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The Astronaut Who Went On Strike

Friday, March 14, 2014

In the story of astronaut William Pogue's quest for more contemplative time in space, commentator Barbara J. King finds inspiration for everyday life here on Earth.

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The Truth Is, Philosophy Rules Your World

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A remarkable new book brings Plato back to teach us how to make our lives matter and why philosophy is here to stay. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser can't recommend it enough.

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The Playfulness Of Invention

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The gift of believing in imagination, enjoying it as if it's real, usually falls away in adulthood. But keeping the door open between the imagined and real worlds can show us the way forward.

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The Limits Of Simulation

Friday, February 28, 2014

Could it be that we are living in a giant, convincing simulation? If so, we've got a lot to be mad about, says commentator Alva Noë.

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Is Freedom Just An Illusion? Maybe We Don't Want To Know

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

As we learn more about the brain, we should ask whether learning too much might, ultimately, compromise our freedom. Simulating reality could be a threat to reality, warns commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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What Is Your Big Question?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It's time to hear from you, the 13.7 Cosmos and Culture community. What burning questions do you have about our existence? What do you need to know?

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The Problem With A Clockwork Universe

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Is life (the universe and everything) just a series of predictable events, a chain of physics problems stringing all the way back to the Big Bang? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser takes on determinism.

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The Choice Is Yours: The Fate Of Free Will

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

We seem to make our own choices all the time: chicken instead of steak, a book instead of a movie, the beach instead of the mountains. But free will is an illusion in the eyes of some researchers. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser gives it some thought and decides he's not buying that argument.

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Seeing The World Is Like Dancing With It

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Commentator and philosopher Alva Noë responds to the claim that we only ever know the world as it was, not as it is. It's all a matter of perception and interaction.

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A Tribute To Failure

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Success is what we all strive for in life. But the truth is that behind every success sits a pile of failures. And that's just the way it should be, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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Take Four Minutes To Reflect On Your Place In The Cosmos

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

This New Year, stop to consider the point of it all with this beautiful animation of Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" meditation on Earth's place in the cosmos.

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The Takeaway

So You've Hit Your Peak. Now What?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Have I peaked? It might seem like a depressing question, but Todd May, a professor of philosophy at Clemson University, believes it’s a worthy one. What is there to do when we think we’ve reached our zenith? May  makes the case for reflecting on our peak.

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Can Science Explain Everything?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

We turn to science for answers about a lot of things. But its grand theories about life, the universe and everything should be seen for what they are: more tools to think about the big questions than answers in-and-of themselves. That's the word from astrophysicist and commentator Adam Frank.

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The Takeaway

The 'New Rich' and What It Means to be Wealthy | Desperately Seeking a Cure for Alzheimer's | Digital Volunteers Map Destruction in the Philippines

Thursday, December 12, 2013

What is Your Work Worth? | Long-Term Unemployment Difficult to Change | Treating The Injured in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan | Digital Volunteers Map Destruction in the Philippines | U.S. Cuts Off Non-Lethal Aid to Syrian Rebels | Desperately Seeking a Cure for Alzheimer's | The 'New Rich' and ...

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The Takeaway

What is Your Work Worth?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Our work determines how we spend most of our days, the people we spend our time with, the kind of lifestyle we can afford, and it influences our fundamental sense of who we are. It turns out that what we're paid and how we really feel about our jobs aren't always in sync. Al Gini, a professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University’s School of Business Administration and resident philosopher at WBEZ, has dedicated much of his career to understanding the value of work. He’s also the author of “My Job My Self." 

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Science And Its Reality: Take 2

Friday, December 06, 2013

Last week commentator Alva Noë drew readers' ire by suggesting that there is a conflict between science and both religion and common sense. He takes another stab at the matter here.

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Probing The Unknowable Mysteries Of The Brain

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Is the brain a sort of quantum computer? What is consciousness? Marcelo Gleiser's brain is buzzing with big questions after participating in a conference that asked if quantum physics plays a role in how we think.

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On Being

Alain de Botton — A School of Life for Atheists [remix]

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Alain de Botton is a philosopher who likes the best of religion, but doesn’t believe in God. So he’s created “The School of Life,” a secular community in London. He explains why wisdom and ritual shouldn’t be reserved just for believers.

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On Being

[Unedited] Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Alain de Botton is a philosopher who likes the best of religion, but doesn’t believe in God. So he’s created “The School of Life,” a secular community in London. He explains why wisdom and ritual shouldn’t be reserved just for believers.

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