My UFO experience

Like Fox Mulder, people have a lot of strong opinions about UFOs.

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  • Extraordinary claims, such as that UFOs have visited our planet or that aliens exist, require extraordinary evidence.
  • Personal testimonies are simply insufficient to conclude that UFOs and aliens are real.
  • Good luck having a rational conversation about it with anyone on Twitter.
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What happened before the Big Bang?

Asking science to determine what happened before time began is like asking, "Who were you before you were born?"

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  • Science can allow us to determine what happened trillionths of a second after the Big Bang.
  • But it likely never will be possible to know what brought about the Big Bang.
  • As frustrating as it might be, some things are entirely unknowable. And that's a good thing.
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Greed and the philosophy of wealth

When does a healthy desire for wealth morph into greed? And how can we stop it?

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  • It's common wisdom that most things in life are best in moderation.
  • Most of us agree that owning property is okay but are hard-pressed to say why and when it has gone too far.
  • Greed dominates your life if the pursuit of wealth is a higher priority than charity, kindness, and solidarity with others.
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Pyrrho and the Skeptical way of life: ignorance is bliss

Why saying, "I don't know," might be the best thing you can do.

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Personal Growth
  • Skepticism is the philosophy that there's very little that we can actually know with any certainty.
  • Pyrrho is considered the father of Skepticism, and he believed we ought to suspend our judgment on all those things to which we can never find an answer.
  • By giving up the dogmatic pursuit of some kind of resolution, we can be at peace with ourselves and stop getting wound up so easily.
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Hidden philosophy of the Pythagorean theorem

Pythagoras may have believed that the entire cosmos was constructed out of right triangles.

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Culture & Religion
  • Ancient Greeks believed that fire, air, water, and earth were the four elements of the universe.
  • Plato associated these four elements with 3D geometrical solids.
  • Pythagoras may have believed that the right triangle formed the basis of all reality.
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Electric eels and gladiator blood: the curious beginnings of modern medicine

Hippocrates overturned conventional wisdom and invented modern medicine.

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Surprising Science
  • Ancient "medicine" once consisted of sacrificial offerings and divine petition. Disease was a supernatural infliction; health was a gift.
  • Hippocrates invented medical science, and his theory of the humors and holistic health dominated Western medical thought for more than two thousand years.
  • Today, medicine is much more disease centred, and perhaps something has been lost from the Hippocratic doctor-patient relationship.
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