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“This distinction between past and future is not present in the basic grammar of the world. It comes about only because we have a blurred vision of reality.” – Carlo Rovelli Time is often treated as some sort of fundamental substance. But the more scientists...

Odysseus fakes insanity, early 17th century tapestry. Ptuj Ormož Regional Museum, Ptuj Slovenia Although he is a major character in some accounts of the Trojan War, Palamedes is not mentioned in Homer's Iliad.   After Paris took Helen to Troy, Agamemnon sent Palamedes to Ithaca to retrieve Odysseus,...

A fringe group of scientists and tech moguls think they're closing in on the fountain of youth. Here's everything you need to know: What is biohacking? Silicon Valley is built on the idea that technology can optimize, or "hack," any aspect of our lives — so why...

There’s a story of a spiritual teacher whose daily sermons were powerful and inspiring. Hours of preparation often went into creating such messages of hope, love, forgiveness, and joy. One morning, before standing to deliver the day’s sermon, the teacher focused on the message about...

Most religions teach that God exists somewhere outside the world, perhaps in heaven. Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was unusual in thinking that God is the world. He wrote about 'God or Nature', to make this point — meaning that the two words refer to the same...

I wonder how many people in this city live in furnished rooms. Late at night when I look out at the buildings I swear I see a face in every window looking back at me and when I turn away I wonder how many go back to their desks and write this...

Ideal and beloved voices of those who are dead, or of those who are lost to us like the dead. Sometimes they speak to us in our dreams; sometimes in thought the mind hears them. And with their sound for a moment return other sounds from the first poetry of our...

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