he glimpsed heaven

Why is mental illness increasing in America if the drugs are so good?

David Eagleman is fascinated by how the brain gives us our perception of time

Iain McGilchrist has written what readers are calling a classic of psychology

Carl Gustav Jung wrote a wonderful Red Book for himself, first published now

What Bill Joy, Bill Gates and the Beatles have in common is lots of practice

Emily Singer presents some stunningly detailed views inside living brains

Oliver Sacks reports on a well documented outbreak of manic depression

Belated report in English of the Haynes version of the Libet experiment

Hirnforschung: Berliner Prof. J.-D. Haynes bringt den freien Willen in Frage

John Derbyshire's blog of Toward a Science of Consciousness 2008

The IBM Blue Brain project to model a mammalian pyramidal column

Scientists have used MRI scans to predict which images viewers see

Fascinating speculation on the neurological roots of fundamentalism

Sigmund Freud was a premodern pioneer of paradigms for psychology

Some reviews of Henry Stapp's quantum physics of consciousness

Illuminating review of the psychopharmacology of love

The roles of erotic and platonic love in contemporary U.S. academic life

Responses to my JCS essay Will Robots See Humans As Dinosaurs

 

2012-10-14

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2011-05-02

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Religion and Atheism
 

My meditation on the topic of retooling God for our global community

Three commentators accuse three New Atheists of Islamophobia

Bart Ehrman looks at the birth of Jesus and a new book by the pope

Scott Atran reviews recent scientific research on religion and sacred beliefs

Jesus may have spent many years in India and died of old age there too

The Four Horsemen of the Atheocalypse reflect wide loss of religious faith

Philosopher Jürgen Habermas said a lot about religion in recent years

Geza Vermes reflects on the Jewish Christians of the first century CE

Mark Johnston says that adherents of the Abrahamic religions are idolaters

Colin Wells asks how God got started in the reciprocity of faith and reason

David Hart directs some fine polemic against the New Atheists

Robert Wright reflects on the globalizing pull of the Abrahamic religions

New work on the evolution and economics of religion looks promising

Terry Eagleton prefers Aquinean mysticism to the hard words of "Ditchkins"

Two books on evolution and religion draw the fire of the Edge Reality Club

Alex Byrne on the ontological argument and arguments by design for God

Bede Griffiths on transcending the ego via love and meditation

Dan Dennett airs his views in Templeton journal Science & Spirit

Stuart Kauffman on the theme of his new book Reinventing the Sacred

Edited works by Theodore Dalrymple, including his review of atheist books

Report of a lunchtime chat with Christopher Hitchens in Washington, D.C.

Miscellany of reactions to Richard Dawkins' book-length rant against God

Mark Lilla and Charles Taylor on religion; the Templeton Foundation

My cut of two reviews of Rémi Brague on the roots of divine law

Christopher Hitchens reports on his own best-seller, Richard Dawkins too

David Sloan Wilson argues that Richard Dawkins is wrong about religion

An outraged review of the Christopher Hitchens book God Is Not Great

My cut of a long review of the God books by Harris, Dennett, and Dawkins

Mary Eberstadt on how the West lost both religion and big families

My cut of an Edge page by Elaine Pagels on the Gospel of Judas

Reviews of Pope Benedict XVI on Jesus of Nazareth and on dialectics

Christopher Hitchens reports on Islamic penetration of his native London

New Yorker report on Christopher Hitchens and other militant atheists

My own earnest statement presenting a secular answer to fundamentalism

 

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Philosophy and Consciousness
 

Colin McGinn throws it all away for a doomed affair with a young woman

Peter Sloterdijk's philosophy reviewed by Adam Kirsch

Michael Dummett was one of the most important philosophers of his time

Derek Parfit has spent much of his life on an ethical theory that seems wrong

Ned Block and John Searle on Self Comes To Mind by Antonio Damasio

Mindblindness: Were Wittgenstein and other philosophers autistic?

Sam Harris tries to create foundations for a new science of morality

David Gelernter ponders the difference between human and artificial thought

Two New Humanist gems: Scruton on Pessimism and Grayling on evil

The philosophies of Nietzsche and Heidegger cover some horrible slime

Jerry Fodor takes a penetrating poke at Michael Tye on externalism

The 13th annual meeting of the ASSC took place in Berlin in June 2009

Thomas Metzinger's new book The Ego Tunnel follows Being No One

Giles Fraser on Friedrich Nietzsche on the genealogy of morals

American philosopher Stanley Fish deconstructs French philosophy

Press response to the fight between Ted Honderich and Colin McGinn

Philosopher Saul Kripke turns 65

Martin Heidegger: his philosophy, his love life, and his legacy

Chris Frith and others on brain scans and the new view of mind

Review of the philosophy of Richard Rorty

Reviews of Douglas Hofstadter's 2007 book and his take on AI

An interview with 1970s cult philosopher Robert Pirsig

 

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Mideast and Asia
 

Centralasia is a land ripe for Chinese exploitation and Islamist agitation

TV news channel Al Jazeera comes from oil-rich Salafist Qatar

Press reports timeline for Israel versus Hamas, November 2012

Zhiqun Zhu on U.S.-China relations after the 2012 presidential debates

Japan responded poorly to the 3/11 nuclear disaster

The Obama administration gets a failing grade on Mideast peace talks

Pakistan news stories over the last few years: a list that gets longer

Jeffrey Goldberg, Christopher Hitchens and others on attacking Iran

Global press reaction to the botched Israeli raid on ships with aid for Gaza

Aaron David Miller despairs at 40 years of a stalled Mideast peace process

Ian Bremmer predicts an economic cold war between China and the West

Gordon Chang looks pessimistically at the future of China

William Dalrymple has written a moving account of religious life in India

The People's Republic of China celebrated its 60th anniversary with missiles

Robert Baer presents the case that Iran will be the next Middle East hegemon

A review of three recent books on Iran adds depth to the news

The Iraq war may deserve a "VI Day" just to let the vets achieve closure

Israel news: F-22 Raptors, lame ducks, taking out Hamastan, ...

Love and marriage in Saudi Arabia and murder of a daughter in Iraq

Some 2008 developments in the Gaza Strip

Everything you needed to know in 2007 about China

My cut of Avishai Margalit on Israel as a moral compass

Recent reviews of Saudi Arabia and its conservative politics

Gadi Taub on liberalism, democracy and the Jewish state

 

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