Category Archives: Big Picture

The Big Picture: Paperback Day

I presume most readers of this blog have already purchased their copy of The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. If you’re really dedicated, you have the hardback version and the ebook and the … Continue reading

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Gifford Lectures on Natural Theology

In October I had the honor of visiting the University of Glasgow to give the Gifford Lectures on Natural Theology. These are a series of lectures that date back to 1888, and happen at different Scottish universities: Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, … Continue reading

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Entropy and Complexity, Cause and Effect, Life and Time

Finally back from Scotland, where I gave a series of five talks for the Gifford Lectures in Glasgow. The final four, at least, were recorded, and should go up on the web at some point, but I’m not sure when. … Continue reading

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Consciousness and Downward Causation

For many people, the phenomenon of consciousness is the best evidence we have that there must be something important missing in our basic physical description of the world. According to this worry, a bunch of atoms and particles, mindlessly obeying … Continue reading

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The Big Picture: The Talk

I’m giving the last lecture on my mini-tour for The Big Picture tonight at the Natural History Museum here in Los Angeles. If you can’t make it, here’s a decent substitute: video of the talk I gave last week at … Continue reading

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Give the People What They Want

And what they want, apparently, is 470-page treatises on the scientific and philosophical underpinnings of naturalism. To appear soon in the Newspaper of Record: Happy also to see great science books like Lab Girl and Seven Brief Lessons on Physics … Continue reading

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Big Picture Part Six: Caring

One of a series of quick posts on the six sections of my book The Big Picture — Cosmos, Understanding, Essence, Complexity, Thinking, Caring. Chapters in Part Six, Caring: 45. Three Billion Heartbeats 46. What Is and What Ought to … Continue reading

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Big Picture Part Five: Thinking

One of a series of quick posts on the six sections of my book The Big Picture — Cosmos, Understanding, Essence, Complexity, Thinking, Caring. Chapters in Part Five, Thinking: 37. Crawling Into Consciousness 38. The Babbling Brain 39. What Thinks? … Continue reading

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Big Picture Part Four: Complexity

One of a series of quick posts on the six sections of my book The Big Picture — Cosmos, Understanding, Essence, Complexity, Thinking, Caring. Chapters in Part Four, Complexity: 28. The Universe in a Cup of Coffee 29. Light and … Continue reading

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Big Picture Part Three: Essence

One of a series of quick posts on the six sections of my book The Big Picture — Cosmos, Understanding, Essence, Complexity, Thinking, Caring. Chapters in Part Three, Essence: 19. How Much We Know 20. The Quantum Realm 21. Interpreting … Continue reading

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