This issue isn’t yet available through my library’s e-journal site, and it may not be an issue at all but a special collection, one dealing with “The Big Questions”
Sound familiar? That’s because it’s the John Templeton Foundation’s main theme:
New Scientist’s “Big Questions”, as touted on one site, includes the following:
The Big Questions
The first issue, entitled The Big Questions, explores and answers some of the profound questions we ask of ourselves and the universe around us:
Reality – Perhaps the most fundamental question of all – what is reality? It’s not as obvious as you may think.
Existence – What do the discoveries of modern science mean for our own existence? From the search for aliens to the bizarre possibility that you’re a hologram.
God – A new perspective is cast on one of the oldest answers in the book: that everything can be explained by the existence of an all-powerful supernatural being.
Consciousness – How can something so incredible be produced by 1500 grams or so of brain tissue, and why can you not be sure that everyone else is not a zombie?
Life – A phenomenon that, as far as we know, is confined to a tiny corner of the universe – life established itself quickly but why did it take so long to give rise to complex creatures?
Time – The everyday ticking of a clock might seem the most natural thing in the world, but it masks a very peculiar phenomenon.
Self – What is the self, which seems so solid and enduring to each of us and yet doesn’t appear to actually exist?
Sleep – The familiar yet strange world of sleep and dreaming – it’s a place we visit every night but which nonetheless remains eerie and elusive.
Death – There is perhaps no older question about human life than why it must one day cease. Is this New Scientist or New Superstitionist?
Well, some of these sound interesting, but they’re verging on the woo-ish, and what on Earth are they doing discussing God? (Note that the deity appears prominently in the ad.) Is there some new scientific evidence for his existence?
Indeed, New Scientist seems to be changing into New Superstitionist.
h/t: Diane G.