The 9 Weirdest Implications Of The Many Worlds Interpretation

According to the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics, we live in an infinite web of alternate timelines. It's a serious claim that carries some rather serious scientific, philosophical, and existential baggage. And here are the nine weirdest possible implications. » 3/23/15 10:00am 3/23/15 10:00am

Tweets From Neil deGrasse Tyson's Freshman Dorm Room

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a brilliant, modern-day Carl Sagan. He is also, if we are to judge solely by his Twitter account, a freshman philosophy major, tweeting from his dorm room and rolling blunts on top of his used copy of Plato's Republic. » 12/23/14 9:56am 12/23/14 9:56am

Is death real?

Are you alive or are you just a bunch of automated goo? What separates life from death? Is death real? These questions have occupied the mind of scientists and philosophers for thousands of years. This video by Kurzgesagt doesn't try to answer them, but gives you a lot of scientific data that will make you think about… » 12/12/14 5:38pm 12/12/14 5:38pm

Is It Time to Accept That We're Alone in the Universe?

We have yet to discover any signs of aliens, a troubling observation that has led to much speculation. One possible solution to the Great Silence is that nobody's out there. It's a conclusion that sounds impossible to believe, but there may be something to it. Here's why we may be alone in the universe. » 11/05/14 12:20pm 11/05/14 12:20pm

How Do You Know You're Real?

It's Friday morning, and maybe you're questioning your life a little: is it worth this long hard slog each week? But there are bigger questions to ask yourself, like, do you even exist in the first place? » 8/15/14 4:00am 8/15/14 4:00am

Discuss: The laws that bind atoms and galaxies control your feelings too

Pour yourself a whiskey and think about this before going to sleep tonight: "What you perceive as a conscious perspective is actually a bunch of little particles banging into each other and swerving around based on the same rules that form stars, nebulae, and black holes... » 7/17/14 11:40pm 7/17/14 11:40pm

Google's Design Mastermind Explains the Future of Android

Two years ago, as Google first showed off Android Jelly Bean, we sat down with then-Director of Android User Experience Matias Duarte to discuss where the operating system was heading. Fast forward this week's Google I/O, where Duarte—now Google's Vice President of Design—introduced Material Design. We had the chance,… » 6/27/14 11:00am 6/27/14 11:00am

Mind-blowing video shows how humans are basically bad copies of amoebas

Vsauce, the master answerer of life's toughest questions and professional blower of minds, tackles something so philosophical in his latest video that you'll start to wonder what in the hell our purpose is on this Earth. And if it's any different than a purpose of a rock. It starts with the discussion of art and then… » 4/15/14 2:58am 4/15/14 2:58am

Maybe living forever inside a computer is not such a good idea

Some people dream with the idea of their consciousness living inside a computer after they die. Free of any physical ties, they will forever to roam the world and eventually the cosmos, learning, seeing faraway stars through camera eyes, and playing Titanfall. As Poor Drawn Lines—one of my favorite internet… » 4/04/14 1:12pm 4/04/14 1:12pm

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you'll need to navigate our future. » 3/17/14 10:07am 3/17/14 10:07am

What If Operating Systems Were Religions?

Yesterday, after writing my way past the notional halfway point (both of the current novel manuscript, and of the trilogy it's the middle volume of), I went and overindulged in food and drink with friends. » 1/03/14 10:00am 1/03/14 10:00am

Can Technology Ever Make Us Truly Happy?

Humans are clever: what sets us apart from the rest of the creatures on the planet is our ability to think about the world around us—and shape it. But in making all the technological advances that seems so smart, are we making the world better, or just different? » 11/06/13 6:48am 11/06/13 6:48am

Parallel Worlds: How Human History Turns on the Tilt of the Multiverse

Andy Murray’s unexpectedly strong start against Roger Federer in the Wimbledon 2012 final put the Daily Telegraph columnist Matthew Norman in a science-fiction mood. Contrasting Murray with the doubles champion Jonny Marray — who still rents a flat and drives a Ford Fiesta, despite holding a Grand Slam title — the … » 9/06/13 2:00pm 9/06/13 2:00pm

Where Consciousness Comes From

Scientific talks can get a little dry, so I try to mix it up. I take out my giant hairy orangutan puppet, do some ventriloquism and quickly become entangled in an argument. I’ll be explaining my theory about how the brain — a biological machine — generates consciousness. Kevin, the orangutan, starts heckling me.… » 8/22/13 3:01pm 8/22/13 3:01pm

Philosophy Web Series Shots of Awe Will Blow Your Mind in 180 Seconds

Shots of Awe is a new web series hosted by "performance philosopher" Jason Silva that features lightning flashes of philosophy that might blow your mind in three minutes or less. » 5/23/13 11:30am 5/23/13 11:30am

Reddit's First Orignal Web Mini-Series Is Bold, Intelligent... and…

Reddit's trying out something new: it's launched its own, original mini-series of web videos. Bases on its Explain Like I'm Five subreddit, it explores political and social issues in a way anyone can understand. » 3/19/13 5:26am 3/19/13 5:26am

The Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever (and How to Solve It)

It's that strange time of year, the lull between Christmas and New Year, when you're not really celebrating but not really working either. So, how about you wrap your brain around the world's hardest logic puzzle to keep yourself amused? Y'know, just for fun. » 12/28/12 9:00am 12/28/12 9:00am

There's a One in Ten Chance You're Dreaming Right Now

Math! It's hard enough to wrap your head around even when it's not systematically unraveling your understanding of reality. For instance: there's a pretty decent chance you're dreaming right now. No, seriously; math says so. » 7/29/12 12:20pm 7/29/12 12:20pm

How Bioengineered Humans Could Solve Climate Change

Most solutions to climate change require radical changes in the way we live. That's why a small community of academics is starting to propose a different approach, one that involves bioengineering humans so that they need fewer resources. It's radical, controversial—and might just work. » 3/13/12 11:00am 3/13/12 11:00am

This Is Why I Google Myself Regularly

Sometimes I question my own existence, but—thanks to Google and the words of this modern day René Descartes—I now know how to easily find the reassurance I require on those days. [The Daily What via High Definite] » 9/06/10 7:00pm 9/06/10 7:00pm