Edward Willett


Pondering perfection in an imperfect post

Here’s a rather metaphysical question for you: why do we strive for perfection? Cold logic tells us that perfection is impossible. As a writer, I know perfectly (sorry) well that I will never in my life write something perfect. In fact, I know logically that it’s impossible to even define what a perfect piece of writing would look like, because there are always multiple ways to write anything, from a simple action to a complex character’s internal monologue, and you can never be certain there might not have been another way to do it that would be better than the way you chose: another way that’s a little bit closer to ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:12, December 12th, 2012 under Blog, Writing and Editing | 2 Comments »

My waveform collapsed, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt

In view of the fact that quantum physics seems to suggest that reality doesn't exist until it is observed, and since great portions of the universe are currently unobservable by humans, I'm thinking of creating a T-shirt with the slogan:GOD: Observing reality so you don't have to.What do you think?

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:24, April 27th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

God–or somebody–really does answer prayer, study suggests

From Science Blog:Does God or some other type of transcendent entity answer prayer?The answer, according to a new Arizona State University study published in the March journal Research on Social Work Practice, is “yes.” David R. Hodge, an assistant professor of social work in the College of Human Services at Arizona State University, conducted a comprehensive analysis of 17 major studies on the effects of intercessory prayer – or prayer that is offered for the benefit of another person – among people with psychological or medical problems. He found a positive effect.Further on:“Overall, the meta-analysis indicates that prayer is effective. Is it effective enough to meet the standards of ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 5:10, March 15th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

Robert J. Sawyer calculates God

The notion that the universe has a designer, that it didn't occur entirely as the result of blind cosmic forces, is not one that gets a lot of attention from the media. Many people assume that all reputable scientists dismiss the notion out of hand. Many reputable scientists do--but not all. There are actually strong scientific arguments to be made that the universe in which we live does show evidence of a guiding intelligence. In fact, one can make the argument that it is intellectually far easier and satisfying to believe in a designed universe than in one that occurred by chance. During my recent visit to Chicon 2000, the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:00, September 4th, 2000 under Blog, Columns, Science Columns | Comment now »