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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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“Professional chefs set up their stations before they start, making sure they have all of the ingredients, all of the utensils, pots and pans are there…”

“They’ve read through the recipe. And it’s a great metaphor for all of us when we go about changing our behavior. We really need an environment that would make it easier to actually achieve our goals.”

Wendy Wood
Wendy Wood

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“Your brain does not detect features in the world and body; it constructs features to create meaning…”

So, what does all this mean for everyday life? If physical signals from your body and the world only become meaningful to you in relation to signals created in your brain, this means you have a bit more responsibility than you might realize for how you experience and act in the world.”

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Lisa Feldman Barrett

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Starting tomorrow, learn how to master your habits in our next interview series with behavioral scientist Wendy Wood.
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