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Why Policy Needs Philosophers as Much as it Needs Science

In a widely-discussed recent essay for the New Atlantis, the policy scholar Daniel Sarewitz argues that science is in deep trouble. While modern research remains wondrously productive, its results are more ambiguous, contestable and d...

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Psychedelics and the Meaning Of Life

Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongu...

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Forget Survival of the Fittest: It Is Kindness That Counts

A psychologist probes how altruism, Darwinism and neurobiology mean that we can succeed by not being cutthroat.

Why do people do good things? Is kindness hard-wired into the brain, or does this tendency arise via experi...

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The Psychology of Moral Outrage and Why It Is Self-Serving

When people publicly rage about perceived injustices that don't affect them personally, we tend to assume this expression is rooted in altruism—a "disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others." But new research sugg...

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The Reign of Recycling

If you live in the United States, you probably do some form of recycling. It’s likely that you separate paper from plastic and glass and metal. You rinse the bottles and cans, and you might put food scraps in a container destined for ...

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Meat without Murder: Would Vegetarians Embrace Lab-Grown Meat?

Would you eat a hamburger if it were made without killing a cow? Can you imagine a world where cruelty-free applies not just to shoes and shampoos but also to sausages and chicken nuggets?

Jason Matheny can. He’s not only a vege...

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5 Signs You Have Authentic Power

At first glance the words strength and power may sound like they go hand in hand. Since we live in a world where it has been programmed within us to see the strongest person, country, political figure, family member, etc. as also the ...

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Reclaiming Spirituality for Lovers of Life
Does spirituality pertain exclusively to the realm of religion? Many people think so. But this is an error—and a spiritually destructive one at that.

A spirit is the nonphysical part of a person, t...
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In The Face of Death — Defying Disability and Stigma

When, in December of 1981, a 55-year-old Swiss legal scholar named Peter Noll learned that he had bladder cancer, and that his only hope lay in submitting to an operation that would leave him "diminished and mutilated," he made an imm...

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Why Are So Many Scientists So Wrong About Philosophy?

There’s no doubt that Bill Nye “the Science Guy” is extremely intelligent. But it seems that, when it comes to philosophy, he’s completely in the dark.

The beloved American science educator and TV personality posted a video las...

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The Myth of Sustainable Meat

The industrial production of animal products is nasty business. From mad cow, E. coli and salmonella to soil erosion, manure runoff and pink slime, factory farming is the epitome of a broken food system.

There have been various ...

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Spirituality enhancement

Spirituality enhancement

is the experience of a shift in a person’s personal beliefs regarding their existence and place within the universe, their relationship to others, and what they value as meaningful in life. It results in...

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The Dawn of New Consciousness: AI, Robots and Religion

It would be hard to confuse Daniel Dennett for anyone other than a philosopher. With his voluminous white beard, imposing frame, and jolly demeanour, he cuts a distinctive figure in the sleek restaurant atop London’s National Portrait...

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The Occult Activism of 1960s Group WITCH is Still Relevant

When people think of feminist protests of the 1960s, they most often think of bra burning at the Miss America pageant. This is super lame because bras weren’t even burned at that protest, just discarded into a trash can. It’s hard to ...

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Is This The End of Aging: Can Science Make Us Immortal?

Some scientists argue that aging is a social construct, not a natural law — and therefore, we can challenge it. Scientists are looking at genetic editing and advances in artificial intelligence as possible means to prolong human life ...

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What Neopagans Believe

Thou Art God/dess

Neopagans believe that divinity is both immanent (internal) and transcendent (external), with immanence being far more important for people to pay attention to right now. This principle o...

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Buddhist Ethics has a good day: on Philosophy, East and West

Almost 3 years ago exactly, 3 AM Magazine interviewed Jay Garfield, one of the best-known Buddhist philosophers in academia today. I wrote about that interview and still look back fondly on the comments and conversations that ensued.<...

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New Plant-Based ‘Meat’ is Set to Revolutionize the Food System

The US company Impossible Foods has created a ‘beef’ burger made entirely out of plants. It announced on Wednesday that it plans to open a factory the size of a city block...

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The Sixth Mass Extinction Will Be Like Nothing in Earth's History

The sixth mass extinction — the one that seven billion humans are sadly doing their utmost to trigger at this very moment — is shaping up to be like nothing our planet has ever seen. That’s the conclusion of a sweeping new analysis, w...

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About Reincarnation

Reality is a consciousness experiment set in linear time to experience emotions. Within the matrix of its design all things occur at the same time, hence there is no past, present or future, but multidimensional experiences souls have...

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Human enhancement: Is it good for society?

Human enhancement technologies are opening up tremendous new possibilities. But they're also raising important questions about what it means to be human, and what is good or bad for our individual and collective well-being. These tech...

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Humanity MKII: Why The Future of Humanity will be as Purposeless as the Past

The next great stage of our evolution has begun. But what will our successes look like – and will they be that different to us?

“In the 21st century,” Yuval Noah Harari writes, “the next big project of humankind will be to acqui...

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Emptiness: The Most Misunderstood Word in Buddhism

“Emptiness” is a central teaching of all Buddhism, but its true meaning is often misunderstood. If we are ever to embrace Buddhism properly into the West, we need to be clear about emptiness, since a wrong understanding of its meaning...

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