The Future of an Identity

Even the bitterest hater of religion would concede it is exceedingly unlikely to vanish–not least because antireligious ideologues end up behaving like a religious community, with group-forming behavior (and group hates), preachers and wise men (Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, the…

Believe What You Wish

The Buddha’s hard-to-disagree-with central insight—that desire is at the source of human suffering, and human action in general—has ready examples in our loves, lusts, and ambitions; it seems to have become only more true as some societies, like ours, have…

Child’s Play: The Maturation of the Mind

Freud, in his late life, moved from patient-on-couch analysis to larger theorizations about religion and civilization. In one such tract, The Future of an Illusion, he makes mention of how a store of (religious) ideas “is created, born of man’s…

About the “Singularity”

To decide whether Kurzweil’s idea of the Singularity is “true” or an “accurate” depiction of our future is to mistake the nature of prophecy. Imagine someone in 1914 predicting the course of world history through to 2014: Not even H.…

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