Your Most Important Decision

          Tell me, what is it you plan to do           With your one wild and precious life?           The Summer Day by Mary Oliver ____________________________________________ Photograph – [WOMAN … Continue reading

An Answer to Evil

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty.  To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Bertrand Russell Dear Anders Behring Breivik, A lot of the friends I met at Utoya are dead … Continue reading


Courage is not the opposite of fear – it is the defiance of fear. Looking fear in the eye, we gird up our loins and act anyway. However, to be courageous doesn’t mean to be reckless. Recklessness is thoughtless. Courage is … Continue reading

Why We All Need Science and Religion to Work Together (even if we think we don’t)

Objective knowledge provides us with powerful instruments for the achievements of certain ends, but the ultimate goal itself and the longing to reach it must come from another source. Albert Einstein (1) Everyone would agree that we are material beings but we … Continue reading

The Importance of Difference.

The differences between us are natural and bring a beautiful diversity to human life – like a garden full of varied plants and flowers.  But perhaps there is a lot more to the story of difference than simple decoration. In … Continue reading

Thinking About Thinking

Most of us pride ourselves on being rational beings who think before we act. Indeed even the word think suggests consciousness – but are we really as rational as we believe ourselves to be? Two recent books that deal with how our … Continue reading

Talking to Your Hat

In the title-story of the book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, neurologist Oliver Sachs describes Dr. P – a man who suffered from a degenerative problem in the right hemisphere of his brain. Dr. P. was a talented musician … Continue reading