Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Magic (II)

For L.O. The Talmud relates: אמר רבא אי בעו צדיקי ברו עלמא שנאמר כי עונותיכם היו מבדילים וגו’ Rava says: If the righteous wish to do so, they can create a world, as it is stated: “But your iniquities have separated between you and your G-d.” In other words, there is no distinction between G-d […]

Conning StarCon and Cartesian Dualism

Ever since being presented with the opportunity to cheat on the StarCon Aptitude Test by copying the answers of a fellow cadet with a remarkably large “brain pan”, I have been curious about the relationship of brain size and intelligence. The traditionally assumed positive correlation has apparently stood the test of time: a major recent […]

Moshe Rabbeinu: A Life

R. Yitzchok Adlerstein writes: One of the meforshim of the Hagadah comments on מתחילה עובדי ע”ז היו אבותינו, תרח Was Terach one of the avos? Well, yes! From Terach, Avraham learned that there was a higher power, even if Terach got it completely wrong. R. Adlerstein unfortunately does not name the commentator in question, but […]