Is it just me or does the way the media make use of Stephen Hawking descend further by the month to new levels of cornball shtick?
Berlinski’s new book, One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics, is a beautiful, brief, and very funny introduction to the history and philosophy behind basic math.
The Los Angeles Times published a startlingly asinine op-ed by University of Virginia psychiatrist J. Anderson Thomson who “serves as a trustee of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.”
An opinion can one day be widely judged to be absolutely watertight, so that questioning it renders you shameful, foolish, ignorant and obscurantist — yet the very next day, the case for it collapses and everyone scrabbles to explain why they didn’t see this coming from miles off.
Reaching the status of superstar legendary entertainer must, like being a very aged person, grant you a certain immunity from the need to shape your opinions to secure social approval.