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Morality and Mathematics

August 18, 2018


I have a vivid memory from my first or second year of college when discussing mathematics with an older student. I don’t remember the specific topic, but at one point he pointed out to me that mathematical truths are only true relative to particular axioms and definitions that we have assumed, and that they are […]

The Origins of Entropy

September 8, 2016


One of the unsolved mysteries of modern physical cosmology is explaining how the universe began in a low entropy state. From within the context of physics, an explanation can only be traced backward in time. To look deeper, one must seek an explanation for the origin of entropy itself. This, as it turns out, is […]

Questioning the Scientific Worldview

June 21, 2001


Thomas J. McFarlane Center Voice: Summer-FallĀ 2001 Most of us were raised with the idea that reality is the material cosmos. We were all taught that there is a real external world “out there” containing rocks, atoms, cells, animals, plants, etc., and that this material world is all there is. As Carl Sagan tells us […]

Nicholas of Cusa and the Infinite

March 23, 1999


Thomas J. McFarlane 23 March 1999 Revised and edited for the web March 2004 ABSTRACT: Nicholas of Cusa (1401-64) was a philosopher and theologian whose writings influenced the development of Renaissance mathematics and science. The first part of this paper will trace the historical development in the West of thought about the Infinite prior to […]