Entropy

Welcome To The “Big Empty”

Welcome To The “Big Empty”

"Life" Issues, Astronomy, awareness, Big Bang, Biology, Cosmology, Creation, curiosity, Entropy, Evolution, extraterrestrial intelligences, mathematics, Milky Way Galaxy, Nature, physics, quantum physics, Science, Secularity, SETI, Skeptic, solitude, Thermodynamics, Uncategorized, Universe, Wholeness
I have written before about the likelihood of intelligent life in our Galaxy, and how the existence or non-existence of life in the Milky Way relates to human religious sensibilities. Now I want to take a more “global” perspective and approach that same question, not from the relatively parochial standpoint of intelligent life “merely” in our Galaxy, but from the standpoint of intelligent life in the entire Universe.  But the questions I pose here are essentially the same in all respects as the questions I posed in the original “Skeptic’s Collection” column.  Given some realistic-seeming, in fact, most likely optimistic, assumptions about the probability that intelligent life will evolve on any given planet orbiting any given star, how widely separated – across the entire Universe – mu
First Annual Cliche Festival — Part Deux

First Annual Cliche Festival — Part Deux

Creation, Entropy, Evolution, Ideology, mathematics, physics, Randomness, Religion, Science, Statistics, Thermodynamics, Universe
Upon skimming this column, your first thought might well be – as I hope for your sake it is – Why is Cowles writing about this? Didn’t everyone long ago receive the tweet debunking those bullet points? Would to the Great Old Ones – Ia! Cthulhu nafl’fhtagn! – that such were the case. But time and again, I see the following arguments being reiterated, rising just when we thought they were safely dead to shamble across the intellectual landscape of American culture like zombie refugees from The Walking Dead or Z Nation who did not receive a proper “double-tap” on the amygdala. So, like Rick Grimes or Michonne from the former, or like Roberta Warren or Addison “Addy” Carver from the latter, I guess I’ll have heave a deep sigh and have another shot at it … as it were. Ah! If only I had a ni