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Reading Walton’s Views on Genesis, Part 1: My Spiritual Journey in Evolution

In the next post, I am going to talk about John Walton’s reading of Genesis, as expressed in his books The Lost World of Genesis One  and The Lost World of Adam and Eve. I plan to also read his The Lost World of Scripture at some point. Walton’s work has been heralded as a truly innovative, groundbreaking entry in the … Continue reading “Reading Walton’s Views on Genesis, Part 1: My Spiritual Journey in Evolution”

Review: A PhD Is Not Enough

Since I decided to become an aspiring physicist back in high school, looking for tips and advice on what to do has been a valuable resource to me. One of the first guides I read that I think is still very valuable today, is ZapperZ’s So You Want to Be a Physicist. It gives extremely practical … Continue reading “Review: A PhD Is Not Enough”

Review: The Portrait of a Lady

After slogging through it for an entire semester, I finally finished reading Henry James’ monumental novel The Portrait of a Lady. This is the fifth major Victorian novel that I have read – in the last few years I have gone through Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Pride and Prejudice as part of my plan … Continue reading “Review: The Portrait of a Lady”

What is Liberal Learning For?

In my last post, I outlined a bit of my personal history, including my fixation on the importance of being a polymath – one who knows something about everything. I argued that learning in the tradition of the Great Books – and not necessarily limited to the book collection, but more generally the entire Western intellectual … Continue reading “What is Liberal Learning For?”

An Intellectual Commitment

I’ve just finished my first semester as a graduate student in physics at Harvard, and it’s been an exhilarating 3 1/2 months since I arrived in Cambridge at the end of August. At Amherst College, I did a lot of physics and math, including doing a lot of research and spending at least a few … Continue reading “An Intellectual Commitment”