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

Why You Should Upload Yourself to a Supercomputer

We're still decades — if not centuries — away from being able to transfer a mind to a supercomputer. It's a fantastic future prospect that makes some people incredibly squeamish. But there are considerable benefits to living a digital life. Here's why you should seriously consider uploading. » 1/09/14 11:08am 1/09/14 11:08am

Does the internet prove that time travelers are visiting us? (No.)

How would we know if time travelers are visiting the present? You could look for clues — but the best indication might be found on the internet. Unfortunately, two researchers tried to look for clues to time travel online... and came up with nothing. » 1/03/14 4:00pm 1/03/14 4:00pm

Our universe may contain TARDIS-like regions of spacetime

Doctor Who’s TARDIS is unique in that it appears larger on the inside than it does from the outside. According to scientists from the University of Helsinki, our universe may exhibit similar properties, a phenomenon they're dubbing Tardis spacetime. It’s a new theory that could solve a longstanding mystery in… » 9/11/13 7:20am 9/11/13 7:20am

If this theory is correct, we may live in a web of alternate timelines

The Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics has been around for nearly 60 years. It’s a highly controversial idea which suggests that our world — and everything in it — is constantly splitting into alternative timelines. If it's correct, here's what your true existence might actually be like. » 7/24/13 10:34am 7/24/13 10:34am

New theory says the Universe isn't expanding — it's just getting fat

Conventional thinking says the Universe has been expanding ever since the Big Bang. But theoretical astrophysicist Christof Wetterich says it's not expanding at all. It’s just that the mass of all the particles within it is steadily increasing. » 7/17/13 4:40pm 7/17/13 4:40pm

Must Watch: Neil deGrasse Tyson Moderates a Debate on Nothingness

For 14 years now, the American Museum of Natural History has hosted the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate – an annual meeting of scientific and philosophical minds, held in honor of one of modern history's most formidable intellects. The debates are always fantastic, but this year's topic – the existence of nothing –… » 4/25/13 10:30am 4/25/13 10:30am

How does the Anthropic Principle change the meaning of the universe?

One of the more extraordinary things about the universe is that it has produced beings who can observe it — namely, us. Its laws and constants are so precise that, if they were even slightly modified, no human would be here to see it. Many cosmologists and philosophers have wondered if we should read anything into all … » 3/08/13 11:00am 3/08/13 11:00am

An 'alternative universe' will eventually destroy ours, says Higgs…

Remember that Higgs-like particle that scientists finally managed to pin down last year at the Large Hadron Collider? Well, it's proving to be a harbinger of bad news. According to Joseph Lykken, a theoretical physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the mass of the Higgs boson indicates that "the… » 2/20/13 11:57am 2/20/13 11:57am

These 19th-century diagrams were one man's attempt to illustrate human…

Could you represent the stages of human consciousness with a diagram? In the late 19th century, New Zealand psychologist Benjamin Betts tried to apply mathematics to the problem of visualizing human consciousness. What he produced were striking, almost floral designs that he believed represented the shape of out… » 11/25/12 5:00pm 11/25/12 5:00pm

Physicists say there may be a way to prove that we live in a computer…

Back in 2003, Oxford professor Nick Bostrom suggested that we may be living in a computer simulation. In his paper, Bostrom offered very little science to support his hypothesis — though he did calculate the computational requirements needed to pull off such a feat. And indeed, a philosophical claim is one thing,… » 10/10/12 1:20pm 10/10/12 1:20pm