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From the ever-expanding (and increasingly influential) world of social media, to political talk radio, to the snarky gossip magazines, our lives are splintered and refracted in a million ways by the contemporary communication tools known collectively as the media.
The discipline of philosophy looks at the meaning of life, considering topics and questions surrounding human existence and experience, society, knowledge, and the universe. There are many branches of philosophy, the main ones being logic, or the structure of argument and rational thought; metaphysics, the study of all that exists; epistemology, which studies knowledge; and axiology, which includes the study of ethics and aesthetics.
It is common to think of intuition as a magical phenomenon—but hunches are actually formed on the basis of past experience and cumulative knowledge. Gut feelings have their value, but they do not always lead to good decisions.
Do humans have the ability to make their own choices and determine their own fates—a concept more commonly known as free will? Or our people's futures determined solely by powers outside of their control, like the physics and biology of the brain? The question of free will has long challenged philosophers and religious thinkers, and scientists have examined the problem from psychological, biological, and genetic perspectives.