The Goldilocks paradox

Our earth resides in the Goldilocks Zone, the region that is just right for life. This habitable zone is neither too far from, nor too close to, the sun. The earth is neither too big nor too small. The atmosphere contains just the right mixture of ingredients. The ratio of water to land is just right. It is undeniable that out of numberless possibilities, our planet has the perfect conditions for life.

To atheists, this principle presents a paradox. How can the earth be so perfectly fine-tuned for life by accident? Continue reading “The Goldilocks paradox”

Are we special? Using science and probability to reassess our place in the universe

The phrase “Copernicus principle” was invented to suggest the earth and the life upon it are common, occupying no significant status in the cosmos. Today this viewpoint dominates among scientists.

Later, Brandon Carter coined the term “anthropic principle” when asking why everything is just right at this time and place to support intelligent life capable of studying the universe. Continue reading “Are we special? Using science and probability to reassess our place in the universe”


The old adage, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” deserves a corollary.  Power tends to dismiss its corruption, and absolute power dismisses its corruption absolutely.

I recently ran upon an academic online discussion that suggested to me just such a corollary needs to exist. While political power might be among the first arenas of abuse which pop to mind, this discussion revealed voices from within the halls of academia reflecting upon the popularizers of science. Continue reading “Taradiddles”