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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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Throughout time, we earthlings have all sort of come to the same points in the year, and the same points in life to mark…

Disparate cultures, who had no way of communicating, found the same moments to create ceremonies and traditions around. Birth, coming of age, death- and also the solstices and equinoxes. So many of our rituals and traditions are about processing change and coming to terms with who we are on this little, particular planet.”

Sasha Sagan
Author

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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
Anthropologist

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