Losing My Religion
The Sloan Digital Sky Survey
The night after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing, I snuck out of the house to look at the fat crescent of the moon high in the sky and thought, ‘There are people up there!’
I didn’t know it then but—at the age of five—I had just lost my religion.
The Alien Psyche in Story Telling
Keep your god. I’ll take this.
The Problem Isn’t the Problem
The psyches of nonhuman species are going to be different from ours. Sketching out the parameters of an alien mind is essential to writing believable characters.
We don’t have cures for mass delusions and some of the deluded have access to apocalyptic weaponry.
Science (from the Latin word scientia, meaning “knowledge”) is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. The earliest roots of science can be traced to Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia in around 3500 to 3000 BCE. Their contributions to mathematics, astronomy, and medicine entered […]
Religion is a social-cultural system of designated behaviors and practices, morals, worldviews, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organizations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements. However, there is no scholarly consensus over what precisely constitutes a religion. Different religions may or may not contain various elements ranging from the divine, sacred things, […]
Robert Ardrey (October 16, 1908 – January 14, 1980) was an American playwright, screenwriter and science writer perhaps best known for The Territorial Imperative (1966). After a Broadway and Hollywood career, he returned to his academic training in anthropology and the behavioral sciences in the 1950s. As a playwright and screenwriter Ardrey received many accolades. […]
The Thirty Aions Series
Christopher Eric Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011) was an English-American intellectual, philosopher and social critic who expressed himself as an author, orator, essayist, journalist and columnist. Hitchens was the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of over 30 books, including five collections of essays on culture, politics, and literature. A staple of public […]
The Thirty Aions is the main theme stitching together the bulk of my current and planned fiction. It is the name for the civilisation that emerged after the end of the Shining Empire of the Pleroma. The High History of the Thirty Aions is just that—a dramatic recounting of important events in the Post-Pleroma Multiverse. […]
Steven Pinker is a Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time and The Atlantic, and is the author of ten books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Stuff […]