Nature is not an end in itself. Humanity is needed to complete that which was created to enhance what is natural.
Human beings have long wondered about the extent to which we truly have free will, or whether the path we travel is pre-ordained.
Is there some unique essence that separates natural-born humans from creations that seem to reproduce the same electro-chemical workings as the human brain (“a soul”)?
Why are humans religious? As an aspiring rabbi, this is a central question of my life.
As we discover more and more about the brain, will neuroscientific “explanations” about moral behavior become “excuses”? How “free” are we, and how would we even know?
If we are aiming to truly change the world, we need to think more broadly and more rationally.
As medical technologies continue to grow, we are able to save many more people than in the past. But the ethical challenges will only increase.
Technologies penetrate every aspect of our lives, often in ways we aren’t even aware of. What Jewish values can and should guide our use of technology?
As someone whose shelves are overflowing with books about cognitive science, and who often integrates these findings with Jewish teachings, I want to share three books that teach Jewish ideas.
Passover reminds us that we are free, which means that we have the freedom to choose how we act. Yet those actions will ultimately define who we are.