Authors Respond to Reader Comments

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In 1962, journalists typed their reports on the Oscar ceremony.
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November 27, 2012

At Big Questions Online, readers and authors talk to each other.  For seven days after an essay is published, the author is online, responding to comments.  After those seven days,  the author writes up a review of the discussion and identifies new questions that were raised.

Want to see whether your comment influenced an author's thinking?  New to Big Questions and want to read some of the most engaging discussions? This week, we feature new discussion summaries and we invite you to comment on our Facebook page.

The summaries offer a chance to step back from the discussion to see what ideas or themes emerged. It’s also a chance for readers to catch up on conversations they may have missed. Check out the links below to see what the authors thought about the discussions and what new questions came up.

Agree with their conclusions? Want to tackle one of their new Big Questions? The comments on these essays may have closed, but we're keeping the discussion going. Like us on Facebook and post your comments there. We want to hear from you.

Essay: How Might Video Games Be Good for Us?


Essay: Is Religious Freedom Necessary for Other Freedoms to Flourish?


Essay: Is God Wholly Separate from the Material Universe?

Essay: Does a Culture of Thrift Cultivate Generosity?

The following summaries were posted earlier, but we're featuring them in case you missed them.

Essay: Does Quantum Physics Make It Easier to Believe in God?  

Essay: Does Contemporary Neuroscience Support or Challenge the Reality of Free Will?

Essay: Which Beliefs Contribute to Virtuous Behavior?

Essay: What Is It to Be Intellectually Humble?

Essay: Does a Litigious Culture Undermine Our Capacity for Humility?

Essay: Can Virtuous Habits Be Cultivated?

Essay: Will Machines Ever Become Human?

Essay: Can Our Capacity for Moral Reasoning Be Strengthened?

Essay: Is Information the Basis of Reality?

Essay: Do Social Media Platforms Promote or Limit Individual Liberty?

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