Some say history is made by vast social and economic forces. Others say that even vast forces are launched by the actions of individual human beings . Yesterday’s newspaper, in two separate articles, showed the difference made by two individuals, one whose actions led to the deaths of millions; the other whose actions led to saving the lives of billions. [Read more…]
A mudslide in Washington state destroyed 30 houses. Eight people have been confirmed dead, but 108 are missing.
UPDATE: Now 14 are confirmed dead, with 176 missing.
Research is showing that babies as young as six months have a moral sense. Some ingenious experiments with toys show babies favoring “good guys” over “bad guys.” And they really like to see “bad guys” punished. This suggests that morality is not just learned from the culture but that it has elements that are innate–that is, “written on the heart.” Details after the jump. [Read more…]
Michael Gerson says that we are in the “golden age of physics,” which explodes the old common sense materialism and discloses “a strangeness at the heart of all things.”
He gives examples of the weird science that quantum physics reveals, then speculates about the philosophical questions. Read the excerpts after the break and consider: What are the worldview implications of the new physics? [Read more…]