Empathy Over Entertainment, Compassion Over Consumption, and Love Over Luxury

As we reflect on the rise and fall of great empires of the past, numerous markers of a declining society have been proposed. While some of these markers are almost certainly innocuous, others may be the harbinger of a failing civilization. Although we may be caught up in chronologic snobbery, the erroneous perception that we atContinue reading “Empathy Over Entertainment, Compassion Over Consumption, and Love Over Luxury”

Special (pt1: a small part of nature)

From a scientific point of view, the ’specialness’ of the human species means very little. We are one of but a vast array of species who have only arisen in the last blink of earth’s existence.  As we gaze at the galaxies surrounding us and focus on the proteins and cells within us, we realizeContinue reading “Special (pt1: a small part of nature)”

Composing and comprised of

“Science takes things apart to see how they work; religion puts things together to see what they mean.”   -Rabbi Sacks   In general, the approach of science has been to take things apart in order to understand how each part works. Tissues and cells are taken out of the body and studied in isolatedContinue reading “Composing and comprised of”

Of Men and Microbe

Of Men and Microbe Classic biology teaching had been that we are outnumbered on the cell for cell basis 10:1 by bacteria. Certainly bacteria, especially the microbiome of the gastrointestinal system, are an important component of the body needed for homeostatic maintenance of health and prevention of disease. However a recent article published in theContinue reading “Of Men and Microbe”

About This Blog

“Every sentence I utter must be understood not as an affirmation, but as a question.” Niels Bohr   The pursuit of the correct questions is the meaning of life. One which we cannot seemingly perfect and can barely even optimize in our limited time on this planet. Whether laboratory science, religious experience, personal emotions, andContinue reading “About This Blog”