Aesthetics, art, beauty and mind Darwinism Intelligent Design Philosophy

Massimo Pigliucci: Feynman was wrong about truth and beauty in science

He starts out well but notice how Darwinism, flung into the works like an old shoe, undermines the topic completely. If beauty is really “in the eye of the beholder” full stop, there is really no such thing as beauty. If the “capacity for aesthetic appreciation” evolved “possibly involving natural selection,” then it is unrelated to the object and best understood in terms of how many children artists have.

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High Impulse Nuclear rocket engines — Mars in 40 days?

As we continue to rethink the way forward (with Solar system colonisation and Earth transformation in mind as we exorcise the cheerless ghost of Malthus), the possibilities posed by nuke rockets are well worth pondering: >>By Jeremy Hsu [Space dot com] March 05, 2010 Future Mars outposts or colonies may seem more distant than ever Read More…