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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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“When we get into a romantic relationship, it’s all sparks, and flowers, and hikes, and coffees. But over time, the romantic couple gets into routines.

And so what we’ve argued is that the moments of gratitude still matter, because when we say “thank you,” we’re sending a message to the person who just did something nice for us, that they are valued, that they’re seen, that the thing that they did for us was worth doing in the first place.”

Clay Routledge

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“What is life? Scientists still cannot agree on an answer.

Many suggest that life requires a metabolism, genetic material, and the ability to self-replicate, but there the possibility of broad agreement ends. Are viruses alive? What about a storm or a flame? Even worse, the driving force that leads to the emergence of life still eludes us.”

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Lee Cronin

Some scientists see religion as a threat to the scientific method that should be resisted. But faith "is really asking a different set of questions," says Francis Collins.
Dare to do something new today.
We all feel like imposters sometimes.
What we get wrong about hell, explained by a bishop.
Barron’s point is that when Jesus, Gandhi, or Martin Luther King, Jr practiced non-violence, they were sowing a seed. They were telling their oppressors, "I will not live by your…
Imagine transformation today. What does it look like?
Make the person you want to be.
Imagine the world we'd create together.

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