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Can the Laws of Physics Disprove God?

The reader’s question: I still believed in God (I am now an atheist) when I heard the following question at a seminar, first posed by Einstein, and was stunned by its elegance and depth: ‘If...

Is Democracy Sacred?

When record numbers of votes were still to be counted and the election was far from being decided, President Trump falsely claimed victory and was calling for a halt to vote-counting. His...

Could We live in a World Without Rules?

We all feel the oppressive presence of rules, both written and unwritten – it’s practically a rule of life. Public spaces, organisations, dinner parties, even relationships and casual conversations...

Is Belief in God a Delusion?

As the pandemic raged in April, churchgoers in Ohio defied warnings not to congregate. Some argued that their religion conferred them immunity from COVID-19. In one memorable CNN clip, a woman...

How Much do Our Genes Restrict Free Will?

Social media algorithms, artificial intelligence, and our own genetics are among the factors influencing us beyond our awareness. This raises an ancient question: do we have control over our own...