For what it’s worth, I’m with Socrates: the unexamined life is not worth living. These thoughts and rumina­tions are my ongoing attempt to make some sense of it all—and have a little fun along the way.

Humans are not the only animals to use tools, but we are the one species that has come to rely on technology more than any other. But the fruits of our progress towards ever more advanced technologies have been a double-edged sword.

On the whole, doubt often gets a bad rap. We don’t like it; we prefer certainty. But the ways in which we deal with doubt may reveal some insights into what makes us human and how to find your way in a life in which uncer­tainty will always play a part.

The notion that things “happen for a reason” is a powerful idea. It is also a dangerous one. The concept of “agency” is so central to our under­standing of ourselves and our world that we apply it even where there is no agency to be found.

I can tell a sauropod from a theropod and I know the difference between dark matter and dark energy, but I’m no paleon­tol­ogist or physicist. Not by a long stretch. But I do so love listening to such specialists talk about what they do. Because I’m not one of them.