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Here's What Kurt Vonnegut Can Teach You About Life

Kurt Vonnegut, the beloved science fiction novelist we have to thank for "Slaughterhouse-Five" and "Cat's Cradle" would have turned 91 today. Aside from his terrific and inventive page-turners, Vonnegut is often remembered for his outspokenness about both political and moral issues, as well as the …

Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

Schools face relentless pressure to up their offerings in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math. Few are making the case for philosophy.<p>Maybe they should.<p>Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year …


Does Free Will Exist?

The question of human autonomy, the alternate universes that our choices can open up, and the problem of measurement awareness.

Parallel Universes

Determinism and Free Will

<b>1 The Doctrine of Determinism</b><p>Determinism is a far-reaching term affecting many areas of concern, that most widely and radically states that all …

Why do we intuitively believe we have free will?

Free will experiments may not explain whether we are in charge of our destinies – but they can nevertheless reveal just how little we know about our own minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>It is perhaps the most famous experiment in neuroscience. In 1983, Benjamin Libet sparked controversy with his …


Brains Are Automatic, But People Are Free

<b>What's the Big Idea?</b><p>Michael Gazzaniga, one of the world's leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience, describes the mystery of free will: “If you …

Steven Pinker: On Free Will


Space and Time into a single Continuum


Is Free Will an Illusion? Scientists, Philosophers Forced to Differ

Are you really in control, or is your every decision predetermined? Who's at the steering wheel: you, your genes, your upbringing, fate, karma, God?<p>A …

The Brain

Do We Have Free Will?


Kansas - Dust In The Wind ...with Lyrics


Life is a Box of Chocolates - Forrest Gump (7/9) Movie CLIP (1994) HD

The Adjustment Bureau - Controlling Free Will


Kansas - Carry on my wayward son - Lyrics


Robert Frost reads The Road Not Taken


The Shawshank Redemption: Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying

Shawshank Redemption

The Myth of Sisyphus


Free Will Vs Destiny/Fate/Karma

It is an age old question which has stumped many. Do we have free will or are we held to the ransom of a greater force? Whether it be fate, karma, …


The Myth of Sysiphus

The Myth of Sisyphus<p><i>by Albert Camus</i><p>The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would …

Are Human Beings Determined? Philosophers and Neuroscientists on Free Will and Determinism


Freedom of Choice - Mind Field (Ep 5)

Does Free Will Really Exist? Your Thoughts

Stephen Cave sparked a ton of reader discussion with his essay “There’s No Such Thing as Free Will,” and you can wade into the robust comments section if you’re determined to do so. Here’s one of the more fascinating findings in Cave’s piece:<p>Many scientists say that the American physiologist …


Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, And Other Scientists On God: The Existence And Mind Of God [Opinion]

Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku both speak of God. So did Albert Einstein. Kaku is a believer in intelligent design, but Hawking doesn’t resonate …

Here’s What to Snack on If You’re Trying to Slim Down, According to a Nutritionist

Tired of eating almonds and Greek yogurt (over and over and over)? I hear you. When you're trying to shed pounds, it's easy to fall into a healthy …

Boston Globe: It's Time To Consider Gun Confiscation

Well, if there’s one thing we can say about this <i>Boston Globe</i> op-ed, it’s honest. I don’t mean honest regarding facts or anything, but honest in …

James Dacre: are we living Brave New World's nightmare future?

Aldous Huxley wrote Brave New World in 1931 in the shadow of the first world war, the Wall Street Crash and a devastating flu virus that had claimed millions of lives. The Treaty of Versailles had carved out a new Europe, while electricity, the automobile, production lines, new mass media and …


David Hofmeyr on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World: 'a subversive, cool and unsettling work of genius'

Brave New World, published in 1932, imagines a fictional future in which free will and individuality have been sacrificed for complete social stability.<p>The book introduces us to a benevolent dictatorship: an efficient, totalitarian welfare state. There is no war, poverty or crime. Society is …


This Device Brings ‘Brave New World’ to Life

A new implant that wirelessly delivers drugs directly into the brain brings up challenging questions for neuroethicists.<p>Last week, a team of …

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The end of sexual reproduction could be 20 years away, claims bioethicist

In 1997, the film <i>Gattaca</i> warned of a future in which emerging reproductive technologies led to eugenics and genetic discrimination. For Stanford law …