Miscellany

Pineal Gland

Pineal Gland Today, we know that the pineal gland, located deep within the brain, secretes the hormone melatonin, which helps us sleep. But three centuries ago, René Descartes believed it...

Science as Anecdotal Gerontology

Science as Anecdotal Gerontology I read here and there that the world is 4.5 billion years old, and I marvel at the science that gets one to such a conclusion. Yes,...

The Secular Philosophical Canon

Back in 1971, a philosophy professor at MIT, Judith Jarvis Thomson penned (and it may well have started with a pen back in those days) “A Defense of Abortion,” and it’s shown...