To the Best of Our Knowledge Presents: Death (A Five-Part Series)
Apocalyptic thinking is everywhere, from predictions about Christian “end times” to the 2012 Mayan prophecy about the end of the world. So what’s going on?
Renowned religious historian Elaine Pagels says the Book of Revelation is the Bible's most controversial book and she explains its enduring appeal.
Feeling hopeless? How about cake recipes for the Apocalypse? Shannon O'Malley offers a few of her favorite recipes.
Some people believe there's a Mayan prophecy that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012. What does the Mayan calendar really say? Mayanist David Stuart uncovers the real story.
Do physicists think about End Times? Noted string theorist Brian Greene does. He looks into the far future - billions of years from now - and sees a very dark universe.
Ever since the Cold War ended, we've largely forgotten about the threat of nuclear war. Ron Rosenbaum says that's a huge mistake. In fact, the threat is very real in today's world.
Slavoj Zizek is the "world's hippest philosopher," says the Telegraph. Zizek talks about the hidden atheism of Christianity, the danger of poets in power, and the limits of capitalism.
Is the evolution of intelligent life inevitable, or a biological accident? We explore the question “What does evolution want?”
Renowned British paleontologist Simon Conway Morris believes human-like intelligence was the inevitable outcome of the appearance of life on earth.
Historian and philosopher of science Robert Richards tells Steve Paulson that Charles Darwin himself believed evolution marches inevitably toward greater complexity.
Ruth Padel is an acclaimed British poet and a direct descendent of Charles Darwin. She’s now written “Darwin: A Life in Poems,” having grown up hearing stories about her famous ancestor.
John Haught is a Roman Catholic theologian at Georgetown University, and the author of “God After Darwin” and “God and the New Atheism.”
Paleo-anthropologist John Hawks talks about how we continue to evolve--changes that can be seen in the bones of modern humans.