Fr. Richard Rohr on awe in the face of mystery. Omid Safi on touching the mystical in the daily act of driving. Rebecca Delker on rethinking how we talk about climate change. And our editor-in-chief’s latest picks from the Wall Street Journal, Hazlitt, and Netflix.
Models and data show what’s happening to our planet, but are our conversations about climate change really about something deeper? A biologist poses a challenge to the scientific community, and to all of us: to infuse our debates not only with factual rigor, but with empathy and compassion, too.
A NASA climate scientist wrestles with the story of the ocean’s “long slong to equilibrium,” the ease of modern life, and the whispers that continue after we’re gone.
A sense of mindfulness can help us recalibrate our reactions to those we judge as different or dangerous.
Two celebrated astronomers from the Vatican Observatory on the joy of discovery and delighting in what we don’t know. Listen to this podcast from Becoming Wise.
From our Becoming Wise podcast, mindfulness researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn on the physiological and spiritual potential of being present to every moment of daily life.
“Call it the hidden hand of God; I would simply call it the hidden hand of the equations. And that gets us from the beginning to here.” Theoretical physicist Brian Greene on the hidden nature of reality, and the power of scientific theory to reveal the beauty that we cannot observe.
From Game of Thrones to a biological time capsule in Norway, fascinating reads on what’s happening in our collective culture with wise meditations on mutual trust in our individual power to rise and thrive.
Coverage of climate change frequently sounds the alarm, summoning our worries and fears to call us to action. After 30 years of climate reporting, Andrew Revkin isn’t worried anymore. A memoir of climate change that places the human condition in the foreground.
Einstein and Darwin were some of our most poetic writers. But a bifurcation has taken place, a rupture in the disciplines. A literature professor celebrates the natural symbiosis of the world of facts and the creative word.
The intellectual rigor of scientists’ training often fails to prepare them for the human emotions that accompany the work. And there are consequences for that objectivity. Faith Kearns is a young scientist who makes a compelling argument for integrating the emotional lives of scientists with their vocation.
In the debate between scientific fact and religious faith, the author wonders if we, as skeptical people living in an age of science, have the capability believing in myth. Or, do we prefer living in a meaningless world.
This week provided some sage words on writing from Parker Palmer, a photo essay on “thin places” that take our breath away, a marvelous TED talk from a Nigerian writer, and a picture of the cosmos that stirs our origins.
Happiness. A word that gets bandied about quite a bit lately, and for good reason. An infographic that jogs a host of questions and insights.
Geneticist and Anglican priest Lindon Eaves offers insight on how he’s able to take comfort in what he does not know, in both science and religion — something we could all learn from.
Would the Higgs boson exist without our thinking it existed in the first place. Is it possible that by thinking differently – about ourselves, about others, about our universe – we might begin to see things differently?
When you believe strongly in an idea, how do you shepherd it into being? As senior editor Trent Gilliss explains, sometimes it takes years of perseverance and framing.
Watch this fabulous talk on Hubble and Rembrandt, Casablanca in psychological terms, how stars actually “evolve,” and why Malala Yousafzai’s bravery is “the best example of the power of curiosity.”
Feelings of guilt, normally shunned or discouraged, can actually signal a capacity for leadership. What does this say about people who never feel guilt?
Audio clips of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author on how we humans need to accept our role as an exceptional species and encountering the sacred in others through Calvinist thought.
An illustration of Xavier Le Pichon’s analogies between the “rigidity” and what he calls “ductility” of the earth, and human communities he’s witnessed from India to France.
“Every single thing that religion provides, rationality, empiricism, and science can provide. And not only that — they can provide it better.” ~Dr. Lawrence Krauss
The physicist and atheist talks with Krista Tippett about what science may reveal about the origins of life and human consciousness
An excellent video explainer with comic sketches about the Higgs boson particle. We may even understand it one day…
What’s the line between utter brilliance and incalculable madness? Maybe it’s not a line but a shifting spectrum. Video from the World Science Festival with leading researchers James Fallon, Kay Redfield Jamison, Susan McKeown, and Elyn Saks discussing new studies showing that people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia tend to possess higher creativity and intelligence.
Janna Levin launches a new film about Alan Turing at the World Science Festival.
Researchers are finding that students who show signs of depression clearly have different patterns of Internet use.
Today the 2012 World Science Festival kicks off in venues across New York City. Two memories that jump out at me from past events are Bobby McFerrin’s demonstration of the universality of the pentatonic scale and string theorist Jim Gates’ story about encountering “God” on an Icelandic mountaintop.
Michael McCullough’s research is revealing that forgiveness is hard-wired in us — purposeful and normal. He says that to think of forgiveness as a trait of the weak and the vulnerable reflects a simplistic imagination about evolutionary biology.
Researchers at the University of Ottawa discovered that bumblebees don’t have a natural preference for symmetry in nature. In the journal Learning and Motivation, the Canadian scientists’ found that once bees learn to distinguish bilateral symmetry by rewards for symmetry, they begin to strive for the perfect flower.
Listen to these sounds of black holes merging and falling into one another and the “white noise” of the Big Bang. A TED Talk with Janna Levin that stirs the mind.
In this lecture for Westmont College’s series titled “Beyond Two Cultures: The Sciences as Liberal Arts,” string theorist Jim Gates offers his thoughts on the complementary natures of science and the liberal arts — and how the human mind formulates “systems of belief” in both disciplines.
“The trade of chemist (fortified, in my case, by the experience of Auschwitz), teaches you to overcome, indeed to ignore, certain revulsions that are neither necessary nor congenital: matter is matter, neither noble nor vile, infinitely transformable, and its proximate origin is of no importance whatsoever. Nitrogen is nitrogen, it passes miraculously from the air into plants, from these into animals, and from animals into us; when its function in our body is exhausted, we eliminate it, but it still remains nitrogen, aseptic, innocent.”
Physicists have long sought to describe the universe in terms of equations. Now, James Gates explains how research on a class of geometric symbols known as adinkras could lead to fresh insights into the theory of supersymmetry — and perhaps even the very nature of reality.
There’s little doubt, most brain researchers agree, that genius looked much different thousands of years ago. With new tools and…
Few features of humanity are more fascinating than creativity; and few fields right now are more fascinating than neuroscience. Rex…
My last two years in Brooklyn I felt fortunate to have the view I did. My windows faced east, and,…
I interviewed James Gates once before, a few years ago, when we were creating our show on Einstein’s ethics. We…
Gates shares with us a scientist’s rich, connected way of looking at the universe, and we’ve captured him in Twitter form.
Photo by Ofer Deshe/Flickr, cc by 2.0 The saying “time is money” may ask us to think carefully about the…
“Disarmed the Thunder’s Fires” (photo: ZedZaP/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) As we approach Passover, I am reminded once again about the…
A reflection on Einstein’s “cosmic” religious sense and how it’s deeply kindred with the religious and spiritual yearnings of our age.
Our host reflects on discovering the legendary scientist’s far-reaching compassion, humor, and the unending wonder he embodied.
During Krista’s interview with this week’s guest, Adele Diamond, she told a story about meeting the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala,…
For this week’s show “Learning, Doing, Being: A New Science of Education,” Krista interviewed neuroscientist Adele Diamond, who studies how…
Krista is away at the Vancouver Peace Summit in Vancouver, British Columbia where, among others, she’ll be interviewing psychologist and…
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a name that’s been bandied about the office in the last several weeks as a potential…