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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?
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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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Todd Kashdan - February 3, 2015
Recent years have seen renewed attention to curiosity―recognizing, seeking out, and preferring things that are new, unusual, and outside of one’s normal experience....
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Marc Margolius - January 26, 2015
The mythic paradigm of the Exodus narrative describes the inexorable triumph of the life-force over death, of wholeness over brokenness.  In this narrative, Miriam,...
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Agustin Fuentes - January 20, 2015
The answer to this question depends on what we mean by “science.”   If we are interested in what the sciences of chemistry or physics tell us then there is very little...
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Ansley Roan - January 12, 2015
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Ansley Roan - January 6, 2015
As the New Year begins, we invite you to mark your calendars for new discussions on Big Questions Online, on topics ranging from curiosity to character. Join the online...
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William Damon - December 9, 2014
When adults talk about purpose, sometimes it sounds like a remote and ethereal ideal that dwells only in people with elevated dreams and grand ambitions. Because the...
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Ansley Roan - December 2, 2014
Theology. Humility. Wisdom. Imagination. Purpose. These were just some of the topics addressed in essays and discussions on Big Questions Online this fall. Authors led...
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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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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: The comments on this essay are closed. We invite you to comment on our Facebook page. This is indeed a big question. It implicates an array of...
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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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Does Quantum Physics Make It Easier to Believe in God?
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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Eddy Nahmias - August 13, 2012
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” — Shakespeare  Humans love stories.  We tell each other the stories of our lives, in which we are...
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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?
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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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Todd Kashdan - February 3, 2015
Recent years have seen renewed attention to curiosity―recognizing, seeking out, and preferring things that are new, unusual, and outside of one’s normal experience....
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Marc Margolius - January 26, 2015
The mythic paradigm of the Exodus narrative describes the inexorable triumph of the life-force over death, of wholeness over brokenness.  In this narrative, Miriam,...
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Agustin Fuentes - January 20, 2015
The answer to this question depends on what we mean by “science.”   If we are interested in what the sciences of chemistry or physics tell us then there is very little...
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Ansley Roan - January 12, 2015
As the new year gets underway, Big Questions Online would like to hear from you. We invite you to participate in our reader survey. Click on the link below to tell us...
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Ansley Roan - January 6, 2015
As the New Year begins, we invite you to mark your calendars for new discussions on Big Questions Online, on topics ranging from curiosity to character. Join the online...
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William Damon - December 9, 2014
When adults talk about purpose, sometimes it sounds like a remote and ethereal ideal that dwells only in people with elevated dreams and grand ambitions. Because the...
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Ansley Roan - December 2, 2014
Theology. Humility. Wisdom. Imagination. Purpose. These were just some of the topics addressed in essays and discussions on Big Questions Online this fall. Authors led...
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