The nature and meaning of emotions have been debated since Plato, yet no single definition seems sufficient. NPR's Lynn Neary interviews some of today's great thinkers and asks a really big question: How do emotions shape our worldview?
You can see an illustration of the complex interactions that comprise what we call emotions by clicking here. Come back to this page when you are done.
What is the self, the soul? How are they related to the brain, language, and culture? The modern idea of a conscious self underlies our concept of the human person, yet there is very little scientific consensus on a definition. NPR’s Lynn Neary talks to scientists and philosophers and asks a really big question: What is consciousness?
Click here to download basic information about research into the science of consciousness. You can personally experience the difference between conscious and nonconscious processing by clicking here. Come back to this page when you are done.
Death is a fact of life, an absolute and unavoidable certainty. Yet we don’t want to believe it will happen to us or those we cherish. NPR's Lynn Neary wonders if we are psychologically and physiologically equipped to deal with constant reminders of death. This leads to a really big question: How do we face our own mortality?
Click here and you will learn that defining death is not as simple as you thought. Come back to this page when you are done.
Go practically anywhere on this planet, and you’ll likely find a place where people worship. For as long there have been humans, we’ve felt the need to venerate certain special beings, objects, and ideas. Today’s evolutionary biologists see a signature feature that raises a really big question: Can science explain why we believe?
Vision and Perception: Kalanit Grill-Spector is director of Stanford University's Vision & Perception Neuroscience Lab
Culture and Emotion: Stanford University's Jeanne Tsai discusses her work at the Culture and Emotion Lab.
Just like humans: Chimpanzees will go to war over territory. Read the article here.