Where Are They? A Look at Fermi’s Paradox

One day, in the year 1950, a few physicists were gathered together enjoying their lunch and making casual conversation.  At some point, their conversation arrived on the debate of extraterrestrial life in our galaxy; are we alone in our galaxy?  They listed all of the facts as they knew them.  1) Our Milky Way Galaxy is approximately 13 billion … Continue reading Where Are They? A Look at Fermi’s Paradox

Cast Away and the Importance of What We’re Not Told

There's a scene from the 2000 movie Castaway starring Tom Hanks that beautifully displays a conflict that all art must wrestle with: how do you say something without actually saying it at all?  In this particular scene, we see a volleyball (called Wilson) floating away as Chuck Noland (Tom Hank’s character in the movie) tries to … Continue reading Cast Away and the Importance of What We’re Not Told

Live the Life You Have Imagined: why we don’t succeed in following our dreams

Picture in your mind your craziest, most ambitious, you-could-never-do-that dream.  Think about the one thing that you have always wanted to do; the thing that people have said is too crazy to even try.  Now picture the life you would have in that dream, where waking up everyday would be no less than surreal. With … Continue reading Live the Life You Have Imagined: why we don’t succeed in following our dreams

The Delusion of Optimism: a brief analysis of Voltaire’s Candide

“Well, my dear Pangloss, Candide said to him, now that you have been hanged, dissected beaten to a pulp, and sentenced to the galleys, do you still think everything is for the best in this world?” The main philosophical idea that is challenged in Voltaire’s Candide is the idea that our world is the best … Continue reading The Delusion of Optimism: a brief analysis of Voltaire’s Candide