– THE MYSTERY OF BEING HUMAN –
Is Number”: Mathematics, Reality and the Madness of Max Tegmark’ – it is in the analogy between the reduction of values to prices in neo-liberal economics and of quality to quantities in physical science and the increasingly prevalent idea that the universe and the human world boils down to numbers.
In accordance with the humanist spirit of the opening essay, the final piece considers the significance that the ideas of God and Eternity may have for an infidel. It is motivated by the belief that escaping from religion is only the beginning, not the end, of a quest for deeper understanding of what we are. Humanity, after all, is a work in progress and truly humanist thought – that begins with questions and ends with questions – should reflect this.