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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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“And so, this is the greatest campaign to understand: Will we ever have a quantum theory of gravity?…

And when we do, we hope that that means we will have a theory of everything, because then, we will be able to fold all of the known forces into one, and (know) that everything in the entire Universe, and everything that has ever happened, will precipitate from that one law of physics.”

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Janna Levin
Theoretical Astrophysicist, Barnard College

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“Dusking, it is called...

A verb stemming from a time when people preferred to leave the lights off as long as possible and wait for darkness in the early evening. It was a way to save energy but also, most importantly, a communal end to the day.”

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Marjolijn van Heemstra

Gravity defies quantum mechanics. What does that mean for a theory of everything?
There are no simple answers to life’s biggest questions. But there’s a whole lot of awe-inspiring possibilities. Thank you to all 100,000 of you who are here exploring those possibilities…
When was the last time you trusted your gut?
Quality over quantity.
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Embrace the journey.
This biologist built a living robot from frog cells — and it could hold the key to the future of regenerative medicine:

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