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A collection of perspectives from science, religion, and philosophy concerned with discussing and positing on the origins, purpose, and future of universal life.
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Inquiry: The Glacier Within - The Costa Rica News

Inquiry: The Glacier Within - The Costa Rica News | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
The Costa Rica NewsInquiry: The Glacier WithinThe Costa Rica NewsQuestioner one: Is the darkness and deadness in human consciousness, which can fairly be said to be human consciousness now, increasing, or being dispelled?
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Are You Really Conscious Right Now? - Huffington Post Canada (blog)

Are You Really Conscious Right Now? - Huffington Post Canada (blog) | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
Are You Really Conscious Right Now?Huffington Post Canada (blog)While the world celebrates the discovery of the Higgs boson, these scientists are hard at work on one of the most profound mysteries left: Why, and how, did humans become conscious?
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Higgs Boson May Be An Imposter

Higgs Boson May Be An Imposter | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
At least two other particles could be masquerading as the God particle, according to a new analysis of the data from CERN...

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Nano Patents and Innovations: How The Universe Escaped Its "Dark Ages"

Nano Patents and Innovations: How The Universe Escaped Its "Dark Ages" | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
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Why the primordial soup may be an alien concoction – Telegraph Blogs

Why the primordial soup may be an alien concoction – Telegraph Blogs | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
The discovery of 'extremophiles’ strengthens the theory that life was 'delivered' from other planets In August, Nasa’s Curiosity rover, the largest and most expensive robot ever to be sent to the surface of another planet, will arrive on Mars.
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In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins

In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
The 46% of Americans who today believe that God created humans in their present form is essentially the same as it has been over the past 30 years. Highly religious Americans and Republicans are most likely to hold this view.
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Quantum Object Teleported 100 Kilometers by Chinese Scientists

Quantum Object Teleported 100 Kilometers by Chinese Scientists | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it

Quantum Object Teleported 100 Kilometers by Chinese Scientists


Via Sakis Koukouvis, Frederic Emam-Zade Gerardino
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Marcus Chown on 10 Bonkers Things About the Universe

Marcus Chown of New Scientist Magazine on his Top 10 Bonkers Things About the Universe...

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How to See the Invisible: 3 Approaches to Finding Dark Matter | Dark Matter | DISCOVER Magazine

How to See the Invisible: 3 Approaches to Finding Dark Matter | Dark Matter | DISCOVER Magazine | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
Physicists scour heaven, Earth, and everywhere in between for the mysterious particles that hold together galaxies and sculpt the universe. Visit Discover Magazine to read this article and other exclusive science and technology news stories.
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The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science ( http://richarddawkins.net ) presents: "The Poetry of Science: Discussions of the Beauty of Science." ...
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Behold the mighty multiverse! The deficient faith of Lawrence Krauss – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Behold the mighty multiverse! The deficient faith of Lawrence Krauss – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
If only Lawrence Krauss could tell the difference between a scientific question and a metaphysical one - something he might have learned were he not so convinced of the intellectual bankruptcy of philosophers and theologians.
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Why the free will issue is unsolvable - Network Norwich

Why the free will issue is unsolvable - Network Norwich | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
Network NorwichWhy the free will issue is unsolvableNetwork NorwichFree will debates seem to come up every five minutes somewhere on the Internet, and seemingly always with no resolution or agreement.
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Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species? | KurzweilAI

Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species? | KurzweilAI | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now?

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Higgs Boson announcement from Cern: as it happened - Telegraph

Higgs Boson announcement from Cern: as it happened - Telegraph | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
Live updates from Cern about the latest findings in the Large Hadron Collider's search for the Higgs boson.
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Has God Particle finally been found? Scientists prepare to announce new results - Telegraph

Has God Particle finally been found? Scientists prepare to announce new results  - Telegraph | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
The hunt for the God Particle could be close to completion as scientists prepare to reveal the latest results from the Large Hadron Collider ahead of a major conference next week.
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Science & Scripture align, professor says in BioLogos exchange

Science & Scripture align, professor says in BioLogos exchange | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
In the study of the origin of humans, ultimately what is true in the physical world will be perfectly consistent with Scripture, a Southern Baptist seminary professor said in an essay arguing against theistic evolution at BioLogos.org.
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Scientists predict time will stop completely - The Telegraph

Scientists predict time will stop completely - The Telegraph | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
Time might feel like it is running away from us as the pace of life increases but according to scientists, the future will stop completely.
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2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal

2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
We're fast approaching the moment when humans and machines merge.

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"Water-World" Exoplanet Discovered Only 41 Light Years Away From Earth

"Water-World" Exoplanet Discovered Only 41 Light Years Away From Earth | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it

"Superearth" is a bit toasty with a sun-facing temperature of 2,000 Kelvin (3,140 degrees Fahrenheit). Affixed in an 18-hour tidally locked orbit, 55 Cancri e is a bit like Earth, although in many ways altogether alien.

The water-world planet is located in a system with at least 5 planets just 41 light years from Earth.  The tidal-locking means that its orbit takes the same amount of time that it takes to rotate on its axis -- hence the same "side" of the planet is always facing the Sun.  If Earth were tidally locked (which it is not), a particular side (say North and South America) would enjoy 24-hour days, while the opposite side (Asia) would be cloaked in perpetual darkness.

This raises some interesting possibilities for 55 Cancri e.  Based on new infrared light data collected from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists have developed new insight into the alien world's climate.  Cancri e's sun-facing side is a scorching 2,000 Kelvin (3,140 degrees Fahrenheit), with water existing in a super-critical state where it is found in localized, ever-shifting pockets of liquid and gas, topped with a thick blanket of steam.  But the night side is likely cool and liquid.


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Jonathan Haidt: Religion, Evolution, and the Ecstasy of Self ...

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Via TED Talks: Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, ...
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Our Universe May Be a Giant Hologram | Cosmology | DISCOVER Magazine

Our Universe May Be a Giant Hologram | Cosmology | DISCOVER Magazine | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
Physicist Brian Greene explains how properties at the black hole’s surface—its event horizon—suggest the unsettling theory that our world is a mere representation of another universe, a shadow of the realm where real events take place.
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Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe? | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?
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Serious blow to dark matter theories? New study finds mysterious lack of dark matter in Sun's neighborhood

Serious blow to dark matter theories? New study finds mysterious lack of dark matter in Sun's neighborhood | Theories of Existence | Scoop.it
The most accurate study so far of the motions of stars in the Milky Way has found no evidence for dark matter in a large volume around the Sun.
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