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Are Works Of Art Relics?

Friday, July 18, 2014

The power of a particular work of art comes from somewhere. Commentator Alva Noë has one idea about its source, while art historian Alexander Nagel has another.

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What The World Needs Now Is A New Enlightenment

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New human possibilities materialized with the arrival of the the Enlightenment in the 17th and 18th centuries. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says its time to pick up the banner and move forward again.

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The Game Of The Gods Keeps Us Watching

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

If nature is like a game played by the gods, scientists are the observers trying to figure out the rules. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser asks: Can our knowledge ever be complete?

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You Can't Escape Our Ever-Expanding Scope of Knowledge

Friday, June 27, 2014

Is there really a difference between knowing an answer and knowing how to find an answer? Commentator Alva Noë asks this question and shares his answer.

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Do Aliens Play Ball?

Friday, June 20, 2014

The World Cup is on, a festival of amazing teamwork and theatric tribalism. Billions of humans love soccer. Are games a mark of intelligence, something we should expect to find across the cosmos?

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Science Defines The Shores Of Our Ignorance

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Does science have limits? Commentator Adam Frank reviews Marcelo Gleiser's eye-opening new book exploring this very question. It appears that we are forever headed into the dark.

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Blame Your Brain: The Fault Lies Somewhere Within

Monday, June 16, 2014

Can thinking about how the brain works also change how we think about crime and punishment? Commentator Tania Lombrozo says new research suggests it may be so.

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The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is

Friday, June 13, 2014

For years the Turing Test has been a gut check for AI researchers. Now, apparently, a computer program imitating a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy has managed to pass the test. What should we make of that?

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'Rosemary's Baby' Thrills With Unfathomable Mystery

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Why do we watch horror movies? Where is the pleasure in the impossible? Philosopher Alva Noë does his best to answer these, and other, questions.

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The Lure Of The Unknown Drives Science Forward

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

There is no end to how much we can know of reality. But we can never know everything, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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Radiolab

Object Lesson

Friday, May 30, 2014

Are we built to think that the things around us will last? Psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik tells us about a few experiments that complicate our understanding of peek-a-boo. Then she pulls us into a philosophical rabbit hole where a swamp clones Robert, Neil Armstrong writes an email, and we ...

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Our Brain, The Trickster

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Don't get fooled into believing you know what reality is, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. It's a trick the brain plays on us, an illusion spun together out of our many bodily senses.

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Sound Conclusions Can't Emerge From A Conceptual Void

Friday, May 23, 2014

Do our morals hold fast when presented with a dilemma in a foreign language? A new study suggests they may not and commentator Alva Noë takes issue.

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The Mind-Body Problem: A Cautionary Tale

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Does a mind need a body to exist? To be happy? Science fiction has been wrestling with these questions for years and commentator Marcelo Gleiser suggests that we heed Hollywood's latest warning.

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Could Playfulness Be Embedded In The Universe?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

In a recent essay, David Graeber develops a playful panpsychism according to which play is the organizing principle of reality. Alva Noë suggests, more darkly, that it is work that organizes us all.

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Why Do 202,586 People Want To Leave Our Planet For Mars?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Dutch organization called Mars One plans to establish a human colony on Mars by 2025. Anthropologist Barbara J. King wonders what it takes to leave your loved ones behind for the Red Planet.

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On Being

Jennifer Michael Hecht — Suicide, and Hope for Our Future Selves

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Jennifer Michael Hecht with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Jennifer Michael Hecht with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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The Takeaway

Living Longer Means Rethinking Social Structures

Friday, March 14, 2014

As science enables humans in today's world to live longer, how do we assess the value of years we weren't otherwise prepared to live out?

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