Explore themes of Consciousness:
Are humans entirely physical? Or a spirit, a soul, beyond the physical? What’s the relationship between brains and consciousness, between the stuff in our skulls and the experience in our minds?
What’s a “person”? What does it take to be a person? Our brains and bodies are changing constantly. What then provides our sense of personal unity and continuity over time? What’s a “self”?
Free will is a mystery. We sense our will to be fully free, but science says every action is determined by a prior action. Free will affects morality, responsibility, even consciousness and theology.
What is biology in the broadest and most fundamental sense? What are the purposes, meanings and implications of biological phenomena and systems? Specific questions include: What is life? What is emergence? Why sex? How are humans unique? What are the origins of religion, morality, ethics, altruism? What is transhumanism?
Parapsychologists are sure ESP is real. Skeptics are sure it is not. If ESP were real, what would that mean? Would our entire worldview change? Extraordinary claims demands extraordinary evidence.
Art delights us, but how so and why? Art brings pleasure, but is art also more? What sorts of discoveries can an encounter with art facilitate? Can art provide insight into consciousness, human uniqueness, meaning, religion, realities beyond the physical, God? Can art be modes of discovery and creation that enhance understanding?