The mission of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence at Discovery Institute is to explore the benefits as well as the challenges raised by artificial intelligence (AI) in light of the enduring truth of human exceptionalism. People know at a fundamental level that they are not machines. But faulty thinking can cause people to assent to views that in their heart of hearts they know to be untrue. The Bradley Center seeks to help individuals—and our society at large—to realize that we are not machines while at the same time helping to put machines (especially computers and AI) in proper perspective. Learn More

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About Walter Bradley

Walter Bradley is my hero because the impact of his life will be celebrated in perpetuity. I want a heritage like that. But ironically such a goal cannot be achieved by making it a goal. ⋮ Read More …

Articles & Podcasts

Will Self-Driving Cars Change Moral Decision-Making?

Irish writer and playwright John Waters (right) has a recent piece in First Things, “Algorithm Religion,” bemoaning the moral implications of ceding our choices to ever-more-sophisticated algorithms, such as those that will presumably guide autonomous cars. He starts by imagining a

Inventor? Entrepreneur? Beware the Patent Troll!

Last week, in “Bingecast: Hal Philipp on Patents, Litigation, and Entrepreneurship,” Hal Philipp was back to talk with Walter Bradley Center director Robert J. Marks about his mixed bag of struggles, conflicts, and ultimate successes as a talented inventor. Among other things, he

What If a Near-Death Experience Is a Vision of Hell?

As a psychologist pointed out last year, there is no simple way to just dismiss near-death experiences (NDEs). Explanations that focus on the chaos produced by oxygen deficiency, endorphins, etc., don’t really work: For example, oxygen deficiency usually results in chaotic hallucinatory

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Walter Bradley: Biblical Accounts of Near-Death Experiences

Near-death experiences often include a look at a person's impact on the lives of others and a meeting with an otherworldly figure. Do religious texts like the Bible talk about near-death experiences? Robert J. Marks discusses near-death experiences with Dr. Walter Bradley. Show Notes 00:26 |

Bingecast: Hal Philipp on Patents, Litigation, and Entrepreneurship

If you've used a touchscreen, an automated door opener or automated faucet today, it is probably based on the technology of inventor and entrepreneur Hal Philipp. Robert J. Marks and Hal Philipp address patents, litigation, and entrepreneurship today on Mind Matters. Show Notes 0:00:52 |

Walter Bradley: Experiences of Heaven?

Those who've survived near-death experiences often describe an otherworldly journey. Robert J. Marks discusses near-death experiences and the afterlife with Dr. Walter Bradley. Show Notes 00:38 | Introducing Dr. Walter Bradley, Emeritus Distinguished Professor at Baylor University00:58 | A

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