David Berlinski lives in the shadow of the Notre-Dame in Paris and poignantly remembers the cathedral before it burned.
From his home next door to Notre Dame Cathedral, Dr. Berlinski also muses on the cathedral fire and contemporary France’s inability to build anything like the great cathedral.
Berlinski schools Steven Pinker, the famed Harvard cognitive psychologist, on the relevant math, reminding him that “poorly defined problems very often lead to absurd solutions.”
Staddon’s piece is topical, well written, and carefully reasoned. Coyne is of course free to disagree with Staddon’s conclusions.
I would go into the cathedral and light a candle for M.-P. Schützenberger. He had wished to return as one of the gargoyles, and, perhaps, he had.