Category Archives: Astronomical

Sewanee’s Moon Tree: A Poem & A Reflection

From the NASA wesbite: Apollo 14 launched in the late afternoon of January 31, 1971 on what was to be our third trip to the lunar surface. Five days later Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the Moon while … Continue reading

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Walking with Brontosauruses, or, The How and Why of What We Know

This is the text of an address I gave this morning to the Cum Laude Society at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, in Sewanee, Tennessee this morning, January 6, 2014. It was a privilege to be asked to speak, and am grateful … Continue reading

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Hunters, 5 a.m.

For no good reason, I’m up before dawn and go into the living room to look out the window. Through the clouds the stars can be made out here and there. My dogs stir but I don’t let them out. … Continue reading

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Introduction for Christopher Hitchens, “The Moral Necessity of Atheism” (Sewanee, Feb. 2004)

Introduction for Christopher Hitchens, “The Moral Necessity of Atheism” Tuesday, Feb 23, 2004 Convocation Hall The “How, Then, Shall We Live?” Series   I knew that, when we invited Christopher Hitchens to speak, we would draw a large crowd, and … Continue reading

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Protected: Skyhook

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Protected: Plumbing the Depths

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