"The electronic age is threatening the trust and credibility on which civilisation depends"by Prospect Team / July 19, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in August 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
What is the first news/historical event you can recall?
VJ Day, the end of the Second World War. I remember the parade in Beirut that went right by our house.
What is the most overrated book of all time?
I think it’s pretty obvious that there are two tied for first place, and probably most people would agree with me about one of them—in each case—but there is a widespread diplomatic consensus that we should leave it at that. I am one of the few people—certainly one of the few atheists—who have tried, earnestly, to make it through both of them, but gave up in dismay each time.
One bit of advice you’d give to your younger self?
Master more mathematics, so I could actually use it to make and test models.
Who was your first hero?
Real: my father. Fictional: Robinson Crusoe.
Do you worry about the lack of an afterlife?
No, I worry about entering the second infancy that afflicts so many these days, thanks to modern medicine.