In a recent essay, David Graeber develops a playful panpsychism according to which play is the organizing principle of reality. Alva Noë suggests, more darkly, that it is work that organizes us all.
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.
A Dutch organization called Mars One plans to establish a human colony on Mars by 2025. Anthropologist Barbara J. King wonders what it takes to leave your loved ones behind for the Red Planet.
In the story of astronaut William Pogue's quest for more contemplative time in space, commentator Barbara J. King finds inspiration for everyday life here on Earth.
A remarkable new book brings Plato back to teach us how to make our lives matter and why philosophy is here to stay. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser can't recommend it enough.
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.
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.