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The On Being Project

The Mystery We Are

Marilynne Robinson + Marcelo Gleiser

The Mystery We Are

What do a fiction writer and an astrophysicist have in common? Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser connect the dots between the cosmos, our minds, and all the ways we discover the story of where we came from.

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  • Marilynne Robinson

    Marilynne Robinson

    is a professor at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She’s the author of several novels including HousekeepingHome, and Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

  • Marcelo Gleiser

    Marcelo Gleiser

    is Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College. He’s author of The Dancing Universe: From Creation Myths to the Big Bang and A Tear at the Edge of Creation: A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Cosmos.