December 26

Earth and Beyond

Wednesday’s Big Idea

Today’s Big Idea: Science as Spirituality

In the absence of a creator, or a set of religious codes to help us make sense of the universe, what holds us together? With increasing numbers of young people self-identifying as areligious, and at the same time pursuing environmental and humanitarian causes with vigor, the question is more relevant than ever.  

From ancient Buddhist practices designed to focus the mind to transhumanist theories to a view of scientific curiosity as spirituality, thinkers worldwide are taking systemic approaches to the question of how to build a meaningful life without the idea of a cosmic puppeteer.

 

  1. 1 We're Puny, Insignificant, and Do...
  2. 2 What Is Dark Matter?
  3. 3 The Poem That Dragged Us Out of t...
  4. 4 What’s Dark Matter? And Other Phy...
   
  1. We're Puny, Insignificant, and Doomed – and That's the Good News

    We're Puny, Insignificant, and Doomed – and That's the Good News

    Physicist Lawrence Krauss finds creation stories depressing – not because they’re implausible, but because they extinguish curiosity and limit human agency. 

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  2. What Is Dark Matter?

    What Is Dark Matter?

    The answer to this question is at the cutting edge of science, but one theory states that dark matter is nothing but ordinary matter in another dimension hovering right above us.

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  3. The Poem That Dragged Us Out of the Dark Ages

    The Poem That Dragged Us Out of the Dark Ages

    Particle physics. Human self-determination. Evolution. According to Renaissance scholar Stephen Greenblatt, we owe these modern ideas to an ancient Roman poem, rediscovered in 1417.

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  4. What’s Dark Matter? And Other Physics Mysteries

    What’s Dark Matter? And Other Physics Mysteries

    The Harvard scientist explains the daily work of a particle physicist and what problems lie at the cutting edge of her field.

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