The gift of believing in imagination, enjoying it as if it's real, usually falls away in adulthood. But keeping the door open between the imagined and real worlds can show us the way forward.
Science asks big questions about the nature of the universe, the nature of the mind and what it means to be human. Understanding how to interpret the answers often takes us into the realm of philosophy, the underpinning of scientific exploration.
Could it be that we are living in a giant, convincing simulation? If so, we've got a lot to be mad about, says commentator Alva Noë.
As we learn more about the brain, we should ask whether learning too much might, ultimately, compromise our freedom. Simulating reality could be a threat to reality, warns commentator Marcelo Gleiser.
It's time to hear from you, the 13.7 Cosmos and Culture community. What burning questions do you have about our existence? What do you need to know?
The idea that there is a unified, intelligible Natural Order is shared by materialists and the religious alike. Maybe it is time to reject this common Natural Order-ism. The Theory of Everything is a pipe dream, says commentator Alva Noë.
Is life (the universe and everything) just a series of predictable events, a chain of physics problems stringing all the way back to the Big Bang? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser takes on determinism.
We seem to make our own choices all the time: chicken instead of steak, a book instead of a movie, the beach instead of the mountains. But free will is an illusion in the eyes of some researchers. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser gives it some thought and decides he's not buying that argument.
Commentator and philosopher Alva Noë responds to the claim that we only ever know the world as it was, not as it is. It's all a matter of perception and interaction.
Success is what we all strive for in life. But the truth is that behind every success sits a pile of failures. And that's just the way it should be, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.
This New Year, stop to consider the point of it all with this beautiful animation of Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" meditation on Earth's place in the cosmos.