C.W. Howell
Exploring the Nexus of Religion, Science, and Technology



ChatGPT Round-Up: AI in the Classroom

It's been six months since my viral tweet about ChatGPT, and the articles I wrote on it are now published. Time to revisit?
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C.S. Lewis and The Discarded Image, his last book.

Reading C.S. Lewis's Academic Books #1: The Discarded Image

A review of C.S. Lewis's The Discarded Image, his last book and a tour de force on medieval literature, psychology, and philosophy of science.
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Halloween pumpkins and candles

The Halloween Country: October Thoughts Occasioned by Ray Bradbury

Seasonal musings on Ray Bradbury, the Christian roots of Halloween, and the opposition of Orthodox afterlife to contemporary Hell Houses.
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Angels designated hitter and pitcher Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani and the Individual Talent

Shohei Ohtani's abilities are unprecedented, but what if no one believed in him? The Japanese movie "I Will Buy You" paints a bleak "what if." Plus: another Los Angeles Dodgers playoff loss.
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MobyDick, Queequeg, and Captain Ahab.

Moby-Dick: Or, The Ambiguities

Moby-Dick is American Shakespeare. Each era finds something new in it, but its critical stance on technology, capitalism, and nature is timely as ever.
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Historian of science Ronald L. Numbers

Remembering Ronald Numbers (1942-2023), Historian of Science

The late historian Ronald Numbers was a great exemple of intellectual seriousness and deep compassion. We can all learn from him.
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C.S. Lewis and George Orwell

The Passion of George Orwell

Orwell's 1984 is an inversion and reply to CS Lewis's That Hideous Strength. But in changing Lewis's ending, he offered no hope for Winston Smith.
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A crashed pilot or astronaut walking through a forest. Humanity and nature, technology and earth interact.

Has Science Fiction Ever Been Modern?

How modern is sci-fi, anway? Its Golden Age featured narratives of ascent and decline, the binary of Foundation or A Canticle for Leibowitz. But modernity is more complicated than either progress or regress.
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Hercules and Cerberus by Peter Paul Rubens

The Fifth Head of Cerberus: Notes on a Neglected Masterpiece

Gene Wolfe's brilliant novel asks courageous questions about progress, space colonization, and humanity.
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Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun and the Dark Souls 3 knight

The Book of the New Sun is the Dark Souls of Books

Gene Wolfe and Dark Souls are both difficult and engrossing. In demanding rereading and replaying, they resist the passivity of consumer culture.
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