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The New Face of Uncertainty
July 28, 2014 – 4:35 am | One Comment
The New Face of Uncertainty

As a species we have started to unshackle ourselves from the great behemoths of corporeal uncertainty. But, in the same stride we’ve attached ourselves to lesser, but more devilish concerns that keep evolving at a blistering pace.

The Philosophy of ‘Her’
July 21, 2014 – 12:30 am | 6 Comments
The Philosophy of ‘Her’

Are non-biological creatures capable of consciousness? If so, does that mean that we humans might one day be able to upload our own minds to computers?

The Guessing Game of Animal Minds
July 10, 2014 – 4:42 am | No Comment
The Guessing Game of Animal Minds

No matter how many objective, scientific facts we may discover … we can never access subjective, personal experience.

Does The Soul Exist? Evidence Says ‘Yes’
June 23, 2014 – 4:32 am | No Comment
Does The Soul Exist? Evidence Says ‘Yes’

Although the current scientific paradigm is based on the belief that the world has an objective observer-independent existence, real experiments suggest just the opposite.

Pope Francis: Childless Marriage Leads to Solitude and Bitterness
June 4, 2014 – 4:03 am | 13 Comments
Pope Francis: Childless Marriage Leads to Solitude and Bitterness

Pope Francis states that marriages that without children ends in “in old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness.”

When Nature Speaks, Who Are You Hearing?
April 28, 2014 – 4:19 am | 7 Comments
When Nature Speaks, Who Are You Hearing?

Despite the power of our reasoning (including science), we can not get direct access to some perfectly objective, perfect “God’s eye” view of universe.

Why We Need Monks
April 21, 2014 – 4:05 am | No Comment
Why We Need Monks

Religious communities serve as icons of the Christian life. Today more than ever, we need their witness of poverty, chastity, and obedience to counteract our contemporary excesses.

The Multiverse Controversy Heats Up
April 10, 2014 – 4:08 am | No Comment
The Multiverse Controversy Heats Up

Beyond the observable universe, spacetime may still be inflating, with other “bubble” universes forming whenever inflation stops in one location.

Is the Universe a Simulation?
March 27, 2014 – 4:17 am | 2 Comments
Is the Universe a Simulation?

Mathematics is indispensable to scientific theories describing our universe. And yet there are many mathematical concepts — from esoteric numerical systems to infinite-dimensional spaces — that we don’t currently find in the world around us. In what sense do they exist?

The Intellectual Snobbery of Conspicuous Atheism
March 17, 2014 – 5:15 am | No Comment
The Intellectual Snobbery of Conspicuous Atheism

The average believer’s search for meaning and understanding is any less rigorous or valuable—it just ends with a different conclusion: that God exists.

The Necessity of Contemplative Monasticism for the New Evangelization
March 10, 2014 – 4:27 am | One Comment
The Necessity of Contemplative Monasticism for the New Evangelization

In order to get a more complete picture of this great endeavor to share the Good News, we must explore the rich gift of cultural witness, prayer, and personal holiness that the monastic orders have given to the Church throughout history down to the present day.