Oliver Sacks On Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

Neurologist and science popularizer Oliver Sacks — author of such books as Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat — has written a poignant and touching op-ed in the The New York Times to reflect on the recent news that he's dying of cancer. » 2/19/15 7:30am 2/19/15 7:30am

Why Does The Universe Exist?

Here's philosopher Jim Holt delivering a TED talk with one of the TED-talkiest titles ever (just listen to the audience laugh in a paroxysm of absurd self-awareness): "Why does the Universe Exist?" And yet it's a pretty great presentation. » 9/11/14 3:40pm 9/11/14 3:40pm

Her: The existential movie about post-singularity video games

Having finally seen Her, I'm surprised to find the distinct lack of chatter this film is generating among genre fans. This film takes an existential look at the (potential? inevitable?) singularity, and shows viewers the future of video gaming. Be warned, there be spoilers here (although not about the main plot). » 2/02/14 11:56am 2/02/14 11:56am

The 7 Most Intriguing Philosophical Arguments for the Existence of God

Nietzsche is famous for saying that God is dead, but news of The Almighty's demise may have been greatly exaggerated. Here are some of the most fascinating and provocative philosophical arguments for the existence of God. » 1/23/14 10:10am 1/23/14 10:10am

Behold the fluffy ennui of the existential cat

We often like to imagine that, if cats could talk, they would treat us with dismissive disdain, but what if, behind all those glares, lay the heart of a depressed feline existentialist? Henri, the existential cat, outlines his despair in the only way he knows how: via a black and white French movie, complete with… » 4/14/12 9:30am 4/14/12 9:30am

How unfathomable were your odds of coming into being?

Remember in Watchmen, when Doctor Manhattan waxes all sentimental about the miracle of human existence? If you do, you'll recall that he's not talking about the human race — he's talking about the "unfathomable odds" of any specific, individual person coming into being. » 11/09/11 4:19pm 11/09/11 4:19pm

How philosophy explains why Steven Moffat's monsters are seriously…

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has created some of the series' most frightening monsters, including the Weeping Angel aliens in "Blink" who creep up when you glance away. This season, the Edvard Munch-inspired aliens called The Silence have a strange but potent superpower: the instant they leave the frame of… » 5/13/11 2:00pm 5/13/11 2:00pm