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April 15, 2015 Einstein's greatest lesson may be that reality is not what it seems; what we perceive as real is a distortion due to how our brains take in the world around, and within, us, says Marcelo Gleiser.
Scientist Isaac Newton on an engraving from the 1800s.
April 8, 2015 Astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser says that to put God in our current knowledge gaps would not further our understanding of the universe. For that, we need science and its stubbornly secular approach.
October 29, 2014 Can scientists have too much faith, insisting that an idea is right despite contrary evidence? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says yes, which could pay off in the end — or be a colossal waste of time.
Applying Newtonian thinking is wrong when it comes to the evolution of life and culture.
August 20, 2012 Applying Newtonian thinking is wrong when it comes to the evolution of life and — even more certainly — the evolution of the economy, law and culture. No laws predefine this evolution.
August 8, 2012 Is there a role for belief in the sciences? The answer is yes, although one needs to be careful to explain what kind of belief this is.
This image of the galaxy cluster Abell 520 — 2.4 billion light-years away — may challenge some of our basic theories about Dark Matter. It is overlaid with false-color maps showing concentrations of starlight (orange), hot gas (green) and mass (blue). The mass is mostly Dark Matter.
M.J. Jee and A. Mahdavi/NASA/ESA/CFHT/CXO
March 13, 2012 The things we can see in the universe are moving faster than they should be. Why? Is the answer Dark Matter, or a physics we're not yet aware of? Science has made its choice. Only time will tell if the consensus was correct.
November 7, 2011 Something very big is at stake. It's the question of how our living world works and how we become in it.
August 8, 2011 Heraclitus once said that life "bubbles forth" in a natural magic beyond the confines of entailing law and mathematization. We stand to be re-enchanted and may find our way beyond modernity to something very new.
Are we just walking, talking calculating machines who are pre-destined to hug?
Benjamin Husmann/via Flickr
December 20, 2010 As you read this blog, many of you do not know that, according to some of our finest scientific minds, you are not conscious at all. You are a mechanical zombie, a calculating-machine idiot. You have no responsible free will.
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