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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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“Of all the words I know there’s no word that makes many of my colleagues more emotional and prone to foam at the mouth than the one I’m just about to say: consciousness.

A lot of scientists dismiss this as complete BS and as totally irrelevant and a lot of others think this is the central thing—you have to worry about machines getting conscious and so on. What do I think? I think consciousness is both irrelevant and incredibly important.”

Max Tegmark

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“How we talk about society’s problems matters.

 Invoking the notion of ‘tribalism’ for the world’s current problems is misleading at best and insulting at worst.” 

Agustín Fuentes

The trick is where to draw the line.
What's an imperfection you love, in someone or something?
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A reminder to practice gratitude today.
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George Eliot is the pen name of Mary Ann Evans, a novelist, poet, journalist, translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.

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