WHERE did we come from ? Where are we going? Why does the universe exist? What happens after we die? Humans have always asked big questions; for most of history priests or philosophers were the ones with the answers. Now science is muscling in on that territory and shining new light on the deepest mysteries of existence. The answers are not always comforting or easy, but they never fail to inspire awe.
This issue of New Scientist The Collection tackles the biggest question of all: why do we exist? what is reality? Is there a god (and if there isn’t, why are so many people sure there is)? What is life? Is time real? Will we ever understand consciousness? Where does our sense of self come from? Why do we sleep? And what happens after we die? Prepare to be amazed.