We go to and fro our little affairs on an insignificant little planet orbiting an insignificant little sun. Scientists tell us that the universe doesn’t care if we—the little creatures who inhabit this earth—are alive or dead. But there’s a problem with this view—a big problem.
What came first, you or the universe? The answer is not only unsettling, but suggestive of something both mysterious and inescapable: that you're the template for the universe and the laws of nature themselves.
While driving past Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, the great psychologist turned to me and said “You know, Rob, one day I’m going to be over there.” Now, thirty years later, it’s hard for me to drive by in the spring when the majestic trees are all in bloom.
In Star Wars, the bars are bustling with alien creatures. Yet despite half a century of scanning the sky, NASA and SETI haven't found extraterrestrial life. So where are they? The problem may be more fundamental than anyone thought––it involves understanding our very selves.
We’ve all been taught that time and space exist. They’re real. Or are they? Films, novels, and television shows overflow with examples of characters transcending the everyday boundaries of space and time. But now, new experiments suggest there’s more than a morsel of truth in this popular culture genre.
The reality of the soul is among the most important questions of life. Although religions recognize its existence, how do we know if souls really exist? A string of new scientific experiments helps answer this ancient spiritual question.
The key to understanding life and nature. Why you’re free to enjoy the unfolding of life without the guilt-ridden sense of control, and the obsessive need to avoid messing up. What appears “out there” is actually occurring in your mind, not in an external location distant from yourself.
Recent discoveries require us to rethink our understanding of history. I just read Stephen King's new novel "11/22/63" about a man who travels back in time to change the world. Amazingly, it turns out the past isn't set in stone. A series of real experiments suggest history is a biological phenomenon, and that the past might depend on actions you haven’t taken yet.