The field of “scientific theology” ponders the ultimate purpose of mind
Feyerabend, who defended astrology and creationism, denied that he was antiscience
An artificial reporter might not take concerns about superintelligent, sentient machines very seriously
Was the Spiritual Leader Andrew Cohen enlightened or a “Super-egomaniac”?
Study contradicts claim that humans prior to civilization were “plagued by war.”
A new study challenges the popular claim that lethal violence declined after our ancestors settled down
Has the holistic-health mogul overstated the health benefits of meditation and other spiritual practices?
A skeptical science writer critiques strings, multiverses, meditation, the Singularity and “neo-geocentrism.”
An afternoon journey triggers ruminations on heat death, habituation and invisible gorillas
String theorist Edward Witten says consciousness “will remain a mystery”
“Gene doping” remains unlikely, but if scientists can safely boost athletic performance by manipulating genes, that should be cause for celebration
A televised debate over the limits of science raised a legitimate objection to the claim that there will be no more “fundamental” discoveries
Transhumanist candidate Zoltan Istvan urges spending less on war and more on the scientific quest to defeat death
Clinton should seek ways to end war, which devastates those she has worked so hard to help—children and women
A paleoanthropologist’s story about a famous fossil triggers a traumatic memory
The science of consciousness, far from converging on a sensible paradigm, is going backward
Even judged by his era’s standards, the actions of the slave-owning founding father fell too far short of his professed ideals.
Economist envisions a world run by digital “emulations” of humans
As more studies are called into question and researchers bicker over methodology, the field is showing a healthy willingness to face its problems
The easy availability of guns poses a much greater threat to Americans than terrorism does