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Ansley Roan - May 10, 2015
In the first few months of 2015, Big Questions Online has covered topics ranging from intellectual virtues to quantum mechanics.
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Ansley Roan - May 5, 2015
Is being good good for you? What is a Buddhist perspective on science? How can children's pretend play develop character? Is there a connection between Christianity and...
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Tamar Kushnir - April 21, 2015
What is curiosity? Is it a drive, an emotion, a behavior, or some combination? Curiosity researchers sometimes measure it as a temporary state, sometimes as an enduring...
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Donald Yerxa - April 14, 2015
Is there a connection between Christianity and innovation? For many public intellectuals and academics the answer is obvious: religion, more specifically Christianity,...
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Jonathan Hill - April 6, 2015
Are religion and science in conflict?
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Chris Impey - March 31, 2015
The universe emerged from an iota of space-time 13.8 billion years ago. This initial state of extremely high temperature and density evolved into a vast, flat, and cold...
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Thalia Goldstein - March 17, 2015
“Today I will be the doctor…. here I give you medicine. Open your mouth.”   --F, 3 years old When children imagine, they can be anything or anyone in any time and any...
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Hans Halvorson - February 24, 2015
Quantum mechanics suggests that we perceive at most a tiny sliver of reality. Of course we already knew that! We knew that the visible spectrum is only a small part of...
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admin - February 17, 2015
By James Arthur and Kristján Kristjánsson To What Extent Do Children Learn Virtues Through Instruction and To What Extent Through Modeled Behavior? Some people believe...
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Stephen Post - February 10, 2015
First, what is meant by “good”?  “Good” refers here to a way of life in which the security, well-being and happiness of others is actively meaningful, and in which this...
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Virtuous Behavior
Christian Miller - June 15, 2012
Which beliefs contribute to virtuous behavior? In other words, which beliefs can we form to make it more likely that we act virtuously in the future – more honestly,...
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Ansley Roan - June 18, 2012
Thank you for visiting Big Questions Online.  We invite you to participate in a thoughtful, author-led discussion. We hope the questions and answers below will introduce...
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Ansley Roan - June 18, 2012
This year marks the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, who is considered the father of the modern computer. Turing, who was also known for his code breaking during...
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Intellectual humility
Robert Roberts - June 24, 2012
We human beings are seekers. We seek love, wealth, security, power, happiness, and recognition. We also seek knowledge. Aristotle said, “All people by nature desire to...
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Big Questions Online
Ansley Roan - July 3, 2012
Welcome to Big Questions Online (BQO). The site has re-launched and will feature a new essay and discussion on July 10, addressing the question “Does Quantum Physics...
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Stephen M. Barr - July 10, 2012
Not in any direct way. That is, it doesn’t provide an argument for the existence of God.  But it does so indirectly, by providing an argument against the philosophy...
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Walter Olson - July 17, 2012
When we speak of the ills of the American civil justice system, we tend to fall back on a few familiar themes. We cite the economic harms of litigation: the way it...
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Roy Baumeister - July 24, 2012
Editors' Note:  As one year ends and another begins, we are pleased to re-post this essay by Roy Baumeister, co-author of the book Willpower. Please post your comments...
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David Gelernter - July 31, 2012
No. Digital computers won’t; and in the world as we know it, they are the only candidate machines. What does “human” mean?  Humans are conscious and intelligent—...
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Thomas Farr - August 7, 2012
Editors' Note: As we prepare for Memorial Day and remember those who fought for freedom, we invite you to read this essay on liberty. The comments on this essay are...
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Alfred Mele - May 6, 2014
Does free will exist? Current interest in that question is fueled by news reports suggesting that neuroscientists have proved it doesn’t. In the last few years, I’ve...
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Kelly J. Clark - January 28, 2014
We know well atheistic attempts to explain religion away. Marx, for example, claims that religion is the opiate of the people. Religion, Nietzsche contends, is weakness...
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Richard Davidson - February 19, 2013
Many people believe that it is not necessary to learn to control one’s own mind because they think they already have such control.  Others, based on casual introspection...
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Michael Strevens - May 19, 2014
Everyone knows something. Some people know a lot. But no human being knows as much, apparently, as Watson, the IBM computer that defeated the greatest champions of the...
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Hans Halvorson - February 24, 2015
Quantum mechanics suggests that we perceive at most a tiny sliver of reality. Of course we already knew that! We knew that the visible spectrum is only a small part of...
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Stephen M. Barr - July 10, 2012
Not in any direct way. That is, it doesn’t provide an argument for the existence of God.  But it does so indirectly, by providing an argument against the philosophy...
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Nidhal Guessoum - August 19, 2013
As a Muslim scientist, I spend much time and expend much energy trying to convince Muslims and other believers to take modern science seriously, with all its methodology...
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Jane McGonigal - October 15, 2012
Is gameplay good for us? It’s a question I hear daily from gamers – as well as from their parents, teachers, doctors, therapists, and pastors. There’s certainly good...
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Jonathan Schooler - August 12, 2013
Resolving what to think about free will is itself a choice. Like many other important decisions, there may be alternatives that are better or worse for each of us, but...
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Denis Alexander - June 2, 2014
Asking whether evolution is compatible with Christianity is a bit like asking whether playing baseball is compatible with being American or playing cricket compatible...
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Ansley Roan - May 10, 2015
In the first few months of 2015, Big Questions Online has covered topics ranging from intellectual virtues to quantum mechanics.
Essay » Discussion » The discussion on this question is closed
Ansley Roan - May 5, 2015
Is being good good for you? What is a Buddhist perspective on science? How can children's pretend play develop character? Is there a connection between Christianity and...
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Tamar Kushnir - April 21, 2015
What is curiosity? Is it a drive, an emotion, a behavior, or some combination? Curiosity researchers sometimes measure it as a temporary state, sometimes as an enduring...
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Donald Yerxa - April 14, 2015
Is there a connection between Christianity and innovation? For many public intellectuals and academics the answer is obvious: religion, more specifically Christianity,...
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Jonathan Hill - April 6, 2015
Are religion and science in conflict?
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Chris Impey - March 31, 2015
The universe emerged from an iota of space-time 13.8 billion years ago. This initial state of extremely high temperature and density evolved into a vast, flat, and cold...
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Thalia Goldstein - March 17, 2015
“Today I will be the doctor…. here I give you medicine. Open your mouth.”   --F, 3 years old When children imagine, they can be anything or anyone in any time and any...
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Hans Halvorson - February 24, 2015
Quantum mechanics suggests that we perceive at most a tiny sliver of reality. Of course we already knew that! We knew that the visible spectrum is only a small part of...
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admin - February 17, 2015
By James Arthur and Kristján Kristjánsson To What Extent Do Children Learn Virtues Through Instruction and To What Extent Through Modeled Behavior? Some people believe...
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Stephen Post - February 10, 2015
First, what is meant by “good”?  “Good” refers here to a way of life in which the security, well-being and happiness of others is actively meaningful, and in which this...
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