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Do we inhabit a multiverse? Do we have free will? What is love? Is evolution directional? There are no simple answers to life’s biggest questions, and that’s why they’re the questions occupying the world’s brightest minds. Together, let's learn from them. Welcome to The Well, a publication by the John Templeton Foundation and Big Think.

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“Now, Einstein came up with this wonderful idea…

that space and time are almost kind of like a fabric that connects everything in the Universe. And what gravity is, is gravity is kind of pulling and stretching on that fabric. And if you have two really massive things moving around each other very fast before they collide, say, two neutron stars, spiraling, spiraling in, they should actually make ripples in this fabric.”

Michelle Thaller
Assistant Director for Science Communication, NASA

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“Shelley’s dystopian tale has managed to stay relevant since its publication. ...

It has a riddling, Zen koan-like quality that has edified and entertained readers for centuries, inspiring a range of interpretations. Recently, it has been making appearances in the heated debates over generative artificial intelligence, where it often is evoked as a cautionary tale about the dangers of scientific overreach. Some worry that in pursuing technologies like AI, we are recklessly consigning our species to Victor Frankenstein’s tragic fate.”

a woman with blonde hair wearing a black top.
Jennifer Banks

Nature is never-ending.
Here's a friendly reminder that we live on a floating rock! Each week, our resident philosopher and editor Jonny Thomson gives context to the interview & quote of the week…
How will you make today count?
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What if the universe lost matter? | Janna Levin
From the poem "Dreams" by Langston Hughes.
There is really only a 'we' | Lisa Miller
“The mass of Mount Everest contained in a teaspoon”: NASA’s Michelle Thaller explores the densest stars in the galaxy.

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