What if what you and I call "reality" is just a highly advanced simulation? Some of the world's brightest minds want to find out.
Since Rene Descartes formulated his famous dictum, "I think, therefore I am," philosophers have been wrestling with the question of how we can know that what we think we know is really real. In the last couple of decades, pop culture has wrestled with that question, as well.
Recall the 1999 movie, "The Matrix," in which a man discovers his whole life has been lived in a virtual prison that simulates the real world. In the movie, he's given a choice between two pills — a red one and a blue one. The first will awaken him from the simulation, and the second will lull him back into blissful ignorance. Since then, "choosing the red pill" has become synonymous with throwing off comfortable illusions and confronting reality. more >>
As part of a campaign to combat violence against women, city leaders and Christian ministries in Toowoomba, Australia, are working together to create a city that is free from porn.
The effort is being led by the Christian ministry organization City Women of Toowoomba and the city's Mayor Paul Antonio is backing the initiative.
Even though City Women Chief Executive Letitia Shelton said that an actual porn-free city "sounds very ambitious and unlikely," according to Huffington Post Australia, she believes that curbing its negative influences is achievable more >>
President Barack Obama has announced that scientists are working on a mission to send the first humans to Mars and back by the 2030s, and revealed that the "ultimate ambition" is to keep people on Earth's closest neighbor for an extended period of time.
"We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America's story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time," Obama said in an article for CNN published on Tuesday.
"Getting to Mars will require continued cooperation between government and private innovators, and we're already well on our way. Within the next two years, private companies will for the first time send astronauts to the International Space Station," he added. more >>
Archaeologists have announced the publication of more than 25 Dead Sea Scroll fragments, each holding various excerpts from the Hebrew Bible dating back almost 2,000 years.
The fragments include written information about some of God's promises of rewards for those who obey the 10 Commandments, as found in the Book of Leviticus.
Live Science reports that the fragments, found in the Qumran caves in the West Bank, come from the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Samuel, Ruth, Kings, Micah, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Joshua, Judges, Proverbs, Numbers, Psalms, Ezekiel and Jonah. more >>
A random post on Facebook might have served as the catalyst for generating numerous news articles seeking to debunk the claim that Friday evening's black moon is a sign of the Apocalypse.
On Friday night in the Western hemisphere, a phenomenon known as a black moon is expected to appear for the first time since March 2014.
"On Sept. 30, sky-watchers in the Western Hemisphere may be tempted to add another lunar moniker to the list: a 'black moon,' popularly defined as the second new moon in a month. However, it's not exactly going to make for good sky-watching," reported National Geographic. more >>
Excavation work in Israel has uncovered an ancient city gate and shrine that the biblical King Hezekiah wanted destroyed somewhere in the eighth century B.C., archaeologists have said.
The gate in question was found in the ancient city of Tel Lachish within an 80-by-80-foot six-chambered area. The gate, parts of which were first discovered decades ago by archaeologists from the United Kingdom and Tel Aviv University, is believed to be the largest one of its kind found in Israel from the First Temple period. more >>