Teach thy tongue to say “I do not know” and thou shall progress ~ Talmud (Tractate Berachot 4a) – Misattributed to Maimonides
Believe those who are seeking truth, doubt those who find it ~ André Gide
Have the courage to know, but more importantly, have the courage to doubt ~ A. Ghazali
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children ~ Khalil Gibran
Think of it: of the infinity of real numbers, those that are most important to mathematics — 0, 1, √2, e and π — are located within less than four units on the number line. A remarkable coincidence? A mere detail in the Creator’s grand design? I let the reader decide ~ Eli Maor, ‘e: The Story of a Number’ (1994)
You honor me by reading this. I am a philosopher, logician and mathematician by vocation. Since 2006, under the tutelage of my cousin Ramzi Khuri, a world-renowned superstring/M-theorist, I have mostly been researching F/M-theory. I was born in Jerusalem, moved to Beirut at age five, and my family and I moved to the U.S. in 1984. I spent my first year at Harvard University where as a freshman I declared a double major in philosophy, mathematics, and logic (part of the philosophy department at the time), before Melvin Schwartz and my uncle, the late Edward Said, lured me to Columbia University. There, I had the honor to study under Charles Parsons, Haim Gaifman, Shaughan Lavine, Issac Levi, Sidney Morgenbesser, Thomas Pogge, Edward Said, Herves Jaquet, David Albert, and Melvin Schwartz. I got interested in philosophy, mathematics, and logic very early in life, and superstring/M-theory due to the influence of my cousin Ramzi Khuri. I did my Doctoral studies in mathematical logic and the philosophy of science at The Graduate Center/CUNY under the supervision of Jerrold Katz, Hartry Field, and Elliott Mendelson. Amid the many views I revisionistically and provisionally adhere to, I am a metaphysical realist, never to be confused with scientific realism, though I am a harsh critic of scientific anti-realism programs, a virtue epistemologist, virtue ethicist, all things Arthur Danto on art and aesthetics, and a mathematical Platonist. I am a post-humanist, quasi-atheist/methodological agnostic, ex-existentialist, recovering Marxist, liberal-egalitarian, and Kantian ‘leftist’. I have a blog on radio: you humble me if you listen.
I also had the extreme privilege to study superstring/M-Theory at The Institute for Advanced Study under Edward Witten, Michael Atiyah, Shiing-Shen Chern, and Chen-Ning Yang.