The ‘cosplay Caliphate’ of ISIS is a deadly fantasy, but a familiar one in the West. It feeds the same urges as Tolkien
Was human evolution inevitable, or do we owe our existence to a once-in-a-universe stroke of luck?
As the dreams of Silicon Valley fill our world, could the dowdy historian Arnold Toynbee help prevent a nightmare?
Either cause and effect are the very glue of the cosmos, or they are a naive illusion due to insufficient math. But which?