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Ansley Roan - April 8, 2014
What kinds of topics would you like to see addressed on Big Questions Online? Post a comment and tell us the questions that get you talking. Big Questions Online...
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Ansley Roan - April 1, 2014
Atheism, complexity and thrift are just a few of the topics that have been featured on Big Questions Online in recent weeks. One of those discussions became a milestone...
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William Hurlbut - March 24, 2014
Editors' Note:  As Christians observe Holy Week and Easter, author William Hurlbut will respond to comments on this essay, which addresses the incarnation, crucifixion...
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Ansley Roan - March 18, 2014
Spring begins this week. As we prepare for warmer months and longer days, we'd also like to take this opportunity to ask for your feedback on Big Questions Online....
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Rebecca MacKinnon - March 10, 2014
The Internet is a powerful vehicle for expanding freedom of the press.  Whether this vehicle is driven successfully in the right direction, however, is not inevitable....
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Anthony Aguirre - March 3, 2014
Right now, this second, an old man is exhaling his last breath.  Elsewhere, two young lovers exchange their first kiss.  Farther afield, two asteroids silently collide....
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Richard Holton - February 24, 2014
In the late 1960s, Walter Mischel tempted children with marshmallows: have one now, he offered, or wait to get two. The study is one of the select few that has entered...
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Ansley Roan - February 17, 2014
Finding life's purpose. Humility and strength. Dark matter. Evolution and cooperation. These were the subjects of recent essays and discussions on Big Questions Online....
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Joshua Yates - February 11, 2014
The Promise of Thrift   Once upon a time in America thrift was a popular and celebrated character ideal. Parents exhorted thrift to their children; teachers taught it in...
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Martin Rees - February 3, 2014
Astronomers are embarrassed and perplexed. They study the cosmos with ever more powerful telescopes, but rather than building up a more complete inventory of what the...
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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: Please post your comments and thoughts on our Facebook page.   Roy Baumeister, author of this essay and co-author of the book Willpower, participated in...
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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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Roy Baumeister - July 24, 2012
Editors' Note: Please post your comments and thoughts on our Facebook page.   Roy Baumeister, author of this essay and co-author of the book Willpower, participated in...
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Tim O'Connor - January 8, 2013
Plato taught that the soul is a simple immaterial thing that relates to the human body (brain included) as a captain to a ship. The person is a soul, the bearer of all...
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Ansley Roan - April 8, 2014
What kinds of topics would you like to see addressed on Big Questions Online? Post a comment and tell us the questions that get you talking. Big Questions Online...
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Ansley Roan - April 1, 2014
Atheism, complexity and thrift are just a few of the topics that have been featured on Big Questions Online in recent weeks. One of those discussions became a milestone...
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William Hurlbut - March 24, 2014
Editors' Note:  As Christians observe Holy Week and Easter, author William Hurlbut will respond to comments on this essay, which addresses the incarnation, crucifixion...
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Ansley Roan - March 18, 2014
Spring begins this week. As we prepare for warmer months and longer days, we'd also like to take this opportunity to ask for your feedback on Big Questions Online....
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Rebecca MacKinnon - March 10, 2014
The Internet is a powerful vehicle for expanding freedom of the press.  Whether this vehicle is driven successfully in the right direction, however, is not inevitable....
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Anthony Aguirre - March 3, 2014
Right now, this second, an old man is exhaling his last breath.  Elsewhere, two young lovers exchange their first kiss.  Farther afield, two asteroids silently collide....
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Richard Holton - February 24, 2014
In the late 1960s, Walter Mischel tempted children with marshmallows: have one now, he offered, or wait to get two. The study is one of the select few that has entered...
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Ansley Roan - February 17, 2014
Finding life's purpose. Humility and strength. Dark matter. Evolution and cooperation. These were the subjects of recent essays and discussions on Big Questions Online....
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Joshua Yates - February 11, 2014
The Promise of Thrift   Once upon a time in America thrift was a popular and celebrated character ideal. Parents exhorted thrift to their children; teachers taught it in...
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Martin Rees - February 3, 2014
Astronomers are embarrassed and perplexed. They study the cosmos with ever more powerful telescopes, but rather than building up a more complete inventory of what the...
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