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The great free will debate

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Is there free will or not?

One of the oldest and most perplexing philosophical questions of all time. Do we have a choice or are we just subject to the predetermination of our biochemistry? And if we don't have free will, are we responsible for our actions or not? What is the relation between free will and morals? And many more topics debated by some of today's brightest minds. 

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Adapting plant roots to a hotter planet could help ease pressure on food supply

Credit: Alexander Bucksch and Suxing Liu;  Composite artwork of a photograph and a reconstructed 3D model of the same maize root

Supercomputer-powered 3D imaging of roots helps develop climate change-adapted plants

The shoots of plants get all the glory, with their fruit and flowers and visible structure. But it's the portion that lies below the soil -- the branching, reaching arms of roots and hairs pulling up water and nutrients -- that has deep implications for the future, according to plant physiologist and computer scientist Alexander Bucksch of the University of Georgia.

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Thoughts to reflect on

Credit: Portrait of Michel de Montaigne; via Wikipedia

Michel de Montaigne

"My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened."


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What does the poet say

Credit: Williams in 1921; via Wikipedia

Autumn

A stand of people
by an open

grave underneath
the heavy leaves

celebrates
the cut and fill

for the new road
where

an old man
on his knees

reaps a basket-
full of

matted grasses for
his goats

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The Secret Troves of Etymology

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Our world is made out of words

Language is all around us. It is everywhere and in everything. It constructs our culture and makes us human beings. You could find it even in places where you wouldn't expect and that's natural because we understand the world's phenomena through it. We can see its patterns in each particular thing since our mind process information like that. And it is a handy thing. We communicate very complex ideas thanks to it. Today, we will take a look at the origins of one remarkably famous and somehow obscure word – metaphysics. Its power stays hidden behind the prefix meta-, which could be used with a multitude of words like meta-language, meta-text, meta-history, or as we can see from the most recent usage – meta-verse (the virtual universe). 

Below you can see the extraordinary etymological story of the word meta-physics.

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