Nature is Enough

The Chirp Heard Across the Universe” (editorial, Feb. 16), about the recent discovery of the gravitational waves that were predicted by Einstein a century ago, asks, “Does science, or knowledge, really need a justification?”

The answer, of course, is no. But in a culture that has become saturated with the idea that only commercial value matters, we’ve become afraid of expressing an impulse as natural and basic as this.

Much like literature, music, philosophy and art, enjoyment of the natural sciences — and of nature itself — has intrinsic value. No further justification is required. Curiosity, wonder and beauty are enough.


Note: This appeared as a letter to the editor in The New York Times.

Make Peace, Not Love (Part II)

The nuclear deal struck between Iran and a group of six nations isn’t perfect, but it’s the best one considering the other alternatives. In an interview with Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, President Obama explained how the deal isn’t being measured by whether it solves every problem related to the Iranian regime (it doesn’t), it’s being measured by whether or not it stops Iran from developing a nuclear weapon (it does).  Continue reading