Klara and the Sun

That is the title of the most recent book I have read. I finished it a week ago and it has since not left my mind. It's written by Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro and it's short and easy to read. The point of view character is also the title character, an Artificial Friend (AF) called … Continue reading Klara and the Sun

Futility

This is going to be a stream of consciousness post; take it all with a grain of salt. I was watching a sports talk show the other night. Four people sat around and chatted about the same things they do every week; who was winning, who was losing and the why behind both. They laughed … Continue reading Futility

The Benefits of Awe

Awe is a complex emotion. Despite having been pondered for thousands of years by philosophers and religions, it is only in the last two decades that awe has received scientific study. Whilst the reason for this delay isn't clear, since the study of awe began in earnest, it has been revealed as a vital emotion … Continue reading The Benefits of Awe

Edit Your Genes

There is a novella by Becky Chambers called To Be Taught If Fortunate. It is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read and I believe every person should read it as I can only imagine it enriching their life. Without going into too much detail, the story revolves around a crew sent … Continue reading Edit Your Genes

Before Birth, After Death

I have no memory before I was born. If I close my eyes and try to think back to what it was like, try to search for some glimpse of light amongst the infinite blackness of that time, I quickly find myself fleeing from existential dread with my tail between my legs. I recommend you … Continue reading Before Birth, After Death

Life on Mars

In 1976 two landers touched down on the surface of the red planet, Viking 1 and Viking 2. They were sent their by NASA almost a year earlier with one purpose: to search for life. To do this, they both carried the same four instruments, designed in the same way with the same parameters. Three … Continue reading Life on Mars

Waste

Humans generate a lot of waste. This was true 60 000 years ago as it is today, though admittedly the scale has increased exponentially. The world, the universe, is made up of finite sources of energy. There is no true infinite source, eventually everything will decay as entropy increases and nothingness will exist alone. There … Continue reading Waste

Leaving Earth

Would you leave Earth and travel to another planet if the opportunity dropped into your lap? If your destination is the moon, why not? It's only three or so days away and relatively safe. It's been done before and there are at least two programs at the moment intent on achieving that feat again. What … Continue reading Leaving Earth

Are Particles Alive?

The obvious answer is yes, isn't it? This post is going to be far more based in thoughts than reality but bear with me. I think it is an interesting question and before we can answer it, we have to answer another one; what is life? I hate to be one of those people but … Continue reading Are Particles Alive?

Astrobiology

I'm currently reading a book called A Zoologists Guide to the Galaxy by Arik Kershenbaum. In it, the author uses logic and critical thinking to establish universal laws of biology. They then apply those laws to creatures on Earth and extrapolate into what life might be elsewhere. It is a fascinating book and a wholly … Continue reading Astrobiology