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    From an emirate to space travel (and back again)

    From an emirate to space travel (and back again)

    I did not intend to write about Afghanistan, or the land of the Afghans, or as they call the tomb of empires, but, I felt obliged from another perspective to write…

    Quantum Wittgenstein

    Quantum Wittgenstein

    Metaphysical debates in quantum physics don’t get at ‘truth’ – they’re nothing but a form of ritual, activity and culture. I first learnt about Plato’s allegory of the cave when…

    Slow sex, long life

    Slow sex, long life

    For more than 1,000 years, the Imperial Family of Japan and its physicians have preserved a treasure of oriental medicine: the complete 30 scrolls of the Ishinhō, or the ‘heart of medical prescription’.…

    Wassily Kandinsky: the painter of sound and vision

    Wassily Kandinsky: the painter of sound and vision

    Playing with the boundaries between the visual and the musical is an old game. The Pythagoreans were probably the first westerners at it when they declared: “The eyes are made…

    Viruses from cosmos

    Viruses from cosmos

     An interview with Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe Conducted by Dr Predrag Slijepcevic, Brunel University London Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe is best known for his work on the modern version of the panspermia…

    Facing History – Why we love Camus?

    Facing History – Why we love Camus?

    The French novelist and philosopher Albert Camus was a terrifically good-looking guy whom women fell for helplessly—the Don Draper of existentialism. This may seem a trivial thing to harp on,…

    No absolute time

    No absolute time

    Two centuries before Einstein, Hume recognised that universal time, independent of an observer’s viewpoint, doesn’t exist In 1915, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to the philosopher and physicist Moritz Schlick,…

    Can you step in the same river twice? Wittgenstein v Heraclitus

    Can you step in the same river twice? Wittgenstein v Heraclitus

    “I am not a religious man,’ the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said to a friend, ‘but I cannot help seeing every problem from a religious point of view.’ These problems…

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